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.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution 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 3 - 2021

Term 3 - 2021 Profile

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%).

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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: Self and peer reflection. Student feedback
There was confusion around the use of generic skills in some of the lecture topic areas.
All generic skill development will now be covered in the tutorials.
Action Taken
Specific tutorials were conducted for these generic academic skill areas (e.g. referencing, report writing).
Source: Student feedback
Include a suggested word count for the final assignment
A word count for the final assignment will now be added.
Action Taken
A suggested word count is now included.
Source: Student feedback
Students enjoyed the semi-formal nature of the tutorials and the ability to interact with both lecturers and tutors.
Zoom tutorials will be kept.
Action Taken
Zoom tutorials were continued, and increased structure around weekly topics was introduced.
Source: Student feedback
Review the tutorial schedule to ensure that it complements the assessment items.
The timing of the assessment items will be reviewed to complement the tutorial and lecture content.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes
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