CG48 - Associate Degree in Occupational 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 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

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
  • SA - Adelaide - 5C5002
  • QLD - Brisbane - 880491
  • QLD - Distance - 850495
  • QLD - Rockhampton - 850491
  • VIC - Melbourne - 1700110441 
  • QLD - Bundaberg - 810491
  • NSW - Distance - 160591
  • QLD - Gladstone - 830491
International Students
CRICOS Codes
Not Applicable
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 - 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 - 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 Requirements

Domestic - Nil

International - If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, South Africa or USA you are required to meet the English Language Prerequisite by:

  • an academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System) completed within the last 2 years (from the term you are applying to start) with a minimum achievement of 7 across all bands and overall; OR
  • a secondary or university qualification which is not more than 5 years old (from the term you are applying for entry into) with a satisfactory level of achievement of at least 2 years in duration from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, South Africa or USA.
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 Accreditiation

Graduates will be eligible to apply for membership with the Safety Institute of Australia once they have completed the appropriate years of service.

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
2018 12
2017 14
2016 9
2015 7
2014 1
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
More Details

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.