AD1075: Human Factors in Safey, Health and Welfare at Work

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 10, Max 100.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semester 1.
Teaching Methods: 8 x 3hr(s) Lectures; Other (self-directed study and independent research)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Séamus O Tuama, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Module Objective: To consider human attitudes and behaviours in relation to safety, health and welfare at work. To provide a broad overview of the field of human factors, including understanding of the importance of human factors, human factors' methods, key topic areas and relevance within health and safety in the workplace.
Module Content: The improvement and motivation of staff in relation to safe working practices, both individually and in groups/teams.
Theoretical perspectives.
Human and engineering factors in accidents.
Ergonomics and risk factors for upper limb and back musculoskeletal disorders (MSDS)
Human cognition and occurrence of errors.
Designing for Safety.
Campaigning for health and safety in industry.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Describe why some human beings fail to recognise the fundamental need to work safely.
  • Outline the key psychological concepts such as learning, memory, attention, error and risk-taking, and explain the role played by those in safety behaviour.
  • Evaluate core human factors' issues and assess how to manage them effectively.
  • Compare the differences between individual, group and organisational behaviour.
  • Apply practical tools and techniques used within Human Factors.
  • Demonstrate how ergonomic interventions can reduce the risk factors for upper limb and back MSDs.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 1,500 word case study, 80 marks; Individual poster presentation of health and safety campaign, 20 marks).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% 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.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Module Coordinator).

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