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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 07/04/2021 15:08:45

Title of Module: Advanced Risk Management in Events

Code: TOUR08010 SCQF Level: 8
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 10 ECTS: 5
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Module Co-ordinator:Jenny  Flinn

Summary of Module

This module will explore the multiple definitions, characteristics and approaches to risk management including the cost of failure. The module will focus on the importance and techniques for assessing risk and how to identify what can go wrong in an event by using examples from the industry such as the demise of longstanding festivals, market saturation, financial burdening and events operational failure.

The module will also look at strategies for evaluating risks, contrasting these with methods for operational risk management.  The module will reflect the role of business continuity planning, crisis management, leadership and decision making in building a resilient event management platform.  Issues such as reputation, resources, security, consumer perception and behaviour, and training will be considered as will the type of event and its primary function.

This module will be of key interest to anyone seeking a leadership position and essential to anyone directly involved in managing project delivery, event funding or creation.


  • Understand the concept of risk and importance of risk management

  • Understand the principles of risk management for events

  • Identify and understand key legislation relating to the management of risk for events

  • Understand and apply the process of risk assessment in a variety of event settings

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Develop an in-depth knowledge of risk, crisis and resilience

L2. Evaluate theories and best practice in risk management

L3. Evaluate a variety of responses to crisis management and develop these within a simulation exercise

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 8.

A critical understanding of the theories of risk management and systemic failure models and how they could be applied to organisational settings.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 8.

Using a range of skills, tools and techniques as appropriate to undertake analytical decisions about case studies and apply them to other scenarios.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 8.

Use a range of approaches to evaluate case studies to define relevant event issues and problems

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 8.

Critically evaluate data in a variety of forms in order to generate understanding.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 8.

Exercising substantial autonomy and initiative in studies

Taking responsibility for own work.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
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Learning and Teaching
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery12
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop6
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity6
Independent Study76
100 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

EVENT SAFETY ALLIANCE, (2017) The Event Safety Guide: A Guide to Health, Safety and Welfare at Live Entertainment Events

EVENTS INDUSTRY FORUM, (2017) The Purple Guide to Health, Safety and Welfare at Music or Other Events, EIF, (Online)

Piekarz M & Jenkins I. (2015), Risk and Safety Management in the Leisure, Events, Tourism and Sports Industries, CABI Publishing, ISBN - 10 1780644493

Silvers J. (2008) Risk Management for Meetings and Events, Routledge, ISBN - 10 0750680571

Details of further resources, including textbooks, journals and online resources will be identified at the beginning of each delivery in the module handbook and made available via Moodle.

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardMarketing, Innovation, Tourism & Events
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelMarketing, Innovation, Tourism & Events
ModeratorJacqui Greener
External ExaminerChantal Dickson
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Report 100%
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Combined Total For All Components100% 0 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
The Equality, Diversity and Human Rights policy underpins student engagement. We aim to make UWS a fair and equal place to study an institution which addresses specific issues covering all aspects of equality, diversity and human rights. Where required module assessment will be adapted to meet student requirements.
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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