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.

Details

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

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 - 2019

Term 3 - 2019 Profile
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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

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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: Unit coordinator reflections
Feedback
Assessment types should be revised to reflect the scientific nature of the material. The inclusion of online quizzes would allow for continuous assessment and immediate feedback.
Recommendation
Remove the current Assignment 1 (Portfolio 1) and replace with weekly quizzes.
Action Taken
Changes discussed with relevant staff and committee and to be actioned with a unit update proposal in 2018.
Source: Unit coordinator reflections
Feedback
The use of web-based platforms for Assignment 4 creates unnecessary difficulty and does not add to the value of the assessment item. Additionally, too many marks are allocated for non-content-based criteria.
Recommendation
Re-format the structure of the current Portfolio (Assignment 4) and reconsider the assessment criteria.
Action Taken
Changes discussed with relevant staff and committee and to be actioned with a unit update proposal in 2018.
Source: Unit coordinator reflections
Feedback
The case study used in Assignment 3 should be updated.
Recommendation
Select a new case study for use in Assignment 3 (Group Report).
Action Taken
A new case study was chosen for Term 1 2018.
Source: Staff reflection
Feedback
Assessments should be significantly restructured to better assess understanding of learning material and underpin the learning objectives for this unit.
Recommendation
Consultation with teaching staff should culminate in a unit change proposal for future offerings of this unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit evaluation responses and feedback
Feedback
Students appreciated the support provided by the presence of multiple staff on the teaching team for this unit.
Recommendation
Where possible, the unit can be strengthened by the expertise and involvement of multiple lecturers/tutors or a combination of lecturers and the coordinator.
Action Taken
Nil.
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)