CQUniversity Unit Profile
OCHS13018 Safety Systems
Safety Systems
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General Information

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: 8
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 followingOCHS11027 OHS Fundamentals orOCHS12015 OHS Law orAINV12004 Investigation Domain Contexts.

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 - 2017

Distance

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

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 Students feedback

Feedback

A lot of work for Ass 3A and 3B for relatively few marks

Recommendation

Reallocate some points from Ass 1 Ponder Points to Ass 3 Monitoring and Action.

Action

Assessment 1 (Ponder Points) was changed to Pass / Fail and the points were reallocated to Assessment 3 Part A and Part B at 25% each.

Unit Learning Outcomes
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 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 - Group Discussion - 0%
2 - Practical and Written Assessment - 50%
3 - Written Assessment - 50%

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 - Group Discussion - 0%
2 - Practical and Written Assessment - 50%
3 - Written Assessment - 50%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Safety Management: A Comprehensive Approach to Developing a Sustainable System (2012)

Authors: Lutchman, C, Maharaj, R & Ghanem, W
Taylor and Francis
Philadelphia Philadelphia , PA , USA
ISBN: 9781439862612
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

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)
Referencing Style

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

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Peter Marshall Unit Coordinator
p.marshall@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 06 Mar 2017

Module/Topic

Introduction to Safety Systems

Chapter

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

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 13 Mar 2017

Module/Topic

Integrated safety planning

Chapter

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

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 20 Mar 2017

Module/Topic

Developing the system

Chapter

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

Events and Submissions/Topic

Introduction is due 09:00am Monday 20 March

Week 4 Begin Date: 27 Mar 2017

Module/Topic

What gets measured gets managed

Chapter

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

Events and Submissions/Topic

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

Week 5 Begin Date: 03 Apr 2017

Module/Topic

Resourcing and implementation

Chapter

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

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 2 Safety Management System

Part A : Needs Analysis

Due: 09:00am Monday 3 April

Vacation Week Begin Date: 10 Apr 2017

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 17 Apr 2017

Module/Topic

Delivering the system: Easy to Say, Harder to Do

Chapter

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

Events and Submissions/Topic

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

Week 7 Begin Date: 24 Apr 2017

Module/Topic

Where do you set the bar?

Chapter

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

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 01 May 2017

Module/Topic

Audit - Why

Chapter

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

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 08 May 2017

Module/Topic

Audit - How

Chapter

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

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 2 Safety Management System

Part B : Management System and Implementation

Due: 09:00am Monday 08 May

Week 10 Begin Date: 15 May 2017

Module/Topic

Management Review

Chapter

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

Events and Submissions/Topic

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

Week 11 Begin Date: 22 May 2017

Module/Topic

Continuous Improvement

Chapter

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

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 3 Audit and Management Review

Part A : Audit

Due: 09:00am Monday 22 May


Week 12 Begin Date: 29 May 2017

Module/Topic

Acting for Improvement

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

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

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 05 Jun 2017

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 3 Audit and Management Review

Part B : Management review

Due: 09:00am Thursday 8 June

Exam Week Begin Date: 12 Jun 2017

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic


Assessment Tasks

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

Minimum mark or grade
To achieve a passing grade in this assessment, students must successfully pass the introduction, and all four ponder points.

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.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submission via Moodle discussion forums

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Employ effective safety management principles across the whole spectrum of risks, including high consequence low probability situations.
  • Develop and maintain an organisational health and safety management system.
  • Analyse organisational performance against an established health and safety management system and safety plans.
  • Evaluate the development, implementation and ongoing review of specific health and safety sub-systems that manage individual high-consequence hazards.
  • 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
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • 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%

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

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.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

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

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Employ effective safety management principles across the whole spectrum of risks, including high consequence low probability situations.
  • Develop and maintain an organisational health and safety management system.
  • 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
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • 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%

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

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


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

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

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Employ effective safety management principles across the whole spectrum of risks, including high consequence low probability situations.
  • Analyse organisational performance against an established health and safety management system and safety plans.
  • Evaluate the development, implementation and ongoing review of specific health and safety sub-systems that manage individual high-consequence hazards.
  • 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
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

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.

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.

What can you do to act with integrity?