Complex industrial systems, Vulnerable conditions, and Integrity (IAM570)

The main focus of the course is on practically important human, engineering/technological, operational, and organizational aspects that affect reliability, safety, and security of modern Complex industrial systems in advanced and digital industrial contexts. Through real world examples, it empahises on how diverse issues and conditions can influence vulnerabilities of Complex industrial systems under demanding industrial settings, what aspects need due considerations in changing industrial contexts, what measures can be taken for reliable, safe, and digitally secure operations, for mitigating potentials for unwanted events, incidents, and accidents, as well as for enhancing intigrity and resilience.

Course description for study year 2024-2025. Please note that changes may occur.


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The course mainly covers practical human, engineering/technological, operational, and organizational aspects that exposes complex industrial systems to vulnerable conditions, based on many real world accidents and incidents from various industrial sectors. It also covers aspects that are important to consider during design, engineering, utilization, and operations of complex systems in modern dynamic industrial contexts from reliability, safety, and digital security perspectives. It provides insights about various approaches and measures that can be considered to reduce the potentials for unwanted events, incidents, and accidents, and to improve integrity and resilience in modern industrial contexts.

Learning outcome


  • has knowledge about how human, engineering/technological, operational, and organizational aspects can influence reliability, safety, and digital security of complex industrial systems.
  • can apply knowledge on engineering and utilization of complex technological systems to improve integrity and resilience.
  • can analyze subject related problems during engineering and operational challenges.


  • can analyze and deal critically with various sources of information and use them to structure and formulate scholarly arguments
  • can analyze existing theories, methods and interpretations in the field and work independently on practical and theoretical problems
  • can use relevant principles and methods for research and professional development work

General competence

  • can analyze relevant academic, professional and research ethical problems
  • can apply his/her knowledge and skills in new areas in order to carry out assignments and projects
  • can communicate about academic issues, analyses and conclusions in the field, both with specialists and the general public

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Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Report 1/1 3 Weeks Letter grades All

There is no continuation possibility on the assignment. Students who do not pass the assignment can take this part again the next time the subject has regular teaching.

Coursework requirements

Presentation in groups

Obligatory presentations based on Group work. If the group presentation is not approved, then the student will have the opportunity to deliver an individual report and to have an own oral assessment.

Obligatory requirements must be approved by responsible lecturer within the given deadline.

Course teacher(s)

Head of Department:

Mona Wetrhus Minde

Course coordinator:

Jayantha Prasanna Liyanage

Method of work

Lectures and discussions. Interactive groupwork. Presentations. Reports and oral assessment when necessary.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Human factors, technology and organizational issues (MOM470_1) 10
Human-Technology-Organization in Complex industrial systems (OFF570_1) 10

Open for

Computer Science - Master of Science Degree Programme Industrial Asset Management - Master of Science Degree Programme Petroleum Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme Petroleum Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme, Five Years
Exchange programme at Faculty of Science and Technology

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course supervisor, the student union representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital subject evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


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