Course Title: Manage risk

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: BUSM6228C

Course Title: Manage risk

School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6124 - Advanced Diploma of Justice

Course Contact: Irene Pagliarella, Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4581

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Tony Trevan, Program Coordinator

Phone: 9925 4512


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

Successful completion of, or demonstrated equivalence to, the following units of competency:

VU20868 Apply foundation legal principles
VU20869 Work within the criminal justice system
VU20870 Apply writing and presentation skills within a justice environment
VU20871 Support the management of adult offenders within the Victorian correctional framework
PSPOHS401B Implement workplace safety procedures and programs
PSPETHC401A Uphold and support the values and principles of public service

And ONE of the following electives:

CHCAOD402B Work effectively in the alcohol and other drugs sector
LGACOM406A Investigate alleged breaches of legislation and prepare documentation

Course Description

In this course you will develop the skills and knowledge required to manage risks in a range of contexts across the organisation or for a specific business unit or area.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBRSK501A Manage risk


1. Establish risk context

Performance Criteria:

• Review organisational processes, procedures and requirements for undertaking risk management
• Determine scope for risk management process
• Identify internal and external stakeholders and their issues
• Review political, economic, social, legal, technological and policy context
• Review strengths and weaknesses of existing arrangements
• Document critical success factors, goals or objectives for area included in scope
• Obtain support for risk management activities
• Communicate with relevant parties about the risk management process and invite participation


2. Identify risks

Performance Criteria:

• Invite relevant parties to assist in the identification of risks
• Research risks that may apply to scope
• Use tools and techniques to generate a list of risks that apply to the scope, in consultation with relevant parties


3. Analyse risks

Performance Criteria:

• Assess likelihood of risks occurring
• Assess impact or consequence if risks occur
• Evaluate and prioritise risks for treatment


4. Select and implement treatments

Performance Criteria:

• Determine and select most appropriate options for treating risks
• Develop an action plan for implementing risk treatment
• Communicate risk management processes to relevant parties
• Ensure all documentation is in order and appropriately stored
• Implement and monitor action plan
• Evaluate risk management process

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course, you will be able to:
• Develop a risk management plan which includes a detailed stakeholder analysis, explanation of the risk context, critical success factors, identified and analysed risks, and treatments for prioritised risks
• Record details of monitoring arrangements for risk management plan and an evaluation of the risk management plan’s efficacy in treating risks• Provide knowledge of relevant legislation, codes of practice and national standards

Details of Learning Activities

Details of Learning Activities

Students will participate in a variety of learning activities and include:
• class exercises to review discussions/lectures
• analysis/critique of relevant reading material
• seminars/workshops
• group activities/projects
• group discussion
• research
• independent project based work
• ‘Workshopping’ of student projects including peer/lecture feedback

Teaching Schedule

Session One: Introduction and overview of subject and assessment tasks

Session Two: Risk Management Process-pt.1

Session Three: Risk Management Process-pt.2

Session Four: Risk Management Process-part 3
& online knowledge Test 1

Session Five: Communicating & Consulting

Session Six: Public Safety & Civil Risk Management

Session Seven: Homeland Security

Session Eight: Terrorism & online knowledge Test 2

Semester Break-no classes Monday 31st August-Friday 4th September

Session Nine: Preparation of risk management report. No class attendance as this week’s learner directed hours replaces classes.

Session Ten: Legal Risk Management (Corporate risk)

Session Eleven: Cybercrime

Session Twelve: Global Risk Management

Session Thirteen: Disasters & Enviro Justice

Session Fourteen: Risk Management strategies & Knowledge Test 3

Session Fifteen: Risk Management monitoring and evaluation

Session Sixteen: Group Presentations

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



Other Resources

PowerPoint’s for the lectures will generally be made available AFTER the class workshop; however these are not a replacement for attending workshops. Workshops may have additional information, activities or visual material, which will not be available through blackboard.
It is essential that you access the Blackboard site at least once a week, as announcements and emails are considered an effective means of communication between educators and students.

GUSS Skills Central ( is a site developed specifically for students in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT. It provides links to a range of resources for supporting student work on assessments and negotiating university studies more generally.

Overview of Assessment

Assessments may incorporate a variety of methods including role plays, observations, lectures, tutorials, class discussion, reports, group/individual training workshops, and audio-visual presentations.

Assessment Tasks

There are 3 assessable tasks in this subject, as follows:
1. Formative Assessment Tasks (three ungraded)
These knowledge tests require you to progressively demonstrate knowledge confirming that you have an understanding of how to apply risk management principles and guidelines in a global organisational and justice context.
To be completed weeks 4, 8 &14.

Note:all progressive knowledge tests and skills presentations are to be satisfactorily completed to achieve a graded result for the subject.

2. Documented Risk Management Report (50%)
Students will be given a selection of case scenario to investigate and report on. Students are to develop a risk management report and explain in depth the relevance of each of the stages of the risk management process pertinent to the case scenario.

You will be given one of the following case scenarios:
• Bomb threat has been phoned in, with a notification of a unaccompanied backpack been left on the campus, containing home-made bomb
• Blockade entrance to the campus, by an ethnic group rioting over comments made on social media by a fellow student, referring to overseas students in a derogatory manner.
• Sexual assaults of three RMIT students on the campus; 2 in car parks, 1 in the library

You must submit your assigned report as a 2500 word report, supported by a minimum of 6 referenced resources.
Due: By 5.00pm of Week 10, Friday 18th September.

3. Global Risk Research and Presentation (50%)
Students are to research an international incident, where extensive coverage by the media (newspaper, news coverage, magazine articles).
A further detailed outline of the assessment and submission requirements will be posted on Blackboard with marking criteria provided prior to assessment.
Outline a global risk. The incident may be within the last two years and the risk management of that incident has been questioned.
In groups of 3-4, students are to present the chosen topic to the class in a 15 minute presentation. A written submission (PowerPoint presentation or group journal notes) is to accompany the presentation.
Marks will be awarded on an individual basis as well as a collective group mark. The final grade will be the combination of Individual and group marks.
Presentations and assessments will be conducted in Week 16 & 17.

Assessment Matrix

This is available via MyRMIT/Studies
The assessments have been designed to cover all Learning Outcomes and will be graded in accordance with RMIT’s Mark Table which is as follows:

CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved - Graded
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did not Submit for Assessment

Grades which apply to course delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment (not-graded)

CA Competency Achieved
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit For Assessment

Assessment Deadlines
Any due date for any assignment is to be considered a deadline. You can submit work at any time prior to the submission date, but it must be into the Administration office by close of business (5pm) of the day the submission is due.

Assessment Format
As a student of the Justice VE program, it is expected that you adhere to the following criteria regarding essays/research/reports;
1. For a Advanced Diploma written assessment task/s – no less than 2500 words, 5 academic references and ONE in-text citation per paragraph.
2. A paragraph is usually between 200 – 250 words.
3. A sentence is usually between 20 - 25 words.
4. American Psychological Association (APA) Referencing Style is the EXPECTED referencing style for the school of Criminal Justice (VE).
5. We highly recommend that all students download a copy of the APA Referencing Guide which is available on the Blackboard or purchase a Pocket Guide to APA style from the campus bookshop.
6. APA Referencing system is to be used and all in-text citations must be recorded according to APA standards.
7. An academic reference is a scholarly source (journal articles that are peer reviewed, a published book, an approved government or organisation website etc.).
8. Written reports, research projects or essays are to demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and familiarity with the prescribed or negotiated topics
9. 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 address the issues raised in the chosen topic in a logical ordered and organised manner.
10. Written submissions must demonstrate appropriate preparation, reading and research.
11. Double or 1.5 spacing and a font size of 10-12 must be used in either Arial or Times Roman. Do not submit double paged assessments.
12. All assignments to be submitted via the Drop Box (Building 37, level 2) and submitted via email to the Advanced Diploma email address to verify submission ( Assessments must be submitted by 5pm (close of business).
13. Written assessments will also be submitted with a Turnitin Report attached (as instructed by your Educator).

Other Information

Other Information
Please refer to RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by a due date, you will need to apply for an extension.
In accordance with RMIT policy, you 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.

You must keep a copy of your 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.

An extension 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 or individual educators.

Longer extensions
Extension of time longer than 7 days can only be granted through 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 of assignments 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 after 7 days of  the due date.

Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

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 and Plagiarism - RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to 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 PSPOHS401B Implement Workplace Safety Procedures and Programs.2015. version 1.docx

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

Plagiarism Software
The originality verification software Turnitin may be used in this course. For details, see:


Course Overview: Access Course Overview