IØ8502 - The Understanding and Management of Safety in Organizations


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Assignment 100/100

Course content

The course deals with safety management within different academic disciplines and positions in theories of science. The course includes a review of the foundations of safety science.The course encompasses theory on robust organisations seen from the perspectives of social sciences. The course elaborates the contents and relationships between NAT, HRO and resilience engineering. Another part of the course deals with safety management in organizations with emphasis on the relation between formal and informal parts of the organization. Safety culture is elaborated. One part of the course consist of content and literature chosen by each student relevant to his/her PhD topic. The course is taught every second year, next time Fall 2020.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, the student should be able to:
* explain the foundations of safety science
* explain approaches to safety and risk studies within different academic disciplines.
* explain different mechanisms in organizations to control hazards
* relate formal and informal parts of the safety efforts in an organization to each other
* categorize and explain different organizational perspectives on robust organizations
* assess established truths, beliefs and “schools” in safety and risk research.

Learning methods and activities

The syllabus consists of colloquiums between students and the course teacher, and writing a term-paper which requires use of the study literature on specific research questions. The term paper follows the norm for writing of articles or essays in scientific journals.

Required previous knowledge

The course is based on TIØ4200 Safety Management, TIØ4205 Methods and Tools in Safety Management, or similar previous knowledge.

Course materials

Study literature:
Articles and text books presented at the start of the course. The literature will to some extent be tailored to the specific needs of the participants for knowledge useful for their work on the PhD thesis.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
DIS1060 9.0
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Version: 1
Credits:  10.0 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Safety, Reliability and Maintenance
  • Health, Safety and Environment
  • Industrial Economics and Technology Management
  • Safety and Reliability
  • Risk Analysis
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management



Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
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