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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

OENG5205M Safety and Corporate Social Responsibility

15 creditsClass Size: 150

Module manager: Professor William Gale

Taught: 1 Mar to 30 Apr, 1 Mar to 30 Apr (2mth)(adv yr) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

Students will have met the entry criteria for the Online MSc in Engineering Management

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

Leaders and managers of any engineering activity, be this in the private or public sector, need to make responsible, ethical decisions that protect the safety and health of an organisation’s employees, users of the organisation’s products and the wider public. Operating with a strong regard for safety and health protects not only people, but also the organisation’s reputation and future. There can be a substantial, positive return on investment in safety and health, for example through avoiding productivity and property losses, impact on future insurance premiums, uninsured costs, fines etc. This module provides the tools and ways of thinking needed to address safety in the context of an engineering enterprise.Increasingly, it is recognised that companies need to engage in good “corporate citizenship” and undertake activities, beyond those required for regulatory compliance, to achieve some form of positive social or environmental impact. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) implies that a company’s focus is not exclusively on profit, but also people (human rights, labour practices, consumer issues, fair operating practices and community involvement/development) and the planet (supporting a sustainable future). This module helps students to make responsible decisions in their future careers.


This module aims to equip students with the ways of thinking and tools needed to conduct engineering activities in a fashion that is safe, does not have negative impacts on health and is socially responsible. The module therefore focuses on the intersection of technology, people and processes. The concepts covered in the module are illustrated by means of case studies.

Learning outcomes
• Critically evaluate key issues in safety, health and corporate social responsivity, in an engineering context
• The ability to identify, analyse and respond to safety and health and social responsibility issues for engineering enterprise
• Consider the design and implementation of safety management systems and corporate social responsibility policies.

Skills outcomes
• The ability to address the safety and health challenges that are likely to be met as the manager/leader of an engineering enterprise.
• The ability to make business decisions with due regard for their impact on people and the environment


1. Industrial safety and health
1.1. Why safety and health?
1.2. Consequences
1.3. Examples of some well-known industrial accidents and what we learned from them
1.4. Hazards and risks
1.5. Occurrences, incidents and accidents
1.6. What happens when people, engineering, regulation, policy and processes meet?
1.7. Tools for thinking about safety
1.8. Human error
1.9. How can organisations enhance safety?
1.10. Accident investigations
1.11. Reporting systems and employee consultation
1.12. ISO 45001 – Occupational health and safety
1.13. Case studies
1.14. Discussion topics
2. Corporate social responsibility
2.1. Responsibility to suppliers, employees and customers
2.2. Broader social responsibility
2.3. Environmental responsibility
2.4. ISO 26000 – Social responsibility

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning71.007.00
Discussion forum71.007.00
Independent online learning hours28.00
Private study hours108.00
Total Contact hours14.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Private study will include reflecting on learning; reading associated literature in order to contribute fully in group learning, critically evaluating research literature relevant to practice, undertaking independent and group activities for online discussions and preparing for assignments.
Tutorials will take the form of tutor-led discussions
Independent online learning involves working through exercises and learning resources in the VLE and will consist of an online self-guided learning package focussing on safety, health and corporate social responsibility

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Formative (zero weighted) quizzes are included that provide formative feedback. The first of the two assignments is split into two parts, providing opportunities for intermediate feedback.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportProject Report Part 130.00
ReportProject Report Part 260.00
In-course MCQFormative0.00
Reflective logReflective statement of 500 words10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Resit based 100% on individual assignment

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 12/04/2022


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