Safety and Risk Management

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MGT 231

       Course Name: Safety and Risk Management

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course examines concepts of safety management. Content includes strategies to create and perpetuate safe and productive environments for all stakeholders; effects of sound decision making to diminish and control corporate and individual liability.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Each student will:

  1. Understand the role of safety-risk management in today’s turbulent world.
  2. Understand the role of liability and financial risk.
  3. Analyze risk and develop training programs to educate stakeholders.
  4. Gain a perspective for leading a team in developing safety-risk management procedures.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of safety-risk management through oral and written communications
  6. Develop safety-risk management plans or programs within a corporate or business setting.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  • What is safety-risk management
  • Evolution of safety-risk management
  • Legal and moral precepts
  • Risk management process
  • Analyzing risk
  • Measuring risk
  • Liability and financial risk
  • Leading and training for risk management
  • Safety-risk management decision making in a corporate or business setting

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lecture, small group discussion, experiential exercises, cases

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Reading, writing, internet skills, critical thinking, case study analysis, oral presentation.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

(Books similar to) The Essential Drucker, Peter Drucker
High Wire Management: Risk taking tactics for Leaders, Innovators and Trailblazers, Gene Paliveri Slack, Tom DeMarco

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Grades are based on exams, experiential exercises, in class team assignments, cases, and final presentation.

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.