OCHS12018 - Safety Science
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

The emphasis in this unit is to help you make the connection between science and safety practice so that you will think scientifically to promote evidence-based practice (EPB) as a safety professional. You will be introduced to the science that explains how hazards behave, the concept of energy conversion and how hazards cause harm. Management of health and safety risk is discussed from an evidence-informed perspective. Case studies will be used to assist you in developing an appreciation of the linkages between occupational harm and fundamental theories of physics, chemistry, physiology and social sciences.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite study of 24 credit points

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Adelaide
  • Brisbane
  • Bundaberg
  • Distance
  • Gladstone
  • Melbourne
  • Rockhampton

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Portfolio 10%
2. Group Discussion 20%
3. Written Assessment 30%
4. Portfolio 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Describe the scientific nature of hazards.
  2. Explain the principles of energy conversion as it applies to health and safety risk.
  3. Apply scientific principles to explain occupational fatality, injury, illness and harm.
  4. Utilise scientific research to improve health and safety outcomes.
  5. Construct an argumentative rationale regarding the management of a hazard to achieve best-practice and continuous improvement, in a real world setting.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Portfolio  
2 - Group Discussion    
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Portfolio  

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1. Communication  
2. Problem Solving    
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work        
6. Information Technology Competence
7. Cross Cultural Competence
8. Ethical practice

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Portfolio  
2 - Group Discussion
3 - Written Assessment  
4 - Portfolio  

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks. Note:

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorShevaun Dell (s.dell@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Introduction to Safety Science

Introduce yourself in the Week One 'Introduce Yourself' forum so we know you can access the unit Moodle site.

Week 2 13-03-2017

Scientific Concepts & Risk

Week 3 20-03-2017

Energy and the Energy Damage Model

Week 4 27-03-2017

Physical and Mechanical Hazards

Portfolio Part 1 Due Friday (31 Mar 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 5 03-04-2017 Noise and Vibration
Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017 Light and Radiation
Case Study Discussion Posts Due Friday (21 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 7 24-04-2017 Electrical Hazards
Week 8 01-05-2017 Chemical Hazards I
Week 9 08-05-2017 Chemical Hazards II
Week 10 15-05-2017 Biological Hazards
Group Report Due Friday (19 May 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 11 22-05-2017 Psychosocial Hazards
Week 12 29-05-2017

Recap

Portfolio Part 2 Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

[there is no exam for this unit]

1 Portfolio

Assessment Title Portfolio Part 1
Task Description

Establish a Safety Science Portfolio

The purpose of this assignment is to establish a suitable storehouse for resources that support science-based safety. You are required to demonstrate appropriate use of technology for the development of a multi-medium resource. You will find it useful to consult the Assessment Resource folder on Moodle for help in regards to use of various technology options.

You are required to complete the following tasks:

1. Establish a personal portfolio for use during this Safety Science unit

2. Provide a personal profile and short biography

3. In 100 words or less, explain why evidence is important to a safety professional. Support your response with a minimum of two references.

4. Summarise the main points drawn from the learning material on scientific concepts. Include principles pertaining to science-based safety and ensure you objectively define terms.

5. In about 250 words, consider the information resources available to safety professionals (e.g. journal articles, industry reports, web sites, blogs, personal communication, codes of practice, Australian Standards, and items of legislation), and explain why peer reviewed journal articles are highly regarded when writing reports, proposals, guidance material, essays and general academic writing. A minimum of 3 references is required.

To submit your portfolio for marking, follow the below process:

  1. Download the assessment criteria sheet for assessment item 1
  2. Complete the personal details area, including directions to your portfolio
  3. Upload the completed sheet into assessment item 1 submission area on Moodle
Assessment Due Date Week 4 Friday (31-Mar-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Please set out your submission file name in the following format: EliseCrawford-OCHS11025-Ass1.docx
Return Date to Students Week 6 Friday (21-Apr-2017)
Marks will be available two academic weeks after the due submission dates.
Weighting 10%
Assessment Criteria

Your submission will be assessed against the following criteria:

  1. Level of skill demonstrated with chosen toolkit platform (website) (1 mark)
  2. Suitability of a professional profile (1 mark)
  3. Written expression and depth of discussion related to the importance of evidence (2 marks)
  4. Main points clearly and accurately expressed, terms are defined objectively, and principles of science-based safety appropriately identified (3 marks)
  5. Written expression and depth of discussion regarding information resources available to safety professionals (2 marks)
  6. Reputable sources that are referenced and consistent with Harvard Style (1 mark)
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe the scientific nature of hazards.

2. Explain the principles of energy conversion as it applies to health and safety risk.

3. Apply scientific principles to explain occupational fatality, injury, illness and harm.

4. Utilise scientific research to improve health and safety outcomes.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Group Discussion

Assessment Title Case Study Discussion Posts
Task Description

Case Study Discussion Posts

The purpose of this assignment is to demonstrate that you can (1) apply scientific principles to explain the process that resulted in damage or harm, and (2) critically review the work of others. You will be presented four case studies that involve various forms of energy.

You are required to complete four tasks: 1 case study analysis and 3 peer reviews. In so doing, you will have examined each of the four case studies for four different energy forms.

  1. In less than 250 words, you are required to analyse only one of the four case studies presented, using the energy-damage model.

o Identify the form of energy immediately before control was lost

o Identify preconditions that make the event possible

o Describe the hazard control failure mechanism

o Describe the point in time that relates to the damage event

o Identify the space transfer mechanism and describe the energy transference that led to damage

o Identify the assets damaged (recipients)

o Identify the damage threshold of the recipient

2. In less than 150 words, you are to critically peer review the work of 3 student submissions for the other three (3) case studies. In your response, start with positive comments to reinforce existing strengths. When offering suggestions for improvement watch your written tone of voice. Throughout ensure your response is relevant, specific and expressed in a respectful manner. You are required to:

o Identify what was done well and explain why

o Identify what could be improved and explain how

Assessment Due Date Week 6 Friday (21-Apr-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Please post your responses in the dedicated case study discussion forum
Return Date to Students Week 8 Friday (05-May-2017)
Marks will be available two academic weeks after the due submission dates.
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

Your submission will be assessed against the following criteria:

I. One case study analysis post (5 marks)

Depth of analysis and level of accurately for the following:

  • The identification of the form of energy immediately before control was lost
  • The identification of preconditions that make the event possible
  • The description of the hazard control failure mechanism
  • The description of the point in time that relates to the damage event
  • The identification of the space transfer mechanism and describe the energy transference that led to damage
  • The identification of the assets damaged (recipients)
  • The identification of the damage threshold of the recipient

II. Three peer review posts (5 marks per review)

Peer review is meaningful and insightful

  • Depth of critique
  • Strengths identified and reasons explained
  • Weaknesses identified and ways to improve offered
  • Expressed in a respectful manner
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - To achieve a passing grade in this unit, students must complete all four (4) assessment items and achieve 50% or more on the aggregate of all assessment items.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe the scientific nature of hazards.

2. Explain the principles of energy conversion as it applies to health and safety risk.

3. Apply scientific principles to explain occupational fatality, injury, illness and harm.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Group Report
Task Description

The purpose of this assignment is to demonstrate application of evidence-informed thinking in regards to the management of a safety science problem.

This is a team assignment (up to 3 members). You can form your own teams. If you are not in a team by Monday of week 4, you will be assigned to a team.

Case Study

Whites Sugar Company has recently acquired a sugar refinery plant that was founded in 1945. Due to past events, the managers of Whites Sugar are aware that there is potential for fire outbreaks in this industry. As a safety consultant, you have been asked to explain why and how sugar becomes combustible and to offer an immediate intervention that is practical and cost-effective. The intervention you argue needs to be based on scientific principles.

Present your proposal in the form of an argumentative rationale. In your response, you should include:

  • A review of the literature relating to sugar dust combustibility, including a summary of:

* The refinery process

* The chemical and physical properties of sugar dust

* The constituents and process that leads to fire and explosion

* Available risk control measures

* Evidence from research in the field

  • A discussion of the merits of various interventions
  • Your considered opinion, based on the evidence you have reviewed
  • Your recommendation for action

Length: 1500 words

Assessment Due Date Week 10 Friday (19-May-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Please set out your submission file name in the following format: EliseCrawford-OCHS11025-Ass2.docx
Return Date to Students Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017)
Marks will be available two weeks after the due submission dates.
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

Your submission will be assessed against the following criteria:

Introduction (2 marks)

  • The intervention you will argue for
  • The direction the proposal will follow

Analyse of fires in sugar refineries (7 marks)

  • The refinery process
  • The nature of fires and explosions
  • The chemical and physical properties of sugar
  • Lessons learned
  • Interventions (control measures) available

Discussion (8 Marks)

  • Merits of various interventions
  • Consideration of hierarchies of control, practicality and cost-benefit
  • Your opinion based on reputable and credible evidence
  • Depth of discussion

Recommendations for action (4 marks)

  • Clear and to the point
  • Suitable implementation (action plan) for the intervention offered

Conclusion (2 marks)

  • Implications of your proposed intervention
  • Includes no new information
  • Draws to a logical end

References (2 marks)

  • Consistent with Harvard Style (located in the unit profile)
  • Contains at least 10 reputable references, 4 of which are peer reviewed journal articles

Argument is persuasive (2 marks)

  • Makes logical connections between evidence, opinion and recommendations
  • Written expression is concise and precise
  • Format, grammar and spelling support readability

Team player participation (3 marks)

  • Communication
  • Commitment
  • Contribution
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Please set out your submission file name in the following format: EliseCrawford-OCHS11025-Ass2.docx

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe the scientific nature of hazards.

2. Explain the principles of energy conversion as it applies to health and safety risk.

3. Apply scientific principles to explain occupational fatality, injury, illness and harm.

4. Utilise scientific research to improve health and safety outcomes.

5. Construct an argumentative rationale regarding the management of a hazard to achieve best-practice and continuous improvement, in a real world setting.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



4 Portfolio

Assessment Title Portfolio Part 2
Task Description

Completion of your Safety Science Portfolio

The purpose of this assignment is to demonstrate that you can evaluate and select appropriate resources for the purpose of aiding science-based safety. This assignment continues on from assessment item 1.

You are required to complete the safety science portfolio that was established for assessment item 1. You are required to complete five (5) hazard topic-pages, each covering a different form of energy. For each topic-page you are to address the following:

  1. The significance of the problem (as it relates to the energy type) supported with a reference to at least one peer reviewed journal article
  2. A description of underpinning science
  3. Identification of hazardous situations or circumstances (e.g. industry type, occupation types, working conditions, etc.)
  4. Measurement and evaluation information (e.g. measurements for energy levels, exposure limits, thresholds that inform the level or type of risk, etc.)
  5. Safety strategies (e.g. regulations, codes of practice, Australian Standards and at least one peer reviewed journal article)
  6. All resources are referenced. Reference list is consistent with Harvard Style
  7. General layout and usability
  8. Ease of information retrieval and presentation
  9. Range of information resources included (e.g. text, images, tables, graphs, videos, links to external sites)
  10. Depth and range of evidence presented

To submit your Portfolio for marking, follow the below process:

  1. Download the assessment criteria sheet for assessment item 4
  2. Complete the personal details area, including the URL to your portfolio (check that the URL will open)
  3. Upload the completed sheet into assessment item 4 submission area on Moodle
Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Please set out your submission file name in the following format: EliseCrawford-OCHS11025-Ass4.docx
Return Date to Students Provisional grades will be returned within 2 weeks of due date.
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

Eight (8) marks are awarded to each of the five topic pages. Your submission will be assessed against the following criteria:

  1. Investigation into the significance of the problem is supported with evidence
  2. Accuracy and depth of description of the underpinning science
  3. Level of hazard identification undertaken
  4. Suitability of measurement and evaluation information
  5. Reputability of potential safety strategies (evidence)
  6. Reference list is consistent with Harvard Style
  7. General layout and usability aids navigation
  8. Presentation aids ease of information retrieval
  9. Range of information resources included
  10. Reputability of evidence presented (i.e. sources used to inform thinking)


Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Describe the scientific nature of hazards.

2. Explain the principles of energy conversion as it applies to health and safety risk.

3. Apply scientific principles to explain occupational fatality, injury, illness and harm.

4. Utilise scientific research to improve health and safety outcomes.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice




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