Critically evaluate the influence of risk in decision making processes

Critically evaluate the influence of risk in decision making processes

This assignment requires you to produce a case study portfolio relating to the risk perception for the particular safety, health and/or environmental hazard of your choice*, comprising:

  • Discussion of the safety, health and/or environmental hazard from the perspective of risk perception by different key actors involved (30%)
  • Evaluation of the appropriateness of the key tools used to assess risk and identify relevant sources of uncertainty (20%)
  • Synthesis of evidence in the form of a briefing note for a particular peer/stakeholder (for e.g. policy maker or general public or corporate client) to decide on the “best policy” (30%)
  • The development and presentation of ONE piece of publicity material such as a leaflet or poster or web blog etc. addressing your perception of risk for the particular hazard in question including possible mitigation options (20%)

The percentages represent the desired distribution of literature/input/content under each key point towards the entire work.

* The topic for this assignment is independent of the previous assignment on Literature review and you can choose any relevant topic

The assignment is capable of testing the following learning outcomes:

  1. Critically evaluate the influence of risk in decision making processes (IOL 2).
  2. Appraise contemporary risk management process models in the identification, analysis, evaluation and treatment of risk and apply to contextual situations (IOL 3).
  3. Critically review, analyse, and resynthesize literature from a variety of robust sources in an applied context (IOL 4).
  4. Formulate, apply and critique relevant criteria, indicators and techniques for the assessment of hazards and risks in contextual situations (IOL 5)
  5. Effectively communicate ideas in a variety of forms for a range of recipients (IOL 6)
  6. Make critical judgements about the influence of risk in decision making processes taking account of uncertainty (IOL 7)
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