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OCHS13016 - Occupational Health, Hygiene and Toxicology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This course allows for a learner to gain an understanding of a range of occupational hygiene hazards in the workplace, including the long term adverse effects of exposure, the assessment of physical, chemical and biological hazards utilising scientific equipment and methodologies as well as control considerations and methods. Areas covered include identification of occupational hygiene hazards, sampling and analytical techniques and equipment, fitness for work, health surveillance, the concepts of biological monitoring and biological exposure indices, their relationship to occupational exposure standards and the concept of dose. Relevant legislative and guidance standards as they relate to occupational health, hygiene and toxicology will be identified to provide learners with options for hazard evaluation and control. It is a requirement of this course to have access to the CQU website and the internet.

Details

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 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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2013

Term 1 - 2017 Profile
Adelaide
Brisbane
Bundaberg
Distance
Gladstone
Melbourne
Rockhampton
Term 1 - 2018 Profile
Brisbane
Bundaberg
Distance
Gladstone
Melbourne
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Brisbane
Bundaberg
Gladstone
Melbourne
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Adelaide
Brisbane
Bundaberg
Gladstone
Mackay
Online
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2022 Profile
Online

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 10%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. Group Work 30%
4. Examination 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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.1 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 50% 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
Feedback
The marking rubric needs to be available when the assessment information is released,
Recommendation
The marking rubric will be available on commencement of the unit.
Action Taken
The marking rubric was available from the start of Term.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Review the marking criteria for both assignments to ensure that it aligns with the questions being asked.
Recommendation
The marking criteria and assessment questions will be reviewed.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Team work is not needed for this unit
Recommendation
Teamwork will remain in this unit. However, the way that it is communicated will be reviewed.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. discuss the concept of wellness and health interventions and its application to the individual and workplace behaviour (Assignment 3)
  2. identify categories of occupational disease and factors that contribute to their occurrence (Assignments 2 and 3)
  3. discuss the principles of occupational toxicology (Assignment 2)
  4. apply knowledge of the biological exposure indices, related concepts and occupational exposure standards to specific situations within the workplace (Assignments 2, 3 and 4)
  5. identify occupational hygiene hazards and describe their mechanism of action in selected workplaces (Assignments 2 and 3)
  6. identify techniques for monitoring occupational hygiene hazards in the workplace (Assignments 2 and 3)
  7. select and describe controls to minimise risk associated with occupational hygiene hazards that are based on the hierarchy of control (Assignments 2 and 3)

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Group Work
4 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
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
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Group Work
4 - Examination