OCHS12002 - Occupational Health and Safety Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit develops technical competencies for the developing occupational health and safety practitioner. Students will visit a range of worksites and gain practical experience in conducting routine occupational health and safety activities.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

OCHS11025 Health & Safety Risk Management and (OCHS11026 Introductory Occupational Health & Safety OR OCHS12001 Introductory Occupational Health & Safety).

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 - 2023

Term 2 - 2024 Profile
Mixed Mode

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. Group Work 30%
2. Portfolio 40%
3. Written Assessment 30%

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

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 50.00% 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: SUTE unit comments
The residential school was well structured and informative with guest speakers and site visits.
It is recommended that this residential school continues to offer students a range of site visits in diverse work environments and industries in order to provide a breadth of industry safety practices and perspectives.
Action Taken
One of the site visits was conducted at a new location (large enterprise) and students overwhelmingly reported both visits as a positive experience that provided relevant insights on OHS management.
Source: SUTE unit comments report
Further strategies to prepare for the workshop inspection within the residential school is suggested in order for students to be organised for the practical site visit.
Enhance and contextualise material (ie. resources and associated assessment task) to assist students in preparing for the activity of conducting a workshop inspection during the residential.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate practical skills in hazard identification, assessment, control and review.
  2. Apply theoretical concepts to practical situations.
  3. Apply legislation, occupational health and safety guidelines and scientific evidence toward safety strategies.
  4. Communicate occupational health and safety information professionally to a variety of audiences.
  5. Utilise skills in ethical practice, teamwork and reflection at the level of a developing OHS practitioner.
  6. Construct a formal inspection report demonstrating evidence based-practice.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Group Work
2 - Portfolio
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
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 10
2 - Portfolio
3 - Written Assessment
1 - Group Work