SAFE06039 2019 Introductory Science for Occupational Safety and Health 1

General Details

Full Title
Introductory Science for Occupational Safety and Health 1
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
John Crummy, Lisa Cronin, Blaithin McGrath
Programme Membership
SG_SOCCU_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Science in Occupational Safety and Health

This module is designed to introduce human biology to the learner in a way that connects it directly with health and disease. The student will identify the basic physiology of the human body; cells, organs, systems and their functions.  Particular focus will be on the systems most likely affected by occupational health hazards.  Students will be able to link fundamental biological concepts to cases of occupational disease.

Learning Outcomes

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


Identify basic cell structure and function of plant, animal and bacterial cells.


Identify basic functions of the Respiratory and Circulatory Systems.


Recognise basic functions of the Digestive and Urinary Systems


Recognise and outline the basic functions of the Skleletal and Muscular Systems


Identify the basic functions of the Nervous systems and the Endocrine system.


Explain the structure and function of the ear and skin


Recognise the main routes of entry into the body of a range of occupational health hazards and their interactions within the human systems.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered part-time online. This will include lectures augmented by independent learning and directed learning.

This approach is expected to address student learning needs.

Moodle will be used as a repository of educational resources and as a means of assessment (e.g. quizzes, uploading assignments). The online delivery will be blended with workshops to bring the learners together to facilitate group learning.

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 50% Continuous Assessment and 50% Final Exam

For Continuous Assessment there will be four MCQs given during the semester

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment and/or Final Exam

Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus

A summary of the topics which may be covered are identified below

  • Brief overview of cell structure of animals and bacteria. Transport of molecules across the mamalian cell membrane

Only the key features of human organs and organ systems within the body will be outlined

  • Circulatory System: Key features of how the blood delivers oxygen and nutrients around the body,  Heart, blood, blood vessels and lymphatics
  • Respiratory System; Key features of how the body supplys oxygen to the blood through the nose, larynx, trachea, diaphram, bronchi and lungs
  • Digestive System;  How the body digests food and allows the body to convert this food into energy. Focus on the mouth, stomach and intestines.
  • Nervous System; How the brain uses information it receives from stimuli to coordinate actions and reactions, via the spinal cord and nerves.
  • Endocrine System; How the endocrine system regulates and controls a number of body functions by the secretion of chemicals from glands into the blood stream.
  • Muscular and Skeletal Syetems,  How these systems of bones, cartilage, joints and muscles support, protect and allow for movement in the body.
  • Urinary Systems; How the body filters out excess fluid and other substances from the bloodstream through the urine via the kidneys and bladder. 
  • The skins function in acting as a barrier to protect the body against disease, regulate body temperature and retain body fluids.
  • The structure and function of the human ear for hearing and balance.  
  • Identify some common occupational health hazards that effect the various systems mainly through Inhalation, Ingestion, Absorbtion and Innoculation.



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 Assessment 1 Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 10 % Week 3 1,7
2 Assessment 2 Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 10 % Week 6 2
3 Assessment 3 Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 15 % Week 8 5
4 Assessment 4 Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 15 % Week 12 3,4,6

End of Semester / Year Assessment

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

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Online Lecture Not Specified 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
2013-01-07 Human Biology McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math
ISBN 0073525480 ISBN-13 9780073525488

Instructors consistently ask for a human biology textbook that helps students develop an understanding of the main themes of biology while placing the material in the context of the human body. Mader's Human Biology was developed to fill this void.

To accomplish the goal of improving scientific literacy, while establishing a foundation of knowledge in human biology and physiology, Human Biology integrates a tested, traditional learning system with modern digital and pedagogical approaches designed to stimulate and engage todays student.

Multimedia Integration: Michael Windelspecht represents the new generation of digital authors. Through the integration of multimedia resources, such as videos, animations and MP3 files, and in the design of a new series of guided tutorials, Dr Windelspecht has worked to bring Dr. Maders texts to the new generation of digital learners. A veteran of the online, hybrid, and traditional teaching environments, Dr. Windelspecht is well versed in the challenges facing todays students and educators. Dr. Windelspecht guided all aspects of the Connect content accompanying Human Biology.

The authors of the text identified several goals that guided them through the revision of Human Biology, Thirteenth Edition:

  1. build upon the strengths of the previous editions of the text,
  2. enhance the learning process by integrating content that appeals to todays students,
  3. deploy new pedagogical elements, including multimedia assets, to increase student interaction with the text,
  4. develop a new series of digital assets designed to engage the modern student and provide assessment of learning outcomes.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Mader, S., (2013). Human Biology. 13th Edition. McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math.

Journal Resources


URL Resources

Prescribed Occupational Diseases - 

HSE UK Working with Substances Hazardous to Health

HSA Publications Occupational Health -

HSA SDS for Hazardous Chemicals -

HSE UK Guidance Documents -

Classification Labelling and Packing Regulations (EC) No. 1272 / 2008 - file:///C:/Users/Stephen/Downloads/HSA%20Hazard%20%20Precautionary%20Statements.pdf

HSA Ergonomics Good Practice in the Irish Workplace - file:///C:/Users/Stephen/Downloads/Ergonomics%20Good%20Practice.pdf

HSE UK Risk Assessment Worksheets - file:///C:/Users/Stephen/Downloads/Risk%20Assessment%20Worksheet.pdf

HSE Health Risks from Working in the Sun - file:///C:/Users/Stephen/Downloads/Skin%20protection%20HSE%20UK.pdf


Other Resources


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