AD5809: Human Factors in Safety, 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 behavious in relation to safety, health and welfare at work. To provide a broad overview of the field of Human Factors, including understanding on the importance of human factors, human factors methods, key topic areas and relevance within health and safety in the workplace.
Module Content: Behaviour based safety strategies based on observation and reinforcement principles that aim to increase levels of performance and motivation for safer working practices at individual, group and organisational levels.

The role of Cognition in the occurrence of human error in the workplace.

Identification and development of the Safety Culture within organisations, with particular focus on management Commitment , safety System, Risk, Work Pressure and Compliance.

The management of work related stress.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Critically evaluate the relevance and influence of human behaviour in the workplace in the context of health and safety management.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the differences between individual, group and organisation perception and behaviour and the influence of leadership in promoting Health and Safety in the workplace.
  • Outline the primary theoretical perspectives that underpin accident causation.
  • Identify the primary types of Human Error.
  • Demonstrate understanding of psychological base in order to present remedial strategies to reduce incidences and accidents in the workplace.
  • Demonstrate a high degree of understanding of the theoretical and practical implications of reinforcement strategies, goal-setting and feedback.
  • Outline the primary theoretical models of stress and evaluate the primary stress-related factors for workplace stress.
  • Critically discuss the 'management standards' approach for the alleviation of stress and anxiety in the workplace.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (3 x 500 word written assessments, 10 marks each; 1 x 1,500 word case study, 70 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.

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