Course Description

This online course is 36 learning hours over twelve weeks, including 7.5 hours of live online sessions. It is recommended that students spend a minimum of 3 hours each week on coursework. Students may choose to complete more hours of work on the course in order to explore the content in more depth.

This course will help learners in public and private sector organizations learn the fundamentals of risk assessment and risk management. Students will explore various types of potential risk including financial, technological, operational, and reputational. The course will also look at risk remedies, risk mitigation, and risk auditing.

Course Outline

  • Module 1: Course Introduction
  • Modules 2 - 4: What are Risk Assessment and Risk Management?
  • Module 5: Technology
  • Module 6: Risk Management and Risk Assessment for Finance
  • Module 7: Risk Management and Risk Assessment for Operations
  • Module 8: People in Your Organization and Reputational Risk
  • Module 9: Black Swan Risks
  • Module 10: Mitigation
  • Module 11: Risk Remedies
  • Module 12: Auditing for Risks

What You Will Learn

Upon successful completion of this course, you will...

  • understand the basics of risk management and risk assessment.
  • recognize potential risks for organizations.
  • be familiar with policies and best practices that can reduce organizational risk.
  • know strategies for risk mitigation.
  • understand the process of risk auditing. 


The Faculty of OLCD recommends an intermediate level of English language proficiency for the most effective learning and participation in our online and face-to-face courses. A list of minimum recommended scores on some common English tests can be found on our website. If you have questions about your English language proficiency and ability to succeed in this course, please contact openlearning@dal.ca.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Recommended For

This course is recommended for professionals that may be involved with risk assessment and risk management planning in their organizations. This can fall under both public service and private sectors. Fields this applies to include, but are not limited to, those in project management, business development, law enforcement, education, human resources, and operational management.

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Section Title
Risk Assessment and Management
Online - Self-Paced
Jan 05, 2024 to Mar 29, 2024
Total Learning Hours
Instruction Delivery Method(s)
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $1,045.00
Required Software
A webcam and microphone will be required for live sessions.
Reading List / Textbook

Messenger, I (2023). Risk Assessment and Management. Sherman Press. ISBN-13: 978-1738008803

Section Notes

Note: We are closed from December 22, 2023 to January 1, 2024 inclusive. Access credentials to the course site in Brightspace may be delayed for those who enrol during this time period. 

This course has scheduled written assignments and discussions within the term time frame. There will also be 5 facilitated online sessions - days and times to be announced at a future date. Attendance at live sessions is required to obtain the full participation grade for the course.

The course site will be open at 4:00 PM Atlantic Time on the course start date.

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