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Environmental Risk Management (5 cr)

Code: TO00BN77-3012

General information


20.05.2024 - 24.11.2024


01.06.2024 - 31.12.2024

Number of ECTS credits allocated

5 op

Virtual proportion

5 op

Mode of delivery

Distance learning


Laurea Leppävaara, service


Laurea Virtual Campus

Teaching languages

  • English


0 - 500

Degree programmes

  • Degree Programme in Safety, Security and Risk Management (HRA), Laurea Leppävaara


  • Heli Kulomaa
  • Anja Aatsinki
  • Mikko Kinnunen

Teacher in charge

Anja Aatsinki


  • CCM223SY
    Complementary competence (bachelor’s studies in English), S23, Services
  • CCM224SY
    Complementary competence (bachelor’s studies in English), S24, Services

Learning outcomes

The student is able to:
- define environmental risk management compliance requirements, best practices and apply those
- define environmental threats and analyse their impact to organisations’ operations
- assess and manage environmental risks
- create environmental risk management procedures and guidelines

Teaching methods

This is a fully automated implementation that will be carried out independently from 1.6.2024 to 31.12.2024. Self-direction is required. The study unit does not include meetings or working in pairs or groups. You will study in a Canvas learning environment which includes learning material and assingments/tests. You will not receive individual feedback for assignments: feedback is based on checking the accuracy of the exams after the they have been returned.

Location and time

[This field is not used at Laurea.]

Learning materials and recommended literature

All material needed for studying is in the Canvas workspace or linked there.

Alternative completion methods of implementation

All students are entitled to demonstrate their competence. The recognition and accreditation of prior competence is initiated by the students themselves. The competence is recognised and accredited by the teacher responsible for the studies or another person designated to the position. The assessment is carried out according to the same assessment criteria and, as a rule, same grading scale as that adopted for the corresponding study unit or module. The student is entitled to apply for accreditation of prior competence regardless of where, how and when the competence has been acquired. The student may also seek accreditation of competence to be acquired on the job as part of their degree (work-based learning). The student is responsible for demonstrating and verifying their competence and for providing sufficient information.

Demonstration of competence for the entire study period is carried out through Tradenomikoulutus - Demonstrations of skills - Canvas. Using the basis found in the workspace, the student prepares a competency analysis and returns it to the course folder. Competence analyzes are processed once a month. If the previous competence covers part of the competence goals of the study course, the student must contact the teacher of the study course.

Enrollment to Canvas-workspace:
Info for SSRM-students:

Important dates

The course is completed according to the student's own schedule between 1.6.2024 and 31.12.2024.

The course must be completed and the final assignment returned by December 31. by 23:59 to pass the course. Exceptionally, you do not need to confirm your place in the course.

During the summer holiday in July and during the New Year holidays, no assessments are recorded. Completed credit requests made by the end of the semester are recorded for the past semester, those made by 31.12. for the autumn semester, and those made by 31.7. for the spring semester.

However, if you are not going to complete the study, inform the teacher in charge.

Forms of internationality

The study unit is suitable for exchange students.

Students workload

The study course contains 135 hours of work done by the student, which means an average of about 8 hours/week divided over the entire duration of the study course. Pay special attention to the scheduling of this course in your calendar, because the tasks do not have separate deadlines, but the student is independently responsible for the timing that suits their calendar.

Content and scheduling

The course consists of an orientation and five modules on different subject areas. Modules 1-4 consist of an online lecture, review questions, an assignment and a midterm exam. In the last module, a final task that brings together the subject areas is prepared.

Each module has tasks and at the end there is a short exam, which, if passed, allows you to move on to the next module. At the end of the course, there is still a final assignment that gathers all subject areas.

The course modules are
- Key regulation
- Environmental management and risk management
- Sustainable development
- Chemical safety and emissions

Further information for students

The study unit corresponds to the requirements of Bachelors level education.

The quality of the study unit implementation has been assessed and the self-evaluation report is available in Canvas.

Laurea student please note! Laurea degree students and path students enroll through Pakki! Enrollments are accepted aproximately once a week.

Grading scale


Evaluation methods and criteria

“The evaluation of competence is based on the descriptions of objectives in the curricula, and the level of competence is assessed according to the evaluation criteria listed in the implementation plan for the studies.” (Laurea degree regulations).

The grade for the course is formed based on intermediate exams. The course also includes other tasks that do not affect the grade, but they must be completed in order to progress in the course.

Each intermediate exam is evaluated according to the evaluation table below, i.e. to pass the exam, you must get at least 40% of the answers correct. In the overall grade, the intermediate exams are taken into account with equal weights.

Grading scale
5 < 94% - 90%
4 < 90% - 75%
3 < 75% - 60%
2 < 60% - 50%
1 < 50% - 40%
0 < 40% - 0%

In this study unit the assessing of the competences will be done by using the criteria set for requirement level II.

Professional knowledge basis, information searching and reporting

To achieve grade 5 student must be able to
- analyse the acquired information, draw conclusions and combine theoretical knowledge with experiential knowledge

To achieve grade 3 student must be able to
- critically evaluate information and justify their actions with science-based knowledge

To achieve grade 1 (or pass) student must be able to
- use professional concepts in a consistent manner and demonstrate their familiarity with the knowledge basis
- report and communicate in a professional manner

Professional practice and workplace development

To achieve grade 5 student must be able to
- evaluate the applicability of produced knowledge, skill or idea to other contexts as well as their impact
- anticipate needs of customers and/or co-operation partners

To achieve grade 3 student must be able to
- propose creative solutions at work
- promote professional co-operation and enhance customer and partner relationships

To achieve grade 1 (or pass) student must be able to
- act independently taking into account the operating environment
- take responsibility for interaction with customers and/or co-operation partners and for responding to their needs

Teamwork, skills, leadership, and responsibility

To achieve grade 5 student must be able to
- evaluate and develop the team’s entrepreneurial and responsible approach to work
- evaluate the possibilities for utilising competence and plan their personal development and development of the team

To achieve grade 3 student must be able to
- act in a manner that promotes the team’s entrepreneurial and responsible approach to work
- describe the development of their competence in relation to the learning outcomes

To achieve grade 1 (or pass) student must be able to
- describe the significance of their actions for successful co-operation
- describe their competence in relation to the learning outcomes

Each exam can be attempted three times, of which the highest score remains valid. The retakes of the failed performance according to the degree regulations are thus part of the implementation.

All staff and students of Laurea are expected to adhere to good scientific practices, which includes appropriate referencing. Familiarise yourself with the practices and, if needed, ask for more information. All study assignments are to be done as individual work unless otherwise instructed. If Ouriginal is used when assignments are checked, the lecturer will inform the students of this.


Before enrolling to this study unit, you should have adequate competence of safety, security and risk management, which you can acquire for example by completing study unit HT00BN79 Basics of Corporate Safety, Security and Risk Management (10 cr) or TO00BS57 Basic Theory of Corporate Safety, Security and Risk Management (5 cr) at Open University of Applied Sciences