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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 10/01/2023 12:36:15

Title of Module: Safety, Health, Env Protection

Code: CHEM09005 SCQF Level: 9
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Iain  McLellan

Summary of Module

This module adopts a holistic approach to the earth environment and man's impact upon that environment.  It gives a broad introduction to earth systems to provide a contextual framework from which to explore the broader issues of human activity.  It is concerned with the safe use and handling of toxic and hazardous substances, considering the potential impact on users, the immediate vicinity and the environment as a whole. The nature and evaluation of hazards, especially toxic hazards, will be discussed.

The behaviour of substances in the environment, their dispersal and ultimate environmental fate, will be exemplified. Consideration will be given to safety and safe handling of materials in the workplace. Procedures for the treatment and/or disposal of waste materials – discharges to atmosphere, liquid effluent and solid waste – will be discussed.

The legislative and regulatory frameworks covering aspects of safety and environmental management will be developed as appropriate. 

Case studies and laboratory programme are used to exemplify the theoretical aspects of this broad topic area.


The Graduate Attributes relevant to this module are:

  • Academic:  critical thinker, environmental problem solving, autonomy
  • Personal:  motivation, time keeping, effective written and oral communicator
  • Vocational:  collaboration, research, analytical techniques, COSHH risk assessments

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Demonstrate a critical awareness of the interaction between human activity and wellbeing of lifeforms (including humans) in the environment and workplace, including safety and industrial hygiene.

L2. Identify and integrate the requirements for handling and disposal of representative solid, liquid and airborne waste materials, including sampling, analysis and treatment

L3. Discuss critically the legal and regulatory framework for workplace and environmental protection.

L4. Carry out a variety of laboratory investigations related to a range of environmental, health and safety scenarios, discussing results in an appropriate manner where possible referring to current legislation/control measures.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 9.

A broad integrated knowledge of the interactions between human activities, hazardous substances and the welfare of human and environmental systems. A critical understanding of the requirements of safe and acceptable handling of materials in the workplace and of their discharge into the environment. Appropriate familiarity with legal / regulatory frameworks.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

Use a selection of skills, techniques and practices in identifying, analyzing and evaluating workplace and environmental hazards and appropriate procedures for the safe use and disposal of hazardous materials. Carry out routine and more open ended investigations and enquiries into qualitative and quantitative evaluation of potential workplace and environmental hazards

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

Undertake critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of ideas, concepts and information related to workplace and environmental issues. Identify and analyse routine professional problems and issues related to workplace and environmental chemical hazards.Draw on a range of sources in making judgments on issues of workplace and environmental safety.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

Make formal and informal presentations on mainstream issues to a range of audiences (laboratory reports, assignments, oral presentation etc).Use a range of IT applications to research and present aspects of environmental concern. Interpret, use and evaluate numerical, graphical and non-numerical information to achieve goals.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Exercise autonomy and initiative in investigations and in information acquisition. Practice working with others taking account of roles and responsibilities. Deal with certain ethical and professional issues under appropriate guidance.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Other:Essentially a stand alone module, though students may find it helpful to have done some chemistry at SCQF leve 7
Co-requisitesModule Code:
Module Title:

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
A broadbased approach exposing the students to a range of teaching styles and learning activities. Laboratories in particular focus on analysis of data and its relevance to workplace activities/mitigation of adverse events. Assignments cover a variety of aspects of pollution control/environmental impact. The presentations are researched by students on an individual basis and are peer marked as well as assessed by the MC. Students are required to provide questions for their peers on the topic area.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery20
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity8
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop20
Independent Study152
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Baird, C. and Cannon, M. "Environmental Chemistry" Palgrave MacMillan.

Health & Safety Executive website

vanLoon, G.W. and Duffy, S.J.(2017) "Environmental Chemistry: global perspective" Oxford University Press

Harrison, R.M., (ed) "Pollution: causes, effects and controls" 5th Edition RSc Publishing

Scottish air quality website

Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) website

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

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. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardPhysical Sciences
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelPhysical Sciences
ModeratorDr Alastair Marr
External ExaminerM Paterson
Accreditation DetailsThis module is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry(RSC) as part of the BSc(Hons) Chemistry programme. This module is accredited by the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS) as part of BSc (Hons) Environmental Health
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Open book end of term adapted assessment (50%)
Lab component, written assignments and oral presentation (50%)
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Unseen open bookcheck markcheck markcheck mark 502

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Case studycheck markcheck markcheck mark 200
Laboratory/ Clinical/ Field notebook   check mark200
Presentationcheck markcheck markcheck mark 100
Combined Total For All Components100% 2 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
This module is suitable for any student with appropriate chemistry background, however it should be noted that in order for you to complete this module the laboratory element of coursework will require to be undertaken, disability support can be provided where necessary. If disability support is needed to complete this part of the module, then the University’s Health and Safety Officer should be consulted to make sure that safety in the laboratory is not compromised.

Current University Policy on Equality and Diversity applies.
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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