Full Title:Health and Safety and Academic Skills
Module Code:HLSTS8Z01
Credits: 10
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 6 programme(s)
Module Description:This module aims to enhance the ability of the student to be ready for the world of study and ultimately for the workplace.It will develop the personal communication skills required for working in groups and communicating science effectively. It also concerned with studying the impact of science in modern life and into the future. The module will also provide students with a knowledge of health and safety legislation, regulations, codes of practice and safe laboratory working procedures.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Describe and explain the nature and importance of scientific discoveries from the past, present and into the future
  2. Recognise personal and professional skills required for studying and for entering the working arena inclusive of methods of personal effectiveness such as goal setting and time management.
  3. Communicate science effectively using oral and academic writing methods.
  4. Recognise the importance of groupwork and learn how to work as part of an effective team.
  5. Understand the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005.
  6. Recognise chemical and biological hazards, risk assessment and management according to the Chemical Agents Regulations 2001, Biological Agents Regulations 1994, 1998 and Carcinogen Regulations 2001.
  7. Identify chemical agent hazard symbols, associated risks, usage and disposal according to the Chemicals Act (Classification, Labelling and Packaging Regulation) 2011; Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Regulation 2006.
  8. Identify the risks associated with gas usage and fire safety. Understand the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Applications Regulations) 2007 with regard to use of electrical equipment and manual handling.
  9. Use appropriate software to design spreadsheets to fulfil a range of tasks, including the analysis of sets of numeric data using calculations, formulae and charts.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Employability skills
Appraise and develop skills which will allow them to be organised for the world of work.Students will learn how to give effective presentations.
Study Skills
Develop key skills for effective study such as planning,listening, reading,sourcing information and note taking.
Personal effectiveness
Students will be taught the concept of goal setting and time management.
Students will be taught how to work in a group effectively. Communication within groups will be covered and students will apply the learnings in a practical group exercise.
Academic Writing in Science
Academic writing - planning, style, quality, coherence of written work, plagiarism, referencing (Harvard referencing).
Importance of Science in our lives
The impact of science in our lives; the relevance of scientific discoveries from the past; the Scientific Method; characteristics of good scientists; scientific disciplines/selected fields; communication of Science - research papers, newspapers; future of science - careers in science/research in science (possibly with guest speakers), potential scientific applications.
Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005
Identify the employers and employee's role with regard to health and safety in the laboratory. Know the essential components of a Safety Statement. To understand the role of competant persons. 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.
Chemical Agents Regulations 2001; Biological Agents 1994, 1998; Carcinogen Regulations 2001.
Identify the employers and employee's duties for the safe handling, usage, storage and disposal of chemical and biological agents. 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.
Chemicals Act (Classification, Labelling and Packaging Regulation) 2011; Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Regulation 2006.
To recognise the 9 categories of chemicals and associated hazards. To locate and interpret Material Safety Data Sheets for chemicals.
Gas usage, Electricity (General Applications Regulations 2007) and Fire Safety.
Safe use and handling of gas cylinders. Use of 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).
Use of Spreadsheets
Entering and editing labels and values in Excel – formulas and functions – relative & absolute cell addresses – formatting a worksheet – creating charts – formatting and annotating charts – use of names ranges – use of statistical, text and logical functions– integrating word processing and spreadsheets
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
Written Report Independent work on chosen science topic 1,3 10.00 0 0 Week 7 0
Presentation Presentation on a chosen science topic 1,3 10.00 0 0 Week 8 0
Exhibition Evaluation Shared groupwork poster conference assignment on a chosen science 1,2,3,4 20.00 0 0 Week 26 0
Continuous Assessment Participation/assignment in lectures (attendance/contribution) 1,2,3,4 10.00 0 0 Every Week 0
Multiple Choice Questions Ongoing assessment of students understanding of Laboratory Health & Safety module content. Short MCQ exams in-class. 5,6,7,8 5.00 0 0 Every Second Week 0
Class Test A 1 hour in-class exam to examine Laboratory, Health and Safety module content. 5,6,7,8 10.00 0 0 Sem 1 End 0
Practical/Skills Evaluation A 1 hour Risk Assessment of a Chemical Laboratory and Report. This inspection provides students with the opportunity to identify all hazard types in the laboratory (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. 5,6,7,8 20.00 0 0 Week 8 0
Practical/Skills Evaluation Practical examination in Excel 9 15.00 0 0 Week 27 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
Lecturer Supervised Learning Lectures, tutorials and practical classes in Excel 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Independent Study No Description 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Stephen S. Carey 2004, A beginners's guide to the Scientific Method, Cengage Learning [ISBN: 05234584500]
  • ebrary Inc. 2008, The Brittanica guide to the 100 most influential scientists, Encyclopedia Brittanica Inc. [ISBN: 1845298640]
  • Charles Mollan 2007, It's part of what we are: Some Irish contributors to the development of the chemical and physical sciences, Royal Dublin Society Dublin, Ireland [ISBN: 9780860270553]
  • McMillan Weyers 2006, The Smarter Student,, 1st Ed. Ed., Pearson Prentice Hall UK [ISBN: ISBN: 978-0-273-71449-1]
  • Stephen Covey 1989, The 7 habits of highly effective people, Running Press London [ISBN: 0762408332]
  • DkIT Customised Text 2008, Microsoft Office 2007 – Essential Overview, Cengage Learning
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Burns, Tom 2012, Essential Study Skills:The Complete Guide To Success At University, SAGE London [ISBN: 1446203255]
  • Richard N.Bolles 2010, What color is your parachute ?, 2010 Ed., Ten Speed Press USA
This module does not have any article/paper resources
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