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CG48 - Associate Degree in Workplace Health and Safety

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 program is a paraprofessional associate degree based on the study of Occupational Health and Safety. It presents students with the opportunity to undertake a plan and apply their discipline of study to specifically designated industry career path option. It has been designed to prepare professionals in Occupational Health and Safety with specifically applied knowledge, attitudes, skills, and initiatives in the areas of:

 

  • Occupational Hygiene;
  • Ergonomics;
  • Safety Science, and
  • Occupational Health and Safety Management.

Graduates may apply for admission to the Bachelor in 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 Each unit at this level, typically requires 144 hours of student commitment over a period of 12 weeks.
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 - 2022

Online

Term 1 - 2022

Online

Term 2 - 2021

Online

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 - 2022

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2022

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

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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What do I need to start?
Entry Scores
Rank Threshold SR 60 | ATAR 60
Entry Requirements

Domestic: Statement of employment with industry partner.

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

English and a science subject

Fees and Charges
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards Not applicable
Professional Accreditation Not applicable
Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

Compulsory Residential School
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Practicum/Work Placement

Not applicable

Previous and Current Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2021 9
2020 22
2019 11
2018 12
2017 14
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 safety science 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 safety science 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 safety science 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 safety science 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 safety science 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 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 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 safety science 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 safety science 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 safety science 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 safety science 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 safety science practice.
  • Moving with ease while undertaking activities related to safety science practice.
  • Working safely and effectively in a variety of physical environments applicable to safety science practice.
  • Using a variety of fine motor skills in various safety science 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.
Interpersonal Engagement

Examples are:

  • Relating positively and communicating with a wide variety of colleagues and stakeholders in the professional environment.
  • Creating and maintaining rapport, empathy and at times using diplomacy to ensure effective working relationships and outcomes with colleagues and stakeholders.
  • Being highly consultative in the processes of creating and sustaining effective working relationships and outcomes with colleagues and stakeholders.
  • Creating cultural competence, sensitivity and willingness to work with a vast array of people in the community.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Abilities

Examples are:

  • Competently using a desktop operating system such as Microsoft Windows or Mac OS X.
  • Having access to a computer and have 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 this course. This includes being able to regularly access the Internet for coursework and research.
  • Competently using productivity software such as Microsoft Office and operating 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 and applications.
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Apply relevant Workplace Health and Safety principles in workplace settings
  • 2. Use effective communication strategies in the negotiation with relevant stakeholders
  • 3. Access and evaluate Workplace Health and Safety data and other related information
  • 4. Demonstrate cross-cultural awareness and understanding in a workplace setting
  • 5. Promote safe work practices through the provision of education and information programs
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5
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
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
Number of units: 16 Total credit points: 96

The following schedule is designed for part-time students who usually enrol in 2 courses per term or 12 units of credit. 

Year 1 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
HLTH11027 Foundations of Health
OCHS11025 Health and Safety Risk Management

Students must also complete an OHS industry competency

Year 2 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
OCHS12001 Introductory Occupational Health and Safety
OCHS12002 Occupational Health and Safety Practice
Year 2 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
OCHS12005 Risk Management and Safety Technology CQ26

Students must also complete an OHS industry competency

Year 3 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
HMSC12026 Teaching, Learning and Health Promotion

Students must also complete an OHS industry competency

Year 3 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
OCHS12015 Occupational Health and Safety Law

Students must also complete an OHS industry competency

Year 4 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
OCHS13008 Human Factors CQ26
OCHS13016 Advanced Occupational Health
Year 4 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
OCHS13010 Applied Worksite Analysis

Student must also complete an Elective.

This program has compulsory residential schools. See the More Details page for further information.

More Details

Residential school

There are 3 courses with a compulsory residential school held in Rockhampton; ESSC11004 Study and Research Skills for Health and Human Performance, OCHS12002 Fundamentals of OHS Practice and OCHS13010 Applied Worksite Analysis.

Students must have successfully completed the prerequisites OCHS13008 Human Factors and OCHS13016 Occupational Health, Hygiene and Toxicology to attend the residential school for OCHS13010 Applied Worksite Analysis.

Please note:

  1. Students successfully completing a combination of the courses 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 courses in the pre-defined order thus acquiring the knowledge that will be assumed in the presentation of course material at advanced levels. Students will be individually responsible for gaining the assumed entry-level knowledge of any course they elect to take out of sequence. For more information or assessment of prior learning, please contact the specific course 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 courses within this program have been successfully completed. Students should examine the course synopses in this handbook to determine the courses 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 courses, if equivalent tertiary level study has been completed. You must supply relevant documentation (study guides, course 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 program that students have access to the CQUniversity website. Students may be required to undertake various components of study in the program 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.