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Accident Investigation

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

The course gives an introduction to how accidents are investigated, with special focus on accident theories and methods for accident investigations.

Learning outcome

Knowledge about:
  • Accident models and theories about causes to accidents.
  • The accident investigation process and how accident investigations are carried out.
  • Analytical methods that are commonly used in accident investigations.
  • The role of accident investigations in the work on safety and how accident investigations can contribute to improve the safety through learning.

  • Be able to assess strengths and weaknesses with different accident models and theories about causes to accidents, in addition to commonly used analytical methods in accident investigations.
  • Be able to use these models, theories and methods to understand accident investigations and solve problems related to accident investigations.

General competence:
  • Be able to analyse how accident models and theories influence the accident investigation process and the conclusion about the causes to accidents.
  • Be able to analyse how challenges with carrying out accident investigations influence the accident investigation process.


The main focus of the course is on accident theories and methods for accident investigations, where the following topics are emphasised: why accidents should be investigated, what an accident is, causes to accidents, theories about accidents and safety, accident models to be used in investigations, commonly used analytical methods (e.g. MTO and STEP), set of rules relevant for accident investigations, the accident investigation process, practical aspects when carrying out accident investigations, typical challenges when investigating accidents, information collection, interviews, and reliability of witnesses.

Required prerequisite knowledge



Prosjektoppgave og muntlig eksamen
Weight Duration Marks Aid
Project work1/2 A - F
Oral exam1/2 A - F
Project work in groups with submission about 2 weeks before the exam. Both project work and the oral exam will be graded A - F and both must be passed. Each part counts 50% in the evaluation.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Morten Sommer
Course teacher
Bjørn Ivar Kruke , Kenneth Arne Pettersen Gould
Head of Department
Tore Markeset

Method of work

A mix of lectures and discussions in classroom and project work in groups. Supervision will be given when wanted.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Accident Investigation (MTS110_1) 10

Open to

Master studies at the Faculty of Science and Technology.

Course assessment

Form and/or discussion


Link to reading list

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 23.09.2020