Lesson Plan

Module 1: Safe System principles in engineering

Tertiary Education In-Class Online
About the module

Module 1: Safe System principles in engineering provides students with an introduction into engineering safety within a range of engineering related industries. Examples are drawn from the aviation, road transport, mining, oil and gas, nuclear, manufacturing and construction industries. Topics will address the principles, ethics and cultures of safety within systems, as well as harm as an outcome of gaps within system safety. Module 1 is aimed towards students being introduced to the field of engineering and those undertaking basic engineering subjects.

All lecture materials, tutorials and case study content is available below for download and use.

Lecture materials

This is the first module for the SS4U unit for engineering students and educators. Module 1 has been designed to be delivered in six parts.

Download lecture PowerPoint presentations below:

Learning materials

The tutorials have been developed to allow students to demonstrate the knowledge that they have gained through each module. Three tutorials are available for Module 1.



  1. Risk triangle PDF, 0.18MB
  2. Failure trajectory PDF, 0.21MB
  3. Risk management PDF, 0.2MB

Case studies

  1. Princess Highway PDF, 0.25MB
  2. Piper Alpha PDF, 0.18MB
  3. Tenerife PDF, 0.24MB