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Contingency analysis and planning

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Public and private enterprises are enforced to establish sufficient contingency systems related to the challenges identified in own activities and systems. The major goal With the subject is to enable the students to analyse and plan a contingency which prepare people and organisations to manage accidents, crises and other unwanted events from requirements developed by themselves and external parties.

Learning outcome

The students will acquire:
General knowledge regarding:
  • Foundational concepts in contingency and contingency planning
  • Foundational characteristics and development of performance analyses, contingency analyses and contingency plans
  • Responsibilities, planning process and experience With designing, establishing and managing emergency preparedness.
  • Participants in the emergency management system, public and private

Improve skills and capabilities in:
  • Establishing contingencies from contingency planning
  • Assess the quality of the contingency planning process and the contingency plans

Develop competence in:
  • Organisational structures and interrelations that influence the contingency performance in the organisation, and how these conditions create prerequisites for the cintingency performance


The starting point for establishing contingency is to reveal formal requirements, to carry out risk analyses and contingency analyses. The student shall be able to Express and argue for the risk image and through this define various dimensioning events. In this process they will also identify and evaluate performance requirements to the emergency preparedness system. To design, establish and manage contingency put challenges upon organisations. The subject will discuss these challenges and address objectives with the contingency system, regulations regarding contingency work, analyses as basis for the contingency work, actors and roles in the emergency work, contingency processes and contingency planning.
Recognized pronciples and Methods to analyse the contingency needs for enterprises/areas and development of contingency plans that will ensure a good emergency preparednes will be diskussed. Systematic knowledge on how to develop contingencies in organisations is scarce. The subject will discuss challenges between the Development related to regulatory requirements, supervision, internal requirements and various assumptions for the contingency system. Emphasis is placed on the interactions between risk analyses, performance analyses against dimensioning requirements to the emergency preparedness in various enterprises. The students comprehension of various aspects of the performance of the contingency system is emphasised.

Required prerequisite knowledge


Recommended previous knowledge

Basic knowledge in risk and vulnerability analysis, for example SAM 510.


Weight Duration Marks Aid
Take home exam, individual work1/11 weekA - F
Individual home exam over three days upon a give topic

Coursework requirements

Presentation, individual work
During the semester the candidate shall present a note and give a presentation of two defined topics.

Course teacher(s)

Course teacher
Eivind Lars Rake
Course coordinator
Ove Njå
Head of Department
Tore Markeset

Method of work

Presentations, assignments and field visits.

Open to

Admission to Single Courses at the Faculty of Science and Technology
City and Regional Planning - Master of Science
Technical Societal Safety - Master's Degree Programme

Course assessment

Course evaluation takes place according to the Faculty's guidelines.


Link to reading list

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 23.09.2020