Module details for 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.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

For session 2020/21 the expectation is that the teaching and learning hours stated in this descriptor will form a mix of synchronous and asynchronous student/staff activity, with the majority of this being online. The exact pattern of this activity is likely to vary from the standard face-to-face hours listed below but the overall student effort remains the same. Up-to-date information on the delivery of the module can be found on the relevant module MLS site and on your student timetable.

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 24
Practical Activity 0
Assessment 80
Independent 50
Total 166

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

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 2020/21 , and may be subject to change for future years.