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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 15/06/2022 09:13:29

Title of Module: H&S and Risk Assessment

Code: ENGG09008 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:James  Findlay

Summary of Module

 This module examines occupational safety and health, which is concerned with protecting the safety, health and welfare of people engaged in work or employment.

This module would be an option in engineering courses in year 3 or 4.

The module will cover the main reasons for establishing good occupational safety and health standards, including the moral, economic and legal background. Issues such as the risk injury at work, and conditions within the work environment will be considered.

On completing this module student would have gained an insight into how occupational safety and health requirements may be reinforced in law; and the impact of potential regulatory action or litigation on organisations – including any impact on their moral obligations.

This module will be taught as a series of lectures and exercises designed to give the student practice at carrying out inspections, audits risk and assessments, working in small groups in order to promote communication and team working skills.

 This module will be assessed by means of continuous assessment in the form of assignments and reports.

The knowledge gained will be applied in a professional context, as health and safety legislation is particularly applicable in an engineering environment.

During the course of this module students will develop their UWS Graduate Attributes ( ). Universal: Academic attributes - critical thinking and analytical & inquiring mind; Work-Ready: Academic attributes - knowledge of safe working practices and relevant ICT skills; Successful : autonomous, driven and resilient.


  • This module has been reviewed and updated, taking cognisance of the University’s Curriculum Framework principles. Examples of this are found within the module such as active and engaging tutorial activity with contemporary industry examples of modular content, module assessment which reflects industry activities, learning synergies across modules and levels of study and recorded lecture content supporting students to organise their own study time. Due to some of the unique content, this module is of particular importance in relation to PSRB AHEP-4 learning outcomes.

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. Review and interpret health and safety legislation for a new application

L2. Identify and analyse the causes of accidents, danger incidents and health hazards

L3. Carry out risk assessment (including a report with recommendations/plan of action) for a range of process/systems.

L4. Advise on health and safety requirements for an engineering enterprise.

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.

Knowledge and understanding of key details of health and safety legislation.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

Utilise this knowledge and understanding when analyzing processes/ systems.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

Apply appropriate tools effectively to undertake risk assessment.

Make judgements and provide advice on professional issues.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

Utilise appropriate software tools and communication methods.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Engage confidently with engineers and other professionals.

Work under guidance with qualified practitioners

Practice in ways which take into account of own and others’ roles and responsibilities

Deal with ethical and professional issues in accordance with current professional and/or ethical codes of practice, seeking guidance where appropriate

Exercise autonomy and initiative in systematically identifying and addressing their own learning needs both in current and in new areas

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Co-requisitesModule Code:
Module Title:

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
Lectures including class exercises and case studies. Exercises are also used to provide formative assessment.
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 Delivery24
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity12
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity0
Personal Development Plan15
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop0
Independent Study149
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:

Government Publications
Handouts issued at class meetings, including laboratory instructions.
Engineering laboratories. (NEL)
Access to appropriate industrial journals.
Web based sources for up to date legislation
Virtual Learning Environment on Moodle

(**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 BoardEngineering
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelEngineering
ModeratorJan Miller
External ExaminerM Ghaleeh
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Assessment Category 1 Coursework: Assignments 60%
Areas covered will be Health and Safety legislation and risk assessment of a work area. This is group assessment and will involve working as a risk assessment team.
Formative assessment is based on a reduced set of selected hazards.
Assessment Category 2 Courseworks: Reports 40%
This will focus on risk assessment of activities and the development of safe systems of work. This is an individual assessment.
Formative assessment is based on a selected similar activity.
(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
Report of practical/ field/ clinical workcheck markcheck markcheck markcheck mark600

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Laboratory/ Clinical/ Field notebookcheck markcheck markcheck markcheck mark400
Combined Total For All Components100% 0 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
The programme leaders have considered how the programme meets the requirements of potential students from minority groups, including students from ethnic minorities, disabled students, students of different ages and students from under-represented groups. Students with special needs (including additional learning needs) would be assessed/accommodated and any identified barriers to particular groups of students discussed with the Enabling Support Unit and reasonable adjustments would be made for classes and site visits.
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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