CQUniversity Unit Profile
OCHS12018 Term 1 - 2021
Safety Science
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General Information

Overview

This unit will help you make the connection between science and safety so that you will think scientifically to promote evidence-based safety practice. You will be introduced to the science that explains how hazards behave, the concept of energy conversion and how hazards cause harm. Management of health and safety risk is discussed from an evidence-informed perspective. Case studies will be used to assist you in developing an appreciation of the linkages between the causation of harm and fundamental theories of physics, chemistry, physiology and social sciences.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 2
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite study of 24 credit points

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2021

Online

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).

Class and Assessment Overview

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

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 40%
2. Case Study
Weighting: 30%
3. Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%

Assessment Grading

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 Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

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 from Have Your Say

Feedback

Content and learning material should be posted earlier in the week

Recommendation

Content and learning material will be posted at the beginning of term so that students can move forward on their own account if they wish to do so.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Describe the scientific nature of hazards
  2. Explain the principles of energy conversion as it applies to health and safety risk
  3. Apply scientific principles to explain fatality, injury, illness and harm
  4. Utilise scientific research to improve health and safety outcomes
  5. Analyse the utility and practicality of risk controls in a structured and scientific manner.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Case Study - 30%
2 - Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Online Quiz(zes) - 40%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

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
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Case Study - 30%
2 - Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Online Quiz(zes) - 40%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Elise Crawford Unit Coordinator
e.crawford@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 08 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Introduction to Safety Science

Chapter

Readings are available in Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Introduce yourself in the Arrivals Lounge forum so we know you can access the unit Moodle site.

Week 2 Begin Date: 15 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Underpinning Scientific Concepts of Safety 

Chapter

Readings are available in Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz 1 opens Monday, March 15th.

Week 3 Begin Date: 22 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Underpinning Scientific Concepts of Safety, Cont. 

Chapter

Readings are available in Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tip: you can start the quiz and save as many times as you like until it is due.

Week 4 Begin Date: 29 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Physical and Mechanical Hazards

Chapter

Readings are available in Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz 2 opens Monday, March 29th.

Week 5 Begin Date: 05 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Noise and Vibration

Chapter

Readings are available in Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz 1 closes Friday, April 9th.

Vacation Week Begin Date: 12 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 19 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Light and Radiation

Chapter

Readings are available in Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tip: complete quiz questions on light and radiation (and save).

Week 7 Begin Date: 26 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Electrical Hazards

Chapter

Readings are available in Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tip: complete quiz questions on electrical hazards (and save).


Case Study Analysis Due: Week 7 Friday (30 Apr 2021) 11:59 pm AEST
Week 8 Begin Date: 03 May 2021

Module/Topic

Chemical Hazards I

Chapter

Readings are available in Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tip: start quiz questions on chemical hazards (and save).

Week 9 Begin Date: 10 May 2021

Module/Topic

Chemical Hazards II

Chapter

Readings are available in Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tip: complete quiz questions on chemical hazards (and save).

Week 10 Begin Date: 17 May 2021

Module/Topic

Biological Hazards

Chapter

Readings are available in Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tip: complete quiz questions on biological hazards (and save).

Week 11 Begin Date: 24 May 2021

Module/Topic

Psychosocial Hazards

Chapter

Readings are available in Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tip: complete quiz questions on psychosocial hazards (save then submit).


Team Report Due: Week 11 Friday (28 May 2021) 11:59 pm AEST
Week 12 Begin Date: 31 May 2021

Module/Topic

The Big Picture

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz 2 closes Friday, June 4th.


Online Quizzes Due: Week 12 Friday (4 Jun 2021) 11:59 pm AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 07 Jun 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 14 Jun 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title
Online Quizzes

Task Description

You are required to complete 2 online quizzes, each assessing your understanding of the learning materials. The quizzes do not have a time limit. This allows time to conduct the necessary research needed to complete the quiz. You can save the quiz, and return to it, as many times as you like before the quiz closes. While there is a lot of flexibility for when you complete quiz questions, it is recommended that you complete them as the related topic is covered that week, or soon after. 

The following details apply to each quiz.

  • Quiz 1 (10%) covers the material from weeks 2 and 3. It opens Monday of Week 2 and closes Friday of Week 5.
  • Quiz 2 (30%) covers the material from weeks 4 to 11. It opens Monday of Week 4 and closes Friday of Week 12.

Both quizzes will automatically submit your work when it is due. So, ensure you save your work regularly and keep an eye on due dates. If you have technical difficulties, please contact the Unit Coordinator as soon as possible. In light of the flexibility afforded to you, extensions will not be granted.


Number of Quizzes

2


Frequency of Quizzes

Other


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (4 Jun 2021) 11:59 pm AEST

Quiz 1 will close on Friday of Week 5 at 11:59 PM. Quiz 2 will close Friday of Week 12 at 11:59 PM.


Return Date to Students

Week 12 Friday (4 Jun 2021) 12:00 am AEST

Marks and feedback for each quiz will be available in the week after closure.


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

Quiz 1 is worth 10% of your overall grade for this unit. Quiz 2 is worth 30% of your overall grade for this unit. Marks will be awarded for correct answers.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Describe the scientific nature of hazards
  • Explain the principles of energy conversion as it applies to health and safety risk
  • Analyse the utility and practicality of risk controls in a structured and scientific manner.


Graduate Attributes
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Technology Competence

2 Case Study

Assessment Title
Case Study Analysis

Task Description

The purpose of this assignment is to demonstrate that you can apply scientific principles to explain the process that resulted in damage or harm. You will be presented a list of case studies on Moodle that involve various forms of energy.

You are required to select and analyse three case studies from the list provided on the Moodle Assessment page for this assessment. Your three selected case studies must each feature a different energy form.

Using the energy-damage model, each analysis must:

  • Identify the selected case study
  • Identify the form of energy immediately before control was lost
  • Identify preconditions that make the event possible
  • Describe the hazard control failure mechanism
  • Describe the point in time that relates to the damage event
  • Identify the space transfer mechanism
  • Describe the energy transference that led to damage
  • Identify the assets damaged (recipients)
  • Identify the damage threshold of the recipients
Students are more likely to be successful with submissions of 300-500 words per case study.

Referencing is not required for this assessment, but if you choose to utilise additional resources they should be referenced in accordance with CQUni Harvard Referencing Style as located in the Unit Profile.


Assessment Due Date

Week 7 Friday (30 Apr 2021) 11:59 pm AEST

Three case studies are to be submitted.


Return Date to Students

Week 9 Friday (14 May 2021) 12:00 am AEST


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

Your submission will be assessed against the following criteria:

Each case study analysis (10 marks)

Depth of analysis and level of accuracy for the following:

  • Identify the selected case study (1 mark)
  • Identify the form of energy immediately before control was lost (1 mark)
  • Identify preconditions that make the event possible (1 mark)
  • Describe the hazard control failure mechanism (2 marks)
  • Describe the point in time that relates to the damage event (1 mark)
  • Identify the space transfer mechanism (1 mark)
  • Describe the energy transference that led to damage (1 mark)
  • Identify the assets damaged (recipients) (1 mark)
  • Identify the damage threshold of the recipients (1 mark)


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submissions must be in Word or PDF format.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Describe the scientific nature of hazards
  • Explain the principles of energy conversion as it applies to health and safety risk
  • Apply scientific principles to explain fatality, injury, illness and harm
  • Utilise scientific research to improve health and safety outcomes


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence

3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Team Report

Task Description

The purpose of this assignment is to demonstrate application of evidence-informed thinking in regards to the management of a safety science problem.

This is a team assignment (3 members). You can request your own teams via email to the Unit Coordinator by the end of Week 3. If you are not in a team by Monday of Week 4, you will be assigned to a team.

Case Study

On Moodle, you will be provided a case study for which you will analyse and present recommendations in the form of a summary report to the company. In your response, you should include:

  1. A review of the literature relating to the major hazard (in the case study), including a summary of:
    • The conditions under which the major hazard can occur
    • The chemical, physical, or biological properties of the hazard/ damaging energy
    • The potential for secondary events (e.g. fires and explosions) following energy release
    • Available risk control measures
    • Evidence from research in the field
  2. A discussion of the merits of various interventions
  3. Your considered opinion concerning the most appropriate intervention(s), based on the evidence you have reviewed
  4. Your recommendations for implementing your chosen intervention strategy/strategies
  5. Append a statement (<100 words) from each team member that outlines their contribution.

Submissions of 1500-2000 words are more likely to be successful.

Each team member must also submit a Self and Peer Assessment. Access to this tool will be provided through Moodle or via email (to your CQU Student email address) towards the end of the term.


Assessment Due Date

Week 11 Friday (28 May 2021) 11:59 pm AEST

Submit the Team Report (as a team) and submit the Self & Peer Assessment (SPA) (as an individual)


Return Date to Students

Review/Exam Week Friday (11 Jun 2021) 12:00 am AEST

Marks and feedback will be available to students two weeks after the due date.


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

Your submission will be assessed against the following criteria:

Introduction (5 marks)

  • The intervention you will argue for
  • The direction the submission will follow

Analysis of the [major hazard] in the [relevant] industry (20 marks)

  • The conditions under which the [major hazard] can occur
  • The potential for secondary events (e.g. fires and explosions)
  • The chemical, physical or biological properties of the [major hazard/damaging energy]
  • Lessons learned
  • Interventions (control measures) available

Discussion (20 marks)

  • Merits of various interventions
  • Consideration of hierarchies of control, practicality and cost-benefit
  • Your opinion based on reputable and credible evidence
  • Depth of discussion

Recommendations for action (20 marks)

  • Clear and to the point
  • Suitable implementation (action plan) for the intervention(s) recommended

Conclusion (5 marks)

  • Implications of your recommended intervention(s)
  • Includes no new information
  • Draws to a logical end

Argument is persuasive (10 marks)

  • Makes logical connections between evidence, opinion and recommendations
  • Written expression is concise and precise
  • Format, grammar and spelling support readability

References (10 marks)

  • Consistent with CQUni Harvard Style (located in the unit profile)
  • Contains at least 10 reputable references, 4 of which are peer-reviewed journal articles
Team participation (10 marks)
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Commitment
  • Contribution Quality
  • Team Support 


Referencing Style

Submission
Online Group

Submission Instructions
The Team Report must be submitted in Word or PDF format.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Apply scientific principles to explain fatality, injury, illness and harm
  • Utilise scientific research to improve health and safety outcomes
  • Analyse the utility and practicality of risk controls in a structured and scientific manner.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Team Work
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Social Innovation

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

What can you do to act with integrity?

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.