SSE Administration

SSE Administration

SSE Administration

SSE 815 Syllabus FA16 – SSE Administration

EKU Department of Safety & Security  - CRN 11769


Instructor:      Dr. Earl Blair, CSP              

Stratton 250                            Phone:  (859) 622-6697                Office Hours:  MWR 3 - 5; Friday by appointment

Course Description: This course explores management and leadership principles applied to management administration. The management functions of Planning, Organizing, Leading and Controlling are explored and applied to safety management.  Strategies and wisdom from thought leaders in management and safety management are included.  Case studies are analyzed for practical application to the management of Safety & Security.



Course Textbook: 

Robbins, Stephen P., Mary Coulter & David A. DeCenzo. Fundamentals of Management: Essential Concepts & Applications, 10th Edition, Pearson.  2015


Supplemental Materials:

Manuele, Fred, Advanced Safety Management, Second Edition. Wiley & Sons, 2014      

Chamine, Shirzad, Positive Intelligence: Why Only 20% of Teams and Individuals Achieve Their True Potential and How You Can Achieve Yours, Greenleaf Book Press, 2012

Goleman, Daniel, Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More than IQ, 1995

Online Resources: ; ;



Learning Outcomes:  Upon course completion students will be able to:

  1. Define Management and Describe What Managers do
  2. Describe Organizational Culture: Why it’s Important & How it Affects Safety
  3. Explain factors involved in Ethical Behavior and Social Responsibility
  4. Discuss Strategies and Planning for Managing Safety & Security Functions
  5. Discuss Job Analysis for HR purposes and Job Safety Analysis (JSA) for safety
  6. Identify Effective Ways to Build Your Personal Career (pp. 232 – 235)
  7. Describe Ways to Reduce Workplace Stress and Increase Employee Motivation
  8. Explain the Impact of various Intelligences such as EQ and PQ on Performance
  9. Discuss Keys to Effective Communication for SSE Performance
  10. Define Leadership and How it Impacts Safety Performance
  11. Analyze Lessons Learned from Prominent Safety Management Case Studies
  12. Develop & Present a Project on a Relevant Topic or Case Study with Lessons Learned



Evaluation and Grading:

  1. Reading Assignments with Discussion Board 100 points
  2. Participation, Activities, Reflection                                     50 points
  3. Exams                                                                                150 points
  4. Course Project                                     100 points

Total Points                                                                            400 points


Grade Scale: The following scale is used for final grades.

90-100 % = A              70-79% = C                 < 60% = F

80-89 % =   B              60-69% = D


  1. Reading/DB Assignments
  • Read the Assigned Paper and/or Chapters
  • Make a meaningful Post on Discussion Board (DB) and Respond to at least one other student’s post
  • Be Prepared to Summarize and Share Your Conclusions in Class


Discussion Board:  In the "Course Documents" section of Blackboard you will find a document that contains a list of journal articles. The applicable article for each assignment will need to be read with discussion being based on the material in each article.  You are expected to make one response to peer posts by Sunday at midnight prior to the week the topic is due in class.


Instructions:  Read the journal article for the assignment and comment on a significant idea you gained from the material you read. Reading/DB Assignments are each worth up to 20 points total: Up to 10 points for your initial post; up to 5 points for your response to another students post; Up to 5 points for sharing your summary in class. 


Discussion Board posts must be substantive. One or two-line posts are not acceptable. The Discussion Board is designed to be a learning opportunity where you can interact with your peers.


Example Assignment Readings, DB Posts & Classroom Dialog

Assignment 1:  Organizational Culture & Safety

  1. Read Andrew Hopkins Article “Organizational Culture Effects on Safety”
  2. Post your response to the article – what is significant to you about the article?
  3. Respond to another students post with a meaningful response/post of your own.
  4. Be prepared to discuss your summary and conclusions of the article in class.


Assignment 2:  Ethics

  1. Read Andrew Kapp Article “Ethical Climate and Safety Performance”
  2. Post your response to the article – what is significant to you about the article?
  3. Respond to another students post with a meaningful response/post of your own.
  4. Be prepared to discuss your summary and conclusions of the article in class.


  1. Student Participation
  • General Participation includes attendance in the classroom or during Adobe Connect meetings; examples of participation include adding to the discussion, asking questions, enhancing topic understanding and sharing in meaningful dialog.
  • Classroom Activities will be conducted throughout the semester and may be in a group format or individual.  Some activities may be conducted via Adobe Connect.
  • Reflection Papers.  See Syllabus page 6 for rubric and page 7 for format.


  1. Exams

There will be two exams during the semester worth a total 150 points (100 for the Midterm and 50 for the Final).  A brief review may be conducted prior to each exam.


  1. Course Project Topics – Instructions & Options

Student Product Instructions = Up to 100 points total based on the following criteria:

  • Concise PowerPoint slides, such as 5 – 10 slides; Post slides on Blackboard on the date your presentation is due.  (Up to 50 points credit for quality materials)
  • Presentation to Class, approximately 10 – 15 minutes on due date (Up to 30 points)
  • Short Handout Summary such as one or 2 pages; Both e-handout and hard copy for students; include all your resources and references. (Up to 20 points)


Topic Options: Get Prior Instructor Approval for your Topic.

Choose one of the following topics and prepare PowerPoint slides, a presentation, and a handout summary. For case studies, briefly explain what happened and highlight management successes and failures and Lessons Learned.  Topics focus on Safety, but you may choose Security or Emergency Management in place of safety – your preference.

  • Lean Manufacturing & Safety
  • ExxonMobil Operations Integrity Management Systems: OIMS
  • Transactional versus Transformational Leadership
  • ISO 45001: OHSMS Guidance (Now being Drafted)
  • Benchmarking for Safety                             
  • Keys to Employee Engagement in Safety
  • Balanced Scorecard Systems                                   
  • System Safety – Pick a Method and Describe
  • Safety Professionals as Culture Change Agents                            
  • Effective Safety Communications
  • Continuous Improvement: Applying Deming Principles to Safety Management
  • Ethics as a Performance Driver                   
  • Centralization vs. Decentralization             
  • Leadership Commitment & Employee Engagement
  • DOE Integrated Safety Management Systems (ISM)
  • Emotional Intelligence                                 
  • Positive Intelligence
  • A Case Study of Interest to You Relating to Safety Management
  • A Book Report on a Safety Management Topic that Interests You      










SSE 815 Course Schedule

This schedule is tentative and subject to change with notice.  SSE 815 meets Mondays at 6:00 pm in Stratton 243.  Class will be conducted primarily in the classroom with some class sessions conducted online via Adobe Connect.  Students will be notified in advance and provided with the Adobe website and relevant instructions for use.


Adobe Connect



Password:  safetypros   Note:  Use your real user name


August 22 - Introduction & Course Expectations (Textbook Ch. 1)

Topics:  Define Management; Explain What Managers do.

  1. A) Which level of management do you think safety professionals normally operate within?
  2. B) What are four basic elements of management? Hint: The textbook is organized around these four elements.
  3. C) Safety Wisdom: Who are Andrew Hopkins & Fred Manuele and what do they contribute?

Reading Assignment 1 (Andrew Hopkins “Organizational Culture Effects on Safety”) & Discussion Board Posts due by midnight, Sunday August 28


August 29 - Topics: Organizational Culture & Safety Culture (Textbook Ch. 2)

  1. A) What is Organizational Culture? How to Impact the Safety Culture?
  2. B) Who are Frederick Taylor, Henri Fayol, Abraham Maslow & W. Edwards Deming and what have they contributed to management?

Topic: Integrative Management Issues (Textbook Ch. 3)

  1. A) What are the most important “Take-Aways” from Chapter 3?

Reading Assignment 2 (Andrew Kapp: Ethical Climate & Safety Performance) & Discussion Board posts due by midnight, Sunday September 11


September 5  (Labor Day – No Class)


September 12 - Topics:  Strategies & Planning (Textbook Chapters 4 & 5)

  1. A) Terms & Concepts from Ch. 4 – Recognize Management Language
  2. B) 6 Steps for Strategic Management Process
  3. C) Strategies for Baseball & Sports ** MoneyBall

Reading Assignment 3  (Terry Mathis: What Can Safety Learn from Lean?) & Discussion Board posts due by midnight Sunday September 18


September 19 – Topic:  Organizational Structure & Design (Textbook Ch. 6)

  1. A) Chain of Command; Line of Authority; Line & Staff; Span of Control
  2. B) Centralization versus Decentralization?
  3. C) What is Lean Manufacturing? Does Lean help or harm safety efforts? 5S & Safety

Reflection Paper #1 due – choose any topic covered so far


September 26 - Topic: Managing Human Resources (Textbook Ch. 7)

  1. A) The importance of Job Analysis
  2. B) Application to Safety: Job Safety Analysis (JSA or JHA)
  3. C) Job Interviews; ** Career Module: Building Your Career



October 3 - Topics:  Managing Change & Foundations of Behavior (Textbook Ch. 8 & 9)

  1. A) How to Reduce Workplace Stress?
  2. B) How to Manage Resistance to Change?
  3. C) The Importance of Management of Change (MOC) for Safety
  4. D) What is Emotional Intelligence (EQ)? Why is it important?
  5. E) What is Positive Intelligence (PQ)? Why is it important?


October 10  Midterm Exam             


October 17  Fall Break  (No Class Meeting)


October 24 - Topic:  Group Behavior & Teamwork (Textbook Ch. 10)

  1. A) Groups & Teams
  2. B) Toyota’s Team Model
  3. C) DuPont’s Safety Culture (Handouts)


October 31 - Topic:  Motivating & Rewarding Employees (Textbook Ch. 11)

  1. A) Theories of Motivation
  2. B) Job Enrichment & Employee Recognition

Reading Assignment 4 (Dan Petersen: Leadership & Safety Excellence) & DB Posts due Nov. 6


November 7 - Topic: Leadership & Trust (Textbook Ch. 12)

  1. A) What is a Leader? What do Leaders do? Difference Between Leaders & Managers?
  2. B) Transactional versus Transformational Leadership
  3. C) What are the 5 dimensions of Trust? ** Kouzes & Posner 5 Leadership Practices

Reading Assignment 5 (Blair: Developing Safety Culture) & DB posts due Nov 13


November 14 - Topic:  Effective Communication (Textbook Ch. 13)

  1. A) Leadership & the Art of Conversation (Kim Krisco)
  2. B) The Best Leaders Monitor the Workplace and Listen

Reflection Paper #2 due by end of class


November 21  - Topics: Controlling & Coaching (Textbook Ch. 14 & 15)

  1. A) Supervisors as Safety Coaches (Terry Mathis)
  2. B) What is Entrepreneurship?
  3. C) Leadership By Walking Around (Michael Roberto, etc)

Begin Project Presentations


November 28 - Project Presentations due


December 5 –  Project Presentations due


December 12 - Final Exam




SSE 815 Grade Rubrics


General Requirements for Student Work

  • Quality of your work is more important than the length of your work
    • Quality = content is practical, useful, accurate
    • Meaningful = content is relevant to course topic and applicable to the safety profession
  • Work Must be Submitted On Time; Late Policy = 50% reduction for late work
  • Resources – Cite and list all of your references when used


Readings Assignments Rubric


Readings are worth up to 20 points each

  • Follows Directions – One main DB post by Midnight Thursday of the week, one response to other students posts by Midnight Sunday; Posts do not need to be lengthy, but one or two sentences is not enough especially for your initial post.
  • Substance – Accuracy, Understanding, Highlight(s) (Approx. 40%)
  • Analysis – Thoughtful, Meaningful, Refer to related concepts (Approx. 40%)
  • Reader Friendly - Grammar, Spelling, Well-written (Approx. 20%)


Student Participation Rubric


Participation activities will normally be worth 5 to 10 points each

  • Activities: You must be present in attendance to receive credit for activities
  • Reflection Papers: Due 9/19 and 11/14
  • Use the posted Reflection Paper format
  • List Your 3 Key Points (20%)
  • Reflect on the Importance of one of your Key Points – Analyze why the point is important (30%)
  • Application/Problem-Solving Section – Practical, Relevant, Specific (50%)


Course Project Rubric


The course project is worth up to 100 points.

Project includes 1) Power Point slides (up to 50 points) 2) a Summary Handout (up to 25 points) and 3) classroom presentation (up to 25 points).

  • Content is relevant to course, accurate & presented in logical order (30%)
  • Concise e-Handout (one or two pages) with practical summary (30%)
  • Materials and Format are attractive for the PPT and Handout with visuals, illustrations, graphs, and pictures as appropriate; Not wordy (20%)
  • Content offers practical information for Safety Professionals (10%)
  • Well Written: Easy to follow; includes proper grammar & accurate spelling (10%)


Note: Include all of your sources and references on your PPT and Handout.  

Work that is in violation of the Academic Integrity Policy will receive zero credit.  If you submit your references late, the highest grade you can make is 50% (see Late Policy).




Reflection Paper SSE 815                      


Name ______________________________                         Date ______________


  1. Key Points List your top 3 Key Points from this session, reading, or guest lecture.








  1. Reflection Explain precisely why One of your key points is important for safety.










  1. Application/Problem Solving Provide a specific example of a real and practical safety application related to the material. Describe a recommended action that details how to practically solve a problem or accomplish one of the important points from your reflection.
















EKU Policies & Appendices




Blackboard:  The instructor will utilize Blackboard to post supplemental information, grades, assignments, instructions and messages pertaining to the class.  Students should monitor Blackboard regularly to verify his/her posted grades, look for course announcements, and access additional reading materials.



Academic Integrity:  Students are advised that EKU’s Academic Integrity policy will strictly be enforced in this course. The Academic Integrity policy is available at . Questions regarding the policy may be directed to the Office of Academic Integrity. Academic misconduct in this class is defined and dealt with according to the procedures in the Code of Student Ethics.



Cell Phones, Pagers and Other Disruptive Devices:  Student cell phones, pagers and other noisy, distracting devices must be turned off, or placed in silent mode during class.  The use of this type of communication equipment during class time is disruptive and counterproductive to the learning experience.  If a student MUST take a call during class, the student should quietly exit the classroom, and conduct their conversation a sufficient distance from the door so as not to disrupt the class.


Withdrawal Policy: Students withdrawing after the fifth week of the course will be assessed a $50.00 per credit hour fee for late withdrawal. For information on the full withdrawal policy, please visit



Student Progress:  All Students’ grades will be posted on Blackboard, and the instructor will, upon request of any student, provide an assessment of that student’s progress in the course.  Students may also meet individually with the instructor concerning her/his progress in the course.



Course Correspondence Policy


  1. All e-mail correspondence must include the specific course ID as the first letters of the subject line. Thus in this class, use OSH 412 as the first letters in the subject line.
  2. The course ID should be followed by a space and a distinctive subject (OSH 412 Question 1). The questions should always precede the answer.
  3. Students should use their assigned e-mail address for course correspondence to ensure timely communication. It is the students’ responsibility to check their e-mail for correspondence. If another email address is utilized, then the student must take care to obtain correspondence from the assigned e-mail account.
  4. All course assignments, where appropriate, will be submitted within Blackboard. E-mail attachments will not be accepted. All work must be in a word document.




Disability Statement:

The University strives to make all learning experiences as accessible as possible.  If you are registered with the EKU Center for Student Accessibility (CSA), please obtain your accommodation letters from the CSA, present them to the course instructor, and discuss the accommodations needed. If you believe you need an accommodation and are not registered with the CSA, please contact the office in 361 Whitlock Building by email at or by telephone at (859) 622-2933. Upon individual request, this syllabus can be made available in an alternative format.


A student with a “disability” may be an individual with a physical or psychological impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, to include, but not limited to: seeing, hearing, communicating, interacting with others, learning, thinking, concentrating, sitting, standing, lifting, performing manual tasks, working. Additionally, pregnancy accompanied by a medical condition(s), which causes a similar substantial limitation, may also be considered under the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act (ADAAA).

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