Module Overview

Risk Assessment

This module undertakes a critical evaluation of the current theories methodologies and uncertainties involved in risk assessment. Theories of science, social science engineering and practitioners’ based views of risk assessment are presented together with an evaluation of the accuracy of the quantitative and qualitative methodologies involved. Specialist skills in Risk Assessment will be developed, as well as improving communications, decision making, analytical and critical thinking and using professional judgement skills in a work-related curriculum

Module Code

TFSM 9001

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Definitions of hazard, risk and risk assessment will be presented from the distinctive disciplines and perspectives of science, social science, engineering and practitioner viewpoints.  These distinctions will be used to present risk assessment methods tools and techniques. A focus on epidemiological toxicological and environmental risk assessment methodologies will also be included as well as the debate on the subjective and objective nature of risk. An evaluation as to the predictive abilities of various risk assessment methodologies will also be presented together with an in-depth consideration of conditions that create uncertainty in risk assessment.  The perception of risk and how it affects risk communication will be critically evaluated and the module concludes with an appraisal of common methodologies used to assess workplace and environmental risks. 

Face-to-face lectures will be delivered and students will be expected to contribute to class discussions using their respective academic disciplines. Academic writing skills will be expected with examples of answering complex questions using writing essay styles. Ongoing lecturer feedback will feature by and for example requesting essay plans prior to submission. Post submission feedback will be given by lecturers individually discussing marks awarded. There will be practical demonstrations of visual inspections, quantified risk assessments, social science based risk assessment. Self-directed learning is emphasised and greatly encouraged by using class based tutorial questions, on-line resources and self-reflection.


This module will be delivered multimodally, with the student choosing one of two options; Hyflex or attendance in class.  Content can also be delivered  as pre-recorded video or as required pre-reading of selected peer reviewed papers, articles, case studies or past dissertations


Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Other Assessment(s)100