KE7020 - Law and Compliance

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What will I learn on this module?

It is critical that practitioners working in the fields of safety, health, and environmental management have a sound working knowledge of the key instruments in place to implement safety health and environmental policy. It is also important that practitioners are able to apply such instruments to the workplace and to ensure organisational compliance. This module is designed to enable you to gain a practical understanding of the laws that relate to safety, health and the environment in an English and EU context along with the alternative policy instruments used.

Specifically you will learn about:
• Origins and structure of English and EU law relating to the environment, health and safety.
• The English legal system.
• Key principles and application of criminal law for safety, health and environmental protection.
• Key principles and application or civil law for safety, health and environmental protection.
• Role of key institutions.
• Alternatives to regulation – market based instruments, voluntary instruments, education.
• Management approaches and compliance.

How will I learn on this module?

The teaching strategy for this module uses a variety of approaches, including lectures, student led seminars, case studies, scenarios and site visits.

Lectures will be used to deliver the theoretical and background material that underpins learning on this module. A series of practical and case study based seminars run parallel to formal lectures allowing you to explore in more depth some of the key statutory requirements of an organisation in relation to safety, health and the environment, and the offences involved. In addition, key concepts of nuisance, negligence, trespass etc. will be explored and applied to real situations.

Learning will also be supported by a visit to the courts and by the use of guest lecturers to explore see how legislation works in practice and you will have the opportunity to experience what is like to be an expert witness in court using the University Law School court room facility.

Teaching staff operate an ‘open door’ policy for students meaning you can approach them anytime during normal office hours, or via email, to answer questions, receive feedback and support your learning on the module.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

All teaching materials for the module are made available on the module eLP site. You will also have access to a number of on line self-assessment quizzes which will allow you to check your understanding of the various statues and regulations discussed in lectures and seminars. In line with the Department’s open door policy, you may approach the module tutor for additional support as required.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• MLO 1: Critically evaluate the effectiveness of regulation and other instruments in implementing and enforcing environmental policy.
• MLO 2: Critically evaluate the role of regulators, public and private bodies in safety, health and environmental management of both existing and new developments/organisations.


Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• MLO 3: Identify and apply current English safety, health and environmental laws in a given context.
• MLO 4: Critically evaluate the methods and approaches for ensuring compliance with safety, health and environmental legislation and produce practical advice on compliance.



Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• MLO 5: Reflect upon and articulate issue of morality, justice, equity and proportionality underpinning law and compliance.

How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment

Formative tasks are embedded into the lecturers and seminars throughout the module. Students will be required to review a range of case studies and scenarios to explore the safety, health and environmental legislation and approaches that apply to each. Learning will be supported and reinforced using a series of self-assessment tests delivered via the e-Learning Portal.

Students will also undertake a safety, health and environmental law audit of a case study site, identifying the laws that apply and the implications. Work will be undertaken as a staff supported group exercise.

Summative Assessment
The assessment of this module is 100% coursework and consists of two linked activities that build on the formative group work exercise:

a) an individual environmental and health and safety advice note to the case study organisation. Students will undertake a compliance review of the organisation, identifying where the organisation complies with current safety, health and environmental legislation and other policy instruments, where compliance is weak or lacking and will make practical recommendations for improving compliance (70%) (LOs 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5); and
b) a follow up verbal defence of the advice note (30%) (LOs 5)

Feedback
Verbal feedback will be provided on the formative assessments, and written individual feedback will be given to students on summative assessments.

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

It is critical that practitioners working in the fields of safety, health, and environmental management have a sound working knowledge of the key instruments in place to implement safety health and environmental policy. It is also important that practitioners are able to apply such instruments to the workplace and to ensure organisational compliance. This module is designed to enable you to gain a practical understanding of the laws that relate to safety, health and the environment in an English and EU context along with the alternative policy instruments used.

The teaching strategy for this module uses a variety of approaches, including lectures, student led seminars, case studies, scenarios and site visits. The emphasis is on the practical application of law and the management of compliance within organisations. Assessments support this emphasis with the focus being on the application of knowledge to a real case through undertaking a compliance audit and the production and defence of an advise note.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time
1 other options available

Department Geography and Environmental Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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