OCHS11026 - Introductory Occupational Health and Safety
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit provides an overview of occupational health and safety as a discipline. Students will trace the history and development of the discipline and develop an appreciation of the impact of the occupational environment on the health and safety of individuals. Students will examine the costs and benefits of strategies to prevent occupational injury and illness and be introduced to the different specialities within the OHS discipline.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

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
  • Perth
  • Rockhampton
  • Sydney

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. Online Quiz(zes) 40%
2. Written Assessment 20%
3. Written Assessment 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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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Students like the quick marking turn around time. Have Your Say Endeavour to provide quick turn around marking times on the initial Assessment 1 Scoop It quests to build student confidence.
Students like the use of the Scoop It platform. Have Your Say Keep the use of the Scoop It platform for the initial quests that students do to assist in developing OHS skills and professional self insight.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Trace the history and development of occupational health and safety.
  2. Identify the essential elements of occupational health and safety.
  3. Describe the impact of occupational injury and disease on individuals, organisations and society.
  4. Source risk management and prevention guidance material.
  5. Construct a reflective mind map related to occupational health and safety topics.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes)  
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment    

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 - Online Quiz(zes)    
2 - Written Assessment    
3 - Written Assessment      

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks. Note:

The Core Body of Knowledge for Generalist OHS Professionals is available to download for non-commercial purposes. Students are free to download and print single copies (ONLY) from the web site for their own professional use available at: http://www.ohsbok.org.au/

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 CoordinatorKaren Klockner (k.klockner@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

The Generalist OHS Professional

Global Work

All Chapters from The OHS Body of Knowledge:-

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Read the chapters before the lecture each week.

Week 2 13-03-2017

The Extent of the OHS Problem

Global Safety

Global Health

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Start OHS Quest 1

Week 3 20-03-2017

The Organisation

Organisational Culture

Chapter 10

Chapter 10.2


OHS Quest 1 due (Friday 11.59pm)

Week 4 27-03-2017

Systems

How To - Harvard Referencing Style

Chapter 11

CQUniversity Harvard Referencing Style Guide

Start OHS Quest 2

Week 5 03-04-2017

Humans

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

OHS Quest 2 due (Friday 11.59pm)

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017 Socio-political Context

Chapter 8

Chapter 8.2

Chapter 9

Start OHS Quest 3

Week 7 24-04-2017

Hazards as a Concept

Risk

Chapter 15

Chapter 31

OHS Quest 3 due (Friday 11.59pm)

Written Assessment - Mind Map Due Friday (28 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 8 01-05-2017

Control Prevention and Intervention

User centric safe design approach to control

Chapter 34

Chapter 34.1

Start OHS Quest 4

Week 9 08-05-2017

Academic Writing - How To Succeed

Journal Searching

What is Plagiarism?


CQUniversity Resources



OHS Quest 4 due (Friday 11.59pm)

Week 10 15-05-2017

Models of Causation- Safety

Models of Causation - Health determinants

Chapter 32

Chapter 33

Week 11 22-05-2017

Introduction to Practice as a Concept

Model of OHS Practice

Chapter 37

Chapter 38

Written Assessment - The Impact of Occupational Injury and Disease Due Friday (26 May 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 12 29-05-2017

Wrap up & reflection

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

To pass this unit students must complete and lodge via the Moodle site Assessments 1, 2 and 3 (all three assessments must be attempted) and receive an overall unit score greater than 50%.

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Scoop It Quests and Reflection
Task Description

Details:

An important step in developing your knowledge in the area of OH&S in this unit is to take you on a journey into the world of OH&S, its history, essential elements, its importance and how you as the OH&S practitioner can develop your skills and critical thinking in this area.

Presentation Format:

There will be 3 on-line quests, done via the Scoop It web site and 1 Reflective Survey quest done. Each of the four quests are worth 10%, for a total of 40% for Assessment 1.

Number of Quizzes 4
Frequency of Quizzes Fortnightly
Assessment Due Date Due dates as per study schedule. All Quests must be completed by the due dates and the last Quest is completed in Week 9
Return Date to Students Assessments will be returned with feedback two weeks after the submission deadline for each Quest.
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

As a general rule assessment criteria for the assessment items are:

1. Use of Scoop It platform to demonstrate IT competence and use of IT as a communication and information literacy platform (5%)

2. Communication of critical thinking and key ideas, including the ability to deliver the required content for the quest (50%)

3. Ability to use information to support sound reasoning when answering the quest/s (40%)

4. Correct use of grammar, spelling and language to convey thoughts and key points ethically and to a wide cross cultural audience (5%).

The reflective survey will be marked slightly differently and details will be provided via the Moodle site for this unit.

Submission Online

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

1. Trace the history and development of occupational health and safety.

2. Identify the essential elements of occupational health and safety.

3. Describe the impact of occupational injury and disease on individuals, organisations and society.

4. Source risk management and prevention guidance material.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment - Mind Map
Task Description

Details:

For this assessment you will construct a reflective mind map related to the elements of the discipline of OHS that you have been exploring over the first six weeks of this course.

For each of the following headings display via a mind map your deeper understanding of the elements covered in the course to date:

History of OHS, health, safety, humans, organisations and society.

The 6 headings above form the basis of your mind map branches and you should add to those branches, ideas, concepts and understandings of what you now know they represent as they relate to the discipline of OHS.

Presentation Format:

You are required to prepare a ONE page mind map of what you have learnt under each of the headings referred to above that you have learnt about this term.

Examples will be given in Moodle, however please feel free to research Mind Maps and see how you would like to present your work.

Assessment Due Date Week 7 Friday (28-Apr-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 9 Friday (12-May-2017)
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

When grading this submission specific attention will concentrate on finding:-

1. Evidence of your development of learning and understanding in relation to the key elements and concepts presented in this unit (80%);

2. Evidence of critical thinking and creativity of presentation of key ideas (20%).

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

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

1. Trace the history and development of occupational health and safety.

2. Identify the essential elements of occupational health and safety.

3. Describe the impact of occupational injury and disease on individuals, organisations and society.

4. Source risk management and prevention guidance material.

5. Construct a reflective mind map related to occupational health and safety topics.

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

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment - The Impact of Occupational Injury and Disease
Task Description

Details

For this assessment you have been asked to prepare a written report that discusses the Impact of Occupational Injury and Disease on individual, organisations and society.

Your report should cover the following three areas:-

1. Outline historical developments of the understanding of the impact of occupational injury and disease i.e. why has the impact on individuals, organisations and society become of importance over the years?

2. Describe how occupational injury and disease impacts individuals, organisations and society.

3. Discuss how the essential elements of the discipline of OHS covered in this course strive to reduce the impact of occupational injury and disease to individuals, organisations and society.

Presentation Format

Your report should be a Word document professionally written using appropriate headings.

Your report should be double spaced, 12pt and formatted using Harvard style headings.

A report template will be provided to students to use.

Your report must have at least 7 references of which at least 4 references must be Journal Articles which support your writing.

You must use Harvard style referencing, in-text referencing (Harvard style) to support your writing and have a reference list (Harvard Style) on a separate page at the end of the document.



Assessment Due Date Week 11 Friday (26-May-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Review/Exam Week Friday (09-Jun-2017)
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

Your assessment will be marked on the following criteria:-

Ability to apply a historical foundation to the topic - 25%

Ability to discuss the impacts on individuals, organisations and society - 25%

Ability to identify how the discipline of OHS strives to reduce the impacts to individuals, organisations and society - 30%

Organisation and sequence of written expression of the report, accurate grammar and spelling -10%

Correct Use of Harvard Style Referencing - 10%

A detailed marking matrix will be presented to students via the Moodle site.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

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

1. Trace the history and development of occupational health and safety.

2. Identify the essential elements of occupational health and safety.

3. Describe the impact of occupational injury and disease on individuals, organisations and society.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice




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