Module code: MANM489

Module Overview

The world is increasingly complex and interconnected and there is a need to identify and manage the resulting hazards and risks (WEF, 2011). Business is facing unprecedented risks. The level of uncertainty and tensions resulting from climate change, pandemics, trade wars, geopolitics and just- in-time supply chains require the identification and strategic management of risk.
A successful business manages its downside risks and takes advantage of opportunities resulting from upside risks. This module provides students with a fundamental understanding of uncertainty, hazards and risks required to succeed in business.
Many of the increasing unanticipated commercial costs of risk are related to incomplete hazard identification (Goh and Chua, 2010). This course will provide you with an understanding of generic and operational risks of business. Using research-led insight into the identification of risk, hazards and uncertainty. The module facilitates learning through a combination of case studies and insight from practitioners and professionals in risk management.

Module provider

Surrey Business School

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 117

Lecture Hours: 33

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

1. Understand the fundamental theories and frameworks for risks, hazards and uncertainty
2. Multidisciplinary risk identification
3. Analysis, evaluation and quantification of risk
4. Physical, legal and financial method used to manage and mitigate risk in business
5. Operational risk management
6. Risk management in a merger and acquisition
7. Digital risk management
8. Political risk management
9. Environmental risk management and adaptation for business
10. Risk reporting and compiling a risk register

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Coursework (Group) risk report (3000 words) 60
Oral exam or presentation Individual Presentation and viva (LO1,2,3,4&5) 40

Alternative Assessment

Individual risk management report (3000 Words)

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to give students the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the subject matter and mastery of the learning outcomes through practical application. The latter is assessed through a group report (3000)replicating real world practical application, problem solving and professional practice. The individual presentation/ viva provides evidence of student subject specific knowledge, cognitive skills, problem solving, and evidence based critical evaluation. The two assessment complement each other.
Students who are required to resit the group assessment will provide and executive summary of a chosen institution.
Summative assessment
1. Strategic risk management report (Group) 3,000 words (60%).
2. Presentation and viva (individual) 40%

Alternative assessment
Individual coursework: Executive summary for a strategic risk management report (1500 words) 60%
Students receive marks out of 100 for both assessments, along with feedback on their individual performance.
Formative assessment and feedback
Students will work collaboratively in groups on case studies and group discussions, active learning sessions and report tutorials, which may be done face to face or on-line.

Module aims

  • · Identify the importance of risk identification in strategic risk management
  • · Analyse the role of risk management frameworks in the management of risk
  • · Develop a critical understanding of the information requirements and quality of evidence required for risk management
  • · Develop a multidisciplinary approach to risk management
  • · Applying a consultative approach to the production of a professional strategic risk management report

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Demonstrate knowledge of risk management theories and frameworks KT
002 Demonstrate multidisciplinary identification of risks, hazards and uncertainty KT
003 Analyze and evaluate risk CT
004 Critically evaluate the different mechanisms used to mitigate risk CPT
005 Appreciate the importance of operational risk management CKT
006 Think critically about due diligence in the strategic risk management of mergers and acquisitions CPT
007 Demonstrate knowledge of digital risk management KT
008 Appreciate the application of political risk management for a global institution CKT
009 Demonstrate the application of environmental risk management and adaptation to business CKPT
010 Apply risk consulting skills to deliver a professional strategic risk management report CKPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed on the principles of project- based experiential pedagogy and thus combines research- informed academic content with applied learning through project work.

Learning and teaching is research led and follows a student focused, experiential, flipped-classroom methodology with online elements. It comprises lectures, seminars, group discussions, Masterclass sessions, study trips, report tutorials. It includes active and self-directed learning-both group and individual. Prior to attending lecture and seminar, students are expected to undertake the essential reading and complete any set work for the sessions.

The report work, which is based on both active learning and module assessment, is designed to give students the experience of working in an international and cross-cultural context. It is supported by engagement with practice through a study trip and talks from guess practitioners, research seminars and webinars. Together with dedicated group report tutorials – run face-to-face or online. These sessions are designed to support student learning project work providing formative feedback in preparation for assessment.
The learning and teaching methods include:

· Lectures are mainly designed to illustrate and explain theoretical concepts and models
· Seminars/ group discussions are designed to develop a more practical insight into the applied nature of the various topics covered: they help explore the theoretical concepts and models by reference to a range of topical issues and case studies.
· Active learning includes engaging in classroom practical exercise, video and case analysis and group report work.
· Active learning through online study
· Self-directed learning pertains to engaging with learning materials and undertaking desk research required for classroom participation and assessment
· Study trips are designed to allow students the opportunity to observe the phenomena they study in practice and engage with the relevant practice and practitioners in their own setting and context.
· Masterclass sessions are there to support the student -led reports, which run for the duration of the module and are the basis for the module assessment. Masterclass sessions deal with current issues of direct relevance to student projects and are informed by the latest research and business practice.
· Report tutorials support students in their project work through systematic review of progress, discussion and formative feedback from an academic tutor. These may run face to face or online.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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