Making Decisions with Risk - ZEIT8138

Faculty: UNSW Canberra at ADFA

School: School of Engineering & Information Technology @ UNSW Canberra at ADFA

Course Outline: ZEIT8138 Course Outline

Campus: UNSW Canberra at ADFA

Career: Postgraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 3

Enrolment Requirements:

Restricted to students enrolled in Graduate Diploma or Masters programs.

CSS Contribution Charge: 2 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

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This course will enable students to make systemic decisions with risk. It covers the principles and practices that can be used by managers to maintain control of their operations. Students will be able to use these practices to prepare a Risk Study that justifies the design of the response to the risks in a socio-technical system within an organization. Of particular concern are the effects of uncertainty upon the dependability, including the security, of information systems.

The course will provide some of the following Level 6 skills described in the Skills for the Information Age (SFIA v5): Business Risk Management; Benefits management; Requirements Definition and management; Business analysis; andChange implementation planning and management.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
1. Know the concepts underlying the planning of viable systems
2. Use the techniques for remedying risks to the operation of work systems
3. Prepare a Business Case for the introductio of change to the business

Delivery Mode



  • Principles and process of Planning
  • Setting the purpose/systems risks
  • Creating options/possible remedies
  • Evaluating Options/Worthwhile remedy
  • Building Action Plans
  • Obtaining approval Overview


There are two assessment items in this course:
Assignment 1. Risk-remedy Study 70%
Assignment 2. Reflective Essay 30%

Course Texts

Prescribed Texts:
eBook Manual for Planning for Viable Systems.

Recommended Texts:



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