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Module Title
Risk and Safety Management
Reference SUM001 Version 4
Created May 2017 SCQF Level SCQF 11
Approved August 2013 SCQF Points 15
Amended December 2017 ECTS Points 7.5

Aims of Module
To develop a professional working understanding of the principles and applications of risk and safety management as they apply in project management.

Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
1 Define risk in the context of project management.
2 Identify, analyse and critically assess risk in specific case-study situations.
3 Develop and justify risk-driven management decisions.
4 Implement and monitor risk management techniques chosen for specific situations.
5 Integrate and manage Health, Safety and Environmental issues and policy within projects and be aware of legislative and statutory requirements.

Indicative Module Content
Concepts of risk and risk management in the context of project management. Quantitative and qualitative techniques for risk analysis, management tools of probabilistic risk assessment, risk identification and analysis, the individual's attitude towards risk, risk containment. Sensitive projects and risk. Integration of Health, Safety and Environmental (HSSE) policies into project palns, relationship with legislation and the duty of care, HSSE performance monitoring, audit and management review. Organisational structures and responsibilities for risk and HSSE management.

Module Delivery
The module is delivered in Taught Mode by lectures, interactive group work, case study tutorials and directed self-study. The module is delivered in Distance Learning Mode by self directed web-based learning materials, supported by on-line tutorial support.

Indicative Student Workload Full Time Part Time
Contact Hours 36 70
Non-Contact Hours 114 80
Placement/Work-Based Learning Experience [Notional] Hours N/A N/A
TOTAL 150 150
Actual Placement hours for professional, statutory or regulatory body    

If a major/minor model is used and box is ticked, % weightings below are indicative only.
Component 1
Type: Coursework Weighting: 40% Outcomes Assessed: 1, 2
Description: Normally a longitudinal assessment involving topic discussion forums for distance learning students or group work for full time students (20%) and a group presentation (20%).
Component 2
Type: Coursework Weighting: 60% Outcomes Assessed: 3, 4, 5
Description: An individual written piece of work.

Explanatory Text
In order to pass the module students must achieve 40% or greater in each component.
Module Grade Minimum Requirements to achieve Module Grade:
A 70% or greater
B 60% or greater
C 50% or greater
D 40% or greater
E 35% or greater
F Less than 35%
NS Non-submission of work by published deadline or non-attendance for examination

Module Requirements
Prerequisites for Module None, in addition to course entry requirements.
Corequisites for module None.
Precluded Modules None.

1 BERNSTEIN, P.L., 2012. Against the gods: the remarkable story of risk. New York: Wiley. ebook
2 GLENDON, A.I., CLARKE, S.G. and McKENNA, E., 2006. Human safety and risk management. 2nd ed. Boca Raton, FL : CRC/Taylor & Francis. ebook
3 MOORE, D.R., 2002. Project management: designing effective organisational structures in construction. London:Blackwell Science. ebook


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