SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMK221205
Module Leader Kenneth Lawani
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Construction and Surveying
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Normal postgraduate entrance

Summary of Content

This module operates a 50% overall pass rate. This module reviews the Health and Safety legislative framework within which construction and engineering projects are carried out. However, the emphasis will be on abstracting the fundamental and universal principle of sound risk management upon which the legislation is based. The module next reviews hazardous processes from a site management perspective and outlines best-practice management processes which should be implemented by individual managers and project organisations in order to control these risks. The student is next introduced to the topic of health and in particular will address the problems of noise, hand arm vibration, backpain, asbestosis, skin and respiratory problems. Also, students will review health surveillance schemes and the ways in which these can be introduced over the next decade. The module concludes by reviewing Safety Management Systems which are seen as a structured method of integrating all of the foregoing elements of the module. This will introduce the concepts of training, behavioural safety and safety culture in addition to recognised management Safety Management Systems such as BS800 and international accredited Safety Management Systems (OHSAS 18001).


The concept of project management, roles, responsibilities and organisational structures Background: Introduction to project safety - accident trends, patterns, causation Legislative Framework and Fundamental Principles of Risk Management: Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007, Present and Future Developments -Corporate Killing, Corporate Governance, Management Systems for Safety Hazardous Processes: Excavations, Access to Heights - towers, mobile elevating work platforms, scaffold, Roofwork, Construction Plant including lifting operations Overview of Occupational Health in Construction: Physical Hazards (Noise, Hand Transmitted Vibration, Musculoskeletal Disorders), Chemical Hazards (Asbestos, Dermatitis, Respiratory Sensitization) Safety Management Systems (SMS): Five Steps to a Health and Safety Management System, Environmental Management Systems (BS EN ISO 14001); Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA), Future Developments - Certificated SMS (OHSAS 18001); , Integrated Mgmt Systems (SHEQ / QUENSH);Behavioural People Focused Safety Benchmarking for Safety, Safety Culture

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:1 Evaluate the fundamental principle of risk management enshrined in project-based Health and Safety Legislation A3, C5, D3, D42 Evaluate environmental impact and assessment in relation to construction and engineering projects C2, C4, D1, D23 Discuss the occupational health agenda with particular reference to health surveillance and control A4, A5, D10, D11, D144 Evaluate safety management systems and how these can be implemented in real world projects B2, C6, D6, D7, D135 Evaluate current practices and legislation in relation to CDM and Working on Heights B4, B5, D8,D12

Teaching / Learning Strategy

A web-base form of delivery will be used throughout the module. All students will use the web for all their teaching and learning materials. Full and part time students will be able to participate in seminars which will facilitate discussions and allow them to meet visiting speakers where appropriate. Seminars will be supplemented by case reviews and students will be directed towards paper based readings and encouraged to access directed web addresses. The students will interact with each other through GCU Learn based discussion groups and receive regular tutor feedback via this system. The students will be set problem solving exercises and research these problems through the use of internet and asynchronous on-line debate. Post seminar tests will be set to supplement learning and a final end of module test (based on similar questions) will be set to assess understanding. Staff within the school have considerable experience in supporting students who have/experience difficulties, and work closely with the University Student Support Services to ensure that appropriate support is provided to suit each student's individual needs. A number of strategies have been adapted as required to allow such students to fully participate in their programme of study, including the provision of material in advance, use of scribes, signers, specialist software the like.

Indicative Reading

Construction Skills (2010), Construction Site Safety GE700. Construction Industry Training Board. ISBN 9781857512748* St John-Holt, A (2005), Principles of Construction Safety. Blackwell Science, Oxfordshire. ISBN 1405134461 Joyston-Bechal & Grice (2004) Health & Safety Law for the Construction Industry 2nd Ed. Thomas Telford Books. ISBN 9780727731234 Waring, A (1996), Safety Management Systems. ISBN 0 412 71910 BSI (2007), Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems. British Standards Institute. ISBN 9780580508028 HSE (2003), Successful Health and Safety Management. HSE Books. HSG65. ISBN 0 7176 12767 HSE (2007) Managing health and safety in construction: Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM) Approved Code of Practice (L144) ISBN 9780717662234* RIBA(2008) A Client's Guide to Health and Safety for a Construction Project ISBN: 9781859462775 Mathews R (2008) Blackstone's Guide to the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 ISBN-10: 0199203210 ISBN-13: 978-0199203215 CIP (2008) Construction Environmental Manual, Construction Industry Publications ISBN : 9781852631208 CIP (2008) Health & Safety Manual, Construction Industry Publications ISBN : 1852639415 Perry P (2008) CDM 2007: Questions and Answers, Butterworth Heinemann, ISBN: 9780750687089 Summerhayes S. (2008) CDM 2007 Procedures Manual 3rd edition ISBN: 9781405140027 Eves, D. and Gummer, J. (2005) Questioning Performance, IOSH, ISBN 0 901357 37 5 Hughes, P. and Ferrett, E. (2006) Introduction to Health & Safety in Construction, Butterworth-Heinemann ISBN-10: 075068111X ISBN-13: 978-0750681117 APM (2004) Project Risk Analysis & Management Guide 2nd Edition, APM Publishing ISBN 978-1-903494-12-7. PMI (2009) Practice Standard for Project Risk Management, Project Managing Ins. ISBN 9781933890388. Verma V.J, (1996) Human Resource Skills for the Project Manager: The Human Aspects of Project Management, Volume Two. Project Management Institute Project Risk Analysis and Management Guide, 2nd Edition (2004). Association for Project Management. Peter Simon. ISBN-13: 978-1903494127

Transferrable Skills

Ability to critically evaluate written material and in particular web based claims. Ability to review a brief quickly and abstract the key issues of the debate. Ability to grasp the underlying precepts and apply these to organisation settings Able to select, define and implement key Health and Safety management procedures and methods. Adept IT use including proficiency in internet skills. Ability to source evidences (citations) to support claims.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 110.00
Assessment (PT) 20.00
Seminars (FT) 20.00
Assessment (FDL) 20.00
Seminars (PT) 20.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Independent Learning (PT) 110.00
Independent Learning (FDL) 130.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework n/a 80.00 45% Safety Mgt Systems; Corporate Governance Safety Culture
Exam (Dept) 01 n/a 20.00 45% Online test on hazards