Riskanalysens och riskhanteringens grunder
Foundations for Risk Assessment and Management
VRSN05, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)
Valid for: 2019/20
Decided by: PLED BI/RH
Date of Decision: 2019-03-27
Main field: Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation.
Compulsory for: RH4-rh, MKAT1
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English
The aim of the course is that the students shall gain
fundamental knowledge and understanding of risk analysis, risk
evaluation and risk management, with applications in a broad array
of areas including safety, environment and society. The course also
aims that the students shall gain the ability to utilize tools for
risk analysis, evaluation and management and how they can support
risk-related decisions. Furthermore, the course is aimed at
providing a foundation for continuing studies in the risk
Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must
- be able to describe the scientific and conceptual foundation
for risk management
- be able to describe different perspectives of the concept of
risk and be aware of the implications of adopting the different
perspectives in a risk management context.
- be able to describe methods for risk analysis, evaluation and
management, their areas of applicability, especially in the area of
safety, environment and society.
- be able to describe different ways of presenting risk, their
limitations and strengths and how they can be applied to evaluate
- be able to describe different types of uncertainty and how they
can be addressed and handled in a risk analysis and evaluation
Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must
- be able to critically, systematically and autonomously utilize
concepts, methods and tools for risk analysis and evaluation, also
in new situations.
- be able to report, both orally and in writing, and discuss the
implications of a performed risk assessment in a way understandable
to persons with different knowledge backgrounds.
- be able to suggest risk reduction and risk management measures,
also where there is a lack of information
- be able to utilise material in scientific publications relevant
for risk assessment
Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must
- be able to critically reflect on the benefits and limitations
of risk assessments as basis for decision making.
- be able to reflect upon ethical, subjective and societal
dimensions of risk assessments.
The overriding elements in the course consist of: Introduction
to the field of risk management, including risk analysis, risk
evaluation and risk treatment, detailed treatment of the risk
concept, general risk theory, risk analysis methods within safety,
environment and society, basics of uncertainty and sensitivity,
different ways of evaluation risk and introduction to risk
perception and decision making concerning risk treatment.
During the course, obligatory seminars, as well as a group
project, are to be completed. The project assignment is to be
reported in written form and also orally.
Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: The examination represents a combination of results of a written examination and a project assignment. Participation in obligatory seminars is required.
The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.
Code: 0115. Name: Written Examination.
Credits: 4. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written examination. Contents: The aim of the course is that the students shall gain fundamental knowledge and understanding of risk analysis, risk evaluation and risk management, with applications in a broad array of areas including safety, environment and society. The course also aims that the students shall gain the ability to utilize tools for risk analysis, evaluation and management and how they can support risk-related decisions. Furthermore, the course is aimed at providing a foundation for continuing studies in the risk management field.
Code: 0215. Name: Project Assignments, Individual Assignments.
Credits: 3,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Successfully completed individual home assignments and group project assignment Contents: During the course, an individual home assignments, as well as a group project, are to be completed. The project assignment is to be reported in written form and also orally.
The number of participants is limited to: 50
Selection: Students enrolled at the Master Programme in Disaster Management and Climate Change Adaptation, and the Master's program in Risk Management and Safety Engineering is guaranteed to be admitted to the course provided they fulfill the entry requirements. Guaranteed admission for a total of 5 students at Graduate Schools enrolled at one of the programs; SADVS, SAGLS or SASSG. Any left available seats are prioritized to students enrolled on programmes that include the course in their curriculum. Selection is based on completed university credits within the program.
The course overlaps following course/s: VBR180, VBRN01, VBRN45
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Contact and other information
Course coordinator: Henrik Hassel, firstname.lastname@example.org
Course administrator: Hanna Lindbom, email@example.com
Further information: Group assignments and seminars require active participation. Each group member must individually be able to account for the content of the project assignment. If a group member does not fulfil the demands of the group or ignores hers/his commitment, she/he can be reassigned to another group or get a fail result.