KB5027 - Health and Safety in Construction

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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 employment. The topics that will be studied include;

The Safety Performance of the UK Construction Industry within a global context
The Legal Framework and Enforcement of Construction Health and Safety
UK Construction Health and Safety Law
The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015
Key Site Health and Safety Hazards and Control Measures
Principles and Practice of Health and Safety Risk Assessment
The (Principal) Contractor's Health and Safety Management System
Managing for Health and Wellbeing
Health and Safety Culture
Sustainability linked to health and safety management

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 more interactive/enquiry based learning activities to be the primary mode of delivery and learning.
These will typically involve the use of electronic materials (such as web links and videos), student presentations, and in-class discussions to further engage you and enrich and enhance your learning. Through these mediums you will be encouraged to practice research based problem solving to analysis current problems within the construction industry and propose potential solutions.
A number of construction site visits will take place to provide context to the classroom based learning. A range of guest lecture sessions will provide you with the opportunity to meet professionals within the field and give you the opportunity to create links with potential employers and boost future employment prospects.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Extensive use will be made of the eLearning platform [blackboard] 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 web links and relevant videos for example. By using workshops as the delivery mechanism you will be provided with regular feedback for improvement and a more informal platform to ask the questions necessary to support your successful learning.
The site visits and guest lectures will enhance your learning by providing a professional context linked to our industry.

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

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. 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):
4. Understand the cultural aspects of health and safety.
5. 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?

The first summative assessment will require the researching and preparation of a case study safety presentation. The presentation will require the learners to investigate key safety issues that require management and present using an innovative and interesting communication medium which demonstrates technologies that enhance the learning experience. MLO 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.

The second summative assessment will involve the researching and critical evaluation of key issues in managing health and safety to deliver a sustainably responsible and safe work environment. The findings will be collected in an electronic portfolio. MLO 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.

Electronic and oral formative feedback will be provided by the tutor upon the return of summatively assessed work.

Students will also be provided the opportunity to discuss written and oral feedback and receive further feedback on a one to one basis during workshop sessions.





Module abstract

The construction industry is a complex, dynamic and exciting global industry. It shapes all of our lives by providing the built environment which we live in. 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 visit live construction projects and meet industry professionals who can provide cutting edge knowledge, current best practice and lessons learnt from their own experience. 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

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 to 5 years part-time, depending on entry qualifications

Department Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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