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The Effectiveness of Health and Safety Topics in an Engineering Course Syllabus

Zambri Harun, Ishak Arshad, ZahiraYaakob, RosdiadeeNordinand HashimahHashim

Pertanika Journal of Tropical Agricultural Science, Volume 24, Issue S, April 2016

Keywords: Health and Safety (H&S), Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), ethics

Published on: 8 Sep 2016

Adherence to Health and Safety (H&S) is one of the required programme outcomes (PO) in all engineering programmes offered at the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment (FKAB), UniversitiKebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). The Course Outcome (CO) is measured in the mandatory course, Engineering Ethics and Technological Advancement. A two-stage survey of students' understanding of H&S matters was carried out at FKAB. Students' responses in the first and second stages suggest that they feel they possess satisfactory understanding of H&S; however, this is not so. While this survey analysis concurs with previous studies on universities and gaps in industry expectation, these finding have to be addressed appropriately before students can enter the job market and practise H&S in the workplace as trained to do in university. The study also shows that an improved teaching method significantly increases students' understanding of H&S issues. A new syllabus for a course that addresses H&S issues has been implemented, together with the faculty-wide programme revision activity.

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