CG48 - Associate Degree in Occupational Health and Safety

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Overview

Compulsory Residential School

Some units in this course require you to attend a compulsory Residential School or Work Integrated Learning. Please see Course Features in the Getting Started tab for further information.

Course Overview

This course has been designed to prepare paraprofessionals in occupational health and safety with specifically applied knowledge, attitudes, skills and initiatives in the safety science areas of:

  • ergonomics and human factors;
  • accident investigation; and
  • occupational health and safety management.

In addition, you will have the option to select from a range of AINV or OCHS electives to suit personal needs and interests.

Units are designed to drive you through project-based authentic industry-relevant assessment tasks. Throughout this course you are provided opportunities to practically apply your learning, including participation in supervised worksite visits with practical opportunities to apply your learning to given situations. This presents you with valuable learning and application opportunities before the completion of your studies.

The purpose of this course is to produce graduates who are confident and competent health and safety paraprofessionals ready to be employed in health and safety decision making and management. Graduates will be able to facilitate, educate, problem solve and promote health and safety at workplaces and in the community.

Graduates may apply for admission to the Bachelor of Occupational Health & Safety with advanced standing of 96 units of credit.

Career Information

Opportunities exist for graduates in management/consultancy and practice of workplace health and safety. For example, ergonomics, industrial safety officer, occupational hygienist and risk management. Employment is found in primary industry, rural safety, manufacturing, mining, services industry, employer associations, the defence force, health industry and government authorities.

Course Details
Duration 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 96
Number of Units Required CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in undergraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).
Expected Hours of Study One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.
Course Type Undergraduate Award
Qualification (post nominal) ADOHS
AQF Level Level 6: Associate Degree

Admission Codes

Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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The following tables list the courses availabilities by location and term. Directing your pointer over your preferred location will provide further information if this course is not available for the full duration. Please be sure to also check individual unit availability by location and term prior to enrolling.

Domestic Availability

Term 2 - 2021

Adelaide
Bundaberg
Brisbane
Gladstone
Melbourne
Mackay
Online
Perth
Rockhampton
Sydney

Term 1 - 2021

Adelaide
Bundaberg
Brisbane
Gladstone
Melbourne
Mackay
Online
Perth
Rockhampton
Sydney

Term 2 - 2020

Adelaide
Bundaberg
Brisbane
Gladstone
Melbourne
Mackay
Online
Perth
Rockhampton
Sydney

Term 1 - 2020

Adelaide
Bundaberg
Brisbane
Gladstone
Melbourne
Mackay
Online
Perth
Rockhampton
Sydney

Term 2 - 2019

Adelaide
Bundaberg
Brisbane
Gladstone
Melbourne
Mackay
Online
Perth
Rockhampton
Sydney

Term 1 - 2019

Adelaide
Bundaberg
Brisbane
Gladstone
Melbourne
Mackay
Online
Perth
Rockhampton
Sydney

Term 2 - 2018

Adelaide
Bundaberg
Brisbane
Distance
Gladstone
Melbourne
Mackay
Perth
Rockhampton
Sydney

Term 1 - 2018

Adelaide
Bundaberg
Brisbane
Distance
Gladstone
Melbourne
Mackay
Perth
Rockhampton
Sydney

Term 2 - 2017

Adelaide
Bundaberg
Brisbane
Distance
Gladstone
Melbourne
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2017

Adelaide
Bundaberg
Brisbane
Distance
Gladstone
Melbourne
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2016

Bundaberg
Brisbane
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2016

Bundaberg
Brisbane
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2015

Bundaberg
Brisbane
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2015

Bundaberg
Brisbane
Distance
Rockhampton
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International Availability

Term 2 - 2021

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2021

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2020

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2020

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2019

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2019

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2018

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2018

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2017

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2017

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2016

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2016

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2015

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2015

Sorry, no international availabilities found.
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For any problems regarding admissions availability for the selected course please contact 13 CQUni (13 27 86) or send us an email at http://contactus.cqu.edu.au/
What do I need to start?
Entry Scores
Rank Threshold SR 65 | ATAR 59.9
Rank Cut-Off OP 17 | SR 65 | ATAR 59.9
Entry Requirements

English Requirements:

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:

  • a secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
  • tertiary diploma level qualification, or
  • bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

If you do not satisfy any of the above, you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall and minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); or
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46; or
  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components; or
  • Cambridge Certificate in advanced English (CAE) - Score of 180 or above; or
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English - Score of 200 or above; or
  • Combined Universities Language Test (CULT) - 70% with no individual component score of less than 15.

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.

Security Requirements
No information available at this time
Health Requirements
No information available at this time
Assumed Knowledge

Domestic - While there are no course pre-requisites, Senior English, Senior Science and Senior Mathematics are strongly recommended. Students without Senior English, Senior Science and Senior Mathematics are strongly recommended to undertake one of the following access courses:

  • Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies (STEPS)
  • Tertiary Entry Program (TEP)
Fees and Charges
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards Not applicable
Professional Accreditation

Graduates may be eligible to apply for Chartered Professional Membership with the Safety Institute of Australia once they have completed the appropriate years of service.

Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

Compulsory Residential School There are 3 core units with a compulsory residential school. These are: SCIE11022 Introductory Science BIOH11005 Introductory Anatomy and Physiology OCHS12002 OHS Practice There may be additional requirements for residential schools within electives. Students should confirm these through the Handbook.
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Practicum/Work Placement

Not applicable

Previous Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2020 19
2019 11
2018 12
2017 14
2016 9
Inherent Requirements
There are Inherent Requirements (IRs) that you need to be aware of, and fulfil, to achieve the core learning outcomes of the units and course. IRs are the essential capabilities, knowledge, behaviours and skills that are needed to complete a unit or course.

Please note that in some instances there may be similarities between course, entry and inherent requirements.

If you experience difficulties meeting these requirements, reasonable adjustments may be made upon contacting accessibility@cqu.edu.au. Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.

Ethical Behaviour

Examples are:

  • Complying with academic and non-academic misconduct policies and procedures such as CQUniversity’s Student Charter, Student Misconduct Policy and Student Behavioural Misconduct Procedures and Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).
  • Demonstrating respect for cultural and professional diversity as well as individual differences and capacities in the transport and safety sciences environment.
  • Treating personal information obtained in the professional environment as private and confidential.
Behavioural Stability

Examples are:

  • Successfully processing your own emotions and behaviour when dealing with stressful situations that can arise in the transport and safety sciences environment.
  • Maintaining behavioural stability through successfully distinguishing your own personal behaviours, experiences and emotions from others and situations in a professional setting.
  • Being reflective with personal behaviours appropriate to professional performance and being positive and receptive to processing constructive supervisor/lecturer/peer feedback or criticism.
Legal Compliance

Examples are:

  • Complying with university and workplace policy with the use of social media, online discussion forums, email and other electronic forms of communication.
  • Complying with the relevant workplace policies and practices including relevant OHS legislative requirements pertaining to the transport and safety sciences environment.
  • Complying with the policies and practices of organisations in which you may be placed or find employment.
Communication Skills (Verbal, Non-verbal, Written and Technology)

Examples are:

  • Verbally communicating in English your transport and safety sciences knowledge with accuracy, appropriateness and effectiveness in a wide variety of contexts.
  • Actively participating in discussion and course activities with appropriate use and command of language to the context.
  • Using language that is appropriate to the context of the individual, group or workplace.
  • Establishing rapport with all stakeholders in the delivery of transport and safety sciences practice and responding appropriately to stakeholders and other professionals.
  • Using appropriate facial expressions, body movements and gestures, being mindful of space boundaries.
  • Recognising and interpreting on-verbal cues of others and responding appropriately during activities related to the course and in professional practice.
  • Adopting non-threatening body language during challenging and/or stressful situations with others.
  • Competently and appropriately producing written assessment work in a logical, coherent manner, and with correct grammar and punctuation to the required academic standards.
  • Expressing complex and detailed information and knowledge in logical and legible formats, in a timely manner that meets professional standards and clearly communicates the intended message.
  • Accurately conveying and documenting information in a written form to develop and execute a case of cohesive argument that meets academic, professional and transport and safety sciences practice requirements.
  • Competently using a desktop operating system such as Microsoft Windows or Mac OS X.
  • Having access to a computer and having sufficient computer skills to engage in on-line learning, reading, initiating and responding to emails and other forms of electronic communication, and completing relevant assessments for the course. This includes being able to regularly access the Internet for coursework and research.
  • Competently using productivity software such as Microsoft Office, and operate associated electronic technologies such as (but not limited to) digital scanners, cameras and video cameras, a tablet computer or a mobile phone in the contemporary academic, professional and transport and safety science practice requirements.
  • Analysing, manipulating and displaying scientific information using a variety of specific programs.
Cognitive Abilities (Knowledge and Cognitive Skills, Literacy and Numeracy)

Examples are:

  • Conceptualising and using appropriate knowledge and evidence in response to academic assessment items and in the professional practice with organisations in which you may be placed or find employment.
  • Completing academic learning activities and assessment tasks, and performing professional skills within reasonable set time-frames.
  • Constructing written text proficiently, in English, using appropriate vocabulary, correct grammar and conventions of speech, including being able to paraphrase, summarise and reference in accordance with appropriate academic and professional conventions.
  • Competently reading, writing and accurately interpreting information to convey language effectively in a professional setting.
  • Completing documentation that is accurate, clear and concise.
  • Demonstrating competency in applying mathematics knowledge and numeracy skills to accurately read and interpret various measurements.
  • Demonstrating effective use of mathematics knowledge and numeracy skills in the application of transport and safety science practice.
  • Demonstrating competency in manipulating and analysing numerical data.
Sensory Abilities (Visual, Auditory, Tactile)

Examples are:

  • Having sufficient visual acuity to accurately measure and assess.
  • Having sufficient visual acuity to work in a team-based transport and safety sciences environment.
  • Having sufficient visual acuity to identify hazards to self and others.
  • Perceiving fine detail on a computer screen and/or mobile/portable device.
  • Discerning an object from its background.
  • Having sufficient auditory capacity to hear verbal communication from other professionals in transport and safety sciences practice.
  • Having sufficient auditory capacity to work in a team-based transport and safety sciences environment where verbal and non-verbal communication is essential to practice.
  • Having sufficient auditory capacity to capture auditory warning circumstances, movements or signals where other senses may not detect such stimuli.
  • Interacting with a computer through input devices such as a mouse or keyboard.
  • Interacting with mobile devices through inputs such as buttons and a touchscreen.
  • Interacting with the physical environment.
Relational Skills

Examples are:

  • Rapidly building rapport with people from all walks of life within a variety of transport and safety sciences professional contexts.
Reflective Skills

Examples are:

  • Reflecting critically on topics taught during the course.
  • Identifying when a practice issue is outside one's scope or expertise and being able to reflect and learn from this experience.
  • Identifying when one's practice may be negatively affected by personal experience and/or reactions and be able to reflect and learn from this experience.
  • Reflecting on situations that may be difficult and sensitive.
  • Identifying, reflecting and learning from successful situations as well as opportunities for improvement.
Sustainable Performance

Examples are:

  • Actively participating safely and effectively in intensive transport and safety sciences tasks that require sustained levels of physical energy and concentration over a long duration.
  • Actively participating in a variety of transport and safety sciences tasks in both indoor and outdoor environments.
Strength and Mobility (Gross Motor Skills and Fine Motor Skills)

Examples are:

  • Incorporating a range of gross motor skills while participating effectively in activities related to transport and safety science practice.
  • Moving with ease while undertaking activities related to transport and safety science practice.
  • Working safely and effectively in a variety of physical environments applicable to transport and safety science practice.
  • Using a variety of fine motor skills n various transport and safety sciences activities.
  • Interacting with a computer through input devices such as a mouse or keyboard.
  • Interacting with mobile devices through inputs such as buttons and a touchscreen.
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Identify, evaluate and apply relevant OHS knowledge, processes, skills, principles and concepts in workplace settings
  • 2. Work collaboratively with a range of stakeholders to effectively address health and safety issues within a workplace setting
  • 3. Communicate effectively and professionally within a community of practice and the workplace
  • 4. Reflect realistically on their own paraprofessional practice and be able to effectively and sensitively implement change.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4
1. KNOWLEDGE Have broad theoretical and technical knowledge with some depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to identify, analyse and evaluate information and concepts from a range of sources
3. SKILLS Have cognitive, technical and creative thinking skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge and ideas with some depth in a discipline
4. SKILLS Have cognitive, communication and analytical skills to interpret and transmit responses to sometimes complex problems
5. SKILLS Have communication skills to make a clear and coherent presentation of knowledge and ideas with some intellectual independence
6. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in paraprofessional practice
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to adapt knowledge and skills in a range of contexts and/or for further studies in one or more disciplines
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to adapt fundamental principles, concepts and techniques to known and unknown situations
9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for own learning and work and in collaboration with others within broad parameters
Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete electives
Number of units: 15 Total credit points: 90

Some of these units have compulsory residential schools for all students - please check the handbook for details.

Year 1 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
OCHS11025 Health and Safety Risk Management
OCHS11026 Introductory Occupational Health and Safety
SCIE11022 Introductory Science
AINV11001 Real World Investigation
Year 1 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
AINV11002 Socio-technical Systems
AINV11003 Introduction to Investigative Methods
BIOH11005 Introductory Anatomy and Physiology
OCHS11027 OHS Fundamentals
Year 1 - Term 3
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
HLTH11027 Foundations of Health
Year 2 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
OCHS12018 Safety Science
OCHS12019 Human Factors
AINV12002 Accident Phenomenology
Year 2 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
OCHS12002 Occupational Health and Safety Practice
OCHS12015 Occupational Health and Safety Law
Year 2 - Term 3
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
OCHS13018 Safety Systems

There are 3 core units with a compulsory residential school for all students. These are - SCIE11022 Introductory Science, BIOH11005 Introductory Anatomy and Physiology and OCHS12002 OHS Practice. There may be additional requirements for residential schools within electives. Students should confirm these through the Handbook.

Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete electives
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Residential school

There are 3 core units with compulsory residential schools. These are:

1. SCIE11022 Introductory Science

2. BIOH11005 Introductory Anatomy & Physiology

3. OCHS12002 OHS Practice

There may be additional requirements for residential schools within electives. Students should confirm these through the Handbook.

Please note:

  1. Students successfully completing a combination of the units OCHS12001, OCHS12005, OCHS12002, OCHS13011 (elective), may be eligible to apply for an interim award, Certificate of OHS (CU26).
  1. Students are advised to take the units in the pre-defined order thus acquiring the knowledge that will be assumed in the presentation of unit material at advanced levels. Students will be individually responsible for gaining the assumed entry-level knowledge of any unit they elect to take out of sequence. For more information or assessment of prior learning, please contact the specific unit coordinator. Students must have successfully completed the prerequisites OCHS13008 and OCHS13016 to enrol in OCHS13010 .

Application for credit transfer

Credit transfer will only be granted where a student is able to demonstrate that tertiary studies undertaken equivalent in content and depth to the CQUniversity units within this course have been successfully completed. Students should examine the unit synopses in this handbook to determine the units for which they may be eligible to claim exemption.

Refer to the Credit Transfer website at http://www.cqu.edu.au/credittransfer for further details on the guidelines and application process.

You can apply for direct credit against CQUniversity units , if equivalent tertiary level study has been completed. You must supply relevant documentation (study guides, unit profiles, etc) to do this. If your study was undertaken more than 10 years old, you may not be eligible to apply for this as credit.

Computing requirements

It is a requirement of enrolment in this course that students have access to the CQUniversity website. Students may be required to undertake various components of study in the course using email and the Internet.

It is strongly recommended that students have access to a broadband connection or higher to access online student resources that would include but not limited to, email, internet, video streaming, electronic assessment submission.