PROJMGNT 5004EX - Risk Assessment and Management

North Terrace Campus - Trimester 3 - 2019

This course addresses recognition of risks and risk analysis, methods for researching, identifying, managing and communicating results for project risks, using ISO31000 for project risk and systems, and for systemic and cascading risk using international best practice Monte Carlo simulation, design by risk, the concept of tolerance and phase-gate process are addressed and competencies developed in participants. The outcome is competence to lead or participate in a risk management team as part of a project or program. Throughout the course, examples are drawn from the commercial world, enabling the participant to consolidate theoretical and practical knowledge of risk.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PROJMGNT 5004EX
    Course Risk Assessment and Management
    Coordinating Unit Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation & Innov Centre
    Term Trimester 3
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Approximately 4 hours per week over 10 weeks (interaction & preparation)
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Course Description This course addresses recognition of risks and risk analysis, methods for researching, identifying, managing and communicating results for project risks, using ISO31000 for project risk and systems, and for systemic and cascading risk using international best practice Monte Carlo simulation, design by risk, the concept of tolerance and phase-gate process are addressed and competencies developed in participants. The outcome is competence to lead or participate in a risk management team as part of a project or program. Throughout the course, examples are drawn from the commercial world, enabling the participant to consolidate theoretical and practical knowledge of risk.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Indra Gunawan

    Program Director Contact Details: Project Management
    Name: Associate Professor Indra Gunawan

    Teaching Staff:
    Name: Kiran Hiriyanna

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1 Identify the core types of project risks;
    2 Use qualitative and quantitative risk assessment methods;
    3 Competently use risk simulation techniques and other risk analysis tools/methods and work in a group to create a risk management plan based on the ISO 31000:2009;
    4 Identify a range of risk management issues/challenges and the risks as complex systems cascade and be competent to initiate potential actions in response;
    5 Demonstrate continued learning and personal development;
    6 Recognise ethical, social and cultural issues and their importance for project managers.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    Recommended but not required textbooks:

    Marchetti, A.M. (2012), Enterprise Risk Management, Best Practices, Wiley.
    Bowden, A., Lane, M., and Martin, J., (2001), Triple Bottom Line Risk Management, Wiley.

    Recommended Resources
    There is a wide range of material on the course topic available. The following provides some additional reading guidance if you are interested in reading further on the topic.
    Chapman, Chris and Ward, Stephen 1997 Project Risk Management, Wiley
    Chorafas, Dimitris 2001 Managing Risk in the New Economy, New York Institute of Finance
    Clark, Kim & Wheelwright, Steven 1993 Managing new Product and Process Development, HBS
    Cooper, Robert 2001 Winning at New Products, 3rd Edition, Perseus Publishing, Cambridge Massachusetts
    Crawford, C Merle, and Di Benedetto, C Anthony 2000 New Products Management. Irwin McGraw-Hill
    Deschamps, Jean-Philippe and Nayak, P Ranganath 1995 Product Juggernauts, Arthur D Little
    Gray, Clifford & Larson, Erik 2000 Project Management, McGraw-Hill.
    Hardy, Karen 2015 Enterprise Risk Management, Wiley
    Jolly Vijay 1997 Commercialising New Technologies, Harvard Business School Press
    Louisot, J-P and Kethcam Christopher 2014 Enterprise Risk Management - Issues and case studies, Wiley
    McGrath, Michael 2001 Product Strategies for High Tech Companies, 2nd Edition, McGraw-Hill
    Pickford, James 2001 Mastering Risk, Volume 1: Concepts, Financial Times
    Smith, Preston G and Reinertsen, Donald 1995 Developing Products in Half the Time, Van Nostrand Reinhold
    Van de Ven, Andrew, Polley, Douglas, Garud, Raghu, & Venkataraman, Sankataran 1999 The Innovation Journey, Oxford UP

    Library Resources
    The University of Adelaide’s Barr Smith Library provides a range of learning resources including texts, journals, periodicals, magazines, and access to online databases and information services. It also offers a virtual library which is accessible via the University’s website. Access to the Library's electronic resources.

    Other resources
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    Online Learning
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  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    No information currently available.


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    As a guide, a 3 unit course comprises a total of 156 hours work (this includes face-to-face contact, any online components, and self-directed study).
    Learning Activities Summary
    This is a draft schedule and session dates are a guide only. The timetable may be changed during the course delivery if necessary.
    Session Content
    1 Introduction to Risk and why we need to Manage our Risks
    2 AS/NZS/ISO 31000:2009 – Risk Management Standard
    3 Applying the Risk Management Process
    4 Discuss Assignment 1; Examples and tools; Case Study
    5 Introduction; Presentation of Assignment 1, Project Selection (under uncertainty)
    6 Systemic Risk; Enterprise Risk; Complex Systems; Health and Safety Risk
    7 Establishing effective Risk Management
    8 Discuss Assignment 2; Discuss Assignment 3 ; Case Studies & additional examples
    Risk Management Magazine 
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    An overview of the course assessment appears in the following Table. Details appear in the following section:

    #Assessment TaskTask TypeLengthWeightingLearning Outcomes
    1 Risk Management Plan and Risk Register (25%)
    and presentation, 10-15 slides (5%)
    Group Minimum 3,000 words 30% 1-4
    2 Enterprise Risk Management Framework Individual 3,000 words 30% 4-6
    3 Systemic Risk Individual 3,000 words 30% 1-3
    4 Class Participation Individual N/A 10% 1-6
    Total 100%
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students should attend all classes in order to pass the course. There is considerable experiential learning in workshops during the intensive classes that build your knowledge and thus enable you to be successful in this course.  

    Course results are subject to moderation by the ECIC Board of Examiners

    Appropriate use of the Internet in assignments
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    The University’s Writing Centre provide excellent guides to assist in appropriate referencing and avoiding plagiarism

    Due to an increasing number of students infringing the University’s Academic Honesty Policy, Turnitin is used to check assignments.

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    Assessment Detail
    Assessment 1, Section 1: Risk Management Plan and Risk Register (Group Assignment)
    Weighting: 25%

    Task: Form groups of 4-5 people and complete a risk analysis and management plan for a project of one of the members of the group. You may use the approach of AS/NZS/ISO 31000:2009, with the addition of Critical Success Factors, or Bowden, Lane and Martin’s approach.

    Length and Presentation:

    At least 3,000 words. In addition, supply a risk management plan and risk register (Excel file).

    Assessment 1, Section 2: Presentation of Risk Management Plan and Risk Register
    Weighting: 5%
    Submission Details: in class

    Task: Present your risk management plan and risk register. Discuss the top 10 risks and explain why you have decided on the chosen treatments. The presentation is to be shared amongst the group.

    Length and Presentation:

    Submit a Power Point presentation of approximately 10-15 slides. Y

    Assessment 2: Enterprise Risk Management Framework (Individual Assignment)

    From the list of articles in MyUni > Readings for Assignment 2 write an Enterprise Risk Management Plan for a company and context of your choosing. The plan should be designed so that an Executive can effectively manage enterprise level risks within the organisation. 

    Length and Presentation:
    3000 words maximum.

    Assessment 3:  Systemic Risk (Individual Assignment)

    Task: Purpose is to research current trends in the theory and application of Risk Management at the systems level. Review a project or system where risk management has gone wrong. Review the consequences which have occurred at the system level and comment on the the cascading effects. Did the organisation or enterprise have the risk appetite for the consequences? Use the learnings from the second intensive where applicable to examine the way risk has been managed. Critique the techniques used in the organisation against those discussed in scholarly papers. Where could things have been improved?

    In this assignment, you are to demonstrate your awareness of systems thinking within the area of risk managment.

    This exercise requires wider research and reading such as The Australian newspaper (business section) or the Risk Management Magazine, or Harvard Business Review magazine.

    It is not a straight forward assignment, it requires wider reading and research, comparable to a masters degree.

    Length and Presentation:
    Maximum 3000 words.

    Assessment 4: Participation
    Task: Bonus points will be awarded to students who show exceptional participation during the course.

    All text based assignments must be submitted via MyUni.
    Please refer to step by step instructions: MyUni Learning Centre

    There are a few points to note about the submission of assignments:
    • Assignment Submission:  Assignments should not be emailed to the instructor; they must be lodged via the MyUni Course site (unless specified to do both). Note that assignments may be processed via TURNITIN, which is an online plagiarism prevention tool.
    • Cover Sheet:  Please include in the assignment a completed University of Adelaide Assessment Cover Sheet providing details of yourself and your team members (if applicable), your assignment, the course, date submitted, etc. as well as the declaration signed by you that this is your (your team’s) work.  Note that the declaration on any electronically submitted assignment will be deemed to have the same authority as a signed declaration.
    • Backup Copy of Assignments:  You are advised to keep a copy of your assignments in case the submitted copy goes missing.  Please ensure that all assignment pages are numbered. If your assignment contains confidential information, you should discuss any concerns with the Course Lecturer prior to submission.
    • Extensions of Time:  An application for Assessment Extension should be made well before the due date of the assignment to the Course Lecturer.  Normally, extensions will only be granted for a maximum of two weeks from the original assignment submission date.  Extensions will only be granted in cases of genuine medical, compassionate or extenuating circumstances.
    • Failure to submit: Failure to submit an assignment on time or by the agreed extension deadline may result in penalties and may incur a fail grade.  Note that a late penalty of 5% of the total available marks for that assessment item will be incurred each day an assignment is handed in late (Unless otherwise stated in 'Assessment Related Requirements' or 'Assessment Detail' above). Assignments handed in after 14 days from the due submission date will fail even if a 100% mark is granted for the work.

    Resubmission & Remarking

    Resubmission of an assignment for remarking after reworking it to obtain a better mark will not normally be accepted.  Approval for resubmission will only be granted on medical or compassionate grounds.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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