University of the West of Scotland

Undergraduate Programme Specification

Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 21/05/2021 16:47:02

Named Award Title:BSc (Hons) Environmental Health Single

Award Title for Each Award: BSc (Hons)  Environmental Health
BSc  Environmental Health
Dip HE  Science
Cert HE  Science

Awarding Institution/Body: University of the West of Scotland
Language of Instruction & Examination: English
Award Accredited By:REHIS
Maximum Period of Registration:
Mode of Study:Full Time
Part Time
Campus:Paisley

School:School of Health and Life Sciences
Programme Leader:Mr. Jan Miller

Admission Criteria

Candidates must be able to satisfy the general admission requirements of the University of the West of Scotland as specified in Chapter 2 of the University Regulatory Framework together with the following programme requirements:

SQA National Qualifications

The programme will not recruit in 2021-22.


or GCE


or SQA National Qualifications/Edexcel Foundation


Other Required Qualifications/Experience


Further desirable skills pre-application


General Overview

The Environmental Health sector is becoming increasingly important throughout Europe and this programme aims to train individuals to support this development. The guiding principle that underpins Environmental Health comprises Public Health in its totality. The guiding ethos for the course therefore comprises this aspect and in particular the epidemiological relationships that exist between the physical/biological environments and human health. Environmental Health is an area of Public Health activity that strives to improve, protect and maintain health and well-being through actions on the physical environment and on life circumstances.

Graduates who successfully complete all elements of the course,gaining first or second class honours, can seek employment as professional Environmental Health Officers following successful completion of the REHIS mandatory scheme of practical training and professional examination. The course is therefore vocational in nature and supports the university mission of providing vocationally relevant training within the Health sector in Scotland.

Graduates with an appropriate classification of honours degree will be well placed to continue their studies at M.Sc. or Ph.D. level Graduates gaining first or second class Honours degrees may progress to undertaking the REHIS Scheme of Practical Training which leads to individuals being able to qualify and practice as EHOs.

The curriculum and content of the programme have been specifically designed to meet the requirements of the relevant accrediting authorities – REHIS. The teaching strategy associated with the programme seeks to foster the following:

  • To develop critical, analytical problem-based learning skills and the transferable skills to prepare the student for graduate employment.
  • To enable the student to engage in lifelong learning, study and enquiry, and to appreciate the value of education to society.
  • To assist the student to develop the skills required for both autonomous practice and team-working.
  • To develop in the student a knowledge and understanding of the principles governing the environmental health sector.
  • To enable the student to extend knowledge and understanding to a critical assessment of current views and developments in the environmental health sectors.
  • To enable the student to acquire competence in a range of practical methods in environmental health.

All of the modules that support the above utilize a blend of formal lectures and practical work. Practical work includes both laboratory work and field trips. In addition, students at all levels are supported by personal tutors. E-learning is specifically enabled through the use of the Virtual Learning Environment. All modules within the programme use the VLE to support the delivery of material. The programme is additionally supported by a number of external professionals working as EHOs. Details regarding this are detailed in the Programme Design and Development Plan (PDDP).


Graduate Attributes, Employability & Personal Development Planning

Graduates in vocationally relevant employment such as the Environmental Health sector will be continuously engaging with Continuous Professional Development or Lifelong Learning activities. It is fundamental that, to engage with and profit from these activities, students embrace PDP as a central strategy and integral to their learning process from day 1.

They will be supported and empowered to develop the skill of purposeful reflection which will lead into planning, for and throughout their entire educational experience. By engaging with these twin processes of reflection and planning they will develop a set of skills and attributes that will underpin their employability.

Undertaking this programme will develop a range of 'I am UWS' Graduate Attributes.

Universal – development of critical thinking, ethically and research minded.

Work Ready – an effective problem solver, communicator and ambitious.

Successful – by being autonomous, resilient and driven.

In the School of Health and Life Sciences we utilise the additional allocated time to develop not only the generic aspects of PDP but also to focus on the equally important discipline specific skills. To these ends modules at each level will be seminal to the entire process. The timetabled PDP sessions will be associated with the following modules for the BSc (Hons) Environmental Health programme:

Level 7   Term 1/2 Foundations of Life and Investigation & Communication

Level 8   Term 1 Practical Skills in Biomedical and Environmental Health

Level 9   Term 1 Safety, Health & Environmental Protection

Level 10 Term 1/2 Research Project

Work Based Learning/Placement Details

A key component of training to become an environmental health officer (EHO) comprises a 9 month work placement either within or after completion of the honours degree.

Students will have either option.

This is the REHIS mandatory scheme of practical training.

Engagement

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time.

Where a programme has Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirements these will be listed here:

Students are required to attend all scheduled classes and participate with all delivered elements of the module as part of their engagement with their programme of study.
Please refer to UWS Regulations 1.64 - 1.67.

Equality and Diversity


The University's Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Procedure can be accessed at the following link: UWS Equality and Diversity Policy

The module complies with University regulations and guidance on inclusive learning and teaching practice. Specialist assistive equipment, support provision and adjustment to assessment practice will be made in accordance with UWS policy and regulations.
The University’s Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Policy can be accessed at the following link: http://www.uws.ac.uk/equality/


Programme structures and requirements, SCQF level, term, module name and code, credits and awards ( Chapter 1, Regulatory Framework )

A. Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Outcomes should incorporate those applicable in the relevant QAA Benchmark statements

Knowledge and Understanding

A1

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Criteria for Progression and Award


B. Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Outcomes should incorporate those applicable in the relevant QAA Benchmark statements

Knowledge and Understanding

A1

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Criteria for Progression and Award


C. Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Outcomes should incorporate those applicable in the relevant QAA Benchmark statements

Knowledge and Understanding

A1Demonstrate a broad and integrated knowledge of ideas, concepts and facts relating to environmental health in a diversity of situations including public health, environmental protection, waste management, health and safety, food safety, and the built environment.
A2Demonstrate an appreciation and awareness of the legal frameworks and legislation associated with environmental health related issues.
A3Be able to formulate and to test hypotheses as they relate to environmental health.

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1Use a range of basic and routine practical skills, and a few specialized skills in environmental health practical situations
B2Show an ability to interpret experimental evidence
B3An understanding of different methods of data collection and recording in environmental health.
B4Appreciate the importance of safety and the development of the skills required to carry out a risk assessment

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1Evaluate qualitative and quantitative data and recognize the difference between these data sets
C2Be able to convey complex ideas and to make formal presentations to a wide range of audiences
C3Be able to use appropriate IT to manipulate, statistically analyse, and present environmental health data.

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1Critically evaluate and synthesize environmental health information
D2Be able to identify routine professional problems and issues

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1Exercise initiative in undertaking laboratory reports and other written material
E2Be able to take responsibility for the work of others when undertaking group project work
E3Be able to deal with ethical issues associated with aspects of environmental health.

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
9BIOL09005Applied Microbiology20check mark  
9BIOL09013Entomology & Parasitology20check mark  
9CEWM09007Environmental Health Law * 20 check mark 
9CEWM09008Environmental Protection and Health20 check mark 
10BIOL10021Food Safety: Meat Inspection and Other Foods20check markcheck mark This is a long-thin module and will be delivered across both terms.
and one of the following   
9CEWM09003Managing Health & Safety20 check mark 
or   
9CEWM09009SHE Work Related Learning20check markcheck mark 

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Criteria for Progression and Award

To progress to level 10, a total of 360 credits of which a minimum of 90 are at SCQF level 9 or above. Progression with deficit is not normally allowed from SCQF level 9 to level 10. The exit award, see regulation 1.21, from the programme is a Scottish Bachelors Degree, BSc (Ordinary) Environmental Health, the requirements for which are 360 credits, with at least 90 of these at SCQF 9 or above. An award with distinction will be made in accordance with University regulation 3.25.


D. Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Outcomes should incorporate those applicable in the relevant QAA Benchmark statements

Knowledge and Understanding

A1Show an awareness of current developments in environmental health and their applications, noting philosophical and ethical issues that can arise.
A2Demonstrate knowledge of the applicability of training in environmental health to career development.
A3Demonstrate a critical understanding of key principles, theories, and concepts within environmental health and the applications of these.
A4Develop specific hypotheses for testing in a research project

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1Use a wide range of basic and routine practical skills, and a few specialized skills in environmental health related situations
B2Execute a defined research project. Be able to accurately collect and record specific data as it relates to environmental health
B3Identify and retrieve scientific information
B4Undertake a risk assessment and costing as it relates to a research project
B5Present information clearly and accurately.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1Be able to convey complex ideas and to make formal presentations on environmental health to a wide range of audiences.
C2Be able to use different statistical packages to analyse, manipulate and present data sets that are relevant to environmental health.

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1Be able to identify routine professional problems and issues and to offer professional insights and interpretations in the field of environmental health.
D2Critically identify, define and conceptualize issues within environmental health and the applications of its discipline.
D3Be able to review and consolidate knowledge and to make judgments where the information available is limited.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1Exercise substantial initiative in undertaking honours research project
E2Evidence of the development of independent research work and associated management of time
E3Be able to deal with ethical issues as they occur in relation to work in environmental health.

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
10BIOL10025Food and Environmental Microbiology20check mark  
10BIOL10023Housing, Acoustics & Health20check mark  
10CEWM10001Control of Pollution20 check mark 
10BIOL10002Public Health Microbiology20 check mark 
and one of the following   
10BIOL10006Bioscience Research Project40check markcheck mark 
or   
10CHEM10001Science Project40check markcheck mark 
or   
10CEWM10004Safety, Health, Environment Honours Project40check markcheck mark 

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Criteria for Award

The award, see regulation 1.21, from the programme is a Scottish Bachelors Degree with honours in Environmental Health, the requirements for which is 480 credits, of which a minimum of 90 are at SCQF 10.


Regulations of Assessment

Candidates will be bound by the general assessment regulations of the University as specified in the University Regulatory Framework.

An overview of the assessment details is provided in the Student Handbook and the assessment criteria for each module is provided in the module descriptor which forms part of the module pack issued to students. For further details on assessment please refer to Chapter 3 of the Regulatory Framework.

To qualify for an award of the University, students must complete all the programme requirements and must meet the credit minima detailed in Chapter 1 of the Regulatory Framework.

Combined Studies

There may be instances where a student has been unsuccessful in meeting the award criteria for the named award and for other more generic named awards existing within the School. Provided that they have met the credit requirements in line with the SCQF credit minima (please see Regulation 1.21), they will be eligible for an exit award of CertHE / DipHE or BA / BSc in Combined Studies.

For students studying BA, BAcc, or BD awards the award will be BA Combined Studies.

For students studying BEng or BSc awards, the award will be BSc Combined Studies.



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