SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2N211740
Module Leader Sarah Laycock
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Risk
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Core Level One Modules

Summary of Content

To introduce students to the main methods of controlling the risks faced by private and public sector organisations. The module will look at risk control under three broad headings: - managerial - physical - financial


Topic 1 Introduction Risk control in the risk management cycle. Risk assessment as a prelude to risk control. Use of a Risk Register Topic 2 Managerial Risk Control Risk control standards Safety, health, environment and quality management systems Case Study - the UK National Health Service Topic 3 Physical Risk Control Principles of physical control Statutory and non-statutory controls Schools as a physical risk control case study Topic 4 Financial Risk Control Insurance as a risk control mechanism Internal and External Audit Treasury Risk Topic 5 Risk Control Case Studies

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:1. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of how risk assessment is a necessary prelude to satisfactory risk control2. Distinguish between statutory and non statutory control measures.3. Identify the main forms of managerial, physical and financial controls.4. Evaluate the likely effectiveness of a range of managerial, physical and financial control measures.5. Utilise skills to gather data and information on a given scenario and synthesise this in the form of a risk control report.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The lectures will provide the essential information necessary to achieve the learning outcomes. Tutorials will supplement this essential information and develop a deeper understanding. The practical aspects of the module will be explored through the use of case studies supported by on-site photographs which will require to be analysed and interpreted by the students. Student Performance Feedback Aims A: Facilitate the development of self-assessment B: Encourage dialogue C: Clarify good performance D: Provide opportunities to close the gap between current and desired performance E: Deliver high quality information about your learning F: Encourage positive motivational beliefs and self-esteem G: Provide information to teachers that can be used to help shape the teaching. Strategies In order to achieve these aims, the following strategies will be adopted by this module: A: Facilitating the development of self-assessment Students will be provided with a template for the evaluation of their coursework. They will be encouraged to identify the strengths and weaknesses of their own in relation to the criteria prior to submission. B: Encouraging dialogue Time will be set aside in seminars to discuss generic feedback. Students will also be encouraged to meet with module tutors to review their personal performance. C: Clarifying good performance Students will be given clear guidance on requirements using marking criteria sheets and performance level definitions. D: Providing opportunities to close the gap between current and desired performance Feedback will identify generic and individual action points for improving performance. E: Delivering high quality information about your learning Feedback will identify strengths, weaknesses and corrective advice. Time will also be set aside in seminars to provide feedback on formative assignments. F: Encouraging positive motivational beliefs and self-esteem All feedback will be constructive and clear. It will identify strengths in performance. G: Providing information to teachers that can be used to help shape the teaching Discussion Boards will be utilised to identify the areas of the coursework students found most challenging.

Indicative Reading

BOOKS: READER SUPPLIED Roberts, G. (2002) Risk Management in Healthcare, London: Witherby Stollard P & Abrahams J (1995), Fire from First Principles ,(2nd edition) London, Spon Vincent, C. (Ed.) (2001) Clinical Risk Management: Enhancing patient safety, London: BMJ Books Waring A & Glendon I (1998), Managing Risk: Critical Issues for Survival and Success into the 21st Century, London, International Thomson Business Press Weinstein, M.B. (1997) Total Quality Safety Management and Auditing, New York: Lewis Publishers. ISBN 1-56670-283-6 Wilkinson S (2003), Risk Control, 2nd Edition, London, Witherby Stranks J., (1996), The Law and Practice of Risk Assessment, London, Pitman Davis M., Hood J., Stein W., (1997), Insurance Non-Marine: An Introduction, London, Witherby JOURNALS: Accountants Digest, The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS: H.M. Treasury, (2000), Management of Risk - A Strategy Overview WEBSITES: http://tap.ccta.gov.uk/doh/rm5.nsf/admindocs/castandards

Transferrable Skills

This module will enhance the students research skills. In preparation for their coursework they will require to research the organisation and/or sector. Post-research, they will require to assimilate all of the information acquired in their research and study of the photo-set. This will require to be synthesised into a structured risk control report.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 124.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Assessment (FT) 40.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 0.00 50.00 35% report 2000 words35% min applies
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 35% 35% min applies.40% overall to pass module