Core Module Information
Module title: Risk Uncertainty and Complex Decision Making

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: HSC11102
Module leader: Jennifer Murray
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Allied Health and Social Care Sciences


Description of module content:

This module will offer students a comprehensive theoretical and practical insight into working with people who are at risk, learning the best practice guidelines for assessing and managing risk, and how to do this through inter-agency working.

Students will develop skills in risk formulation and intervention/care/management planning through using a real case file to explore the risk and protective factors that are present, and through working within their field-specific ‘best-practice’ guidelines and then across the disciplines held within their class group.

Topics delivered within the module will include:
Theoretical and practice of risk assessment; Key risk assessment measures; Case files; Risk management; Practical skills in risk management; Risk management planning; Strategic interventions, treatment and rehabilitation; Validity of outcome measures and formal evaluation; Risk communication; Psychology of risk communication; Communication of risk assessment to different stakeholders; Intra-professional and Inter-agency working; Psychological aspects of human decision making; Biases and common errors in decision-making in judgement; Judgements and decisions made during risk assessments; strategies to reduce risk of biases; Thresholds for intervention.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Demonstrate a critical understanding of the underpinning principles of risk assessment, risk management and positive risk taking as applied to their specific field.
LO2: Critically apply your knowledge of risk assessment and management to develop a service-user support plan giving consideration to enablement.
LO3: Critically evaluate the impact of heuristics and biases on practitioner decision-making.
LO4: Evaluate the effects of expertise and professional affiliation on practitioner assessments.
LO5: Critically reflect on their own personal preconceptions, heuristics and biases in their decision making.
LO6: Critically discuss the how inter-agency working and communication can support effective risk assessment and management planning.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Jennifer Murray
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The module is delivered via mainly practical, task-based and group discussion-based classes. A small number of lectures will also be delivered to provide contextualisation for the practical tasks.

Throughout this module you will be learning collaboratively with your student peers from different professional programmes through inter-professional group work, class discussions and scenario based learning activities. These learning activities are designed to allow you to develop and deepen your understanding of your own profession’s role and that of others and to consider the ways professionals can best work together in health and social care delivery.

Embedding of employability/PDP/Scholarship Skills
The practical components of the module allow students to develop transferable skills that will be valuable in a range of different careers, such as group-work, written and verbal communication skills, presentation skills, working across different disciplinary groups, and interpersonal skills. It will afford students training in: risk assessment, formulation, management and intervention planning; communication and decision making skills aligned with risk assessment; inter-agency working strategies; and risk communication and interpersonal communication skills development. Practical tasks and course content have been developed to align with ‘real’ practice, to best make relevant the teaching and learning experience.

Academic Regulation F5 applies to this module, stipulating that a minimum of 80% attendance is required in order to be eligible to undertake the assessment. See the myProgramme student handbook for further guidance.

Formative Assessment:
Group presentations relating to a mock case review.

Summative Assessment:
3500 coursework relating to a mock risk assessment in line with their disciplines best practice methods, and a management and intervention plan.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 5
Face To Face Tutorial 24
Online Groupwork (Scheduled) 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 147
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 100 1,2,3,4,5 & 6 33 , WORDS= 3500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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