Course detail

System Concept/Approach to Risk Engineering

ÚSI-RSSYPAcad. year: 2020/2021

The course content focuses on the following areas: technical aspects of risks in systems, buildings and other structures, their evaluation and risk analysis. Risk and defectology terms. Randomness in risk science. Basic risk analysis tools and decision-making processes. Expression of the reliability of technical systems, buildings and structures. Design on the basis of probabilistic approaches and methods involving subcoefficients of reliability. Calculation of the probability of system and structural failure. Data collection and prediction with a focus on risk engineering issues. The results of the studies will manifest themselves in the analyses and modelling of issues from the risk management area and in the ability to formulate the critical points (identification of hazardous locations) of a project or existing structure. Computer technology will be used in the applications.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

After completing the subject, students will be able to understand and independently perform the basic risk analysis of technical systems, buildings and structures.


There are no special requirements.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

TICHÝ, M.: Ovládání rizika, Ch. Beck, Praha 2006, ISBN 80-7179-415-5 (CS)
HAIMES, Y. Y.: Risk modeling, assessment and management. John Wiley and sons, 2004, ISBN 0-471=48048 (EN)
ČSN EN 31010 Management rizik – Techniky posuzování rizik (CS)
PMBOK Guide. Project management Institute, 2004, 3rd edition (EN)
RAIS, K., SMEJKAL,V.: Řízení rizik, Grada, 2004, ISBN 80-247-0198-7 (CS)
MODARRES, M., KAMINSKIY, M., KRIVTSOV, V.: Reliability Engineering and Risk Analysis: A Practical Guide, Second Edition. CRC Press, 2009, ISBN 9781420008944. (CS)
TIJMS, H. C.: A first course in Stochastic Models. John Wiley and sons, 2003, ISBN 0-471-49881-5 (EN)
PROSKE, D.: Catalogue of Risks, Springer 2008, ISBN 978-3-540-79554-4 (EN)
FLANAGAN, R., NORMAN, R.: Risk Management and Constructions. Blackwell Science, 1993 (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Tuition takes place in the form of lectures and seminars. The lectures focus on the explanation of basic principles, the methods of the given discipline, problems and example solutions. The seminars mainly support practical mastery of the subject matter presented in lectures or assigned for individual study with the active participation of students.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Final test, discussion during lectures and seminars.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Introduction and definition of the subject “The Systems Approach to Risk Engineering”
2. Risk analysis - art and science, risk assessment
3. Basic terms from the area of analysis and modelling
4. Randomness and reliability engineering
5. Modelling of decision-making processes, stochastic and deterministic models, criteria weighting
6. Reliability of structures and systems, creation of models
7. Creation of models, linear modelling, composition of a model, solution methods
8. Technical risk analysis - identification of dangerous phenomena (segments and sources)
9. Risk quantification, tools for risk quantification (specialised methods, the Monte Carlo method)
10. Risk quantification tools, comparative and analytical methods (FMEA, UMRA)
11. Risk quantification tools, analytical methods - continued (tree diagrams)
12. Risk quantification tools, analytical methods - continued (e.g. HAZOP and others)
13. The use of genetic algorithms and artificial neural networks, the definition of uncertainties and sensitivity analysis


The risk science perspective on basic approaches to the evaluation of technical systems, buildings and structures; the systems approach to risk identification.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Not specified.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme RRTES_P Master's

    specialization RRES , 1. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory
    specialization RRTS , 1. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer