SAFE06037 2019 Introductory Science for Occupational Safety and Health 2

General Details

Full Title
Introductory Science for Occupational Safety and Health 2
Transcript Title
Introductory Science for Occup
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Subject Area
SAFE - Safety Studies
ESCI - Environmental Science
06 - NFQ Level 6
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Edel Costello, Cian Taylor, John Crummy, Geraldine Dowling
Programme Membership
SG_SOCCU_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Science in Occupational Safety and Health

This module introduces students of Occupational Safety & Health to essential principles and concepts of Chemistry and Physics.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Describe the basic composition of matter and atomic structure and explain chemical bonding


List the properties of chemicals commonly found in the workplace and explain the importance of these properties and their intrinsic hazards


Undertake basic scientific calculations and solve numerical problems


Select and apply an appropriate mathematical formula to solve a physical problem


Describe physical properties of noise vibration, radiation, electricity, heat and temperature


Explain the physical laws and definitions of waves, sound, energy, electricity, light and nuclear physics


Select and apply mathematical problem solving skills in chemistry in the workplace


Explain chemical laws and definitions in the field of chemistry.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The students will be exposed to a blend of learning activities e.g. on-line lectures (via Adobe Connect), independent learning and directed learning. This approach is expected to address various student learning needs. Moodle will be used to upload educational material (e.g. powerpoint presentations, recordings of on-line lectures and supplementary reading material) and as a means of assessment (e.g. quizzes, uploading assignments and journals).

The online delivery will be blended with workshops to bring learners together to facilitate group learning.

Module Assessment Strategies

Final theory : 50% Continuous assessment: 50%

Regular MCQs will be undertaken through Moodle, and assignment uploads through Moodle.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat assignments will be available on Moodle, subject to IT Sligo Procedure on late submissions, 'Application for extension of continuous assessment deadlines'.

Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus

Introductory Chemistry.

Composition of matter, atomic structure, periodic table, chemical bonding and molecular structure and molecular mass.

Moles, molarity, solution concentration, acids bases and pH scale.

Physical properties of chemicals.

Organic chemistry, identification of commonly encountered industrial solvents.

Introductory Physics.

Scientific Notation and basic arithmetic utilising scientific notation.

SI Units, unit prefixes and unit conversions.

Light and Sound: reflection, refraction, lenses, imaging, lasers, light and sound intensity, waves and wave properties.

Nuclear Physics: radioactivity, types and properties of radiation, hazards of radiation, radiation protection.

Electricity: voltage, current, resistance, simple circuits, hazards of electricity, electrical safety.


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
50 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 MCQ 1 Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 15 % Week 4 1,2,3,8
2 MCQ 2 Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 15 % Week 8 3,4,5,6
3 Open Book Assessment Continuous Assessment Open Book Exam 10 % Week 11 1,2,3
4 Open book exam Continuous Assessment Open Book Exam 10 % Week 10 3,4,5,6

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 50 % Week 15 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Online Lecture Distance Learning Suite Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Directed Learning Not Specified Directed Learning 1.85 Weekly 1.85
Workshop Flat Classroom Workshop 2.5 Once Per Semester 0.17
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 10 Weekly 10.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.02 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2010-10-11 Introduction to Biological Physics for the Health and Life Sciences Wiley
ISBN 0470665939 ISBN-13 9780470665930
Recommended Reading
2005-05-27 Chemistry: An Introduction for Medical and Health Sciences Wiley
ISBN 0470092890 ISBN-13 9780470092897

Chemistry: An Introduction for Medical and Health Sciences provides students and practitioners with a clear, readable introduction to the chemical terms and concepts that are relevant to their study and practice. Assuming little prior knowledge of the subject the book describes and explains the chemistry underlying many of the most commonly prescribed drugs and medicines. It also includes information on chemical aspects of digestion and nutrition, oxidation, radioactivity and an overview of how chemicals fight disease. Excellent pedagogy including learning objectives, diagnostic tests and questions in each chapter and a comprehensive glossary Experienced author team with many years experience of teaching chemistry to non-chemists

Recommended Reading
2010 Chemistry for the Biosciences Oxford University Press
ISBN 9780199570874 ISBN-13 0199570876

Focuses on the key chemical concepts which students of the biosciences need to understand, making the scope of the book directly relevant to the target audience.

Recommended Reading
2015-06-12 Introduction to Physics John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 1118651529 ISBN-13 9781118651520

Cutnell and Johnson has been the Number one text in the algebrabased physics market for over 20 years. Over 250,000 students have used the book as the equipment they need to build their problemsolving confidence, push their limits, and be successful. The tenth edition continues to offer material to help the development of conceptual understanding, and show the relevance of physics to readers lives and future careers. Helps the reader to first identify the physics concepts, then associate the appropriate mathematical equations, and finally to work out an algebraic solution

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Jones, Alan (2005) Chemistry: An Introduction for Medical and Health Sciences. Wiley

Crowe,Jonathan; Bradshaw,Tony; Monk,Paul (2006): Chemistry for the Biosciences - The Essential Concepts.,Oxford University Press.

O'Regan, Real World Physics, 1st Edition, Folens, Publishers.

Franklin et al., "Introduction to Biological Physics for the Health and Life Sciences", John Wiley & Sons Ltd. (2010) ISBN 978-0-470-66593-0

Cutnell & Johnson, "Introduction to Physics", 9th Ed., John Wiley & Sons Ltd. (2013) ISBN 978-1-11809243-9

Lewis R. & Evans, W. (2011) ;Chemistry , Palgrave Foundations , Hampshire, New York

Timberlake, Karen C. (2011) ;Chemistry: An Introduction to General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry . Prentice Hall, New Jersey


Journal Resources


URL Resources

Other Resources

Additional Information

All notes to be provided via Moodle.