UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN

ADVANCED BUSINESS RISK MANAGEMENT

Further develop your knowledge of corporate risk mitigation strategies and guard your organisation against uncertainty

Duration

8 weeks, excluding
orientation

Effort

10–12 hours per week,
entirely online

Learning Format

Weekly modules,
flexible learning

ON COMPLETION OF THIS COURSE, YOU’LL WALK AWAY WITH:

1

The ability to assess risks associated with finances, funding, and international trade, and recommend suitable internal controls.

2

The knowledge to suggest appropriate ways to mitigate identified business risks.

3

An understanding of ethical, reputational, and governance risks, as well as the skills to write and present a risk report aimed at a company’s board of directors.

4

A certificate of completion from Africa’s leading university1, formalising your advanced business risk management skills and knowledge.

1 QS Top Universities (2019).

COURSE CURRICULUM

Module 1 The Business Context
Towards an applied definition of risk.

Module 2 Governance, Ethics and Reputational Risk
Applying corporate governance principles to mitigate risks of ethical and reputational failure.

Module 3 Internal Controls
Understanding the importance of internal controls and internal audit in risk management.

Module 4 Information Systems Risk
Using information systems in risk management and managing risks associated with technology.

Module 5 Financial Risk and Foreign Operations
Assessing and responding to common financial risks faced by companies.

Module 6 Investment Risk
Exploring investment opportunities and risks.

Module 7 Behavioural Risk
Investigating and mitigating risks related to people.

Module 8 Risk Awareness: Recording, Monitoring and Reviewing
Looking at risks in context and preparing and presenting a risk report.

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This course is endorsed by the Institute of Risk Management South Africa (IRMSA). For further information on IRMSA or to provide feedback on the course, contact the Professionalisation Manager on +27 11 555 1800 or email professionalisation@irmsa.org.za.

COURSE CONVENOR

Obeid Mahomed

Lecturer, African Institute of Financial Markets and Risk Management (AIFMRM), UCT

Mahomed currently teaches on both the MPhil in mathematical finance and the Master of Commerce in risk management of financial markets at the AIFMRM. He is also an advisory member of the African Collaboration for Quantitative Finance and Risk Research (ACQuFRR). Prior to this, he was employed on a full-time basis within the financial sector, and gained extensive exposure to banking, asset management, insurance, and stockbroking. Mahomed's roles evolved from quantitative analyst to head of quantitative research within the investment and stockbroking industries, and he then moved on to become senior risk manager at one of South Africa’s largest banks. His research interests lie in the fields of financial mathematics, risk management, financial economics, and empirical finance.

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