SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1M221191
Module Leader Caroline Gallagher
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Civil Engineering and Environmental Management
  • A (September start)-B (January start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

The aim of this module is to introduce the student to the legal requirements that industry must comply with, covering the main aspects of health and safety legislation as well as that of the environment


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas:- The history of HSE legislation The European Influence The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and associated regulations COSHH The Environmental Protection Act 1990 Waste management and a "duty of care" The Environment Act 1995 IPC and IPPC Risk Management Uncertainty and environmental risks Long-tail effects

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:appreciate the European influence on both health and safety and environmental legislation (A3) (A9)demonstrate knowledge of the development of health and safety from the industrial revolution to present day (A3) (A7) (A8)demonstrate knowledge of the Health and Safety at Work Act (A3) (A7)demonstrate knowledge of the development of environmental legislation from the industrial revolution to present day (A3) (A7) (A8)show knowledge of Environment Protection Legislation (A3) (A7)appreciate the links between the environment and health and safety (A8)appreciate the uncertainty of environmental and health and safety risks (A8)demonstrate how the use of risk management can minimise the threats to both the health and safety of the worker and damage to the external environment (A7) (A8) (B5)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module includes a variety of teaching and learning methods including short lectures, seminars, case studies and tutorial. Lectures provide an introduction to the module staff and resources, lecture programme and module structure, followed by topical lectures. Students will be given examples of real life situations and asked to formulate a best practice policy. Practical experience will be gained in the identification and control of risks. The coursework will allow the students to gain experience in both presentation skills and the writing of reports. Feedback will be provided to allow students to identify both their strengths and weaknesses prior to the final examination. Learning and teaching strategies will be developed and implemented, appropriate to students needs, to enable all students to participate fully in the programme.

Indicative Reading

Introduction to Health & Safety at Work, Highs P; Butterworth-Heinmeann 2009 An Introduction to the Law of Health and Safety at Work in Scotland - Green/Sweet and Maxwell 2004 The Law of Health and Safety at Work - Selwyn Croners 2008 Guide to Environmental Management Law and Practice - Workplacelaw Network 2002 Bell and McGillveray, Environmental Law, OUP Oxford 2008 Environmental Risk Management - Earthscan 2000 ENDS Report Environmental Compliance Manual - GEE Publishing (updated annually) Other reading and web sites as indicated by lecturers and tutors from time to time Electronic resources: The ENDS Report at provides up to date information on environmental legislation and issues Up to date health and safety information can be found at: Current Scottish environmental policy and action can be found at Full-text collection of key health and safety, fire safety, and environmental health guidance material

Transferrable Skills

Critical thinking and problem solving (D1) Knowledge and understanding in the context of the subject (D3) Communication skills, written, oral and listening (D14)

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 60.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 80.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Seminars (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 02 n/a 25.00 35% Essay
Course Work 01 n/a 25.00 35% Presentation of Topic/Written report
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 35% Exams office exam