OSH30150 Statistics in Health and Safety

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module addresses basic statistical and epidemiological principles used in OSH research and practice, which are fundamental to
a) understanding and interpreting basic statistics and epidemiology in national and international OSH reports and the research literature,
b) creating professional reports on OSH issues, and
c) recognising opportunities to use research as part of an evidence-base for OSH practice.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this module students should be able to:

-Identify and discuss the strengths and limitations of OSH data collection systems

-Show an understanding of how summary measures can be used to collect and describe data

-Present results of simple data analyses in a professional format

-Explain or demonstrate the meaning and utility of statistical significance testing

-Demonstrate a good understanding of the main statistical and epidemiological tests found in OSH research reports

-Demonstrate how having knowledge of statistics can complement understand the value of research in OSH practice.

Indicative Module Content:

This module introduces students to basic statistical concepts, tests and techniques, used in the context of OSH.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs
The learning outcomes for this module are consistent with achieving the objectives of SDG 3 (Good Health) and SDG 8 (Decent Work) from an occupational health and well-being perspective, and the objectives of SDG 4 (Quality Education) as this module contributes to fostering an inclusive and equitable education that promotes lifelong learning for all.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Teaching and Learning approaches include a blend of online and, where possible, face to face lectures including student engagement in the form of group-discussions, exercises and group-work. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Students must be aged over 23 years, be employed and have at least 3 years work experience.

Learning Recommendations:

Students should be engaged in OSH in their workplace.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Statistics in OSH (SHWW30150)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: You will demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of basic data collection processes and techniques using Irish and EU occupational safety and health data and statistics. Varies over the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Assignment: This assignment requires you to demonstrate your knowledge of statistics and epidemiology, as addressed in this module, in order to support evidence-based decisions in professional practice Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Self-assessment activities with immediate feedback are built into class-time. Feedback individually to students on the mid-module assignment is provided via the VLE within 2 weeks of submitting. Feedback individually to students on the end-of-module assignment is provided via the VLE when draft results are published.

Name Role
Assoc Professor Conor Buggy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Alison Connolly Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr Martin Lawless Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Penpatra Sripaiboonkij Lecturer / Co-Lecturer