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Last modified: 31 Jul 2023 11:19

Course Overview

This course is part of the level 2 programme in the Graduate Apprenticeship in BEng in Civil Engineering, and is only available to students on that programme.  It is the second course in a series of such courses, which series aims to develop professional awareness in the Student Apprentices, by a sequence of reflective essay assignments on the development of a Professional mindset as they progress through the programme.  At the same time, this series is also intended to develop the practice of professional writing skills.

This second course has Health and Safety as its main theme.  The student will be required to reflect on the responsibility of the Engineer to ensure that Health and Safety is paramount in Engineering decisions, and to reflect on both the literature on the subject and on relevant personal and other professional experience.  A particular focus, for this course aimed at Civil Engineers, are the "Construction (Design and Management) Regulations", CDM, and their importance in Civil Engineering design and Construction.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Paul C. Davidson

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Bachelor Of Engineering In Engineering (Civil Grad App)
  • Engineering (EG)
  • EG15G3 Professional Development 1 (Passed)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course is a 15 credit level 2 course over both half sessions, carried out during the period of Work-Based Learning, and will follow the format of the preceding course (Professional Development 1) by being assessed by two written assessments, a 2000 word essay on a selected Case Study from the literature on Health and Safety, and an end-of-half-session essay of no more than 5000 words on specific application of this in their workplace.


The task set to the students will be to prepare essays on the importance of Health and Safety, including on the role of CDM, in the practice of being a Professional Civil Engineer, and on examples of how this is achieved.  Students will be required to access the legislative and professional frameworks defined by bodies such as HSE and ICE, and to reflect on appropriate Case Studies.  For example, the ICE guide linked from the following page will define the main principles:


Students will be assigned a particular Case Study from the literature to write a short essay on how failure to prioritise  Health and Safety led to bad outcomes, and how the situation should have bene handled instead.  This essay, and the feedback received for it, carried out half way through the half session, will prepare them for the final essay, which requires more personal reflection.  The impact of these issues on the students' career to date, and anticipated impacts going forward, will be an important aspect of the personal reflection required for this course.


Taken together with the other two courses on Professional Development this course will contribute to the development of the attributes of a Professional Engineer, as defined by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM).  Developing these attributes is to enhance the Graduate’s Employability, as it is defined by the Engineering Profession.  The JBM welcome page mentions the themes that are to be developed in this series of Professional Development courses, including the Health and Safety theme of this thirdcourse in the series:

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

First Attempt

1x Coursework (25%)
1x Coursework (75%) 

Alternative Resit Arrangements

Resit of only the failed assessment component(s)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualUnderstandAwareness of Professional Literature and Legislative Framework relating to Health and Safety in Engineering
FactualUnderstandAwareness of the requirements of CDM and of their impact on Professional Practice
ConceptualAnalyseAwareness of Case Studies where Health and Safety has been a key theme
ReflectionEvaluateAwareness of Health and Safety in personal practice of Engineering and an ability to incorporate a socially responsible and professional approach in personal Engineering decisions
ProceduralCreatePractice at writing in a professional manner

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