Course Title: Advanced Risk Management

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Risk Management

Credit Points: 12.00

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Course Coordinator: A/Professor Susanne Tepe

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2899

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 3.2.3

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Successful completion of GD052 or equivalent.

Course Description

The course examines advanced risk management techniques for design, operation and investigation of workplace risks.

You will discuss and practice system safety techniques for ensuring safety in design, operational process safety and techniques for investigation of failures of safety processes. The course addresses how to incorporate the findings from these techniques into OHS Management Systems to embed control of risks into the practice of the organisation.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Objective: To develop an understanding of the theory and application of advanced risk management techniques in the workplace and their usage as part of a safety management system.
Capability Development: This course will contribute to the following program capabilities (refer MC135/GD052 Program Guide):
C1 - Advanced and integrated understanding of the OHS Body of Knowledge (Advanced level)
C3 - Skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise OHS information, problems, concepts and theories (Intermediate level)
C4 - Skills to generate OHS solutions and evaluate their effectiveness (Intermediate level)
C5 - Communication skills to interpret OHS issues and justify OHS decisions for specialist and non-specialist audiences (Intermediate level)
C6 - Demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills with creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice

OHS Learning Outcomes: Students completing this course will be able to:
 Understand the theory underpinning the management of risks during design phase, operation and investigation of failure
 Identify and manage risks in the workplace by using a systematic approach to their identification, evaluation and control
 Embed the findings from these risk management techniques into the OHS management system of an organisation
 Locate, evaluate, interpret and provide health and safety information appropriate to the workplace
 Communicate with technical and non-technical audiences about workplace risks, their assessment and control

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be provided with on-line lectures and suggested readings which will address the key concepts and their application. You will be expected to attend face to face block mode workshops when the concepts will be further explored through examples, case studies and exercises. Your learning will be supported by virtual tutorials at regular intervals.
Individual and group projects within organisations will build your capacity to think critically and analytically. You will have to prepare written reports which will develop your communications skills.
You will then receive feedback on your academic progress during tutorial discussion and when assignments are returned.
If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Overview of Learning Resources

Students will be directed to a range of texts, journal articles and other web based material that provide a current understanding of the knowledge in this area.
Lectures and other learning materials will be available on myRMIT (Blackboard).
Eluminate and other web based tools may be used to provide on-line real time discussion in tutorials with students.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will consist of assignments, presentations and end of semester exam.