Course Title: Manage Risk

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

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

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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 are
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
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 are established


2. Implement risk management plan

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Monitoring of activities to identify potential risk is undertaken
2.2 Sources of risk are clearly documented and analysed
2.3 Risks are examined in terms of the criteria in the risk management
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
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

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 and assessment

Week Two: Risk Management Process-pt.1

Week Three: Risk Management Process-pt.2

Week Four: Risk Management Process-part 3

Week Five: Communicating & Consulting

Week Six: Public Safety & Civil Risk Management

Week Seven: Homeland Security

Week Eight: Terrorism

Semester Break-no classes (Monday 27th Friday 31st August)

Week Nine: Bundoora campus Field Visit

Week Ten: Legal Risk Management Speaker Probity and Equity (Corporate risk)

Week Eleven: Cybercrime; Confirmed Guest speaker N O’Sullivan

Week Twelve: Global Risk Management

Week Thirteen: Disasters & Enviro. Justice

Week Fourteen: Risk Management strategies

Week Fifteen: Risk Management monitoring and evaluation

Week Sixteen: Project based activity

Week Seventeen: Group Presentations

Week Eighteen: Group Presentations

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

Learning Resources
The University Library provides extensive services, facilities and study space as well as comprehensive collections of books, periodicals and other course related materials, such as DVD’s, magazines, slides, films etc. Computer laboratories with access to a wide range of desktop publishing software are also available. The library also has an expanding virtual collection of electronic resources and networks, including product data, e-books, electronic journals and newspapers, web based tutorials, online reference and document delivery services etc., all of which are accessible on campus, and off campus 24 hours per day. More information on library resources and services can be found at: 

The Study and Learning Centre provides free learning and academic development advice to all RMIT students. For information on their services and support, please visit the website

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Tasks

There are 3 assessment tasks in this subject, as follows:

1. Class participation and involvement in discussion forums (20%).
2. Excursion: Bundoora Campus & Risk Management Report (30%)
3. Global Risk Research and Presentation (50%)

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

Assessment Matrix

The assessments have been designed to cover all Learning Outcomes and will be graded in accordance with RMIT’s Mark Table 7 which is as follows:
HD 80-100
DI 70-79
CR 60-69
PA 50-59
NN 0-49

All written work must adhere to the following criteria:
1. Written reports, research projects or essays are to demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and familiarity with the prescribed or negotiated topics
2. It is expected that all submitted work will be well written, with clear and consistent grammar, expression and punctuation. It must be well structured and cogently address the issues raised in the chosen topic in a logical, ordered and organised manner
3. The concepts must be well defined and demonstrate a critical analysis of the chosen topic
4. Written submissions must demonstrate appropriate preparation, reading and research
5. In-text references must follow the APA style of referencing. In addition, you must provide a bibliography with correct and comprehensive details in relation to texts, articles, research reports and other sources that you have used
6. Double or 1.5 spacing and a font size of 10-12 must be used in font style Aerial or Times New Roman.

Other Information

Extensions will not be granted by teachers or Administrative staff.

In accordance with RMIT policy, students may apply for an extension where there have been unexpected or extenuating circumstances, e.g.
• Hospital admission, serious injury, severe asthma, severe anxiety or depression. This does not include minor illness such as a cold, period pain or hay fever.
• Loss or bereavement – e.g. death of a close family member, family/relationship breakdown.
• Hardship/trauma – e.g. victim of crime, sudden loss of income or employment, severe disruption to domestic arrangements.
Students must keep a copy of their assessment until the graded submission has been returned or marks have been posted.

All email communications will be sent to your RMIT student email address.

Applying for an Extension

Extension of time for assessment tasks may be granted where circumstances beyond your control prevent submission by the published due date. An application for extension of time must be lodged with your tutor or the course coordinator as early as possible, and no later than one working day before the due date for submission.
You can apply for extension using the University’s Extension Application Form – – or by emailing your course coordinator or tutor directly.
An extension of up to seven calendar days may be granted if good reason can be demonstrated. Include supporting evidence (such as medical certificates) with your application.
Extensions beyond seven calendar days cannot be granted by course coordinators, tutors or the School. To apply for an extension of time greater than seven calendar days you must lodge an application for Special Consideration.
Applying for Special Consideration
If you are seeking an extension of more than seven calendar days (from the original due date) you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form, preferably prior to, but no later than two working days after the official due date. Late applications will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances. For information about Special Consideration and how to apply, see:
Penalties for Late Submission
If you have not been granted an extension or special consideration, late submission will be penalised as follows:
Assessment tasks submitted after the due date of submission shall receive a penalty of five per cent of the grades available for that assessment per day for each working day late.
No assessment task shall be accepted more than three weeks after the due date.
Assessment Appeals
If you believe your assessment result or final result is wrong please contact the course coordinator and provide the reason why you think your result is incorrect. Valid reasons for seeking a review of results include:
• You believe an error has occurred in the calculation of the grade; or,

• You believe the assessment did not comply with criteria published in the Course Guide; or,

• You believe the assessment did not comply with University Policies on Assessment (i.e. an error in process has occurred).

• Full details of the procedure (including appeals procedure) can be located at this RMIT site:
Academic Integrity
Academic integrity means honesty and responsibility in scholarship through respecting the work of others whilst having the freedom to build new insights, new knowledge and ideas. RMIT University upholds the values of academic integrity as fundamental to the scholarship undertaken by all members of its community. Whenever you refer to another person’s research or ideas (either by directly quoting or paraphrasing them) you must acknowledge your source.
If you are even in doubt about how to properly cite a reference, consult your lecturer or the academic integrity website:
The RMIT library provides tools to assist with your referencing
Plagiarism and Collusion
Plagiarism and collusion constitute extremely serious academic misconduct, and are forms of cheating. You are reminded that cheating, whether by fabrication, falsification of data, or plagiarism, is an offence subject to University disciplinary procedures. Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data, and oral presentations. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. Plagiarism is not acceptable.
Examples of plagiarism include:
• Copying sentences or paragraphs word-for-word from one or more sources, whether published or unpublished, which could include but is not limited to books, journals, reports, theses, websites, conference papers, course notes, etc. without proper citation;
• Closely paraphrasing sentences, paragraphs, ideas or themes without proper citation;
• Piecing together text from one or more sources and adding only linking sentences;
• Copying or submitting whole or parts of computer files without acknowledging their source;
• Copying designs or works of art and submitting them as your original work;
• Copying a whole or any part of another student’s work; and
• Submitting work as your own that someone else has done for you.
• Enabling Plagiarism: the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work is also an offence.
For further information, please see the RMIT Plagiarism Policy –;ID=sg4yfqzod48g1 – and the RMIT Student Discipline Statute and Regulations -;ID=11jgnnjgg70y
Plagiarism Software
The originality verification software Turnitin may be used in this course. For details, see:

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