OCHS12018 - Safety Science

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will help you make the connection between science and safety so that you will think scientifically to promote evidence-based safety practice. You will be introduced to the science that explains how hazards behave, the concept of energy conversion and how hazards cause harm. Management of health and safety risk is discussed from an evidence-informed perspective. Case studies will be used to assist you in developing an appreciation of the linkages between the causation of harm and fundamental theories of physics, chemistry, physiology and social sciences.


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

Pre-requisite study of 24 credit points

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 - 2021

Term 1 - 2022 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. Case Study 30%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 40%

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 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 42.86% 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 evaluations and staff observations
Quizzes enabled continuous assessment throughout the term and provided students with an opportunity to immediately and regularly check in with their understanding of the material.
Continue to develop robust and diverse question banks to expand and improve upon the quizzes for future offerings of this unit.
Action Taken
Quiz question banks have been expanded and enhanced.
Source: Staff observations
Group work remains a challenge for students however the use of the Self and Peer Assessment tool allowed students the opportunity to highlight issues and successes in a constructive manner.
Promote the use of the Self and Peer Assessment tool for future group work in this unit and continue to encourage students to engage with their groups earlier in the term.
Action Taken
Engagement with group peers was encouraged from the beginning of term.
Source: Student evaluations and staff observations
Team teaching in this unit was a success, with the learning materials being improved upon and delivered by staff with relevant expertise, and providing students with an additional point of contact and support within the unit.
This unit can continue to be strengthened by the expertise and involvement of multiple lecturers/tutors or a combination of lecturers and the coordinator.
Action Taken
The involvement of multiple lecturers and tutors will be continued.
Source: Have Your Say
Content and learning material should be posted earlier in the week
Content and learning material will be posted at the beginning of term so that students can move forward on their own account if they wish to do so.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the scientific nature of hazards
  2. Explain the principles of energy conversion as it applies to health and safety risk
  3. Apply scientific principles to explain fatality, injury, illness and harm
  4. Utilise scientific research to improve health and safety outcomes
  5. Analyse the utility and practicality of risk controls in a structured and scientific manner.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Case Study
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
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
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
9 - Social Innovation
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 - Case Study
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)