MBAX9130 Enterprise Risk Management - 2018

Weekly Online
Term 3
6 Units of Credit

Offering Selection
This course outline is provided in advance of offering to guide student course selection. Please note that while accurate at time of publication, changes may be required prior to the start of the teaching session. To view other versions, visit the archives .

1. Course Details

Summary of Course

This course considers external and internal drivers that can result in a range of compliance, operational, financial and strategic risks manifesting in organisations. Typical areas of impact examined will include finance, business operations, IT, innovation, crisis response and reputation. An organisation’s culture can impact on the effectiveness of its risk management, which needs to be incorporated into all business planning and decision-making.

The course also examines the role of corporate governance and compliance, introducing students to relevant standards, and suggests methods of developing and implementing appropriate risk-management strategies. That said, the course is not completely focused on compliance, but more on the development of useful risk-management skills, including some of the effective tools available for identifying, assessing and quantifying risk. In addition, a recognition of emerging issues in enterprise risk management will be addressed.

It is the objective of the Course Coordinator that each student completing the course possesses a different view of the concept of risk and how it affects their personal, professional and corporate lives. In addition to a different perspective on risk, each participant should feel they are familiar with the tools and techniques of both identifying and managing risk to reduce its adverse impacts and increase the opportunities risk presents.

Teaching Times and Locations

Please note that teaching times and locations are subject to change. Students are strongly advised to refer to the Class Timetable website for the most up-to-date teaching times and locations.

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Course Policies & Support

Course Aims and Relationship to Other Courses

This course is best undertaken after you have studied some business courses and/or technology courses. It is a general course in managing risk in organisations.
Some AGSM courses focus on managing risk in more specific contexts; for example, managing project risk is dealt with in detail in Project Management; managing environmental risk is dealt with in detail in Business Management for a Sustainable Environment; and managing IT risk is covered in more detail in Information Systems Management.

Additonal Course Details

2. Staff Contact Details

Position Name Email Location Phone Consultation Times
Course CoordinatorHarry Rosenthal

The role of your Class Facilitator is to support the learning process by encouraging interaction amongst participants, providing direction in understanding the course content, assessing participant progress through the course and providing feedback on work submitted. Class Facilitators comprise both academics and industry practitioners with relevant backgrounds.
You will be notified of your Class Facilitator’s name and contact details in your class confirmation email sent by AGSM Student Experience. Details will also be available in the gallery section of your online class for both face-to-face and distance classes

3. Learning and Teaching Activities

Approach to Learning and Teaching in the Course

Unit 1, Introduction to enterprise risk management. In this first Unit, we will explore the guiding principles of enterprise risk management, its standards and its application in the modern organisation.
Unit 2, Role of governance and audit in managing risk. This Unit principally covers the role of the Board of Directors in risk management, the impact of the regulatory environment, and monitoring mechanisms such as the audit.
Unit 3, Financial risk measurement and Unit 4, Financial risk management. In these Units, we survey a number of measures or techniques that can be used to identify, understand, reduce or eliminate an organisation’s exposure to financial risk. Unit 3 focuses on the identification and understanding of common sources of financial risk and Unit 4 reviews a wide range of risk treatment and mitigation strategies.
Unit 5, Operational risk I. In this Unit, we examine the significance of operational risks and the application of the risk-management process to these kinds of risks. We also consider risk-management information systems.
Unit 6, Operational risk II. Here we look at examples of the management of common operational risks, including crime risks, liability risks, project risks, merger and acquisition risks and disaster recovery.
Unit 7, IS/IT business risks. The objective of this Unit is to provide an introduction to the concepts and practices of IS/IT risk management. To achieve this, we will explore the risks to business operations that IS/IT represents and how these risks can be managed.
Unit 8, IT project risk. The aim of this Unit is to provide an introduction to the concepts and practices of IT project risk management. We explore the nature of IT project risks and how they should be managed. We present an overview of the nature of IT projects, define what is meant by IT project risk, and look at the key classes of IT project risk.
Unit 9, Managing risk in the public sector. Although you may not work in a public-sector organisation, you may need to work with one as a customer, supplier or project partner. In this Unit, we examine what is different about risk management in the public sector.
Unit 10, Disaster risk management. In this Unit, we examine the risks and impacts of emergencies, crises and disasters on our organisations, and develop frameworks for treatment and mitigation strategies to address the risk of significant events affecting our organisations and ourselves. We will examine methods to assist in the development of business cases to illustrate the risk and impacts of low frequency, high severity disaster-type events.
Unit 11, Risk tools. Here we examine the role of risk-analysis tools in the ERM process. We evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of qualitative, semi-quantitative and quantitative risk analysis and management tools, and provide an overview of risk-management software.
Unit 12, Emerging issues in ERM. In this Unit, we explore two areas of emerging risks for enterprises: risks in dealing with other countries and the growing risks posed to enterprises from environmental issues.

Learning Activities and Teaching Strategies

You have four major resources to help you learn:

  1. The course materials, comprising the weekly study units with readings, references, insights and commentary. You will do much of your learning outside the classroom by working through the course materials, and by completing the exercises as they arise.
  2. Your online or face-to-face classes with your facilitator. The facilitator's job is to guide your learning by conducting class discussion, answering questions that might arise after you have done the week's work, providing insights from his or her practical experience and understanding of theory, providing you with feedback on your assignments, and directing discussions and debates that will occur between you and your co-participants in the classroom.
  3. Your co-participants. Your colleagues in the classroom are an invaluable potential source of learning for you. Their work and life, and their willingness to question and argue with the course materials, the facilitator and your views, represent a great learning opportunity. They bring much valuable insight to the learning experience.
  4. In addition to course-based resources, please also refer to the AGSM Learning Guide (available in Moodle) for tutorials and guides that will help you learn more about effective study practices and techniques.

Course Structure

5. Course Resources

6. Course Evaluation & Development

Continual Course Improvement

Our courses are revised each time they run, with updated course overviews and assessment tasks. All courses are reviewed and revised regularly and significant course updates are carried out in line with industry developments.
The AGSM surveys students each time a course is offered. The data collected provides anonymous feedback from students on the quality of course content and materials, class facilitation, student support services and the program in general. This student feedback is taken into account in all course revisions.

Student Response

Overall, student feedback has been very supportive of the course, and in its ability to meet both student requirements and academic objectives. Facilitator responsiveness was particular highlighted last term, as the course Facilitators were regarded as supportive of student needs. Students are finding the textbook of increasing use, and report greater utility with the application of risk concepts found in the course being useful in their real-world risk-management practices. Some students found the material of differing degrees of relevance to their own organisations, as each entity has a different view of risk. A small minority of students also commented that the reading load was regarded as high for the MBAX, as well as the requirements of the assignments and final assessment

Response to Student Feedback

It is clear that keeping the course material as up to date as possible is extremely important, and while a new assessment has replaced the traditional final exam, it is designed to relate to very current views of global l risks. There are plans to update several of the older units and we are awaiting guidance for this process to take place.

For example Unit 10 was recently added to respond to student comments regarding disaster and crisis issues, which feedback indicates is a welcome change to the course materials. As the course examines risk from various aspects, financial, IT, operational, etc, there will always be sections which appear to be more relevant to the individual students' experience than others, however, such differences are often explored in the weekly discussion sessions where all participants are asked to explore risk from their own perspective. In 2017, we removed the requirement for a final exam, replacing it with an article review and reflection. The material for this review and assessment is extremely current and topical for the consideration of global risk.

7. Course Schedule

For AGSM academic calendars and key dates please visit
Week Activity Topic Detail/Engagement Assessment Task
Week 1 ParticipationUnit 1: Introduction to enterprise risk management

Participation is assessed throughout the session (20%)

Participation : Class Participation
Week 2 -Unit 2: Role of governance and audit in managing risk
Week 3 -Unit 3: Financial risk measurement
Week 4 -Unit 4: Financial risk management
Week 5 Assessment 1Unit 5: Operational risk I

Assignment 1 due on Tuesday 16 October by 3.00pm Sydney time – report (20%)

Assessment 1 : Written Report
Week 6 -Unit 6: Operational risk II
Week 7 -Unit 7: IS/IT business risks
Week 8 -Unit 8: IT project risk
Week 9 Assessment 2Unit 9: Managing risk in the public sector

Assignment 2 due on Monday 12 November by 3.00pm Sydney time – report (30%)

Assessment 2 : Risk management review
Week 10 -Unit 10: Disaster risk management
Week 11 -Unit 11: Risk tools
Week 12 -Unit 12: Emerging issues in ERM
Week 13 Article Review and Analysis

Article Review and Analysis due on Monday 10 December by 3.00pm Sydney time – report (30%)

Article Review and Analysis : Article Review and Analysis

8. Policies and Support

Information about UNSW Business School protocols, University policies, student responsibilities and education quality and support.

Program Learning Outcomes

The Business School places knowledge and capabilities at the core of its curriculum via seven Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs). These PLOs are systematically embedded and developed across the duration of all coursework programs in the Business School.

PLOs embody the knowledge, skills and capabilities that are taught, practised and assessed within each Business School program. They articulate what you should know and be able to do upon successful completion of your degree.

Upon graduation, you should have a high level of specialised business knowledge and capacity for responsible business thinking, underpinned by ethical professional practice. You should be able to harness, manage and communicate business information effectively and work collaboratively with others. You should be an experienced problem-solver and critical thinker, with a global perspective, cultural competence and the potential for innovative leadership.

All UNSW programs and courses are designed to assess the attainment of program and/or course level learning outcomes, as required by the UNSW Assessment Design Procedure. It is important that you become familiar with the Business School PLOs, as they constitute the framework which informs and shapes the components and assessments of the courses within your program of study.

PLO 1: Business knowledge

Students will make informed and effective selection and application of knowledge in a discipline or profession, in the contexts of local and global business.

PLO 2: Problem solving

Students will define and address business problems, and propose effective evidence-based solutions, through the application of rigorous analysis and critical thinking.

PLO 3: Business communication

Students will harness, manage and communicate business information effectively using multiple forms of communication across different channels.

PLO 4: Teamwork

Students will interact and collaborate effectively with others to achieve a common business purpose or fulfil a common business project, and reflect critically on the process and the outcomes.

PLO 5: Responsible business practice

Students will develop and be committed to responsible business thinking and approaches, which are underpinned by ethical professional practice and sustainability considerations.

PLO 6: Global and cultural competence

Students will be aware of business systems in the wider world and actively committed to recognise and respect the cultural norms, beliefs and values of others, and will apply this knowledge to interact, communicate and work effectively in diverse environments.

PLO 7: Leadership development

Students will develop the capacity to take initiative, encourage forward thinking and bring about innovation, while effectively influencing others to achieve desired results.

These PLOs relate to undergraduate and postgraduate coursework programs.  Separate PLOs for honours and postgraduate research programs are included under 'Related Documents'.

Business School course outlines provide detailed information for students on how the course learning outcomes, learning activities, and assessment/s contribute to the development of Program Learning Outcomes.



UNSW Graduate Capabilities

The Business School PLOs also incorporate UNSW graduate capabilities, a set of generic abilities and skills that all students are expected to achieve by graduation. These capabilities articulate the University’s institutional values, as well as future employer expectations.

UNSW Graduate CapabilitiesBusiness School PLOs
Scholars capable of independent and collaborative enquiry, rigorous in their analysis, critique and reflection, and able to innovate by applying their knowledge and skills to the solution of novel as well as routine problems.
  • PLO 1: Business knowledge
  • PLO 2: Problem solving
  • PLO 3: Business communication
  • PLO 4: Teamwork
  • PLO 7: Leadership development

Entrepreneurial leaders capable of initiating and embracing innovation and change, as well as engaging and enabling others to contribute to change
  • PLO 1: Business knowledge
  • PLO 2: Problem solving
  • PLO 3: Business communication
  • PLO 4: Teamwork
  • PLO 6: Global and cultural competence
  • PLO 7: Leadership development

Professionals capable of ethical, self-directed practice and independent lifelong learning
  • PLO 1: Business knowledge
  • PLO 2: Problem solving
  • PLO 3: Business communication
  • PLO 5: Responsible business practice

Global citizens who are culturally adept and capable of respecting diversity and acting in a socially just and responsible way.
  • PLO 1: Business knowledge
  • PLO 2: Problem solving
  • PLO 3: Business communication
  • PLO 4: Teamwork
  • PLO 5: Responsible business practice
  • PLO 6: Global and cultural competence

While our programs are designed to provide coverage of all PLOs and graduate capabilities, they also provide you with a great deal of choice and flexibility.  The Business School strongly advises you to choose a range of courses that assist your development against the seven PLOs and four graduate capabilities, and to keep a record of your achievements as part of your portfolio. You can use a portfolio as evidence in employment applications as well as a reference for work or further study. For support with selecting your courses contact the UNSW Business School Student Centre.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

Academic Integrity is honest and responsible scholarship. This form of ethical scholarship is highly valued at UNSW. Terms like Academic Integrity, misconduct, referencing, conventions, plagiarism, academic practices, citations and evidence based learning are all considered basic concepts that successful university students understand. Learning how to communicate original ideas, refer sources, work independently, and report results accurately and honestly are skills that you will be able to carry beyond your studies.

The definition of academic misconduct is broad. It covers practices such as cheating, copying and using another person’s work without appropriate acknowledgement. Incidents of academic misconduct may have serious consequences for students.


UNSW regards plagiarism as a form of academic misconduct. UNSW has very strict rules regarding plagiarism. Plagiarism at UNSW is using the words or ideas of others and passing them off as your own. All Schools in the Business School have a Student Ethics Officer who will investigate incidents of plagiarism and may result in a student’s name being placed on the Plagiarism and Student Misconduct Registers.

Below are examples of plagiarism including self-plagiarism:

Copying: Using the same or very similar words to the original text or idea without acknowledging the source or using quotation marks. This includes copying materials, ideas or concepts from a book, article, report or other written document, presentation, composition, artwork, design, drawing, circuitry, computer program or software, website, internet, other electronic resource, or another person's assignment, without appropriate acknowledgement of authorship.

Inappropriate Paraphrasing: Changing a few words and phrases while mostly retaining the original structure and/or progression of ideas of the original, and information without acknowledgement. This also applies in presentations where someone paraphrases another’s ideas or words without credit and to piecing together quotes and paraphrases into a new whole, without appropriate referencing.

Collusion: Presenting work as independent work when it has been produced in whole or part in collusion with other people. Collusion includes:

  • Students providing their work to another student before the due date, or for the purpose of them plagiarising at any time
  • Paying another person to perform an academic task and passing it off as your own
  • Stealing or acquiring another person’s academic work and copying it
  • Offering to complete another person’s work or seeking payment for completing academic work

Collusion should not be confused with academic collaboration (i.e., shared contribution towards a group task).

Inappropriate Citation: Citing sources which have not been read, without acknowledging the 'secondary' source from which knowledge of them has been obtained.

Self-Plagiarism: ‘Self-plagiarism’ occurs where an author republishes their own previously written work and presents it as new findings without referencing the earlier work, either in its entirety or partially. Self-plagiarism is also referred to as 'recycling', 'duplication', or 'multiple submissions of research findings' without disclosure. In the student context, self-plagiarism includes re-using parts of, or all of, a body of work that has already been submitted for assessment without proper citation.

To see if you understand plagiarism, do this short quiz:


The University also regards cheating as a form of academic misconduct. Cheating is knowingly submitting the work of others as their own and includes contract cheating (work produced by an external agent or third party that is submitted under the pretences of being a student’s original piece of work). Cheating is not acceptable at UNSW.

If you need to revise or clarify any terms associated with academic integrity you should explore the 'Working with Academic Integrity' self-paced lessons available at:

For UNSW policies, penalties, and information to help you avoid plagiarism see: as well as the guidelines in the online ELISE tutorials for all new UNSW students: For information on student conduct see:

For information on how to acknowledge your sources and reference correctly, see: If you are unsure what referencing style to use in this course, you should ask the lecturer in charge.

Student Responsibilities and Conduct

Students are expected to be familiar with and adhere to university policies in relation to class attendance and general conduct and behaviour, including maintaining a safe, respectful environment; and to understand their obligations in relation to workload, assessment and keeping informed.

Information and policies on these topics can be found on the 'Managing your Program' website.


It is expected that you will spend at least ten to twelve hours per week studying for a course except for Summer Term courses which have a minimum weekly workload of twenty to twenty four hours. This time should be made up of reading, research, working on exercises and problems, online activities and attending classes. In periods where you need to complete assignments or prepare for examinations, the workload may be greater. Over-commitment has been a cause of failure for many students. You should take the required workload into account when planning how to balance study with employment and other activities.

We strongly encourage you to connect with your Moodle course websites in the first week of semester. Local and international research indicates that students who engage early and often with their course website are more likely to pass their course.

View more information on expected workload


Your regular and punctual attendance at lectures and seminars or in online learning activities is expected in this course. The Business School reserves the right to refuse final assessment to those students who attend less than 80% of scheduled classes where attendance and participation is required as part of the learning process (e.g., tutorials, flipped classroom sessions, seminars, labs, etc.).

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General Conduct and Behaviour

You are expected to conduct yourself with consideration and respect for the needs of your fellow students and teaching staff. Conduct which unduly disrupts or interferes with a class, such as ringing or talking on mobile phones, is not acceptable and students may be asked to leave the class.

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Health and Safety

UNSW Policy requires each person to work safely and responsibly, in order to avoid personal injury and to protect the safety of others.

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Keeping Informed

You should take note of all announcements made in lectures, tutorials or on the course web site. From time to time, the University will send important announcements to your university e-mail address without providing you with a paper copy. You will be deemed to have received this information. It is also your responsibility to keep the University informed of all changes to your contact details.

Student Support and Resources

The University and the Business School provide a wide range of support services and resources for students, including:

Business School Education Quality and support Unit (EQS)
The EQS offers academic writing, study skills and maths support specifically for Business students. Services include workshops, online resources, and individual consultations.
Level 1, Room 1033, Quadrangle Building.
02 9385 7577 or 02 9385 4508

Business School Student Centre
The Business School Student Centre provides advice and direction on all aspects of admission, enrolment and graduation.
Level 1, Room 1028 in the Quadrangle Building
02 9385 3189

UNSW Learning Centre
The UNSW Learning Centre provides academic skills support services, including workshops and resources, for all UNSW students. See their website for details.
Lower Ground Floor, North Wing Chancellery Building.
02 9385 2060

Educational Support Service
Educational Support Advisors work with all students to promote the development of skills needed to succeed at university, whilst also providing personal support throughout the process. Check their website to request an appointment or to register in the Academic Success Program.
John Goodsell Building, Ground Floor.
02 9385 4734

Library services and facilities for students
The UNSW Library offers a range of collections, services and facilities both on-campus and online.
Main Library, F21.
02 9385 2650

Moodle eLearning Support
Moodle is the University’s learning management system. You should ensure that you log into Moodle regularly.
02 9385 3331

UNSW IT provides support and services for students such as password access, email services, wireless services and technical support.
UNSW Library Annexe (Ground floor).
02 9385 1333

Disability Support Services
UNSW Disability Support Services provides assistance to students who are trying to manage the demands of university as well as a health condition, learning disability or who have personal circumstances that are having an impact on their studies. Disability Advisers can arrange to put in place services and educational adjustments to make things more manageable so that students are able to complete their course requirements. To receive educational adjustments for disability support, students must first register with Disability Services.
Ground Floor, John Goodsell Building.
02 9385 4734

UNSW Counselling and Psychological Services
Provides support and services if you need help with your personal life, getting your academic life back on track or just want to know how to stay safe, including free, confidential counselling.
Level 2, East Wing, Quadrangle Building.
02 9385 5418

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