SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2N611720
Module Leader Ross McKillop
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Construction and Surveying
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

NEBOSH National General Certificate or recognised degree, HND or equivalent qualification or relevant extensive experience.

Summary of Content

This module will investigate the concept of risk in the industrial and commercial context and to introduce the ways in which risk impacts financially on both society and organisations. The intention in this module is to provide candidates with the ability to identify, analyse and control risks, based on: 1. Identification of the true nature of the hazard 2. Evaluation of the magnitude of the risk including statistical analysis of data 3. Selection of appropriate methods for managing risks, reducing the chance of events with injury or loss potential, and minimising the consequences if such events occur. 4. Evaluation of the success or failure of the risk management programme. 5. A knowledge of the sources of information and assistance which are available


1. Introduction 2. Risk Management-setting the scene and key elements 3. Accident causation 4. Accident investigation 5. Risk assessment 6. Human factors 7. Safe systems of work 8. Communication and training 9. Emergency planning 10. Reactive and active monitoring 11. Auditing 12. Risk control Preventing accidents, safe workplace, safe systems of work, human failure, role of the health and safety practitioner, health and safety culture, health and safety training, strategies for managing risks, business risks, risk control, techniques for identifying risks, control of contractors, health and safety management systems, target setting, continuous improvement, improving communication, engaging the workforce, gaining senior management commitment, encouraging positive behaviour.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:1. Discuss and evaluate management frameworks and strategy for identifying analysing, control and monitoring health, safety and risks to organisations. 2. Identify the general mechanical and human factors which result in the creation of hazards, accidents and cases of ill-health 3. Obtain data from external sources on workplace accidents and ill-health and, where possible, ill-health effects of work activities on people outside the workplace and use such data in their own work situation 4. Implement a suitable system for the reporting of all accidents and occurrences and make meaningful use, including statistical analysis, of the data 5. Discuss the principles, methodology and application of workplace monitoring techniques so as to identify existing hazards and conditions and behaviour likely to result in the creation of hazards and accident causes.6. Discuss the principles of analytical methods so as to determine root causes of failure and the possible consequences of failure and how such techniques might be used at the planning and design stage in order to identify and control possible hazards/risks. 7. Evaluate the human behaviour and factors which should be taken into account with regard to the organisation within which the individual works, the job he/she does and personal factors such that human capabilities and fallibility's are recognised and accommodated in the work situation.8. Estimate and discuss direct and indirect economic costs of all types of workplace accidentsand cases of ill-health to the victim, the employer and society, accident consequence limiting costs and accident and ill-health prevention costs so as to put forward lucid and credible arguments for the allocation of resources for prevention and control measures.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module will be delivered via a combination of lectures, seminars (including group work), directed and independent learning. Materials will be produced on GCULearn to support the delivery of the learning outcomes. Within a traditional lecture and seminar format, projects and case studies will be approached using problem based learning. Students are encouraged to critically appraise the research publications, relate the methods described to good practice guidance, and evaluate practical implications of the outputs. This allows the students to think of their own challenges in research terms and prepares them for future dissertation work.

Indicative Reading

Core Texts Human Safety and Risk Management, A.Ian Glendon, Shaorn Clark and Eugene McKenna 2 nd Edition, Boca Raton, (2016) Boyle, T., Health and Safety Risk Management, Publisher: IOSH Services Ltd; 3rdRev Ed edition (2018) ISBN-13: 9781317271260 Ridley, J and Channing, J. (2013), Safety at Work (8th edition), Butterworth-Heinemann (0415656966) Recommended Reading Managing for Health and Safety (HSG 65, 3 rd Edition) by HSE Books ISBN 0978 0717664566 (2013) Investigating Accident and Incidents by HSE Books ISBN 978 0717628278 (2014) Safety Can't be Measured by Andrew S. Townsend. Gower Publications. ISBN 974 1 4094 5311-6 Reducing Error and Influencing Behaviour by HSE ISBN 9780717624522 Safety Cultures by HSE Books ISBN 071762420X Journals Various health and safety publications in the GCU library The Health and Safety Practitioner Policy and Practice in Health and Safety Websites The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, The Health and Safety Executive,

Transferrable Skills

Students will develop self management, communication, problem solving, and groupwork skills. Students will further develop personal transferable skills in time management, reflection and analysis of case studies, report and essay writing.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (PT) 12.00
Assessment (PT) 23.00
Independent Learning (PT) 141.00
Lectures (PT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 0.00 50.00 35% Report 2000 words
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 35% 4 questions from 6