OCHS13018 - Safety Systems
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit provides students with the ability to manage health and safety in organisations in order to optimise work systems, procedures and processes. Topics covered include the application of organisational behaviour and management principles, the development and analysis of safety management systems, the alignment of safety with quality and environmental management systems, the systematic management of high-consequence hazards, the integration of management systems for compliance, risk, security, emergency, crisis and disaster management and recovery, and business continuity management.

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

The unit requires an understanding of risk concepts and OHS Law. Accordingly, pre-requisites for this unit are OCHS11025 H&S Risk Management AND any one of the following

OCHS11027 OHS Fundamentals or

OCHS12015 OHS Law or

AINV12004 Investigation Domain Contexts.

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
  • Distance

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. Group Discussion Pass/Fail
2. Practical and Written Assessment 50%
3. Written Assessment 50%

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
A lot of work for Ass 3A and 3B for relatively few marks Students feedback Reallocate some points from Ass 1 Ponder Points to Ass 3 Monitoring and Action.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Employ effective safety management principles across the whole spectrum of risks, including high consequence low probability situations.
  2. Develop and maintain an organisational health and safety management system.
  3. Analyse organisational performance against an established health and safety management system and safety plans.
  4. Evaluate the development, implementation and ongoing review of specific health and safety sub-systems that manage individual high-consequence hazards.
  5. Recognise and apply methods for ensuring that systems for managing health and safety are integrated effectively with all other critical systems and with relevant organisational operations, maintenance and production systems and documentation.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

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

Prescribed Textbooks

Safety Management: A Comprehensive Approach to Developing a Sustainable System
Author/s: Lutchman, C, Maharaj, R & Ghanem, W Year: 2012
Edition: Publisher: Taylor and Francis
City: Philadelphia State: PA
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:

This text is available as an e-book from the CQUni library. There is no need to purchase this textbook.

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 CoordinatorPeter Marshall (p.marshall@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 Systems

Lutchman, Maharaj & Ghanem, (e-book), Ch 4 pp. 41-47

Week 2 13-03-2017

Integrated safety planning

Lutchman, Maharaj & Ghanem, (e-book), Ch 4, pp. 48-63

Week 3 20-03-2017

Developing the system

Lutchman, Maharaj & Ghanem, (e-book), Ch 6 & Ch 20

Introduction is due 09:00am Monday 20 March

Week 4 27-03-2017

What gets measured gets managed

Lutchman, Maharaj & Ghanem, (e-book), Ch 11, pp. 194-198

Ponder Point 1 is due 09:00am Monday 27 March

Week 5 03-04-2017

Resourcing and implementation

Lutchman, Maharaj & Ghanem, (e-book), Ch 4, p. 64 & Ch 19

Assessment 2 Safety Management System

Part A : Needs Analysis

Due: 09:00am Monday 3 April

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Delivering the system: Easy to Say, Harder to Do

Lutchman, Maharaj & Ghanem, (e-book), Ch 11 & Ch 14

Ponder Point 2 is due 09:00am Tuesday 18 April

Week 7 24-04-2017

Where do you set the bar?

Lutchman, Maharaj & Ghanem, (e-book), Ch 13 & Ch 16

Week 8 01-05-2017

Audit - Why

Lutchman, Maharaj & Ghanem, (e-book), Ch 15

Week 9 08-05-2017

Audit - How

Lutchman, Maharaj & Ghanem, (e-book), Ch 15

Assessment 2 Safety Management System

Part B : Management System and Implementation

Due: 09:00am Monday 08 May

Week 10 15-05-2017

Management Review

Lutchman, Maharaj & Ghanem, (e-book), Ch 8 pp. 130-1 & Ch 13

Ponder Point 3 is due 09:00am Monday 15 May

Week 11 22-05-2017

Continuous Improvement

Lutchman, Maharaj & Ghanem, (e-book), Ch 8

Assessment 3 Audit and Management Review

Part A : Audit

Due: 09:00am Monday 22 May


Week 12 29-05-2017

Acting for Improvement

Ponder Point 4 is due 09:00am Monday 29 May

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017

Assessment 3 Audit and Management Review

Part B : Management review

Due: 09:00am Thursday 8 June

Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Group Discussion

Assessment Title Reflections on Safety Systems
Task Description
  1. Introduction (Weeks 1 and 2) - introduce yourself on Moodle, including your name, which course you are studying, what you hope to learn from this unit, and an unusual or obscure fact about yourself.
  2. Four ponder points will be published in Moodle for you to discuss. Reflect and respond thoughtfully to each, and justify your position. These are necessarily provocative points, of which there is much debate in our profession. You must respond to all four ponder points.

Further details will be available in Moodle during Week1.

Assessment Due Date Submitted progressively through the term. Introductions are due before the start of week 3. Ponder Points are due as per the course schedule
Return Date to Students Feedback will be given within 3-4 weeks of submissions
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria

Successful completion of Assignment 1 requires meaningful completion of the Introduction and a minimum of four Ponder Points.

Introductions are graded as follows:

- Your Name

- Course being studied

- Clearly stated personal learning objective

- An unusual or obscure fact about yourself

Ponder Points are graded as follows:

- Demonstrates understanding of discussion topic

- States a response position

- Justifies response position demonstrating critical thought

- Provides evidence of response position

Further advice for each assessment piece will be provided through Moodle.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - To achieve a passing grade in this assessment, students must successfully pass the introduction, and all four ponder points.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submission via Moodle discussion forums

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

1. Employ effective safety management principles across the whole spectrum of risks, including high consequence low probability situations.

2. Develop and maintain an organisational health and safety management system.

3. Analyse organisational performance against an established health and safety management system and safety plans.

4. Evaluate the development, implementation and ongoing review of specific health and safety sub-systems that manage individual high-consequence hazards.

5. Recognise and apply methods for ensuring that systems for managing health and safety are integrated effectively with all other critical systems and with relevant organisational operations, maintenance and production systems and documentation.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Safety Management System
Task Description

This assessment provides you with an opportunity to develop a Safety Management System and Implementation Plan for a small (<20 people) business, not-for-profit or community organisation. The developed system is to incorporate a justification of the selected structure, and align to the goals, risk and size of the organisation. An implementation plan detailing how the system would be implemented within the organisation shall be included.

This assessment will be delivered in two parts.

Part A : Needs Analysis - due Week 5

Part B : Safety Management System Development and Implementation - due Week 9

Assignments are to be submitted through Moodle in a MS Word format.

Further details will be available on Moodle during the term.

Assessment Due Date Part A due Monday 09:00am 03 April 2017: Part B due 09:00am Monday 08 May 2017
Return Date to Students Assessments will be returned within 3 weeks of submission
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

As a general rule assessment criteria for all assessment items include

  1. Content—includes the accuracy, relevance and application of key concepts, analysis, argument, language and grammar used in answering a question or report within the OHS and safety systems context (see marking criteria for individual requirements).
  2. 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.
  3. Accurate punctuation, spelling and grammar
  4. Accurate sentence and paragraph construction

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 Part A and Part B. Students must pass this assessment to pass this unit
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Assignments are to be submitted through Moodle in a MS Word format.

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

1. Employ effective safety management principles across the whole spectrum of risks, including high consequence low probability situations.

2. Develop and maintain an organisational health and safety management system.

5. Recognise and apply methods for ensuring that systems for managing health and safety are integrated effectively with all other critical systems and with relevant organisational operations, maintenance and production systems and documentation.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Audit and Management Review
Task Description

Checking of the safety management system implementation is generally completed in two parts; monitoring of the organisation's activities and management review of the organisation's performance against safety objectives. This assessment has two parts

Part A : Audit

This task provides you with an opportunity to audit a specific safety sub system which manages a high consequence hazard with low probability risk. You will audit and report on a specific sub system case study provided on Moodle.

Part A : Audit - due Week 11

Part B : Management Review

This task will provide you with the opportunity to practice Management Review skills.

You will be provided with case study materials on Moodle during the term. Your task will be to conduct a Management Review on these materials and document your review recommendation in a review report that is suitable for presentation to Management.

Part B : Management Review - due Review-Exam Week 1

Assignments are to be submitted through Moodle in a MS Word format.

Further details for both parts will be provided on Moodle during the term.

Assessment Due Date Part A Due 09:00am Monday 22 May 2017: Part B due 09:00am Thursday 08 June 2017
Return Date to Students Results and feedback will be provided within 3 weeks of submission date.
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

As a general rule assessment criteria for all assessment items include

1. Content—includes the accuracy, relevance and application of key concepts, analysis, argument, language and grammar used in answering a question or report within the OHS and safety systems context (see marking criteria for individual requirements).
2. 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.

3. Accurate punctuation, spelling and grammar

4. Accurate sentence and paragraph construction

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - To pass this assessment, students must be graded Pass in both Part A and Part B. Students must pass this assessment to pass this unit
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Assignments are to be submitted through Moodle in a MS Word format.

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

1. Employ effective safety management principles across the whole spectrum of risks, including high consequence low probability situations.

3. Analyse organisational performance against an established health and safety management system and safety plans.

4. Evaluate the development, implementation and ongoing review of specific health and safety sub-systems that manage individual high-consequence hazards.

5. Recognise and apply methods for ensuring that systems for managing health and safety are integrated effectively with all other critical systems and with relevant organisational operations, maintenance and production systems and documentation.

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice




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