Course Title: Manage Risk

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2010

Course Code: BUSM7807C

Course Title: Manage Risk

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6077 - Advanced Diploma of Justice

Course Contact : Anthony Trevan

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254512

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Ms Melissa Brown

Nominal Hours: 60

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

There are no pre-requisites

Course Description

This course covers the development, implementation and evaluation of a risk management plan for the organisation. It incorporates an assessment of all potential risks facing the organisation and the development of strategies and plans to mitigate all risk situations through elimination, isolation or protection

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBMGT609A Manage Risk


1. Develop risk management plan

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Strategic position and policy on risk management are analysed and interpreted.
1.2 Organisation is audited to identify risk management context and potential areas of risk.
1.3 Organisational capability to reduce/control the likelihood of both incidents and consequences is analysed.
1.4 Risk register is developed incorporating a probability/consequence matrix.
1.5 Risk management policies are documented and include provisions for training/ education of all relevant groups and individuals.
1.6 Access to external specialist assistance is identified within the plan
1.7 Procedures for on-going identification of risks is established.


2. Implement risk management plan

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Monitoring of activities to identify potential risk is undertaken continuously.
2.2 Sources of risk are clearly documented and analysed.
2.3 Risks are examined in terms of the criteria in the risk management plan.
2.4 Risks classified as low/acceptable are placed on a monitor/review watch list
2.5 Risks that are unacceptable are eliminated wherever practicable.
2.6 Risks that cannot be eliminated are mitigated/minimised in accordance with the risk management plan
2.7 Strategies for risk minimisation are documented.


3. Evaluate risk management plan

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Procedures are in place to review risk management activities regularly
3.2 Activities which do not achieve their objectives/performance outcomes are examined to determine cause
3.3 Incidents which occur that indicate a near miss are analysed and the risk management plan reviewed on each occasion
3.4 Evaluation of risk management is a key component of all projects/activities.

Learning Outcomes

See Elements

Details of Learning Activities

Students will participate in a variety of teaching methods including: lectures, tutorials, class discussion, seminar presentations, group/individual work on projects, audio-visual presentations, field excursions where applicable, on site visits, and interaction with individuals and groups within the criminal justice area .

Teaching Schedule

Week One: Introduction and Overview of Subject:

Week Two: Risk Management Process-pt.1

Week Three: Risk Management Process-pt.2

Week Four: Risk Management Process-pt.3

Week Five: Speaker (TBC)

Week Six: Public Safety & Civil Risk Management

Week Seven: Homeland Security

Week Eight: Excursion (TBC)
Semester Break-no classes

Week Nine: Exam

Week Ten: Terrorism

Week Eleven: Cybercrime; Speaker (TBC)

Week Twelve: Ethics in Risk Management; Legal Risk Management

Week Thirteen: no class

Week Fourteen: Group Presentations

Week Fifteen: Family Violence

Week Sixteen: Global Risk Management

Week Seventeen: Natural v. Man-made Disasters
Environmental Justice

Week Eighteen: Subject review

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There is no prescribed text, however RMIT library has an extensive collection of associated texts and electronic resources related to Australian Standards, risk management and topic specific references. Some are listed below, however students are expected to conduct independent research.

Kemshall, H. (2007). Understanting Risk in Criminal Justice. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill International.

Kemshall, H. (2007). Understanding the Management of High risk Offenders. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill International.

Kemshall, H. & Pritchard, J. (1996). Good Practice in Risk Assessment and Risk Management. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Pinkowski, J. (2008) Homeland Security Handbook.

Webster, C.D. & Hucker, S.J. (2007). Violence Risk: Assessment and Management.


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessments will incorporate  a variety of method’s including exams, class participation, research tasks and essays.

Assessment Tasks

There are 5 assessment tasks in this subject, as follows:

1. Participation in Class Discussions (15%). Students are expected to prepare for and attend all classes, and to actively participate in class and on-line discussions. This portion of the final grade will be based upon the student’s critical engagement with the subject matter and readings, as demonstrated in the quality and quantity of their involvement in class discussions and debates. No marks are awarded simply for attendance; however as absence clearly precludes participation, it must be expected that consistent absences will impact upon the overall course grade. (Assesses all elements)

2. Excursion: Tarrengower Prison (25%) (TBC)
Further details closer to the date will be posted and/or announced. Due Week 14

3. Investigative Report (25%) Students will be given a case scenario to investigate and report. Students are to develop a risk management plan and explain in depth the relevance of each of the stages of the risk management process pertinent to the case scenario. You are to choose one of six presented case scenarios.

The case scenarios and relevant questions will be posted on the Learning Hub or handed out in class. Assesses all elements.

You must present your findings as a 2000 word report, supported by a minimum of 6 referenced resources (maximum of 3 similar resources will be accepted).Due Week 18.

4. Homework: Week 13-14
Newspaper Article(s) Research (10%)
Students are to research international newspapers, to choose a current risk management topic of that week. In groups of 3-4, students are to present the chosen topic to the class in a 15 minute presentation in Week 14. A copy of the newspaper article(s) relevant to your group’s topic is/are to be included with a copy of a written submission.

Marks will be awarded on an individual basis as well as a collective group mark. Individual (5%), Group (5%)

5. Exam (25%). A closed book exam will be conducted in class in Week 9. Consisting of multiple-choice questions, the exam will be based on the materials on the Learning Hub, in class notes, and handouts. The exam will run for up to 2 hours. Assesses all elements. Conducted in class in Week 9.

NOTE: All of the above assessment tasks must be completed satisfactorily

Assessment Matrix

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