Safety and Construction Management


Advanced construction management principles and their application. Evaluation of the practical issues related to managing construction activities in compliance with health and safety legislation. 


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with knowledge and understanding of the practical application of advanced construction management principles and methods and the legislative, management and organisational impact of health and safety issues. 

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Evaluate the effectiveness of health and safety within the construction industry. 

2.  Examine the contractual obligations of project participants. 

3.  Appraise the cost effectiveness and sustainability of construction projects and construction operations. 

Indicative Content

1 Health, Safety and Welfare:

Role of the HSE, accident and fatality statistics, incident investigations and trends, financial impacts, risk assessments and method statements, ethics, competency.

2 Legal context:

Contractor's obligations, Employer's obligations, duties and obligations of construction professionals; Role and obligations of project manager. Current industry topics and research. Building Information Models

3 Economic and Sustainability Assessment:

Economic evaluation: life Cycle costing, CEEQUAL and BREEAM. Cost benefit analysis Sustainability assessment approaches. Sustainability indicators, Multi-criteria analysis.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Teaching from the team using mainly lectorial approach. Selection of student led practical problems such as identifying case law to solve contract formation problems. Some open-ended discussions and problems on H&S matters, for example, dealing with effective communication of safety to a diverse and international workforce, and presentations to peers for critical review of the case/topic/issue under examination. Teaching will utilise current research developments where relevant.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 166
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 24
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 80
Independent 50

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.