OCHS11025 - Health and Safety Risk Management
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This foundation unit introduces you to the principles of risk management and their application within a health and safety context. You will be able to define the terms utilised in the broader principles of risk management and learn to identify, prioritise and manage hazards according to their risk in a variety of environments.

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) 20%
2. Portfolio 40%
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 found assessment items challenging and asked to have them spread out more to enable a greater opportunity to incorporate changes based on the feedback from previous submissions. Student feedback Review assessment items.
Students commented that the assignment resources were very useful. Student feedback Continue to provide resources that help students complete assessment items.
Students found the case studies useful for reinforcing risk concepts. Student feedback Continue this practice.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Define terms utilised in risk management.
  2. Recognise and apply the principles of risk management in a health and safety context.
  3. Identify and prioritise hazards according to their risk in a variety of settings.
  4. Apply the hierarchy of control in recommending appropriate interventions to control risk.
  5. Demonstrate diverse and critical thinking in risk management decision making.
  6. Differentiate between compliance-based and evidence-based practice.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Online Quiz(zes)        
2 - Portfolio    
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 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 - Online Quiz(zes)    
2 - Portfolio  
3 - Written Assessment  

Prescribed Textbooks

Set phasers on stun and other true tales of design, technology and human error
Author/s: Casey, S Year: 1998
Edition: 2 Publisher: Aegean Publishing
City: Santa Barbara State: CA
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
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 CoordinatorElise Crawford (e.crawford@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

Exploring risk

Week 2 13-03-2017

Risk concepts

In Search of the Lost Cord (p. 177)

Week 3 20-03-2017

Risk decision-making

Never Cry Wolf (p. 89)

Week 4 27-03-2017

Risk context

Silent Warning (p. 133)

Week 5 03-04-2017

Risk identification

The Peppermint Twist (p. 212)

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Quizzes Due Wednesday (12 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 6 17-04-2017

Risk analysis

Zzzs in Zeebrugge (p.142)

Week 7 24-04-2017

Risk control I

Return to Salyut (p. 23)

Week 8 01-05-2017

Risk control II

Genie in the Bottle (p. 117)

Case Study Tasks Due Friday (05 May 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 9 08-05-2017

Risk communication

Rental Car (p. 35)

Week 10 15-05-2017 Risk review

Set Phasers on Stun (p. 13)

Week 11 22-05-2017

Pre and post risk management

Murphy's Law and Newton's Law (p. 241)

Week 12 29-05-2017 Review
OHS Risk Report Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017


[No exam set for this unit]

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Quizzes
Task Description

The purpose of this assessment item is to assess your ability to define and critically think about the terms and principles of health and safety risk management, including compliance and evidence-based practice.

Your task is to complete two quizzes by the nominated due dates. Each online quiz is composed of 20 questions. Quiz 1 questions are drawn from the unit material presented in weeks 1 and 2. Quiz 2 questions are drawn from the unit material presented in weeks 3 and 4. Each quiz is made available for two weeks during which time you will have 1 hour to complete the quiz. In case of internet failure during quiz completion, you will be allowed a second opportunity after a 30-minute lock-out period between each access.

  • Quiz 1 opens Week 2 - Thursday 16-03-17 (08:00 AEST) and closes Week 4 - Wednesday 29-03-17 (23:45 AEST).
  • Quiz 2 opens Week 4 - Thursday 30-03-17 (08:00 AEST) and closes Vacation Week - Wednesday 12-04-17 (23:45 AEST).
  • QuizQuiz
Number of Quizzes 2
Frequency of Quizzes Fortnightly
Assessment Due Date Vacation Week Wednesday (12-Apr-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 6 Monday (17-Apr-2017)
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

Assessment Criteria

Immediate indication of the number of correct responses will be available via Moodle, each quiz representing 10% of the total unit grade.

Submission Online

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

1. Define terms utilised in risk management.

6. Differentiate between compliance-based and evidence-based practice.

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

8. Ethical practice



2 Portfolio

Assessment Title Case Study Tasks
Task Description

The purpose of this assessment item is to assess your ability to conduct a number of risk management activities and to communicate your findings meaningfully. Starting from Week 2, you will be presented with a case study for discussion in Moodle. You are to select two case studies, one for each task. Your completed task is to be posted in the designated discussion forum. Once posted you will be able to view the work of other students. You can start these tasks after the first case study has been presented, but must complete both tasks before the due date.

You are required to complete the following:

Case Study Task 1 - Risk Identification (15%)

In 300 words or less:

  • Select and identify your chosen case study
  • Describe the context in which risks arose in the case study (internal and external)
  • Identify who was at risk
  • Identify and discuss any hazards, vulnerabilities or other contributing factors that exposed people to risks
  • Cite at least 1 reputable source

Case Study Task 2 - Risk Analysis (25%)

In 500 words or less:

  • Select and identify your chosen case study
  • Describe the context in which risks arose in the case study (internal and external)
  • Identify who was at risk
  • Identify and discuss any hazards, vulnerabilities or other contributing factors that exposed people to risks
  • Identify any existing risk control measures and discuss any weaknesses noted

Select one risk to analyse and do the following:

  • Identify associated hazard(s) or contributing factor(s)
  • Describe the nature of the harm that this hazard could cause (support with a reference)
  • Determine how severe the harm could be (consequences)
  • Determine the likelihood of the harm occurring (likelihood)
  • Based on this analysis, assess and determine the level of risk arising
  • Cite at least 2 reputable sources

Due dates

  • Case Study Task 1 due Week 6, Friday 21-04-17 (23:45 AEST)
  • Case Study Task 2 due Week 8, Friday 05-05-17 (23:45 AEST)
Assessment Due Date Week 8 Friday (05-May-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 10 Friday (19-May-2017)
Feedback for both tasks will be provided in the designated discussion area so that all students can benefit from the learnings.
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

You will be assessed against the following criteria:

Case Study Task 1 (Grade converts to 15% of the total unit grade)

50% Content

  • Describes all relevant contextual factors
  • Identifies who is at risk to health and safety
  • Identifies hazards accurately
  • Demonstrates understanding of how risks arise

50% Communication

  • Written expression is clear, concise and free of spelling and grammatical errors
  • Accurate use of Harvard Referencing Style
  • Utilises reputable sources(s) - at least 1

Case Study Task 2 (Grade converts to 25% of the total unit grade)

60% Content

  • Describes all relevant contextual factors
  • Identifies who is at risk to health and safety
  • Identifies hazards accurately
  • Demonstrates understanding of how risks arise
  • Identifies existing risk controls and weaknesses associated with them (as applicable)
  • Describes the nature of the harm that associated hazard(s) (of chosen risk) could cause
  • Determines the severity of the harm
  • Determines the likelihood of harm occurring
  • Assesses and determines the level of risk arising

40% Communication

  • Written expression is clear, concise and free of spelling and grammatical errors
  • Accurate use of Harvard Referencing Style
  • Utilises reputable sources(s) - at least 2
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

To aid accessibility, please copy your completed activity into the comments area, rather than uploading a document.

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

2. Recognise and apply the principles of risk management in a health and safety context.

3. Identify and prioritise hazards according to their risk in a variety of settings.

4. Apply the hierarchy of control in recommending appropriate interventions to control risk.

5. Demonstrate diverse and critical thinking in risk management decision making.

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



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title OHS Risk Report
Task Description

The purpose of this assessment item is for you to demonstrate that you can apply and communicate risk management principles to improve the health and safety of people associated with a particular task.

In about 1200 words you are required to formally communicate the risks to health and safety associated with a task and offer recommendations to reduce the identified risk(s). The report is to be directed to a higher authority (or partner) in a convincing manner in order to persuade this authority to accept your proposed risk control plan. To be appropriate for this assignment, the task must be observable, should take about 6 discrete steps to complete, be work-related, and present a risk to someone's health and safety. To ensure your task is suitable for this assignment, there is a dedicated discussion forum set up and active until the end of week 10. Here you can seek early feedback on your task to check suitability. It is highly recommended that you take advantage of this opportunity before embarking on the rest of the assignment.

The report needs to include the following:

  • Description of task, worker (user) and contextual factors that may influence health and safety
  • Analysis of the task to identify hazards, risks and existing control measures
  • Outcome of the risk assessment (analysis and evaluation)
  • Evaluation of risk control options by utilising a suitable risk control framework (i.e. the hierarchy of control, and what might be reasonably practicable to do)
  • Risk Control Plan and associated Corrective Actions Plan
  • Consideration of relevant WHS legislation within an evidence-based framework
  • Assertions are supported by reputable sources
  • CQUniverisity Harvard Referencing Style
  • All completed worksheets

A formal report structure is required:

  • Assessment title page
  • Short letter/email of transmittal
  • Executive summary
  • Introduction - purpose of the report
  • Background - the task and context
  • Method - how you investigated the problem
  • Findings - results of the risks assessment
  • Discussion - implications of the results and an evaluation of potential risk control options
  • Conclusion
  • Recommendations (prioritised)
  • References (current CQU Harvard Referencing Style)
  • Appendices (i.e. completed worksheets including the corrective actions plan).
Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Review/Exam Week Friday (09-Jun-2017)
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

This assignment will be assessed on the following criteria:

70% Content

  • Describes a task, worker (user) and contextual factors that may influence OHS.
  • Selects an appropriate method to analyse a task for hazards and conducts proficient analysis.
  • Identifies hazards and associated risks to health and safety.
  • Considers existing control measures.
  • Develops appropriate OHS risk control options.
  • Evaluates risk control options in consideration of the hierarchy of control measures and what may be reasonably practicable to do.
  • Demonstrates diverse and critical thinking skills
  • Recommends a suitable Risk Control Plan and associated Corrective Actions Plan that suitably utilises WHS legislation within an evidence-based framework.
  • Completes all worksheets (i.e. Task Analysis, Risk Assessment and Corrective Actions Plan). Worksheets are located in the appendix.

30% Communication

  • Report is professionally presented
  • Written expression is clear, concise, logical and persuasive
  • Accurate spelling and grammar
  • Relevant and reputable use of the literature
  • Resources are appropriately acknowledged (i.e. current CQUni Harvard Style)
  • Contains at least 6 reputable references

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

The following submission formats are acceptable: doc, docx, pdf.

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

1. Define terms utilised in risk management.

2. Recognise and apply the principles of risk management in a health and safety context.

3. Identify and prioritise hazards according to their risk in a variety of settings.

4. Apply the hierarchy of control in recommending appropriate interventions to control risk.

5. Demonstrate diverse and critical thinking in risk management decision making.

6. Differentiate between compliance-based and evidence-based practice.

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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