SAFE06043 2019 Communications

General Details

Full Title
Transcript Title
N/A %
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
Victoria Stevens
Programme Membership
SG_SOCCU_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Science in Occupational Safety and Health

This module aims to build learners knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of communication skills relating to the field of Occupational Safety & Health.

Learning Outcomes

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


Demonstrate knowledge of interpersonal skills in listening, questioning, assertiveness and, verbal and non-verbal communication in a health and safety context.


Develop short technical oral presentations.


Represent technical and /or scientific information in a manner that facilitates ease of communication.


Paraphrase and summarise written technical information, reference sources and write a bibliography.


Assess own communications skills and keep a personal learning journal.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered part-time.

It will be delivered using blended learning techniques and this will include online lectures, workshop activity and 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 and journals).


Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 100% Continuous Assessment. 

All marks are individual marks.

On-going assessments:  30% Moodle Quizzes (MCQ).  Learning Journal - may include reading, directed activities, group discussions &  individual reflections. (25%):

Workshop Assignment (15%): Students work in groups to develop solutions to prescribed workplace H&S issues through enquiry based learning.

Individual research report assignment (30%): Students will produce a structured report on a specified and current topic and will be submitted via Moodle towards the end of the semester.


Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment.

Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus


Communications Process & Models.

Listening Skills.

Low level interpersonal conflict skills.

Managing meetings and facilitating discussions.

Interculture communication.


Presenting Technical Information

Oral Presentation skills. 

Explaining Skills.

Critical Thinking Skills.

Visual Communication and Data Representation.

Writing Skills (Short Report & Letter).

Referencing (Paraphrasing, Summarising, Quoting).

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Personal Learning Journal Continuous Assessment Assessment 25 % OnGoing 1,2,4,5
2 Short response questions on communications theory Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 30 % OnGoing 1,5
3 Workshop Assessment Continuous Assessment Practical Evaluation 15 % Any 1
4 Written Short Technical Report Continuous Assessment Written Report 30 % OnGoing 3,4

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

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Essential Reading

DeVito JA (2015). Human Communication : The Basic Course. Pearson.

ONLINE: McIntosh, P. et al. (2008) Interpersonal Communication Skills in the Workplace. [New York?]: AMA Self-Study. Available at:,sso&db=nlebk&AN=387643&site=eds-live&scope=site&custid=s7813921 (Accessed: 15 March 2019).

Supplementary Reading

ONLINE: Sellie-Dosunmu, M. (2016) Using Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace. Alexandria, Virginia: Association For Talent Development. Available at:,sso&db=nlebk&AN=1429482&site=eds-live&scope=site&custid=s7813921 (Accessed: 15 March 2019).

Lindenfield, G. (2001) Assert yourself : a self-help assertiveness programme for men and women, Thorsons, London

Summers, J. (2004) Communication skills handbook : how to succeed in written and oral communication, Wiley & Sons, Australia


Journal Resources

To be supplied if deemed appropriate and updated regularly.

URL Resources

IT Sligo Library Web Site 

Ebrary links. (To be updated annually)

Example of Links to be provided to students:-


Other Resources

Communication Course pack will include selected readings.

Links to on-line videos/ interactive tutorials and other engaging tools.

Additional Information