OCHS13020 - Future Paradigms in OHS A
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit is Part A of a two-unit learning series which will provide students the opportunity to consolidate and practically apply all of the knowledge, skills and attitudes developed during their learning journey in the OHS course. In particular as related to analyses which draw on human factors, occupational hygiene, safety science and risk management knowledge. There is a specific emphasis on developing higher order skills and understandings which are representative of the holistic application of core skills that occurs when the professional understands the interaction between core disciplinary domains in solving complex problems. In addition, students will explore professional practice through the lens of futures methods and thinking, applied research methodology, project management and return on prevention analyses. During this unit (Part A), students will negotiate with an industry sponsor to complete project work during Part B of this unit series and will prepare appropriate documentation in readiness for approval. Students will create and submit a professional portfolio of their work.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite:- 48 credit point, including OCHS12002 Occupational Health and Safety Practice

Co-requisite:- OCHS13016 and either OCHS12019 or OCHS13008.

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
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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
  • Mixed Mode
  • 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. Practical and Written Assessment 30%
2. Portfolio 70%

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
Good use of different lecturers for different fields of knowledge Have Your Say Continue to invite a range of teaching staff to deliver specialist content, especially in the residential school
Students appreciate when turnaround times are minimised Have Your Say Reduce the turnaround times for return of assessment items
Students enjoying exploring the future of safety through the Board Papers. They would like to devote more time to exploring one topic thoroughly, instead of researching two topics for this assessment. Have Your Say Review the topic descriptions in the Futures Board Papers so that one topic can deliver the required outcomes.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Select and apply tools and techniques used to investigate and analyse human factors, occupational hygiene, accidents and other complex problems.
  2. Design risk management strategies for a variety of settings and communicate 'return on prevention' effectiveness.
  3. Evaluate the usefulness of futures methods to OHS related domains.
  4. Discuss contemporary problems and issues related to professional practice in OHS contexts and consider how applied research methods might be utilised to help solve the problem or issue.
  5. Lead professional OHS practice through effective project management and facilitation of teams.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - 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 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Portfolio

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks. Note:

The Body of Knowledge is available to download and print for non-commercial purposes at http://www.ohsbok.org.au/download-the-body-of-knowledge/

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 CoordinatorAllison Hutton (a.hutton@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

Module 1 : Professional Practice in OHS Contexts

Lecture 1 : Project Management

Tutorial : Writing Reports

Welcome

  • Ch 3 "The Generalist OHS Professional in Australia"
  • Ch 37 "Introduction to Practice as a Concept"
  • Ch 38 "Practice Model of OHS Practice"
Week 2 13-03-2017

Module 1 : Professional Practice in OHS Contexts

Lecture 2 : Problem solving : Science or Art

Tutorial : Writing a proposal
Week 3 20-03-2017

Module 1 : Professional Practice in OHS Contexts

Lecture 3 : Contemporary problems and issues

Context

  • Ch 8 "Socio-political law"
  • Ch 9 "Socio-political industrial"
  • Ch 10.2 "Organisational culture"
Week 4 27-03-2017

Module 2 : Preparation for Residential School

Lecture 1 : Welcome & Risk Management

Tutorial : Introduction to Risk Registers

Risk Management
  • Ch 15 "Hazard as a concept"
  • Ch 31 "Risk"
  • Ch 31.2 "OHS Risk and decision-making"
  • Ch 34 "Control - Prevention and Intervention"
Week 5 03-04-2017

Module 2 : Preparation for Residential School

Lecture 3 : Hygiene : Why

Tutorial : Hygiene Risk Assessments

Hygiene

  • Ch 12 "Human biological systems"
  • Ch 33 "Models of causation - health determinants"
  • Ch 17 "Chemical hazards"
  • Ch 18 "Biological hazards"
Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Module 2 : Preparation for Residential School

Lecture 4 : Hygiene - How?

Tutorial : Hygiene : Handling Results

Hygiene

  • Ch 22 "Noise and Vibration"
  • Ch 24 "Ionising radiation"
  • Ch 25 "Non-ionising radiation"
  • Ch 26 "Thermal Environment"
Week 7 24-04-2017

Module 2 : Preparation for Residential School

Lecture 2 : Human Factors

Tutorial : Human Factors Tools - worked examples

Human Factors

  • Ch 13 "Human Psych Principles"
  • Ch 14 "The Human Principles of Social Interaction"
  • Ch 16 "Hazard Biomechanical"
  • Ch 19 "Psychosocial hazards"
  • Ch 20 "Fatigue"
  • Ch 34.1 "User centric safe design approach to control"
Week 8 01-05-2017

Module 2 : Preparation for Residential School

Lecture 5 : Accident Investigation - Scene Management

Tutorial : What to Expect at Res School

Accident Investigation

  • Ch 32 "Models of causation : Safety"
Week 9 08-05-2017

Residential School 8 - 12 May

Gladstone

Assessment 2 : Team Presentations due (12 May 17) 17:00 AM AEST

Week 10 15-05-2017

Module 3 : Futures

Lecture 1 : What Haven't we Thought About Yet?

Tutorial: Writing Reports

Project Scope for Approval by Sponsor Due Monday (15 May 17) 09:00 AM AEST
Week 11 22-05-2017

Module 3 : Futures

Lecture 2 : Black Swan Events

Tutorial: Board Papers

Week 12 29-05-2017

Assessment 2 Portfolio Part A Reports & B : due (29 May 17) 09:00 AM AEST

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017

Assessment 2 Portfolio Part C : Futures Portfolio due (5 June 17) 09:00 AM AEST

Portfolio Due Monday (05 Jun 17) 09:00 AM AEST
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Project Scope for Approval by Sponsor
Task Description

Formal Written Proposal

This assessment provides the opportunity to scope and develop a project proposal in OHS practice and forms part of the preparation for your next course OCHS13021 Future Paradigms in OHS B. This project proposal documents the results of your negotiations with an industry sponsor for the project work that you will undertake during OCHS13021 Future Paradigms in OHS B. The project proposal must clearly document the project, including aims, objectives, timing and outcomes for both the student and the industry sponsor.

Further information will be provided in Moodle during the term.

Assessment Due Date Week 10 Monday (15-May-2017) 09:00 AM AEST
Return Date to Students Three weeks after date of submission
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

As a general rule assessment criteria for all assessment items include:

1. (90%) Content - includes the accuracy, relevance and application of key concepts, analysis, argument, language and grammar used in answering a question or report (see marking criteria for individual requirements).

2. (10%) References - includes the provision of a reference list and the application of the Harvard style for referencing information, data, tables or images sourced for the assignment or report.

Specific assessment criteria for each assessment piece will be provided through Moodle.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - To pass this assessment, students must be graded pass in both the written presentation and the proposal. Students must pass this assessment to pass this unit.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online
Hard copy

Verbal presentation during residential school, slides and formal presentation in designated Moodle submission

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

1. Select and apply tools and techniques used to investigate and analyse human factors, occupational hygiene, accidents and other complex problems.

2. Design risk management strategies for a variety of settings and communicate 'return on prevention' effectiveness.

3. Evaluate the usefulness of futures methods to OHS related domains.

4. Discuss contemporary problems and issues related to professional practice in OHS contexts and consider how applied research methods might be utilised to help solve the problem or issue.

5. Lead professional OHS practice through effective project management and facilitation of teams.

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



2 Portfolio

Assessment Title Portfolio
Task Description

This assessment comprises 4 Parts. Portfolio requirements will be discussed thoroughly during residential school.

Part A- Residential School Team Work -

  • During the residential school - Team Presentation on site visit results - due last day of Residential School (Wk 9)
  • After the residential school you will develop the following reports in your teams - due 0900 hours Monday 29 May (Wk 12)
    • Hygiene site visit report
    • Human Factors site visit report
    • Risk Management activity report

Part B - Residential School Individual Work - due 0900 hours Monday 29 May (Wk 12)

  • Reflection : Leadership - Your work as an OHS professional, will place you in both formal and informal leadership roles as well as influencing roles. Write an individual reflective piece discussing your critical and constructive observations of leadership during the group activities, considering your roles as participant and as leader. With reference to literature on team leadership and management, reflect on the leadership behaviours you observed in yourself and others, evaluate what worked well and what you and others in your team could perhaps have done differently to improve the team dynamic and produce a more effective outcome.

Part C : Futures Portfolio - Board Paper - due 0900 hrs Monday 5 June (Review Week)

  • Thinking about the Future - During residential school, you will be provided with Futures tools. Choose 1 topic from the list provided on Moodle. Use the Futures tools to assist you to develop the Future position of the case study organisation, and then write a 1500 word board position paper, with reference to current literature.

Part D : Professional

  • Throughout the residential school, students will be assessed on their ability to apply professional approaches to all activities.
Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Monday (05-Jun-2017) 09:00 AM AEST
Part A Presentation due last day of Residential School, Part Reports A & B - Due 0900 hrs Monday 29 May; Part B - Due 0900 hrs Monday 5 June
Return Date to Students Within 3 weeks
Weighting 70%
Assessment Criteria

As a general rule assessment criteria for all assessment items include:

1. (90%) Content - includes the accuracy, relevance and application of key concepts, analysis, argument, language and grammar used in answering a question or report (see marking criteria for individual requirements).

2. (10%) References - includes the provision of a reference list and the application of the Harvard style for referencing information, data, tables or images sourced for the assignment or report.

Specific assessment criteria for each assessment piece will be provided through Moodle and during Residential school.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - To pass this assessment, students must be graded pass in all core skills : Risk, Human Factors, Hygiene, Futures and Professionalism. Students must pass this assessment to pass the unit.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online
Hard copy

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

1. Select and apply tools and techniques used to investigate and analyse human factors, occupational hygiene, accidents and other complex problems.

2. Design risk management strategies for a variety of settings and communicate 'return on prevention' effectiveness.

3. Evaluate the usefulness of futures methods to OHS related domains.

4. Discuss contemporary problems and issues related to professional practice in OHS contexts and consider how applied research methods might be utilised to help solve the problem or issue.

5. Lead professional OHS practice through effective project management and facilitation of teams.

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




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