The aim of this unit is to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the key elements of a Safety Management System and its role within an operational environment. Students will also be able to describe the regulatory requirements for SMS contained in the ICAO annex.


Teaching Periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date
Semester 1
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Describe the concept of safety
  • Describe the origins of Safety Systems
  • Identify and explain the meaning of problems associated with high reliability organisations
  • Explain the concept of a Safety Management System and list the basic components
  • Identify and critically analyse differences in approach to safety management
  • Describe how to implement elements of a Safety Management System
  • Demonstrate through creative and informed individual written communications the application of analysis and theory to current practices and developments in Safety Management Systems

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Online Contact (Phasing out)
Online Learning Activities
4.00 12 weeks 48
Unspecified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Independent Learning
8.50 12 weeks 102


Type Task Weighting ULO's
Assignment 1Individual 25% 1,2,7 
Assignment 2Individual 35% 3,4,7 
Assignment 3Individual 40% 5,6,7 


As the minimum requirements of assessment to pass a unit and meet all ULOs to a minimum standard, an undergraduate student must have achieved:

(i) An aggregate mark of 50% or more, and(ii) Must complete all assignmentsStudents who do not successfully achieve hurdle requirements (ii) in full will receive a maximum of 45% as the total mark for the unit.


  • Introduction to safety management systems
  • Human Error
  • Organisational Theory and Culture
  • Risk Assessment and Change Management
  • Quality Assurance
  • Accident Investigation and Emergency Response
  • Practical Safety Management
  • Safety Promotion

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.