SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3N613402
Module Leader Taylor Bourne
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Risk
  • A (September start)

Summary of Content

This module introduces the student specifically to the topic of health and safety and the ways in which and organisation can address the demands of legislation in the discussion of a safety management system. It will address the main aspects of health and safety legislation and guidance, the cause of accidents in the work place and the need to record and monitor these for legal compliance, sustainability and management improvement of health and safety performance. The role in which health and safety address technology, health and hygiene risks faced by public and private sector organisations with a view to determining pertinent control strategies. The production of a written coursework and the analysis of study scenarios in seminars will involve the student in independent learning, requiring analytical skills in the resolution of set tasks.


1. OHS Legislation, Regulations, Approved Codes of Practice and Guidance. 2. Accident causation. 3. Cost of accidents. 4. Accident prevention. 5. Managing the health and safety culture. 6. Risk assessment. 7. Health and safety management system. 8. Occupational health and hygiene. 9. Safety technology.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:1. Discuss the main pieces of health & safety legislation.2. Critically examine the techniques & organisational strategies for effective management of a safe healthy working environment.3. Identify causes of accidents and appropriate investigation techniques and recommend effective control strategies.4. Discuss direct and indirect economic costs of all types of workplace accidents.5. Recognise occupational health and technology hazards and assess the risks.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

- Keynote lectures will provide conceptual framework. - Tutorials and seminars to provide support and understanding and to underpin lecture with essential knowledge, theory, and discussion points - Independent and directed learning to provide depth to the subject area. Student Performance Feedback Aims Students will be provided with feedback on all forms of assessed work within three weeks of submission. They will also receive feedback on all group or individual contributions to the module. The feedback that they receive is designed to: A: Facilitate the development of self-assessment B: Encourage dialogue C: Clarify good performance D: Provide opportunities to close the gap between current and desired performance E: Deliver high quality information about your learning F: Encourage positive motivational beliefs and self-esteem G: Provide information to teachers that can be used to help shape the teaching Strategies In order to achieve these aims, the following strategies will be adopted by this module: A: Facilitating the development of self-assessment Students will be provided with a template for the evaluation of their coursework. They will be encouraged to identify the strengths and weaknesses of their own work in relation to the criteria prior to submission. B: Encouraging dialogue Time will be set aside in seminars to discuss generic feedback. Students will also be encouraged to meet with module tutors to review their personal performance. C: Clarifying good performance Students will be given clear guidance on requirements using marking criteria sheets and performance level definitions. D: Providing opportunities to close the gap between current and desired performance Feedback will identify generic and individual action points for improving performance. E: Delivering high quality information about your learning Feedback will identify strengths, weaknesses and corrective advice. Time will also be set aside in seminars to provide feedback on formative assignments. F: Encouraging positive motivational beliefs and self-esteem All feedback will be constructive and clear. It will identify strengths in performance. G: Providing information to teachers that can be used to help shape the teaching Discussion Boards will be utilised to identify the areas of the coursework students found most challenging.

Indicative Reading

Books HSE (1997), Cost of Accidents at Work, HSE Books. ISBN-10: 0717613437 HSE (1997), Successful Health and Safety Management, HSE Books. ISBN-10: 0717612767 Introduction to Health and Safety at Work: Butterworth Heinemann; 3E edition (8 Oct 2007). ISBN-10: 0750685034 St. John Holt, A. (1999) The Principles of Health and Safety at Work 5th Edition, IOSH Publishing. Directed reading as required. Journals: Policy and Practice in Health and Safety (PPHS), Publisher: Institution of Occupational Health and Safety Websites: Occupational & Environmental Health, Health & Safety Executive, Health and Safety laboratory OHSIS, Trades Union Congress

Transferrable Skills

This module will furnish the student with effective problem solving and analytical skills through the application of acquired knowledge to practical examples and problems. The development of personal transferable skills is fostered through oral presentations and coursework report writing and group work.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Private Study 70.00
Independent Learning (FT) 30.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Assessment (FT) 30.00
Directed Learning 34.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 0.00 50.00 35% Written Coursework -Project 2,000 Words (35% min. applies)
Exam (Exams Office) 3.00 50.00 35% Final Examination (35% min. applies)