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Risk Management in Tertiary Education

2019 dates TBC

This subject provides an overview of the rapid rise of risk management in tertiary education. Framing this explosion in the broader context of public policy change and the emergence of the risk society, it critically examines the concepts and practices of risk management. It will provide participants with knowledge and insights in these areas:

  • Understanding uncertainty and risk;
  • Identifying different types of risk, e.g. reputational risk, operational risk;
  • Risk management and the politics of uncertainty and trust;
  • Approaches to risk management, including enterprise-wide risk management (ERM);
  • Strength and weaknesses of current risk management practices;
  • Risk management and governance;
  • Effective approaches to risk management in tertiary education.

Learning outcomes

On completion, participants should be able to apply what they have learned by:

  • Understanding the background and theoretical drivers for the emergence of risk management;
  • Describing different concepts and models of risk management;
  • Describing different modalities of risk management in a tertiary education context;
  • Assessing the effectiveness and efficiency of risk management practices within their own institutions and designing alternative approaches in case of ineffectiveness or inefficiencies;
  • Understanding the links between governance and risk management at the institutional level.

Why study this subject?

  • If you are currently in a strategic planning role with risk management responsibilities, this subject can keep your professional knowledge up-to-date through the latest research, academic and professional expertise in risk management within the tertiary education context.
  • If you are currently studying for another degree, you can use this subject to tap into areas outside your field of study or degree so you can pursue a specific interest.
  • If you are considering further study in our Masters or Graduate Certificate program, you can explore your options by doing this subject first before leaping into the full degree.

Contact hours

The total number of contact hours over this period is 24. Includes 6 hours of webinars and 18 hours of online discussions (all taught and/or moderated by academic staff) over the duration of the subject.

Outside of these times students are expected to organise their own study schedule; the recommended total number of study hours for this subject is 170.

Delivery modes

This subject is delivered entirely online. Students can choose to undertake either the non-assessed or assessed mode.

Non-assessed mode
Students undertake and finish the compulsory components only, made up of four discussion board tasks and three webinars.

Assessed mode
Students first undertake and finish the compulsory components, i.e. the four discussion board tasks and three webinars held at set times. They must then submit a 3000-word essay at the end of the subject.

Students who successfully complete this mode gain 12.5 credit points, which may be credited towards one of our Masters or Graduate Certificate courses. Please contact us if you would like more information about how this works.

2018 fees

Assessed mode: A$4,180

Non-assessed mode: A$3,352

Fees include course materials but does not include text books (if applicable).


Mr. Bernard Griffiths, Director, Risk and Audit at University of Tasmania

Prof Jeanette Baird, Vice-President, Quality Assurance and Strategic Planning and Professor of Higher Education at Divine Word University in Papua New Guinea

How to apply

To find out more about studying a single subject from the Tertiary Education Management course or to start your application, please contact our dedicated Student Support team who will assist you through the process.

The documents you will require to provide include:

  • Copies of testamurs and transcripts of all degrees listed in the application;
  • Your CV;
  • Documentation showing how you have met the English language proficiency standards if you have English as a second language or the language of instruction of previous degrees was other than English.

(Note: limit of 1.5 MB per document)

More information

Detailed information on the subject is available in the University of Melbourne handbook.

Find out more information about this subject or request an information pack by contacting Dina Uzhegova or call +61 3 8344 4605.

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