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NOOC II. Understanding Nuclear Safety Culture UNED

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We could say that the nuclear industry, together with other high hazard industries such as aeronautical or petrochemical, is the paradigm of safety. In this case, we will explore all the specific aspects of the nuclear sector related to safety culture. Based on operational experience and real cases, we will explore those aspects that make it different from other industries with high safety requirements.

Learning Objectives

    1. List the differentiating characteristics of nuclear energy
    2. Describe the type of safety analysis that serves as a basis for safety requirements and their limitations
    3. Know the concept of defense in depth
    4. Explain how your work affects safety in all levels.


    1. Nuclear Energy differentiating characteristics.
    2. Basic Philosophy of Nuclear Safety.
    3. How my work affects safety.
    4. Evolution of the concept “Defense in Depth ´´

Pre-requisites/participant background
Basic justifiable knowledge about nuclear technology or the full completion of the “Refreshing Nuclear Basics” NOOC

Academic Team

    1.  Mercedes Alonso Ramos. Assistant lecturer in Nuclear Engineering. UNED
    2. Fernando González González. Head of Safety Management and Leadership. Tecnatom
    3. Javier Sanz Gonzalo.Professor of Nuclear Engineering. UNED.
    4. David Abarca Ahijado. Safety Management and Leadership Consultant. Tecnatom.
    5. Álvaro Pablo Muñoz Rodrigo. Nuclear training specialist.
    6. Ángeles Sánchez-Elvira Paniagua. Senior lecturer. Digital Educational Technology

General Information
NOOC II belongs to the MOOC Introducing safety culture and its application to the nuclear field. 25 h.
This MOOC is conceived as a first contact with the safety culture in all areas to continue, then, deepening in more specific concepts in the nuclear field. In order to establish a good safety culture and nuclear safety culture, aligned leadership is necessary. All these aspects will be worked in a dynamic, different and participative way, in which collaborative learning will be a key aspect. The goal of the MOOC is to ensure that students, industry workers and any person interested, know and transmit the safety culture and its importance.
At the end of the MOOC, the participants will be able to understand and explain the aspects related to human behavior and its management to achieve a strong safety culture. These general concepts will be focused to the nuclear industry and its differentiating characteristics.

MOOC Structure

The MOOC structure includes four independent NOOCs (Nano Open Online Courses).

In this context we offer in this course as well as in the other two NOOCs a very extensive glossary of nuclear terms in order to guide those with little or no knowledge on the subject for the complete understanding of all the contents, specially for NOOC II.
We highly thank those advertising this initiative within the nuclear sector, but as well towards professionals from other industries (specially high-risk industries), as well as master students of nuclear and other technical studies, to gather a varied audience to enhance global networking and a collaborative learning experience. This course will allow a research study and its dissemination is crucial to achieve massive participation from the main target groups.

Course certification

Apart from the free badge and/or the payent credential, it is possible to obtain an academic certificate when successfully fulfilling the three NOOCs. Instruction on how to proceed in this case will be given to the course participants at the course start.





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  2. Classes Start

    03 February 2019
  3. Estimated Effort

    10 horas
  4. Price como oyente

  5. Price del certificado (1ECTS)

  6. Price de la credencial de superación del curso