203P risk management

203P Risk Management and Problem Solving, ENGR 048
STP Unit 6, Class Syllabus


This 203P Risk Management Problem Solving STP Unit 6 online course will focus on identifying, managing and solving risk related construction problems. You will learn how to utilize select methods to reduce risk, prevent loss, and ensure a safe working environment. We will study the delegation of responsibility for safety, equipment maintenance, and common construction hazards. You will learn how to proactively reduce risk within the construction work environment. We will review proactive and reactive problem solving strategies in addition to the documentation, insurance policies, and reference materials available to the construction supervisor.


Learning objectives

By the end of this 203P Risk Management Problem Solving STP Unit 6 online class you should:

  • Understand the risk management duties of the construction supervisor

  • Recognize risk within the construction work environment.

  • Identify and encourage human factors to achieve a zero accident workplace.

  • Be able to explain the indirect and hidden costs of construction accidents.

  • Be able to establish a good construction safety program for your crew and job site even if your company does not have a formal safety program.

  • Understand the roles of commitment, attitudes, and training within an effective safety program.

  • Explain potential hazards similar to those that create the highest number of accidents and how they can be prevented.

  • Know where to find reference material and information about OSHA standards, Guide Publications, and regulatory information.

  • Understand how to manage crisis situations

  • Know how to conduct accident investigations.

  • Know how to prepare a plan for project loss control that includes construction insurance, protection of underground utilities, and controlling job site theft.

  • Explain Experience Modification Rate and determine the effect the rate has on your labor costs. Be able to perform calculations using the EMR.

  • Understand the role that construction contractual relationships play in controlling job site safety.  This subject includes managing subcontractors for safety compliance.

  • Know how to recognize and control substance abuse on the job site.

  • Know how to participate in a safety inspection conducted by a regulatory agency.

Class Organization and Grading

The following table lists the learning modules, the maximum value in points a student can receive within each module, and the time in which the modules must be finished.  Each week you will have online class discussions (15 points) and a quiz (10 points).


Point Value

By End of Week

0. Student Orientation


Before start

1.  Introduction to Risk



2.  Human Performance and Risk



3.  Reactive Problem Solving



4. Proactive Problem Solving



5.  Labor and Subcontractor Risk



6.  Safety Risk Emergencies



7.  Construction Crisis Management



8.  Risk Management



9.  Risk Specific Solutions



10.  Documentation and Site Safety



Total Points


It is important that the student keep up with the class and not fall behind.   Course modules will be made available to students on Sunday of each week.  Class work must be completed before the following Monday.  Students will not be able to work ahead of the class although reading assignments will be made available in advance.   Actual dates that modules will become available will be posted in advance on the course calendar.

Grading Policies

Graded assignments will consist of one quiz for each module and participation in at least two class discussions.  Students should provide at least 4 contributions to the class discussions each week to gain the maximum points.  Students learn more and learn better when they discuss the topic at hand.  For that reason, I consider the regular weekly discussions to be even more important than the weekly quizzes.

Grades will be posted on a weekly basis.  You will have full access to your grade sheet so you will be able to keep track of how you are doing at all times.


Your overall grade in the course will be determined by the total number of points you have accumulated on quizzes and assignments.   The grading scale is as follows:

  • A  225 to 250 points

  • B  200 to 224 points

  • C  175 to 199 points

  • D 140 to 174 points

  • Anything less will be considered an F or an unauthorized withdrawal from the course.


You will be given more information about the grading and other course matters in the Orientation Module.

203P Risk Management and Problem Solving Textbook

Unit 6, Risk Management and Problem Solving Participants Manual

The cost of each textbook is approximately $50. You will need either the Kindle app or the Kindle Cloud Reader on your computer.

Reading Ahead

This table details the reading assignments for the entire course.  This will give you opportunity to read ahead and get a jump on upcoming modules.


Reading Assignment
0.  Student Orientation None

1.  Introduction to Risk

Read Unit 1

2.  Human Performance Risk

Read Unit 2,

3.  Reactive Problem Solving

Read Unit 3

4.  Proactive Problem Solving

Read Unit 4 4.1-4.13

5.  Labor and Subcontractor Risk

Read Unit 4 4.14-4.18

6.  Safety, Risk, and Emergencies

Read Unit 6 6-1-6-19

7.  Construction Crisis Management

Read Unit 6 6.20-6.28 and additional resources

8.  Risk Management

Read Unit 7 6.19-6.26

9.  Risk Specific Solutions

Read Unit 8

10.  Documentation and Site Safety

In class resources