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Security and Organization


Admission requirements

This course is part of the minor Security, Safety and Justice, taught at TU Delft by a lecturer from TU Delft. The course can only be taken within the framework of participation in the minor SSJ.


In this course you will be introduced to safety and security risk management as it is applied within organisations. The focus is on how organisations can make sensible decisions on safety and security, using the concept of risk. You learn to understand, calculate and apply the concept of risk in safety and security settings, being aware of its benefits and limitations. You acquire academic knowledge and skills that allow you to analyse decisions made by risk managers.

The following topics are may for instance be covered:

  • Introduction into risk concepts, such as hazard, loss, exposure, probability, frequency, threat, vulnerability, impact

  • risk theories, models, concepts

  • risk assessment of safety and security in organisations

  • similarities and differences between safety and security risk

  • risk treatment

  • learning from accidents

  • major accidents

  • crisis management and risk communication

  • economic aspects of risk

  • risk governance

Course objectives

After this course, you are able to:

  • understand, apply, and calculate risk and related concepts in safety and security settings, as well as reason about those

  • explain the similarities and differences between safety and security risk and their assessment

  • understand the tasks and responsibilities of the risk manager

  • apply safety and security risk analysis techniques such as fault trees in a structured way

  • make well-founded decisions regarding safety and security issues and countermeasures, explain these choices and communicate them

  • translate current safety and security subjects to the operational environment

  • apply academic skills for safety and security


On the right side of programme front page of the e-Guide you will find links to the website and timetables, uSis and Brightspace.

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures (mandatory)

  • Exercises

Total work load: 140 hours
Lectures: 21 hours
Self study: 119 hours

Assessment method

  • Students are expected to actively participate in class.

  • The grade (100%) is determined by a written exam (MC and/or open questions), 50% open-book and 50% closed book. The exam is based on the book and lectures/presentations slides.

  • Participation in lectures, discussions and exercises is required in order to obtain a grade. Student presence and participation is required and all assignments/exercises have to be fulfilled. One lecture can be missed. If a second lecture is missed, an assignment will be given to compensate. If a third lecture is missed, a passing grade can no longer be obtained, unless permission is granted from the Board of Examiners (with consent of the lecturer).

  • There is a resit for the written or digital exam in block 2, which will take the same form.

Reading list

Thierry Meyer, Genserik Reniers (2016). Engineering Risk Management, 2nd ed. De Gruyter: Berlin.

Additional material (including scientific papers and videos) will be made available via Brightspace.


For courses taught in Delft, TU Delft guidelines for enrollment apply. These can be found in the Minor SSJ Course Handbook.


Prof. dr. ir. Genserik Reniers
Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management
Safety & Security Science
Room: c1.100 (building 31 TU Delft) +31 15 27 83749 G.L.L.M.E.Reniers@tudelft.nl


All sessions will be in English.
The exam needs to be completed in English.
Lectures take place at TU Delft and are mandatory. You can miss one of the lectures without consequences (see also: assessment), as long as you fulfil the other requirements.

Course descriptions are synchronised between the study guides of Leiden University and TU Delft. However, this may take some time. For the latest description of this course, please check the corresponding page in the TU Delft study guide