MQF Level 4

5 ECTS

Health and Safety in Construction

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October 2024
Module Type
Compulsory
ECTS Credits
5 ECTS
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Module Description

This module focuses on the competencies, knowledge, and skills required from a Level 4 Excavation Plant Supervisor (which is one of the requirements to becoming an Excavations Contractor).

Therefore, as required, its content and learning outcomes reflect very closely the MFHEA MQF Level 4 National Occupational Standards (NOS) for this occupation.

This module aims to provide the student with the necessary knowledge and skills to ensure a good health and safety culture at the place of work in a construction setting.

This entails respecting and abiding by health and safety regulations and legislation, identifying and dealing with accidents and hazards, as well as promoting and overseeing sound health and safety practices amongst different stakeholders.

Entry Requirements

  • A general Level 3 standard of education including the completion of a compulsory education and/or, O´levels, and/or a related Level 3 qualification.  
  •  A good level of communication in English. 
  •  Individuals currently working and/or having previous experience in the construction industry.  
  •  The maturity clause can be applied to those students who have experience, but do not possess the required entry qualifications. Their experiences will be verified through an interview with a board of experts appointed by IDEA Academy.  
  •  The maximum number of credits that may be gained as a result of the RPL process at IDEA Academy will not exceed 50% of the qualification/award chosen by the individual for formal learning. 

Target Audience

  • Individuals who aspire to advance further in their construction studies, particularly in excavation.
  • Individuals who aspire to achieve competencies as excavation plant supervisors.

Module / Unit Instruction

The proposed structure comprises a blended approach promoting the building of a community of practice via peer-to-peer learning.

The structure uses primarily two dimensions of teaching-learning modes: · Face-to-face sessions: 15h · Online Learning Activities: 10h.

Face to Face sessions

Face-to-face sessions include lectures, tutorials, discussions, presentations, and workshop activities promoting peer-to-peer learning.

Online Learning Activities

Online learning activities incorporate tutorials and asynchronous discussions. These may consist of active interaction, participation, and contributions in fora discussions, sharing resources and self-reflection exercises.

Learners also contribute to the building of the community of practice by providing feedback to their peers as critical friends, enhancing the learner’s engagement throughout the study period.

The lecturer provides continual support during both teaching-learning modes by providing information, readings, and tasks relevant to the module in question. The lecturer provides continuous formative feedback as an on-going guidance during the student’s learning experience in preparation for their summative assessment.

Furthermore, throughout this module, the lecturer will guide the students on how to build and document a portfolio with their practical experience related to the skills component of the module.

How you’ll be assessed

For this module, lecturers are guided to develop and assign a minimum of two assessment tasks, one of which should happen during the module to allow for formative feedback. The weighting of the formative assessment is to range from 20% to 40% whilst that of the summative assessment ranging from 80% to 60% respectively.

All formative and summative tasks aim to provide the learner an opportunity to produce evidence of his/her competences aligned to the learning outcomes of this module and enhance his/her learning in the process. Furthermore, the tasks may include different forms of assessment which allow and promote students’ engagement and knowledge in the area, as well as other transversal skills that are required in the field (e.g., online discussions, in-class discussions, case studies, etc.).

Assessment

The mode of assessment varies and may include in-class tasks and home-based written assignments using diverse assessment tools which may include case studies, reports, proposals, essays, and presentations, as applicable to this module.

Furthermore, in an effort to assess the skill component of the module, the student will be required to build and document a portfolio with their practical experience within the construction field, which will be certified by a professional, and/or undergo practical tasks on a real construction site under the guidance of a supervisor.

For successful completion of this study module, the student is required to achieve an overall pass mark of 50%.

Assignment
Discussions

Module Intake Dates

October 2024

Learning Outcomes

Competences:

At the end of the module/unit the learner will have acquired the responsibility and autonomy to:

  • Abide by and promote adequate health and safety culture in construction.
  • Identify potential hazards and health concerns in a construction setting.
  • Deal with accidents at the workplace.
  • Monitor, report, and communicate employee health and safety performance.
  • Implement safe working practices.

Knowledge:

At the end of the module/unit, the learner will be able to:

  • Abide by and promote adequate health and safety culture in construction.
  • dentify potential hazards and health concerns in a construction setting.
  • Deal with accidents at the workplace.
  • Monitor, report, and communicate employee health and safety performance.
  • Implement safe practices at the workplace.

Skills:

At the end of the module/unit, the learner will have acquired the following skills:

  • Comply with organisational policies and procedures regarding health and safety in order to promote a safe working culture.
  • Follow health and safety measures and regulations at the construction site.
  • Implement procedures and processes to ensure health and safety at the workplace.
  • Recommend ways how to improve health and safety at the workplace.
  • Take precaution with potential risks to health at the place of work.
  • Identify, report, and address risks and hazards at the workplace.
  • Oversee that health and safety procedures are being adhered to and maintained.
  • Routinely examine operational health, safety, and welfare.
  • Organise and administer resources for co-workers.

Module-Specific Learner Skills:

At the end of the module/unit the learner will be able to:

  • Utilise PPE and RPE when conducting work activities.
  • Recognise and report emergency situations and accidents abiding by statutory and organisational regulations.
  • Be responsible for personal health and safety and welfare behaviour at the workplace, as well as that of others.
  • Ensure the protection of work areas from potential damage.
  • Abide by and oversee that security and organisational health and safety procedures are being adhered to on the worksite, especially when working with mobile plant and equipment.

Module-Specific Digital Skills and Competences:

At the end of the module/unit, the learner will be able to:

  • Navigate through the online learning platform to find, download, and upload assignments, discussion boards, literature, tutorials, etc.
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