Risk Analysis (VETS7013)


After studying Risk Analysis you will be able to: apply the terminology and major concepts, principles, tools and techniques used in risk management in an animal health context; analyse and evaluate the main approaches to risk management in animal health (including veterinary public health) and trade; evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of some of the tools used in risk management; synthesise the tasks and issues associated with risk management with your knowledge of animal and public health; approach risk communication with an understanding of the different methods of good risk communication and the relationship between risk perception and risk communication.

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Online (Sem 2, weeks 1-7)


Participation in weekly online discussions (15%) on-line quiz (15%); group assignment (30%); individual assignment (40%).


There is no single textbook that covers all of the topics explored in this unit. The unit does, however, draw heavily on the Australian and International Standard for Risk Management, AS/NZS ISO 31000:2009 and it is recommended that you are familiar with this document. The unit also draws on the OIE Handbook on Import Risk Analysis for Animals and Animal Products: Volumes 1 and 2 (2004).

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Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.