SAFE07047 2019 OSH Business Case Communication

General Details

Full Title
OSH Business Case Communication
Transcript Title
OSH Business Case Communicatio
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Subject Area
SAFE - Safety Studies
ESCI - Environmental Science
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Blaithin McGrath, Edel Costello, Ossian Geraghty, John Crummy, Rachel Nugent, Margaret McCallig
Programme Membership
SG_SOCCU_J07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science in Occupational Safety and Health SG_SOCCU_J07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and Health (Add-on)

This module will develop students skills to engage with management on matters related to safety. The rationale for effective safety management will be explored with reference to the modern workplace.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Identify how the role of the safety professional can influence the success of a business


Analyse and interpret data relevant to the OSH professional.


Explore communication and how best to identify the best methods of communication in a variety of situations


Explain the role and benefits of Risk Management in the achievement of business excellence and within the wider socio-economic context.


Develop and communicate an OSH business case proposal in relation to an OSH issue.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered part-time and will include a blend of learning activities e.g. on-line lectures (via Adobe Connect), augmented by independent learning and directed learning. Moodle will be used as a repository of educational resources (e.g. powerpoint presentations, recordings of online lectures and supplementary reading material) and a means of assessment (e.g. quizzes, uploading assignments and journals).

This approach is expected to address various student learning needs. The online delivery will be blended with workshops to bring the learners together to facilitate group learning.

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 100% Continuous Assessment

Formative assessment will be delivered through class discussions and individual feedback.  Students will be assessed through a variety of means e.g (but not limited to). quizzes, reports and mind maps.  MCQ at the end of the module will cover all content delivered through the module.


Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment and/or Final Exam

Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus

 1  Identify how the role of the safety professional can influence the success of a business

Look at different safety professionals and explore their functions and relationships within a business

Identify key factors (internal and external) that contribute to a successful business venture

2  Analyse and interpret data relevant to the OSH professional.

Take data and analyse it to draw conclusions for future predictions or analysis of past performance

Discuss Key Performance Indicators (KPI)

Develop graphical representation of data to aid understanding and communicate data results

3  Explore communication and how best to identify the best methods of communication in a variety of situations

Identify the different methods of communication available to the safety officer

Discuss how best to determine the communication method based on situation, availability, audience and confidence

Explain the benefits of effective communication to the safety officer with special reference in communication in a business setting 

Explore the language of business

4  Explain the role and benefits of Risk Management in the achievement of business excellence and within the wider socio-economic context.

Discuss the benefits of effective risk management 

Identify how a business can have an impact on the wider community and indeed how effective risk management can make this a positive interaction

Identify the key ways to communicate the benefits of same

5  Develop and communicate an OSH business case proposal in relation to an OSH issue.

Combine the theory of good business management with the practical application of safety in a business context

Highlight the beneficial relationship though different methods of communication

Explore the wider context of OSH in Business and develop business case for same

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Formative assessment though discussion and individual feedback on performance. Formative Performance Evaluation - % OnGoing
2 Mind Map exploring the relationship between good safety management and successful business ventures Coursework Assessment Assessment 30 % Week 5 1,4
3 Report identifying the business case for OSH in the workplace. Students will be allocated/can choose a business context. Coursework Assessment Assessment 40 % Week 11 2,4,5
4 MCQ/SAQ end of semster in class exam Coursework Assessment Multiple Choice/Short Answer Test 30 % Week 13 1,3,4

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Not Specified Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Directed Learning Not Specified Directed Learning 0.85 Weekly 0.85
Workshop / Seminar Not Specified Group Learning 2.5 Once Per Semester 0.17
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.02 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2009-04-05 Analysing Business Cases
ISBN 0749225416 ISBN-13 9780749225414

The purpose of this book is to develop the skills requried to analyse business cases effectively. It introduces the six skills needed to analyse a business case, develops reading and note-making skills, introduces the ways in which case study texts are organised and demonstrates how these skills can be applied in practice.

Recommended Reading
2008-01-01 Business Cases for Info Pros Information Today, Inc.
ISBN 1573873357 ISBN-13 9781573873352

An inherent challenge for information professionals involves often difficult-to-quantify contributions of their initiatives to an organizations bottom line and the elusive ROI calculation. This practical guide explains why, when, and how a formal business case can be used as an effective tool for gaining support for information-based projects. Ulla de Stricker discusses the psychology of decision making involving human and financial investments and demonstrates a logically sequenced progression for structuring a business casefrom the identification of the problem, need, or opportunity to proposing viable solutions and ensuring the presentation is delivered with impact. It then provides and comments on three case studies illustrating different approaches to creating successful business case documents.

Recommended Reading
2014 Ethics for the Safety and Health Professional
ISBN 1935082450 ISBN-13 9781935082453
Recommended Reading
2000-01-13 How To Sharpen Your Business Writing Skills AMACOM Div American Mgmt Assn
ISBN 9780761215097 ISBN-13 0761215093

An opportunity to update writing skills and excel in todays e-writing environment. Packed with practical advice attuned to current business writing and presentation challenges, this book features special strategies to speed online research and guidelines for creating safe and savvy e-mail. Through interactive, self-directed exercises, youll acquire the techniques that professional writers use to research, draft, compose, and edit their work. Examples and checklists will keep you on track as you practice writing better letters, memos, proposals, reports, and e-mail (with its own rules and etiquette). If you struggle to find the words and tone appropriate for given situations, youll appreciate the advice on selecting language that works. There's also plenty of help with those niggling questions about grammar and punctuation. This book will help make your writing more effective, polished, and direct. It will distinguish you and help you move ahead, whether you're an administrative assistant or company officer. This book will help you: Identify your audience Organize your material Write clearly and effectively Master the steps of editing and rewriting Conduct online research thoroughly and quickly Compose e-mail that communicates your message efficiently Avoid common pitfalls of electronic communications Use writing to eliminate misunderstandings. This is an ebook version of the AMA Self-Study course. If you want to take the course for credit you need to either purchase a hard copy of the course through or purchase an online version of the course through

Recommended Reading
2016-09-03 How to Write a Business Plan Kogan Page Publishers
ISBN 9780749475703 ISBN-13 0749475706

Whether you are starting or selling your own business, business plans are an essential and unavoidable part of the business cycle. How to Write a Business Plan gives you the expert guidance you need to make an impact with your plan, including advice on researching competitors, presenting your management skills and successfully communicating your strategic vision. Whether it is to raise finance, sell a business or develop a specific project, this is your one-stop guide to producing the most professional and convincing business plan for a new venture How to Write a Business Plan provides invaluable help with sales, cash and profit forecasts and is supported by the inclusion of full-length plans available to download online. This new edition has been enhanced to cover digital developments like crowdfunding, online retailing and digital marketing. The creating success series of books... With over one million copies sold, the hugely popular Creating Success series covers a wide variety of topics and is written by an expert team of internationally best-selling authors and business experts. This indispensable business skills collection is packed with new features, practical content and inspiring guidance for readers across all stages of their careers.

Recommended Reading
2016-11-30 How to Write a Business Plan Nolo
ISBN 9781413323191 ISBN-13 1413323197

Whether you are running a home-based business or a brick-and-mortar operation, you need an effective financial plan, and this book is your comprehensive guide. The 13th Edition is completely updated with the latest laws and banking regulations, and includes an expanded collection of resources.

Recommended Reading
2016-07-01 How to Write Reports and Proposals
ISBN 0749475730 ISBN-13 9780749475734

"Getting a message across on paper and presenting a proposal in a clear and persuasive form are vital skills for anyone in business. How to Write Reports and Proposals provides practical advice on how to impress, convince and persuade your colleagues or clients. It will help you: improve your writing skills; think constructively before writing; create a good report; produce persuasive proposals; use clear and distinctive language; present numbers, graphs and charts effectively. Full of checklists, exercises and examples, How To Write Reports and Proposals is essential reading and will help you to put over a good case with style. With over one million copies sold, the hugely popular Creating Success series covers a wide variety of topic, with the latest editions including new chapters such as Tough Conversations and Treating People Right. This indispensable business skills collection is suited to a variety of roles, from someone looking to develop their time management skills for a society committee role, to someone with a business idea looking to build a strategic plan"--

Recommended Reading
2009 Making the Business Case Gower Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN 0566087456 ISBN-13 9780566087455

A well-written and well-researched business case will secure funding; make sure any project stays on the right side of regulation; mobilize support for the cause; provide the platform for managing the project and the benchmark against which to measure progress. Ian Gambles' Making the Business Case shows you how to make sense of the task at hand, develop a strategy, articulate your options, define the benefits, establish the costs, identify the risks and make a compelling case.

Recommended Reading
2005 Making the business case for EHS Business and Legal Reports

Recommended Reading
2008 Occupational Health 2008: Making the business case - special report Workplace Law Publishing

Recommended Reading
2014 The business case for safety and health: Costbenefit analyses of interventions in small and medium-sized enterprises European Agency for Safety and Health at Work

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

As per booklist 

Journal Resources

Will be discussed in lectures

URL Resources

As discussed in class

Other Resources


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