OCHS13016 - Advanced Occupational Health

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this problem based unit, you will be faced with a range of hazards, learning to apply both current problem solving approaches and a systems oriented approach to analysis with common systematic principles. The learning process is focused on specific hazards, chosen because they represent important issues in occupational health today and in the future. You will be expected to be able to extend your knowledge of the process to tackle new issues, although these may be issues that you have not previously dealt with. You will learn advanced approaches to the treatment of hazards and risk management, including knowledge of managing risk where a hazard cannot be eliminated. You will also learn the nature of illness and injury, as well as the pathogenesis to organs of the body caused by occupational exposure to a broad range of hazards. After graduation, you will be able to apply the problem solving and systems oriented approaches taught in this unit to contemporary employment settings, in particular to solving hazards not previously known to you.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Successful completion of 48 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 1 - 2024

Term 1 - 2024 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 40%
2. Group Work 40%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 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

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 27.27% 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
The assignment percentage does not reflect the effort required. Including the minimum mark or grade for the group assignment.
Review the timeframes and requirements for assessment items.
Action Taken
The assignment items were reviewed and the minimum mark or grade is appropriate for the group assignment.
Source: Student feedback
It was not clear how the individual component feedback was communicated to students.
It is recommended to review the way this feedback is communicated including clear direction in the submission section of this assignment part.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyse actual occupational health cases and demonstrate individual initiative and effective problem solving in occupational health
  2. Apply a systems approach to complex problem solving in occupational health. thereby acquiring an ability to extend the reach of managing risk in diverse settings
  3. Apply the principles of critical assessment of severity and urgency in occupational health
  4. Identify the real problems in occupational health, including indoor and outdoor environments
  5. Apply knowledge of routes of exposure to the principles of exposure monitoring
  6. Describe the nature of illness and injury associated with occupational exposure to certain hazards.

Not applicable

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Group Work
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
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
5 - Team Work
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 - Group Work
3 - Online Quiz(zes)