OCHS11026 - Introductory Occupational Health and Safety

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit provides an overview of occupational health and safety as a discipline. Students will trace the history and development of the discipline and develop an appreciation of the impact of the occupational environment on the health and safety of individuals. Students will examine the costs and benefits of strategies to prevent occupational injury and illness and be introduced to the different specialities within the OHS discipline.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2022

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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).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate 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.

Assessment Tasks

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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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 58.7% response rate.

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.

Source: Have Your Say Feedback
Feedback
Students reported that there could be more emphasis on when the 4 Quest tasks were released to students and when they should submit these tasks.
Recommendation
Whilst the schedule clearly states when students can access and submit the 4 Quests as part of Assessment 1, students appear to struggle with this rolling assessment task idea. It is recommended that Assessment 1 be revised so that only one assessment task is completed which incorporates the learning outcomes of the current 4 Quest tasks.
Action Taken
This year the 4 Quest tasks were converted to an online self marking quiz which has resolved this previous issue. The quiz appears to be a excellent solution to both reduce unit coordinator marking requirements and for ease of use for students to now complete one task for Assessment 1 instead of 4 separate tasks and 4 separate submissions.
Source: Have Your Say Feedback
Feedback
Students commented that the Zoom tutorials (done by a causal tutor) were not well received due to mixed messages on assessment requirements being given.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the delivery of the Zoom tutorials by casual staff be reviewed for future offerings with a view to enhancing the messages delivered to students on assessment requirements.
Action Taken
The term 1 offering is always taught by permanent teaching staff, however the term 3 unit offering has required the use of casual staff to be engaged for teaching this unit. There is currently a review on the offering of this unit in term 3 and this would reduce the need to casual staff to be engaged for the teaching of this unit in term 3 each year.
Source: Student Have Your Say Feedback
Feedback
Students asked that the written information on the History of OHS be given to them earlier in the unit.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the written information on the History of OHS be given to students in the first two weeks of term, rather than any later in the term.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Have Your Say Feedback
Feedback
Students commented favorably on the unit overall and appear to like the style delivery with both a formal lecture and supportive tutorial aimed more at academic study support. They also liked the wide range of content which is presented to expand their understanding of the profession of OHS.
Recommendation
It is recommended that the current format and content for the teaching of this unit remain the same as it is well received by students.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes
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