Full Title Research and Statistics in Occupational Safety and Health

Short Title Research and Statistics OSH

Code SAFE08025
Level 08
Credit 10

Author Taylor, Cian
Department Environmental Science

Subject Area Safety Studies
Attendence N/A%
Fee

Description
The module will require the learner to prepare a literature review while also furthering the learner's knowledge in the area of research methods and statistics as applied to topics in occupational safety and health. Learners will be introduced to information gathering of both primary OSH data and health and safety studies relating to OSH. The essential elements of a safety study design and reporting will be covered.


Indicative Syllabus
1. Introduction: Sources of OSH data, data types, rates and proportion statistics, Eurostat database.

2. Data Handling: Use of statistical software for data entry, generation of summary stats, graphs and charts.

3. Health & Safety Studies: quantitiative and qualitative research, intro to occupational epidemiology, safety study design and reporting.

Learning Outcomes
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to
  1. Identify and use sources of OSH-related statistical information.

  2. Classify data and explain the pros and cons of using different data types.

  3. Be able to interpret basic summary statistics which are applicable to OSH including measures of centrality, dispersion, rates, proportions.

  4. Use statistical software to generate summary statistics and graphically represent OSH-related data.

  5. Perform information gathering for OSH-relevant publications and studies using library and online searches.

  6. Carry out a literature review of a defined OSH topic.

  7. Be able to interpret statistical tools commonly used in studies: odds and risk ratios, confidence intervals, p-values, statistical tests.


Assessment Strategies
This module will be assessed through 100% continuous assessment.

Assessment Facilitites

PC, Excel with Data Analysis Toolpak, Broadband




Module Dependencies
Pre Requisite Modules
None
Co Requisite Modules
None
Incompatible Modules
None

Coursework Assessment Breakdown %
Course Work / Continuous Assessment 100 %

Coursework Assessment Breakdown

Description Outcome Assessed % of Total Assessment Week
Ongoing practical and theory assessments. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 40 OnGoing
Critical Appraisal of Health Study. 3,5,6,7 10 End of Semester
Literature Review 1,3,5,6,7 50 OnGoing


End Exam Assessment Breakdown

Description Outcome Assessed % of Total Assessment Week


Distance Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly Workload

Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 0.00 Hours

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly Workload

Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 0.00 Hours

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly Workload

Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 0.00 Hours

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Weekly Workload
Online Lecture Distance Learning Suite Online Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Practical Distance Learning Suite Computer Practical 1 Weekly 1.00
Directed Learning Not Specified Literature Review 3 Weekly 3.00

Total Average Weekly Learner Workload 5.00 Hours

Resources
Book Resources
Janicak, C. A. (2007). Applied Statistics in Occupational Safety and Health. Government Institutes.
Bruce, N. (2008). Quantitative Methods for Health Research. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Saks, M. & Allsop, H. (2007). Researching Health: Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods. London: Sage Publications.


Other Resources
Excel with Data Analysis Toolpak
Url Resources
http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat

http://www.stattrek.com/

https://statistics.laerd.com/
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