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SDIM71-201: Risk Management May 2018 [Intensive - Weeks 4 & 9]

General information

Making effective decisions in the context of uncertainty is vital to all aspects of a project's life cycle. This subject explores the link between project scope and risk management with particular emphasis on the implementation (executing) phase of delivery. A comprehensive study of the identification, measurement, pricing and management of risks encountered in delivering large and complex projects is fundamental to the level of project performance. Key topics include: mitigation and contingency planning; dealing with uncertainty; disaster planning and recovery; risk identification, management and communication; change management (including scope change and creep); emergent risks; use and development of risk registers; use of risk software; and organisational risk management systems (including human safety). A novel simulation game is employed to test students ability to exercise good judgement in realistic life and death scenarios. The importance of proper scope definition, change and validation to maximise stakeholder satisfaction are reinforced via case studies.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:SDIM71-201
Subject title:Risk Management
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:May 2018
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Seminar: x2 (Total hours: 12) - Seminar 1
  • Seminar: x2 (Total hours: 12) - Seminar 2
  • Seminar: x2 (Total hours: 12) - Seminar 3
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 84) - Recommended Study Hours
Attendance and learning activities: Attend at all workshops is necessary to get the best from this subject with the workshops building on the work of earlier workshops and pre-reading. It may be difficult to recover if you miss a day. Attendance at the workshops may be monitored and non-attendance may impact the final mark in this subject.


Prescribed resources:
  • Bernstein, P.L. (1998). Against the gods: the remarkable story of risk. John Wiley & Sons
  • PMI. (2009). Practice standard for project risk management. Pennsylvania: Project Management Institute
  • Managing project risk. []
  • Managing scope creep. []
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At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Show competency in project scope and risk management;
  2. Make scope decisions in the face of uncertainty;
  3. Apply techniques for risk identification, analysis and treatment;
  4. Demonstrate the treatment of risk in strategic business decision-making;
  5. Gain insight into the scientific assessment of project execution risks.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Essay Assignment 1 40% Week 8 1, 3.
Essay Assignment 2 40% Week 12 1, 4.
Activity Class tutorials 10% Second on-campus block 1, 5.
*Game Project Simulation game 10% First on-campus block 1, 2.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

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For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

Late submissions without evidence of illness or misadventure are limited to 50%. Extensions of time are normally limited to 2 weeks. Thereafter zero marks shall apply.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Accessibility and Inclusion Support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Additional subject information

The focus of this subject is on project scope management, project risk management and project execution. It primarily addresses Program Learning Outcome #4: make decisions in the context of uncertainty through the identification, quantitative analysis and acceptance, mitigation or transfer of anticipated project risk.

Subject curriculum

It is recommended that preparation begins in the first week of the semester. Pre-reading on project scope and risk management are available from iLearn. Included are fundamentals of project management and review scope and risk knowledge areas (PMBOK® Guide).

Risk identification, measurement and analysis. Included are risk and uncertainty, probability and prospect theories, risk identification methods, project and organisational risk, risk measurement, managing complexity and ‘Risky Business’ simulation.

Risk transfer, mitigation and management. Included are risk mitigation methods, risk transfer by contract, risk management methods, insurance and diversification, disaster planning and recovery, and organisational risk management systems (including human safety).

Approved on: Mar 19, 2018. Edition: 1.2