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PSYC432 Special Topic: Safety Science and Application

Examination of traditional views on safety as reflected in current approaches to risk and safety, particularly in high-risk industries.

Safety is the absence of incidents and accidents - seems simple enough. Or is it? This course will examine traditional views on safety as reflected in current approaches to safety and risk management particularly in high-risk industries. We will then examine some very recently proposed alternative approaches that have emerged in the 21st century and look at the application of different safety perspectives in a variety of major accidents and disasters.

Paper title Special Topic: Safety Science and Application
Paper code PSYC432
Subject Psychology
EFTS 0.0833
Points 10 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $653.49
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,757.23

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Eligibility

Entry into Psychology 400-level normally requires a major in Psychology, a B+ average or higher in Psychology 300-level papers, and a pass in PSYC 311 Quantitative Methods. We highly recommend that students have completed PSYC 310. Students from other universities must show evidence of an equivalent level of competence.

Contact

Professor David O’Hare (ohare@psy.otago.ac.nz)

Teaching staff

Professor David O’Hare

Paper Structure

PSYC 432 consists of lectures (including guest lecturers) and student presentations followed by group discussion. The course will begin by considering traditional person-based approaches to risk, error and safety. We will then look at engineering oriented approaches from Human Reliability Analyses to Leveson’s control theory of safety. Lastly we will traverse a range of contemporary approaches proposed by Rasmussen, Dekker and Hollnagel as well as precursor approaches to looking at failures in complex systems such as Perrow’s ‘normal accidents’ and Vaughan’s ‘normalisation of deviance’.

Teaching Arrangements

Weekly meeting consisting of lectures and presentations.

Textbooks

A wide range of recommended readings (books and journal articles) will be made available on eReserve (link on Blackboard).

Graduate Attributes Emphasised

Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete PSYC 432 will:

  • Understand the traditional (individualistic) approach to risk and safety.
  • Understand recent engineering and organisational approaches to risk and safety.
  • Evaluate published accident reports in relation to the different perspectives on risk and safety.
  • Independently research a reported accident or incident and demonstrate the application of one or more theoretical perspectives to understanding the event.
  • Prepare and deliver an effective oral presentation on a topic covered in the course.
  • Engage in collaborative participation in class and write a short report summarising one of the class seminars.

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Wednesday 13:00-14:50 9-16, 18-22

Exploration of methodological, empirical and theoretical issues in the brain bases of social cognition and emotion with a strong focus on modern human neuroscience.

Paper title Special Topic: Social and Affective Neuroscience
Paper code PSYC432
Subject Psychology
EFTS 0.0833
Points 10 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2020 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Eligibility

Entry into Psychology 400-level normally requires a major in Psychology, a B+ average or higher in Psychology 300-level papers, and a pass in PSYC 311 Quantitative Methods. We highly recommend that students have completed PSYC 310. Students from other universities must show evidence of an equivalent level of competence.

Contact

narun.pat@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Lecturer: Narun Pat

Paper Structure

TBC.

Teaching Arrangements

TBC

Textbooks

Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised

In-depth knowledge, Scholarship, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Research, Global perspective, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork

Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will:

  1. Students will demonstrate the ability to explore various methodologies used in social and affective neuroscience. Interdisciplinary in nature, these methodologies include, but are not limited to: functional magnetic resonance imaging, electroencephalography, mathematical/computational modelling, psychophysiology, genomics, animal electrophysiology, Big Data analysis, meta-analysis among others. The training in contemporary methodologies will equip students with skills to acquire new knowledge in a rapidly developing scientific field. [In-depth knowledge, Scholarship, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Research]
  2. Students will demonstrate the ability to further knowledge of the neurobiological underpinnings of social-emotional processes. Given that social and affective neuroscience is rooted in multiple disciplines, students will be exposed to principles and concepts from many diverse areas of psychology (social, clinical and cognitive), economics (behavioural economics), biology (system neuroscience, behavioural and cognitive neuroscience and genomics) and medicine (psychiatry and neurology). Many of the topics that will be examined in the course are usually of interest to social scientists, however, they are not typically discussed in the context of their neurobiological underpinnings. The aim of the proposed course is to bridge the gap between the topics of social research and neurobiology. The topics discussed in the course will include: morality, cultural influences, empathy, social status, regret, free will, consciousness, personality, and others. Thus, students’ perspective on these topics should be broadened [Scholarship, Global perspective, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Interdisciplinary perspective]
  3. By incorporating readings and discussions of basic findings, reviews, debates and controversies, students will become informed consumers of theories and findings in social and affective neuroscience. Ideally, students will come out of this course with the capacity to develop deep research questions, to undertake research under supervision, and to (re-)interpret experimental findings related to these research themes and perhaps others within neuroscience and psychology. [Scholarship, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research]
  4. Students will be required to demonstrate the ability to synthesize the knowledge in social and affective neuroscience gained and communicate that knowledge to others in oral and written form. They will communicate the knowledge both as a team and as individuals. [Scholarship, Critical thinking, Self-motivation, Teamwork]

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard