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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


The timetable will be communciated via Brightspace.

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures

  • 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 (multiple choice and/or open questions). There is a resit of the exam in block 2.

In case of unforeseen circumstances or measures resulting from COVID-19, the assessment can be modified.

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 enrolment apply. These can be found in the Minor SSJ Course Handbook on the right hand side of the programme page.


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


All sessions will be in English.
The exam needs to be completed in English.

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