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60116 Risk Assessment and Management for Science

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UTS: Science
Credit points: 2 cp
Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.

Description

This subject provides students with the foundational knowledge about risk assessment in science, providing them with the necessary skills to identify and mitigate risks in a scientific context. Students are introduced to the concepts that are paramount to risk assessment and management, including the ability to identify risks and hazards, as well as introducing them to the risk management framework that is upheld throughout UTS Science. Upon completion of this subject students are able to successfully identify and mitigate risks as well as design and create risk assessments and a risk management plan. These foundation skills prepare students for a range of professional and academic pathways in science.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:

1. Distinguish risks and hazards within a scientific context and determine the appropriate strategies to manage these risks
2. Correctly use the risk assessment templates and forms that are common in a scientific context
3. Clearly communicate to succesfully convey risks and their appropriate mitigation strategies
4. Interpret information that is provided in Safety Data Sheets and identify the pertinent information for hazardous chemical labels and risk assessments

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes specifically to the development of following course intended learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate an advanced proficiency and knowledge of forensic science practice, including the detection, collection, analysis, and interpretation of traces, using current and emerging processes or technologies (1.1)
  • An ability to hypothesise, apply the scientific method and solve problems, incorporating evidence-based knowledge acquisition, deduction, inference and induction to contest and test current scientific knowledge through critical evaluation and data analyses. (2.0)
  • Communicate effectively and professionally across all domains (written/oral/visual/graphical) to a range of audiences using appropriate media. (5.0)

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

This subject is intended to assess the following attributes:
Graduate Attribute 1 - Disciplinary knowledge
You will develop your knowledge of risks and their management by building on skills that have been introduced
in previous science subjects. By specifically focussing on risk management and assessment you can
become familiar with the forms and templates commonly used in UTS science by creating risk assessments and
risk management plans for a number of chemistry experiments. You will receive written feedback on your risk
assessments and will be introduced to in depth knowledge during the online modules. You will also be given the
chance to deepen your knowledge further through the online quizzes associated with each module.


Graduate Attribute 2 – Research, inquiry and critical thinking
Throughout the session you will be required to research a range of risk related topics, giving you the opportunity to
critically analyse resources and select information that is pertinent. As the format of the risk assessments is
quite succinct, this will enable you to gain valuable practice at looking critically at information and sources to
determine what information is specific and appropriate to the task at hand. Through developing the skills to
identify risks you will advance your critical thinking skills, enabling you to analyse a situation and determine likely
hazards and/or risks. Through further research you will then also be able to identify relevant strategies to mitigate
these hazards and/or risks.


Graduate Attribute 5 - Communication
You will develop your written communication skills throughout the session, mainly focussing on your ability to
accurately and effectively portray scientific information in a concise format. You will be given feedback
on your tasks to enable you to build on your skills and apply your feedback to the main written
assignment. Your written communication with be developed through the implementation of the risk assessment template task, which will require you to identify the correct and incorrect use of the templates. You will then
expand on this to create your own risk management plan, enabling the further development of your
communication skills within a scientific context.

Teaching and learning strategies

This subject will be delivered entirely online through the learning platform Canvas. You will work through content
areas or ‘modules’ which are designed to build your knowledge in the foundational aspects of risk assessment
and management in science.


At the beginning of the subject, you will be introduced to the topic and start to interact with a range of materials
in different formats. All materials are designed to provide you with an active learning experience and you will be
expected to think critically about the information you receive. You will have the opportunity to connect with your
peers during the subject by using the discussion board within Canvas, allowing you to ask questions of each
other and discuss the subject content.


At the end of each module, except module 5, you will be assessed on your comprehension of the topic with a quiz. Each quiz will give you the opportunity to cement the knowledge introduced in the online spaces. The assessments will provide you with the opportunity to refine the practical skills of identifying risks and hazards while also building on your written communication. This will be done through the practice of recognising and identifying the important components in risk assessments and writing comprehensive risk management plans. To further build on your skills throughout the session you will receive automatic feedback/marks from the online quizzes and you will also receive automatic online feedback on the risk assessment task. The feedback throughout the semester can then be used to assist in the final risk management plan assignment.

Content (topics)

Identification of risks and hazards
Chemical SDS and labels
Risk assessment and management
Risk assessment templates
Dealing with events
Large scale disasters

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Multiple Choice Quizzes

Intent:

The following graduate attributes are assessed in this task:
1. Disciplinary Knowledge
2. Research inquiry and critical thinking
5. Communication

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

1, 2 and 4

This assessment task contributes to the development of course intended learning outcome(s):

1.1, 2.0 and 5.0

Type: Quiz/test
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 40%
Criteria:

Correct responses to multiple choice questions and demonstration of comprehension and critical thinking in a number of different question styles including matching and sequencing.

Assessment task 2: Risk Assessment Task

Intent:

The following graduate attributes are assessed in this task:
1. Disciplinary Knowledge
2. Research inquiry and critical thinking
5. Communication

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

1, 2 and 3

This assessment task contributes to the development of course intended learning outcome(s):

1.1 and 5.0

Type: Quiz/test
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 15%
Criteria:

You will be assessed on your ability to successfully identify the important aspects of a risk assessment
and correctly determine what information should be included in each of the sections.

Assessment task 3: Risk Management Plan

Intent:

The following graduate attributes are assessed in this task:
1. Disciplinary Knowledge
2. Research inquiry and critical thinking
5. Communication

Objective(s):

This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s):

1, 2, 3 and 4

This assessment task contributes to the development of course intended learning outcome(s):

1.1, 2.0 and 5.0

Type: Report
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 45%
Criteria:

You will be assessed on your:

  • Accuracy and relevance of included information
  • Use of accurate and reliable sources
  • Ability to correctly utilise the risk management templates
  • Ability to correctly identify and anticipate potential risks while also identifying adequate risk mitigation
  • procedures

Minimum requirements

In any assessment task worth 40% or more of the final, overall assessment, you are required to obtain at least 40% of the possible marks for that task, in order to pass the subject. If a mark of 40% or more is not achieved, a fail grade (X) may be awarded for this subject, regardless of an aggregate mark of 50% or greater for the subject, overall. Assessment task 1 is comprised of 4 components, totalling 40%. Students must obtain a minimum of 40% overall for this assessment task in order to pass. In addition to this, Assessment task 2 has a total weighting of 45%. Students must obtain a minimum of 40% overall for this assessment in order to pass.

Students must obtain a minimum of 50% for the cumulative marks in the subject in order to pass.