OCHS11027 - OHS Fundamentals

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit introduces students to concepts, processes and procedures that are fundamental to the effective management of occupational health and safety in organisations. Topics include safety management, workplace communication and participation, compliance-driven and voluntary health and safety initiatives and emergency planning.


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 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 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

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 30%
2. Portfolio 20%
3. Portfolio 30%
4. Portfolio 20%

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 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 38.1% 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: Student feedback
Students found the Moodle site easy to navigate with the Collapsed Topics format.
Retain Collapsed Topic format for moodle site.
Action Taken
Collapsed Topic format is currently being used.
Source: Student feedback
Students requested further detail for the assessment tasks.
Additional resources (templates and exemplars of completed procedures) to be provided. Detailed strategies on the development of procedures to be included as additional tutorials, in order to clarify assessment tasks. These tutorials will be recorded and posted in Moodle.
Action Taken
Additional tutorials and exemplars have been provided.
Source: Student feedback
Students report that the Zoom tutorials were useful to improve understanding of assessments.
Continue the use of Zoom tutorials in addition to weekly lecture.
Action Taken
Zoom tutorials are now offered in six weeks of the term.
Source: Have your say evaluation
Students have noted repetition in the completion of portfolio items where the design of a procedure is required (used in Portfolio 1, 2 and 3).
Redesign of one assessment item (Portfolio 3).
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Develop, implement and maintain a simple health and safety management sytem.
  2. Plan work-related health and safety measures and initiatives.
  3. Develop and implement a health and safety consultation and participation process.
  4. Develop and implement strategies to manage work-related hazards.
  5. Develop and implement emergency management and incident response procedures.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Portfolio
3 - Portfolio
4 - Portfolio
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Portfolio
3 - Portfolio
4 - Portfolio