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AP1840: Risk Assessment and Management

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 20, Max 30.
Pre-requisite(s): None.
Co-requisite(s): None.
Teaching Period(s): Semester 2.
Teaching Methods: 6 x 3hr(s) Lectures; 2 x 1hr(s) Tutorials; 4hr(s) Other (on-line discussion on Blackboard); Other (Set reading material for discussion at tutorials. Set course work)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Ciara Staunton, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, School of Applied Psychology, and invited guest lecturers where appropriate.
Module Objective: To provide students with an understanding and practical awareness of issues relating to the assessment, treatment and management of offenders.
Module Content: This module is devoted to the study of psychological assessment of risk to self or others. Topics will include:
Extreme acts of violence;
Assessment of offending behaviour (violence);
Links between personality and offending;
Anger and anger management;
Risk appraisal and management;
Violent risk assessment in a prison setting;
Management and Treatment Strategies in the community;
Management and Treatment Strategies in the prison setting;
Risk assessment tools: psychological and physiological.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Discuss some of the explanations for the aetiology of violent behaviour.
  • Illustrate the interventions available for managing anger.
  • Describe the process involved in assessing the risk that one person presents to others.
  • Identify the tools used in a prison setting for assessing risk.
  • Describe the treatment issues that arise when managing violent people in the community.
  • Describe the treatment issues that arise when managing violent people in prison.
  • Outline the usefulness of biosignal measures in the assessment of risk.
  • Deveop appropriate academic writing skills.
  • Develop referencing skills according to the APA Guidelines.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 3,000 word assignment (excluding references), 80 marks; Engagement in online activities as prescribed by the course tutor, 20 marks).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Module Coordinator.).

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