OCHS13016 - Advanced Occupational Health
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

In this problem based unit, you will be faced with a range of hazards, learning to apply both current problem solving approaches and a systems oriented approach to analysis with common systematic principles. The learning process is focused on specific hazards, chosen because they represent important issues in occupational health today and in the future. You will be expected to be able to extend your knowledge of the process to tackle new issues, although these may be issues that you have not previously dealt with. You will learn advanced approaches to the treatment of hazards and risk management, including knowledge of managing risk where a hazard cannot be eliminated. You will also learn the nature of illness and injury, as well as the pathogenesis to organs of the body caused by occupational exposure to a broad range of hazards. After graduation, you will be able to apply the problem solving and systems oriented approaches taught in this unit to contemporary employment settings, in particular to solving hazards not previously known to you.

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

Successful completion of 48 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. 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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Evaluation

Term 1 - 2015: The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this unit was 3.9 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 67% response rate.

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
The students generally enjoyed the course but were challenged by the structure of assignments. Informal student feedback / self assessment of course This newly structured course needs some further fine-tuning. The course will be reviewed to see if it is more suitable to include the requirement for only two assessments, one team based and one individual, with more formative assessment opportunities for the students. The topics will be amended, dropping Q Fever and replacing with Legionella, which will be more suitable to the course structure.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Analyse actual occupational health cases and demonstrate individual initiative and effective problem solving in occupational health.
  2. Apply a systems approach to complex problem solving in occupational health. thereby acquiring an ability to extend the reach of managing risk in diverse settings.
  3. Apply the principles of critical assessment of severity and urgency in occupational health.
  4. Identify the real problems in occupational health, including indoor and outdoor environments.
  5. Apply knowledge of paths of exposure and pathogenesis to the principles of monitoring of place and person.
  6. Describe the nature of illness and injury associated with occupational exposure to certain hazards.

Not applicable

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - 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 6
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 - Written Assessment  
2 - Portfolio  

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks.

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 CoordinatorRyan Kift (r.kift@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 Course

Week 2 13-03-2017

Occupational toxicology

Week 3 20-03-2017

Risk management and exposure

Week 4 27-03-2017

Chemical hazards 1-Dusts and particulates

Week 5 03-04-2017

Chemical hazards 2-Chemical contaminants

Group Written Assignment 1 Due Friday (07 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Biological hazards

Week 7 24-04-2017

Control of Hazards- Chemical and biological

Week 8 01-05-2017

Physical hazards 1- Noise, vibration and lighting

Week 9 08-05-2017

Physical hazards 2- Radiation and temperature

Week 10 15-05-2017

Control of Hazards- Physical

Portfolio Due Friday (19 May 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 11 22-05-2017

Other exposures

Week 12 29-05-2017

Course Summary

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

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Group Written Assignment 1
Task Description

Group Written Assignment 1

Details

Your lecturer will provide a real problem that involves one specific Hazard as a case study. You will identify the Hazard and use the 7 step process below to fully evolve a plan for understanding and dealing with the hazard.

The steps in the Process should include 7 Tasks:

1. Describing the Hazard

2. Defining the Pathogen involved and Route of Exposure

3. Outline the Pathogenesis, which is the Causal Mechanism of Disease or Injury to Exposed Persons, with reference to one or two peer reviewed articles.

4. Monitoring of Place and Persons for Potential and Actual harm by the Pathogen

5. Describe relevant Legislation, Codes and Standards which apply to this Pathogen

6. Discuss issues of Compliance based on legislation, codes and ethics

7. Propose Implementation of Elimination or Control of the Pathogen

Use an approach that demonstrates the principle of Exposure and Health Effect. As you consider the Hazard, the first three steps you need to look at are important to show your understanding of the problem. In step 4, you will explore the possible ways to monitor the presence of the Pathogen and possibly monitor the persons exposed. Finally in steps 5 to 7 you will wrap up the issues of Legislation, Compliance, Ethics and Control.

Write a concise report, in response to the question set in Assignment 1. The report should be written as a Consultant might write to a Client, and therefore is technical writing. It should be addressed to the client, and should have a content flow and headings that are appropriate for such a report. The Lecturer will give examples of Technical Writing in lectures and supportive documents posted on the Course Moodle site.

Assessment Due Date Week 5 Friday (07-Apr-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Assignment 1. Due on Friday 8 April 2015 at 18:00 AEST
Return Date to Students Week 6 Friday (21-Apr-2017)
All assignment returned 14 Days after submission
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

Assignment Word count: 2000 words

Assignment 1 accounts for 30% of the course grade

Assessment Criteria

This assessment will be graded with the following criteria:

  • Correctly identifies the Hazard, the Pathogen and route of exposure (10%)
  • Explains exposure and effect, and describes the nature of the Pathogen and its effect, on Human Health, with reference to one or two good quality peer reviewed articles (30%)
  • Describes the principles and objectives of monitoring the Pathogen in Place and Person (20%)
  • Outlines relevant Legislation and Codes (5%)
  • Discusses issues of Compliance (5%)
  • Describes the plan for Elimination of or Control of the Pathogen (10%)
  • Report structure and presentation (20%)
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

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

1. Analyse actual occupational health cases and demonstrate individual initiative and effective problem solving in occupational health.

3. Apply the principles of critical assessment of severity and urgency in occupational health.

4. Identify the real problems in occupational health, including indoor and outdoor environments.

5. Apply knowledge of paths of exposure and pathogenesis to the principles of monitoring of place and person.

6. Describe the nature of illness and injury associated with occupational exposure to certain hazards.

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

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Portfolio

Assessment Title Portfolio
Task Description

Portfolio Assignment

Details

For the Portfolio Assignment the lecturer will set a larger problem that involves two or more specific Hazards. You will identify the Hazards, and use the 7 Step process to evolve a plan for understanding and dealing with each of the hazards.

The steps in the Process followed for each Hazard should include 7 Tasks:

1. Describing the Hazards

2. Defining the Pathogens involved and Routes of Exposure

3. Outline the Pathogenesis, which is the Causal Mechanism of Disease or Injury to Exposed Persons, with reference to one or two peer reviewed articles for each Pathogen

4. Monitoring of Place and where appropriate, Persons, for Potential and Actual harm by each Pathogen

5. Describe relevant Legislation, Codes and Standards which apply to each Pathogen

6. Discuss issues of Compliance based on Legislation, Codes and Ethics for each Pathogen

7. Propose Implementation of Elimination or Control of each Pathogen

You should use an approach that demonstrates the principle of Exposure and Health Effect. As you consider each Hazard, the first three steps you need to look at are important to show your understanding of the problem facing you for each of the Hazards. In step 4, explore the possible ways to monitor the presence of each of the Pathogens and if possible, monitor the persons exposed. Finally in steps 5 to 7 you should wrap up the issues of Legislation, Compliance, Ethics and Control.

Then write a comprehensive report, in response to the question set in the Portfolio Assignment . The report should be written as a Consultant might write to a Client, and therefore is technical writing. As a report it should be addressed to the client, and should have a content flow, and headings, that are appropriate for such a report. The Lecturer will give examples of Technical Writing in lectures and supportive documents posted on the Course Moodle site prior to the submission date.

Assessment Due Date Week 10 Friday (19-May-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017)
Weighting 70%
Assessment Criteria

Portfolio Word count: 3000 - 4000 words

Portfolio accounts for 70% of the course grade

Assessment Criteria:

This assessment will be graded with the following criteria:
  • Correctly identifies the Hazards, Pathogens and routes of exposure (10%)
  • Explains in detail exposure and effect, and describe the nature of Pathogens and their effects, whether Chemical, Physical or Biological on Human Health, with reference to two good quality peer reviewed articles, for each Pathogen (30%)
  • Describe the principles and objectives of monitoring each Pathogen in Place and, if possible, Person (20%)
  • Outline relevant Legislation, Codes, and Standards (5%)
  • Discuss issues of Compliance (5%)
  • Describe the plan for Elimination or Control of each Pathogen (10%)
  • Report structure and presentation (20%)
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

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

2. Apply a systems approach to complex problem solving in occupational health. thereby acquiring an ability to extend the reach of managing risk in diverse settings.

4. Identify the real problems in occupational health, including indoor and outdoor environments.

5. Apply knowledge of paths of exposure and pathogenesis to the principles of monitoring of place and person.

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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