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
2023/4, 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:

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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