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About the Engineering Student Teaching Modules Project
Recognizing that engineering and business professors may lack the knowledge, experience and confidence needed to teach health and safety, Minerva Canada has undertaken to develop a series of teaching modules that will assist post-secondary faculty deliver this much-needed information to Canada’s future engineers and corporate leaders.
Following a study done for Minerva in May 2012 by Queen’s University and surveys conducted for Minerva by the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada and the Workplace Safety and Prevention Services, topics were selected, reviewed, and endorsed by the project steering committee and Minerva’s Board of Directors. These modules are designed to meet the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board engineering graduate attribute requirements. They also address specific gaps in engineering disciplines that are not currently being taught so that graduates will be better prepared for the workforce upon graduation.
The estimated three-year $200,000 project includes participation from academia, Minerva’s key industry and government supporters and Mitacs. Many modules, which are posted above, have already been completed. The modules, ranging from one to three hours, are designed to cover health and safety education needs for all four years of undergraduate engineering.
Modules in Development
Minerva Canada, along with eight universities and key Minerva industry sponsors, are currently developing the modules below. Upon completion, they will be posted on this website. Post-grad students have been selected for developing these modules and will receive compensation from a Mitacs grant and Minerva funding raised from its industry sponsors.
Core Modules (for all Engineering disciplines)
- Introduction to Professional Responsibility (via an industry guest speaker for first year students)*
- Codes, Standards, Regulations
- Risk Assessment Models
- Incident Investigation and Reporting*
- Ethics, Public Safety and Professional Responsibility
- Safety Leadership Excellence in Project and Operations Management*
- Incorporating Safety into Engineering Teams and the Design Process*
- Making the Business Case for Safety – Communicating Health and Safety*
- Laboratory Safety*
- Crisis and Emergency Management*
Discipline Specific (for two or more engineering disciplines, preliminary list)
- Nanotechnology Safety
- Advanced Chemical Safety*
- Field Safety Considerations and its Design Implications (Machine Guarding, etc.)*
- Human Factors Design*
- Bio Risk*
* NOTE: These modules are not yet assigned. Universities or colleges interested in developing one of these modules should send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested in Writing a Case Study or Teaching Module for Minerva Canada?
Minerva Safety Management Education encourages and sponsors the research and publication of Case Studies and Teaching Modules, illustrating business effectiveness through Safety, Health, and Environmental (SHE) management. These resources are intended for use as teaching tools, demonstrating that SHE management has positive business outcomes such as improved profitability, reduced incidents and improved labour relations, productivity and quality.
When used in teaching, Case Studies enhance participants’ understanding of the interrelationship of SHE management with the events depicted and with the internal and external forces upon a business. Learning takes place through discussion of opinions within the student group.
Minerva also encourages and sponsors the research, development and publication of new Teaching Modules pertinent for new graduates entering the workplace and where current student teaching material is not readily available .
Check out the Minerva guidelines for Teaching Modules and Case Studies and funding available for university or college professors or graduate students interested in developing a Teaching Module for Minerva Canada.
WorkSmart Campus, Electrical Hazards Teaching Module
Engineering students should get exposed to the fundamentals of health and safety and hazard recognition early in their engineering education. As part of its Teaching Modules initiative, Minerva Canada is recommending that all first year engineering students in Canadian Engineering Schools as well as first year college students complete the WorkSmart Campus e-learning module (or an equivalent of WorkSmart) developed by the Ontario Ministry of Labour, which also has an Electrical Safety, Hazards Recognition e-learning component with it. Click here for full details on WorkSmart Campus and how students can sign up and access the course and a contact person from the Ontario Ministry of Labour for any questions. First year students can complete this online course at their own pace. Professors can integrate WorkSmart Campus as an assignment into an existing first year course, with the test in WorkSmart making up a percentage of the final grade.