KB5027 - Health and Safety in Construction

What will I learn on this module?

You will learn about the key requirements and practices relating to health and safety management within the context of the construction industry. This is a vital topic for the construction engineering profession and is essential for future graduate employment. You will study construction management practice relevant to the following two pieces of UK legislation: construction health and safety law and the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations.

How will I learn on this module?

Lectures will introduce the practices and principles concerning health and safety in the construction industry. The seminars will allow smaller interactive/enquiry based learning activities to be the primary mode of delivery and learning. These will typically involve the use of digital materials (such as web links and videos), and discussions to engage you further and enrich and enhance your learning. Through these media, you will be encouraged to practice research-based problem solving to analyse current issues within the construction industry and propose potential solutions.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Use will be made of the University’s virtual learning environment (VLE) to direct you to learning opportunities. This will be in the form of the teaching material and supporting documents such as research papers, current media coverage, interesting weblinks and relevant videos, for example. You will be provided with regular feedback for improvement and a more open platform to ask the questions necessary to support your learning.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• An understanding of the key issues in the management of health and safety for the delivery of construction projects.
• Knowledge of health and safety legislation, regulations and codes of practice.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• Ability to identify and analyse construction project hazards and apply robust risk management practice to construction projects.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• Understand the cultural aspects of health and safety.
• Understand corporate and social responsibility and ethical responsibilities for health, safety and sustainability practices within the context of managing a successful construction project.

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment
Formative assessment will be used to allow you to build confidence and highlight any misunderstandings you may have of the theoretical and professional concepts presented in the module. Additional formative feedback shall be delivered to you verbally by academic staff during formally-scheduled teaching and individual or group activity-based sessions to help you learn and prepare you for the submission of your summative assessment.

Summative Assessment
Summative assessment will be by one examination that will assess your ability to satisfy all the module learning outcomes. You will use the University’s VLE to receive your feedback using appropriate digital feedback tools.





Module abstract

The construction industry is a complex, dynamic and exciting global industry. It shapes all of our lives by providing the built environment in which we live. However, construction projects can only be considered successful if they are delivered safely. Therefore, understanding what health and safety means and how it can be successfully managed is an essential part of becoming a construction professional. The module provides the opportunity to study construction projects and understand the industry professionals who manage health and safety. The module is situated at level 5 specifically to prepare you with the necessary knowledge and understanding required for graduate employment but specifically, should you take up the sandwich placement year.

Course info

UCAS Code K251

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2022

Fee Information

Module Information

All information on this course page is accurate at the time of viewing.

Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of face to face and online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future.

Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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