Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety (RAMS) - EENG6830

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2023 to 2024
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 6 15 (7.5) Mahmood Shafiee checkmark-circle


Introduction to concepts of reliability, availability, maintainability and safety (RAMS) in engineering problems; RAMS requirements, techniques, risks, safety assessments, and Health and Safety examples.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 34
Private study hours: 116
Total study hours: 150


Autumn and Spring

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:
50% Examination & 50% Coursework/Homework as follows:

Examination (2 hours), 50%
5 x Homework, each 1-2 pages, each 5% (25%)
Group coursework (25%) [10 pages, group report]

Reassessment methods:

Indicative reading

- System Reliability Theory: Models, Statistical Methods, and Applications. Marvin Rausand, Arnljot Høyland, John Wiley & Sons, 2003.
- Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety Assessment. Volume 1, Methods and Techniques. Alain Villemeur, 1992.
- Reliability, Maintainability and Risk. David Smith, Butterworth-Heinemann 2011

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 identify and analyse the concepts of reliability, availability, maintainability and safety (RAMS) in engineering problems;
2 apply appropriate techniques and tools to evaluate and improve the RAMS in engineering systems;
3 analyse and interpret failure/degradation data, detect faults and predict failures, and develop maintenance solutions to prevent the faults.
4 Identify quality, safety and compatibility standards in different engineering disciplines and develop a safety case.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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