Swinburne – Introduction to Risk and Due Diligence

March 20, 2017

R2A’s unit Introduction to Risk and Due Diligence at Swinburne University is now a core unit for two postgraduate Master courses, The Master of Professional Engineering and The Master of Construction and Infrastructure Management. With 140 students enrolled in the course, delivery has become a real team effort.

The Master of Professional Engineering is designed to help students develop skills in professional management, communication, and research methods and principles in the engineering discipline. Students undertake research and project work and benefit from the industry focus of the program. Students participate in a professional industry project. This experience allows students to apply their knowledge and skills to industry problems. They also enhance students’ awareness of industry and provide valuable networking opportunities.

The Master of Construction and Infrastructure Management aims to prepare graduates for future roles in managing people, equipment, materials, technological processes and funds in the construction, management and maintenance of buildings and assets in the civil infrastructure. This aim is facilitated by the study of advanced management and engineering techniques in the fields of construction, building and maintenance.

Students gain significant knowledge and skills in procurement and project delivery, resource planning and management, project costing, health and safety, and risk management. They also learn about the environmental, financial, legal and contractual considerations associated with project-based industries.

To provide students with a broad understanding of risk management, including basic concepts and the suite of available techniques.

The key learning outcomes for the unit are to:

  1. Understand fundamental due diligence, risk and reliability concepts;
  2. Apply the safety, economic and legal drivers of risk management requirements;
  3. Comprehend different organisational risk paradigms and models;
  4. Recognise the liability and due diligence implications of risk managers, and how they relate to quantified risk management (QRA) techniques;
  5. Apply risk modelling and generative information gathering techniques;
  6. Apply the use of mathematics in risk and reliability analysis;
  7. Generate safety cases demonstrating due diligence and limiting legal liability; and
  8. Apply both top-down and bottom-up risk management techniques – and know when to use each

Further information about the Master of Professional Engineering or The Master of Construction and Infrastructure Management can be found on the Swinburne website.

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