autumn 2021
SVF-3206 Safety Management and Accident Investigation - 10 ECTS

Last changed 26.11.2021

Type of course

The course is reserved for students with admission to Master in Societal Security or Master in Technology and Safety and may not be taken as a singular course.  

Course content

The course will provide both theoretical and empirical components to address the course content. The first section of the course will provide an introduction to safety management, by introducing established theoretical approaches, the systems approach and perspectives on regulation. The second section will focus on the practices of safety management: safety policy, standards, risk assessment, learning, safety culture, monitoring, reporting and auditing. The third section is dedicated to accident investigation. Here students will be introduced to different approaches to accident investigation. 

Objectives of the course


The student... 

  • shall have acquired an advanced understanding of different theoretical approaches to safety management. 
  • shall have acquired an in-depth understanding of different theoretical approaches to accident investigation.  
  • shall have acquired knowledge of different methods organisation´s apply in in safety management and accident investigation.. 


The student... 

  • can evaluate safety management systems, based on theory. 
  • can conduct an accident investigation, based on different methods. 

General competence: 

The student... 

  • has an advanced understanding of safety management. 
  • can conduct and present the results of an accident investigation. 
  • can work in a group to conduct in-depth analysis. 

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Lectures, seminars, exercise, group-work and own studies 


Written group report counting 40 %. 

One week individual home exam counting 60 %.

Letter grading A - E, F - fail. 

Re-sit exam will be arranged early in the following semester for students that failed the regular exam or had documented legitimate absence. Re-sit exam will be offered for the failed part of the exam. 

Required coursework:  Participation in exercise. 


  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: SVF-3206