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Module Title
Risk and Safety Management

risk, decision making, safety, HSSE, uncertainty

SCQF Points15
ECTS Points7.5
CreatedMay 2002
ApprovedAugust 2013
AmendedAugust 2013
Version No.3

Prerequisites for Module

None, in addition to course entry requirements.

Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


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.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full TimePart TimeDistance Learning

Directed Study

Directed Individual Study
Online Seminars/Discussion

Private Study

Private Study

Mode of 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.
The module is delivered in Part Time Mode by self directed web-based learning materials, supported by seminars and on-line support.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1
Component 2 1,2,3,4,5

Module assessment will be recorded in two components. Component 1 will be formative in nature to provide students with a programme of developmental activities applied to module content as preparation for Component 2. This is weighted at 40% of the final grade.
Component 2 will be summative in nature; typically an individual piece of work. The component assesses all module learning outcomes and is weighted at 60% of the final grade.

Indicative Bibliography

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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