Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Management of Risk

Course summary

Course code: OMED1161
Level: 6
Credits: 15
School: Architecture, Computing and Hums
Department: Built Environment
Course Coordinator(s): Shaun Lundy



The course aims to:

a) provide the student with an understanding of the concepts of the management of risk;
b) analyse and evaluate various techniques for hazard identification;
c) examine risk assessment procedures;
d) explore the concepts of safety management systems in relation to risk management;
e) assess relevant legislation, its requirements and workplace implications.

Learning outcomes

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the course, the student will:

1. Examine the implications of human attitudes towards risk and danger on risk.
2. Be conversant with & critically analyse common hazard identification and risk assessment techniques.
3. Examine the common workplace hazard categories including psychosocial, ergonomic, physical, biological, chemical, workplace and work equipment.
4. Demonstrate critical understanding of the risk assessment process and be familiar with common risk assessment procedures.
5. Be able to explain the methods of reducing risk and minimizing harm through safety organization.
6. Have developed details of good management through quality assurance and quality systems.

Indicative content

Concepts of hazard and risk, risk terminology, definitions, etc.

Hazard spotting; safety inspections and safety audits.
Hazard identification & risk assessment: e.g. generic RA, HAZOP, FTA, FMEA, Indices; Checklists

Recognition, perception and reaction to risk, estimation of risk; society and risk. Acceptability of risk.
Introduction to risk management (development, risk categorisation, prescriptive v. performance, strategies for risk control). Safety, accident analysis, accident triangles, etc. Loss prevention (damage/near misses) and loss control (fire, security, emergency planning, product, etc)

Quality, environment and safety management systems theory. Safety Management systems.

Risk communication and decision. Risk control techniques. Financial and insurance considerations (cost benefit analysis, risk transfer, etc)

Teaching and learning activity

The learning time for a 15 credit level 6 course is approximately 150 hours, and as the course is studied in distance learning mode, this will be largely student centred.

Students will receive comprehensive study materials together with supporting text books. There will also be at least one intensive study school which will adopt a problem solving approach to the subject.

Throughout the texts there will be self assessment questions [SAQs], which will be linked in to the student website, and these will allow the students to monitor their understanding of principles, procedure and practice as they progress through the material. The answers can be monitored by tutors and feedback given. Where practicable, SAQs will be interactive.


1500 word report - 50% weighting, pass mark 40%. Organisation country base and risk management evaluation.
2000 word presentation and case study report - 50% weighting, pass mark 40%.