UCC CPD courses

Assessment and Management of Psychosocial Risks EH6142


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  • Title

    Assessment and Management of Psychosocial Risks EH6142

  • Code


  • Duration

    28th September to 25th October 2020

  • Fees

    É500 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    30th June 2021

  • Start Date

    Semester 1 2020/21


Primary audiences: Those working in occupational health and safety across all sectors, occupational Health Nurses and Physicians, Health Promotion Specialists. HR managers. Workplace Welfare Officers and Quality Managers.

Secondary audiences: Those interested in moving into the area of occupational health promotion, mental health, wellbeing and risk prevention in the organisational and social work environment.

Module Objective: This module provides an applied perspective to the risk assessment and management of psychosocial risk factors at work and introduces contemporary psychosocial workplace issues and their management using case studies.

Module Content: The Centrepiece of this module is the risk management approach for the assessment and management of stressful work characteristics (e.g. work load, work schedules, task design, rewards, control and social relations). These are grounded in the UK management standards of work stressors and EU Frameworks and Directives for the management of psychosocial work factors which will be reviewed. The module introduces a systematic approach to the development of effective policies and supporting procedures in work settings and for the control of work stressors; including organisation of work, ergonomics and administrative and technical solutions.
Further topics include contemporary psychosocial workplace issues and their assessment and management such as the ageing workforce, work relationships and prevention of workplace bullying, suicide prevention and promotion of mental health and wellbeing and in the workplace
Definitions and historical evolution of the concept of risk will are discussed together with factors influencing the perception of risk and their significance in risk communication.

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Critically discuss aspects of the psychosocial work environments that affect health, safety and welfare
  • Apply the risk management approach to the management of psychosocial hazards
  • Carry out a risk assessment of psychosocial work factors associated with causation of ill health and injury
  • Evaluate European frameworks, policies and procedures that are used to control for work stressors
  • Develop strategies to effectively manage psychosocial factors at work using primary, secondary and tertiary levels of interventions
  • Analyse factors that impact on risk perception and outline consequences for risk communication
  • Critically discuss implications of the ageing work force for health and safety risk management
  • Design a strategy for mental health and wellbeing promotion
  • Professionally interact with peers.



Penalties (for late submission of Course/Project Work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.


Candidates must meet one of the following criteria:

Candidates for the following CPD modules must normally meet one of the following criteria:

1. A Level 8 honours primary degree (minimum second class honours, grade 2) in a relevant area, for example health-related (Public Health, Nursing, Medicine, Environmental Health, Psychology/Behavioural Science, Physiotherapy); Engineering and Human Resource Management and relevant professional experience¹ or work placement in an associated Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare area.


2. A minimum of a Diploma/Higher Diploma in Occupational Safety, Health and Welfare (minimum Second Class Honours, Grade 1), from UCC, or an equivalent qualification² from another Institution (Level 8 Diploma, minimum Second Class Honours, Grade 1) and a minimum of two years relevant professional work experience¹ in an area associated with Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare;


3. Applicants with a minimum of three yearsprofessional work experience in an associated area¹ of Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare may*  be invited for interview to satisfy the selection committee of their suitability for the programme.

Relevant professional work experience, job title examples: Health and Safety Officers/Advisors/Managers/Coordinators; Environmental Safety Officers/Managers; Safety Engineers, Health Promotion Officers; HR Officers/Managers; Occupational Health Nurses, Health Scientists, Professional Trainers, Health and Safety Consultants.


Technical Requirements (for on-line modules only)

To access and interact with the course content, assignments and assessments etc., students will require access to at least a PC/Laptop running Windows 7 or later and Mac OSX 10.7.4. Common plug-ins such as Microsoft Silverlight, Java and Flash will also be required. Students must have access to MS Office or an equivalent suite of applications such as Libre Office. They must also have access to a modern standards compliant web browser. UCC recommends either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.
To engage productively and successfully with the content, basic technical computer skills such as familiarity with word processing, web browsing and email is recommended.


Fees and Costs

How Do I Apply

To apply for this module please download and complete the application form: CPDM EH6142

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  1. Download and complete the application form at the link.
  2. Gather any additional documents required (including a passport-style photo).
  3. Pay your €35 application fee for this module via UCC’s Online Portal, noting your Application ID: Click here to proceed to UCC’s Online Portal.
  4. Send your completed application form, photo and any relevant documents, including your application ID via e-mail to cpdgraduatestudies@ucc.ie


CPD Co-Ordinator, CPD Centre, 

An tIonad um Fhorbairt Ghairmiúil Leanúnaigh,

Q+1 floor, The Boole Library, Main Quad, U.C.C.

e-mail cpdgraduatestudies@ucc.ie

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