CQUniversity Unit Profile
SAFE20019 Evidence-Informed OHS Practice
Evidence-Informed OHS Practice
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General Information

Overview

This unit provides you with the opportunity to consolidate and practically apply all of the knowledge, skills and attitudes developed during your learning journey in the course, particularly with regard to human factors, occupational health and hygiene, safety science, and risk management. The unit also develops theoretical and methodological knowledge to allow you to evaluate the evidence that will inform your professional practice. There is a specific emphasis on developing higher order skills and understanding which are representative of the holistic application of core skills that occurs when a professional understands the interaction between disciplinary domains in solving complex problems.

Details

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

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites: AINV20006 Safety and Accident Phenomenology Co-requisite: SAFE20011 Exposures and Health Risk, SAFE20017 Human Factors in Complex Systems

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 2 - 2020

Mixed Mode

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).

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
Click here to see your Residential School Timetable.

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate 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. Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%
2. Portfolio
Weighting: 70%

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 Residential School Evaluations

Feedback

Students need to understand the importance of preparation for the residential school activities.

Recommendation

Emphasise the importance of students completing all preparatory activities prior to attending the residential schools.

Feedback from Residential School Evaluations

Feedback

Students need to understand the importance of workplace site visit courtesy and their role as a visitor on a heavy industrial worksite.

Recommendation

Ensure that workplace visit courtesy expectations are discussed thoroughly in the introductory sessions.

Feedback from Have Your Say Survey

Feedback

Some students found the larger teams challenging, recommending that smaller teams would lead to more effective discussion and team work.

Recommendation

Review team sizes to ensure they are kept as small as practicable.

Feedback from Have Your Say Survey

Feedback

Students appreciated the opportunities to visit heavy industry sites and apply their knowledge.

Recommendation

Continue the visits to heavy industry sites.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Select and apply tools and techniques to analyse human factors, occupational health, hygiene and other complex problems.
  2. Design risk management strategies for a variety of settings.
  3. Manage and lead OHS professional practice teams.
  4. Select, evaluate and apply appropriate research methods to analyse complex problems in safety science.
  5. Analyse, critique and present contemporary OHS issues and research in safety science.
  6. Evaluate the evidence base to support practice.
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 6
1 - Written Assessment - 30%
2 - Portfolio - 70%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment - 30%
2 - Portfolio - 70%
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
Aldo Raineri Unit Coordinator
a.raineri@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 13 Jul 2020

Module/Topic

Module 1 : Introduction to evidence based practice

Topic 1 : What is Evidence Based Practice?

Chapter

Readings will be provided on Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Online Zoom Tutorial : What is Evidence Based Practice?

Week 2 Begin Date: 20 Jul 2020

Module/Topic

Module 1 : Introduction to evidence based practice

Topic 2 : Developing a topic proposal

Chapter

Readings will be provided on Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Online Zoom Tutorial : Developing a topic proposal

Week 3 Begin Date: 27 Jul 2020

Module/Topic

Module 1 : Introduction to evidence based practice

Topic 3 : Taking a critical approach



Chapter

Readings will be provided on Moodle


Events and Submissions/Topic

Online Zoom Tutorial : Taking a critical approach

Week 4 Begin Date: 03 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Module 1 : Introduction to evidence based practice

Topic 4 : Reviewing the literature



Chapter

Readings will be provided on Moodle



Events and Submissions/Topic

Online Zoom Tutorial : Reviewing the literature

Week 5 Begin Date: 10 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Module 1 : Introduction to evidence based practice

Topic 5 : Writing & presenting the review


Chapter

Readings will be provided on Moodle


Events and Submissions/Topic

Online Zoom Tutorial : Writing and presenting the review

Vacation Week Begin Date: 17 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 6 Begin Date: 24 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Module 2 : Preparing for Residential School

Topic 1 : Advanced Risk Management

Chapter

Risk management readings and materials will be provided on Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Online Zoom Tutorial : Advanced Risk Management Skills and worked examples

Week 7 Begin Date: 31 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

Module 2 : Preparing for Residential School

Topic 2 : Applying Human Factors tools in context

Chapter

Human factors readings and material will be provided on Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Online Zoom Tutorial : Applying Human Factors Tools with worked examples

Week 8 Begin Date: 07 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Module 2 : Preparing for Residential School

Topic 3 : Occupational hygiene

Chapter

Occupational hygiene readings and material will be provided on Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Online Zoom Tutorial : Hygiene Risk Assessments, Planning a Hygiene Monitoring Program and Handling Results


Literature Review Due: Week 8 Friday (11 Sep 2020) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 9 Begin Date: 14 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Residential School

  • Site Visits & Skills


Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

Proposed Residential School

Gladstone Marina Campus 12.00 noon Monday 16 September - 1.00pm Friday 20 September

Please see comments under Term Specific Information

Week 10 Begin Date: 21 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Module 3 : Reporting

Complete residential school practicum reports

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Online Zoom Tutorial : Writing reports for clients

Week 11 Begin Date: 28 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

Module 3 : Reporting

Complete residential school practicum reports

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 05 Oct 2020

Module/Topic

Module 3 : Reporting

Complete residential school practicum reports

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Residential School Practicum Activities Due: Week 12 Friday (9 Oct 2020) 11:45 pm AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 12 Oct 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 19 Oct 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Term Specific Information

This unit contains a mandatory residential school in Gladstone.

Given current restrictions regarding interstate travel and prohibitions on mass gatherings, the residential school may need to be deferred to a later time. You should not book travel and accommodation until such time as you have received confirmation of when the residential school will be scheduled. Please note this may be late in term 2 2020 or in term 3 of 2020 or term 1 of 2021.

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Literature Review

Task Description

Select an OHS topic which you would like to research and undertake a review of relevant literature.  Your completed literature review should include the following:

  1. Background to the topic, including relevance to industry
  2. Theoretical base/framework of the topic
  3. Important national and international studies in the area
  4. Critical analysis of the topic.

Word length should be between 3 000 - 3 500 words.  Submissions should be in Word or PDF Format only.


Assessment Due Date

Week 8 Friday (11 Sep 2020) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 10 Friday (25 Sep 2020)


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

You will be assessed on the depth to which you have addressed the following criteria:

  1. Places review in safety science context and demonstrates wide reading as well as a focus on the specific topic - 10%
  2. Outlines the theoretical base/framework for the topic and demonstrates a clear understanding of the problem - 20%
  3. Analysis, interpretation and evaluation of the relevant literature or evidence is objective - 20%
  4. Insights of issues associated with the topic are appropriate and reasonable - 20%
  5. Logical and concise conclusions are drawn from the evidence - 20%
  6. Presentation is clear and well structured, writing style is clear, logical and scholarly - 5%
  7. Appropriate use of quotations and citations that are consistent with CQUni Harvard Referencing Style - 5%


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Select, evaluate and apply appropriate research methods to analyse complex problems in safety science.
  • Analyse, critique and present contemporary OHS issues and research in safety science.
  • Evaluate the evidence base to support practice.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research
  • Self-management
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility
  • Leadership

2 Portfolio

Assessment Title
Residential School Practicum Activities

Task Description

This assessment comprises 4 Parts.  Portfolio requirements will be discussed thoroughly during residential school.

  

Part A - Residential School Site Visits Data Collection and Technical Reports (45%)

During the residential school, you will be working in teams to complete risk management, occupational hygiene and human factors tasks at various industrial sites.  Each team member will participate constructively in each activity.  You will work in teams to collect the initial data, which must be shared with all team members.  Each student will present the results in individual technical reports.  Each student shall submit the following three documents in Word or PDF format:

  • Risk Management Report (15%)
  • Occupational Hygiene Report (15%)
  • Human Factors Report (15%)

  

Part B - Leadership Reflection (10%)

Your work as a safety leader will place you in both formal and informal leadership roles in which you influence and direct change to improve safety.  Write an individual reflective piece discussing your critical and constructive observations of leadership during the residential school activities, considering your roles as participant and as leader.  With reference to peer-reviewed literature on team leadership and management, define leadership behaviours, reflect on leadership behaviours in yourself and others, evaluate what worked well and what you and others in your team could perhaps have done differently to improve the team dynamic and produce a more effective outcome.  Imagine that as a safety manager, you are implementing a major safety change in a workplace.  How would you use your reflections and learnings about leadership to lead this change effectively?

Submit your reflection in word or PDF format.


Part C - Presentation (15%)

During the residential school, you will deliver a 20 minute presentation sharing the results of your Assessment 1 literature review.  You are required to submit your visual presentation materials in Moodle in either PDF or Powerpoint format.


Part D - Professionalism (Pass/Fail)

Throughout the residential school, you will be assessed on your ability to apply professional approaches to all activities, including attendance, teamwork, personal leadership, professional and ethical practice.  No submission is required for this assessment.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (9 Oct 2020) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Friday (23 Oct 2020)

Within two weeks of submission


Weighting
70%

Assessment Criteria

The detailed assessment matrices for each part will be provided and explained during the term.  In summary, students will be assessed on their demonstration of risk, hygiene, human factors, leadership, presentation and professional knowledge, tools and skills using the following criteria:

  • Problem definition
  • Explanation of methodology
  • Application of technical knowledge to real-life situations
  • Critical thinking through discussion and findings
  • Practicality of recommendations
  • Accuracy when following instructions and completing tools, forms and worksheets
  • Logical structures
  • Professional formatting suitable for submission to a client
  • Written expression appropriate to a professional report
  • Well supported with relevant authoritative sources that are appropriately referenced
  • Presentation delivery

The professionalism assessment and feedback will include:

  • Attendance
  • Teamwork
  • Personal leadership
  • Professional and Ethical Practice

Detailed assessment rubrics for each task will be available in Moodle.



Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Select and apply tools and techniques to analyse human factors, occupational health, hygiene and other complex problems.
  • Design risk management strategies for a variety of settings.
  • Manage and lead OHS professional practice teams.
  • Select, evaluate and apply appropriate research methods to analyse complex problems in safety science.
  • Evaluate the evidence base to support practice.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research
  • Self-management
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility
  • Leadership

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?