Full Title:The Professional Practitioner 1
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:HLST N8134
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Description:The aim of this module is to facilitate the development of the student as a Professional Practitioner. Students will be equipped with knowledge of Health and Safety legislation, regulations, Codes of Practice and safe working procedures as well as up to date skills in the discipline of manual handling. In addition, students will be introduced to professional and ethical issues in their area of practice.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Discuss the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 and subsequent legislation, with regard to employers and employee's roles.
  2. Recognise the essential components of a Safety Statement related to physical activities.
  3. Discuss the principles of risk assessment, hazard identification and management.
  4. Identify risks and control measures associated with the use and handling of electrical equipment and gas cylinders and fire prevention according to the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Applications Regulations) 2007.
  5. Recognise chemical and biological hazards according to the Chemical Agents Regulations 2001 and Biological Agents Regulations 1994, 1998.
  6. Demonstrate up to date knowledge and skill in the discipline of manual handling.
  7. Identify professional and ethical issues relevant to practice.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005
Identify the employers and employee's role with regard to health and safety in the workplace.
Safety Statement (Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005)
Know the essential components of a Safety Statement with regard to physical activities.
Risk Assessment
Identify hazards (Chemical, Biological, Physical, Human and Health Factor) and their associated risks. Calculate risk factors and prepare a risk assessment. Discuss the principles of risk management using the 9 principles of Prevention as stated in the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005. Safety, Health and Welfare (General Applications Regulations) 2007.
Use and handling of gas cylinders and electrical equipment and fire prevention.
Safe use and handling of gas cylinders, electrical equipment according to the Safety Health and Welfare at Work (General Application Regulations) 2007. Classification of fire (Solids, Liquids, gas and Metal), Protection (Fire alarms, Fume hoods) and Extinction (Fire extinguishers - Water, Carbon dioxide, Foam and Powder; Fire Blanket).
Chemical Agents Regulations 2001; Biological Agents 1994, 1998.
Identify the employers and employee's duties for the safe handling, usage, storage and disposal of chemical and biological agents (clinical samples). Personal protective equipment. Chemical and Biological risk assessment and control measures according to the relevant legislation. 2011 Code of Practice for Chemical Agents Regulations 2001. Health surveillance. Emergency procedures for chemical burns, chemical splashes, eye injuries. Reporting and recording of accidents.
Manual handling training
Current legislation and its implications for the employer and employee. The anatomy of the spine. An introduction to biomechanics and ergonomics. How injuries occur. Conducting a risk assessment. The principles of handling inanimate and animate objects. Lifting to and from the ground. Lifting to and from a height. Pushing and pulling loads. Use of hoists and maual handling equipment.
Professional and Ethical issues in practice
Professional issues - Garda/Police clearance. Health profile and vaccinations. Professions versus occupations. Professional codes and conduct. Competence. Accountability and levels of accountability in practice. Self awareness. Policies and protocols. Roles, goals and supervision of student. Reflective practice. Ethical issues - Ethical principles/issues in relation to area of practice. Child first response training. Confidentiality. Autonomy. Nonmaleficence. Beneficence. Duty of care.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Class Test A 1 hour in-class exam to examine Laboratory, Health and Safety module content. 1,2,3,4,5 40.00 0 0 Sem 1 End 0
Practical/Skills Evaluation A 1 hour Risk Assessment of an exercise suite. This inspection provides the students with the opportunity to identify all hazard types in the exercise suite(Chemical, Physical, Biological, Human and Health factor), calculate the associated risk factor and suggest control measures according to the 9 Principles of Prevention (Safety, Health and Welfate at Work Act 2005) to reduce the risk factor. 3,4 30.00 0 0 Week 8 0
Written Report Students will be provided with two case studies, one outlining a professional issue relevant to practice and one outlining an ethical issue relevant to practice. They will be required to reflect and put solutions in place as to how to deal with same. 7 30.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
No repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will be offered solely on the basis of coursework and a repeat examination will not be offered.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Weekly lectures to complete the health, safety and welfare component of the module. 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Lecture Weekly lecture to complete the following content: professional and ethical issues in relation to the student’s own area of practice. 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Lecturer-Supervised Learning (Contact) 5 hour Manual Handling course. The 5 hours contact time is comprised of 2 hours of lectures and 3 hours of practicals. Students must achieve 100% attendance to meet HSA guidelines and must complete their certification in Manual Handling to successfully complete The Professional Practitioner 1 module. 5.00 Once per semester 0.33
Directed Reading No Description 39.00 Once per semester 2.60
Independent Study No Description 52.00 Once per semester 3.47
Total Weekly Learner Workload 9.40
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.33
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • The Health and Safety Authority 2007, Guide to the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations, Chapter 4 of Part 2: Manual Handling of Loads, The Health and Safety Authority Dublin 1
  • Gallagher, A. and Hodge, C. 2012, Ethics, Law and Professional Issues: A Practice-Based Approach for Health Professionals, 1st Ed., Palgrave Macmillan Hampshire, U.K. [ISBN: 978-0230279940]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_NHAPA_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Health and Physical Activity 1 Mandatory
DK_NHAPA_8X7 Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Activity (Exit Award) 1 Mandatory