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2013 - 2014 Graduate Catalog 
2013 - 2014 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

MSCI 641 - Identifying, Quantifying and Communicating Environmental Risk

Fall (3) Newman

Methods for identifying harmful agents, quantifying any associated risk, and communicating that risk will be covered in this course, with an emphasis on practical, quantitative techniques. The basic NRC framework and methods for environmental risk assessment are presented for comparative, retrospective, and predictive assessments. The course explores logical and quantitative methods for identifying hazards in the presence of high uncertainty, working in teams to effectively assess risk, and communicating risk to stakeholders. Bayesian inference and estimation will be emphasized with additional theory and quantitative methods drawn from cognitive psychology, epidemiology, innovation diffusion theory and group decision theory.