CQ26 - Bachelor of 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 is a professional degree based on the study of occupational health and safety. It will present you with the opportunity to undertake a plan and apply your discipline of study to specifically designated career path options. It has been designed to prepare professionals in occupational health and safety with specifically applied knowledge, attitudes, skills and initiatives in the safety science areas of:

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

In addition, you have the option to select from a wide array of 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. In addition, you will perform 120 hours of work practicum as a capstone project. 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 professionals ready to be employed as workplace leaders 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.

Career Information

Opportunities exist for graduates in management/consultancy and practice of workplace health and safety. For example, ergonomics, industrial safety, occupational hygiene 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 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 144
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) BOHS
AQF Level Level 7: Bachelor Degree

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
  • QLD - Bundaberg - 810461
  • QLD - Rockhampton - 850461
  • QLD - Distance - 850465
  • QLD - Mackay - 830461
  • VIC - Distance - 1700110501 
  • QLD - Brisbane - 880461
  • NSW - Distance - 160471
  • SA - Adelaide - 5C4003
  • VIC - Melbourne - 1700210501
International Students
CRICOS Codes
  • ROK - 085324K
  • BDG - 085324K
  • BNE - 085324K
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
Gladstone
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2016

Bundaberg
Brisbane
Distance
Gladstone
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2015

Bundaberg
Brisbane
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2015

Bundaberg
Brisbane
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2014

Bundaberg
Brisbane
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2014

Bundaberg
Brisbane
Distance
Rockhampton
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International Availability

Term 2 - 2019

Bundaberg
Brisbane
Online
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2019

Bundaberg
Brisbane
Online
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2018

Bundaberg
Brisbane
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2018

Bundaberg
Brisbane
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2017

Bundaberg
Brisbane
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2017

Bundaberg
Brisbane
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2016

Bundaberg
Brisbane
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2016

Bundaberg
Brisbane
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2015

Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 1 - 2015

Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton

Term 2 - 2014

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2014

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 6 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)
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards CG48 - Associate Degree in Occupational Health and Safety
Exit Awards CG48 - Associate Degree in Occupational Health and Safety
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 may be eligible to apply for Chartered Professional Membership with the Safety Institute of Australia once they have completed the appropriate years of service.

The course meets the requirements for accreditation by the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board.

Residential School Requirements

Compulsory Residential School There are 5 core units with a compulsory residential school for all students. These are: Introductory Science, Introductory Anatomy & Physiology, OHS Practice, Future Paradigms in OHS A and Future Paradigms in OHS B. There may be additional requirements for residential schools within minor studies. Students should confirm these through the Handbook.
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Practicum/Work Placement

OCHS13021 - Students are required to complete 120 hours of work placement throughout the course.

Previous Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2018 168
2017 184
2016 220
2015 260
2014 264
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Critique and apply OHS, safety science and systems thinking knowledge, evidence, processes, skills, principles and concepts across diverse contexts.
  • 2. Work collaboratively with a range of stakeholders to effectively address health and safety issues across diverse contexts.
  • 3. Communicate effectively and professionally within a community of practice, workplaces and other public spaces.
  • 4. Analyse the implications of political, economic, social, cultural and technical trends for OHS practice.
  • 5. Reflect realistically on their own practice and be able to effectively and sensitively implement change.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5
1. KNOWLEDGE Have a broad and coherent body of knowledge, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines as a basis for independent lifelong learning
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge
3. SKILLS Have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge with depth in some areas
4. SKILLS Have cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence
5. SKILLS Have communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas
6. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and/or scholarship
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for own learning and professional practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters
Environmental Studies Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Human Factors Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Liberal Studies Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Public Health Learning Outcomes
Please refer to the Core Structure Learning Outcomes
Safety Science 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 1 minor
Number of units: 20 Total credit points: 120

Some of these units have compulsory residential schools - please check the handbook for advice.

Recommended study schedule

The following schedule is designed for full-time students who usually enrol in 4 units per term or 24 units of credit. Part-time students should therefore modify this schedule to suit their own needs. The normal study load for part-time students is 2 units per term or 12 units of credit per term.

Year 1 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
OCHS11026 Introductory Occupational Health and Safety
OCHS11025 Health and Safety Risk Management
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 2 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
OCHS12018 Safety Science
HLTH11027 Foundations of Health
AINV12002 Accident Phenomenology
Year 2 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
OCHS12019 Human Factors
OCHS12002 Occupational Health and Safety Practice
OCHS12015 Occupational Health and Safety Law
Year 3 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
OCHS13020 Future Paradigms in OHS A
OCHS13016 Advanced Occupational Health
OCHS13018 Safety Systems
Year 3 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
OCHS13021 Future Paradigms in OHS B
OCHS13019 Prevention Through Design
OCHS13017 Resilient Organisations
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete 1 minor
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete 1 minor

Human Factors Minor

Number of units: 4 Total credit points: 24

Some of these units may have compulsory residential schools - please check the handbook for advice.

Available units
Students may choose to do any of the following:
COMM11003 Communication in Professional Contexts
AINV12005 Forensic Engineering
COIS12036 Human-Computer Interaction
COIT11226 Systems Analysis
AINV13001 Accident Analysis
Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
AINV13002 Human Factors Investigation
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete 1 minor

Liberal Studies Minor

Number of units: 4 Total credit points: 24

Students can undertake any four units which must include three advanced level units. Students should discuss their selection with the Course Advisor and/or the Discipline Lead.

Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete 1 minor
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
  2. Complete 1 minor

Safety Science Minor

Number of units: 4 Total credit points: 24

Some of these units may have compulsory residential schools - please check the handbook for advice.

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
AINV13001 Accident Analysis
AINV12003 Victim Pathology
Available units
Students may choose to do any of the following:
AINV12001 Investigative Methods Practice
AINV12005 Forensic Engineering
AINV13004 Learning From Failure
AINV13002 Human Factors Investigation
More Details

Residential Schools

There are 5 core units with a compulsory residential school for Flex Students and 2 for Internal students. These are:

  • Introductory Science
  • Introductory Anatomy & Physiology
  • OHS Practice
  • Future Paradigms in OHS A and
  • Future Paradigms in OHS B

Please see the residential school timetable for dates for these units.

Applications 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 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. Or, in some courses you can apply for electives outside of CQUniversity range of units. 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.