OCHS12015 - Occupational Health and Safety Law

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit is designed to equip the learner with a comprehensive working knowledge of current work health and safety and workers' compensation law. Topics will include how common law and legislation are made, applied and interpreted, liability under the common law contract of employment, the common law duty of care and negligence and statutory developments regarding prevention and compensation.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
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 20%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. Written Assessment 50%

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 2 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 51.79% 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
Some students considered the content to be challenging.
A good understanding of OHS law is fundamental to being an effective OHS professional. The unit is pitched at safety professionals and designed around authentic tasks faced in the real work environment.
Action Taken
Continued to provide authentic assessment tasks requiring consideration of OHS law.
Source: Have Your Say
Some students indicated that these extensive topics could be spread over a number of units.
These topics are well grouped and provide the foundations for applying OHS law in future units and professional practice.
Action Taken
Topic were delivered according to their sub-discipline clusters.
Source: Have Your Say
Delivery of Zoom lectures on campus was from an open plan space. One student suggested that a lecture room be used in order to minimise distraction from people in the office.
Lectures will be delivered from a lecture room or private space with no distractions.
Action Taken
Source: Have Your Say
Several students suggested that tutorials on the assessment items would have been helpful.
Advice on how to undertake all assessments in this unit is provided by the lecturer regularly during the weekly lectures. Students who engaged regularly, either through attendance at the Zoom lecture sessions or by personal follow up through email and/or telephone, met assignment expectations.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the current work health and safety and workers' compensation legal frameworks in Australia.
  2. Apply relevant principles in order to determine workers' compensation entitlements.
  3. Adopt a legal fault tree approach to the chain of incident causation in order to construct an accident analysis from a legal perspective.
  4. Apply common law and statutory work health and safety provisions to determine liability.
  5. Identify appropriate responses to the enforcement mechanisms contained in work health and safety legislation.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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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
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment