OCHS13017 - Resilient Organisations

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you will consider some of the latest theories in the Safety Sciences, particularly in relation to the concept of resilience in organisations and broader organisational culture issues. The factors which influence the quality and validity of decision making within organisations, such as, values, mindfulness, culture, adaptive systems, participation and leadership in complex socio-technical systems will be considered. You will critically reflect on and evaluate theories such as resilience engineering, high reliability organisations, safety culture and safety climate, and discuss the usefulness of these theories to practice. You will also have the opportunity to evaluate the usefulness of the tools and methods available to measure and monitor factors that affect resilience and other safety science concepts within organisations.


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

Co-requisite:- AINV11002

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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Term 2 - 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. Critical Review 20%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Literature Review or Systematic Review 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%).

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 26.67% 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: SUTE Comments
The lecturer could have been more supportive as some of us student are from different cultural background and not local and we need that support but seems like its was challenging to get constructive feedback and quiet disheartening.
This is a conceptually challenging unit for students as it requires critical reading and writing skills. Students who are not local and who do not have English as a first language may therefore struggle more than other students as this unit requires more than simply regurgitating information, as students are used to in other units. Only one student reached out for support and was offered as much support as could be provided, however this was clearly not seen as enough. It is therefore recommended that more CQUniversity support service awareness can be added to this unit in further offerings so that student understand the full range of support services available.
Action Taken
Additional support was provided in this unit, and students were reminded that they can seek advice from the lecturer at any time.
Source: SUTE Comments
Very organised materials, very clear expectations communicated. I was pretty happy with the amount of information/resources embedded in each tile. The resources were relevant and allowed for further research. Appreciated the flexibility and short lectures during our final semester while we were also juggling placements
It is recommended to maintain, with minor improvements, the content, resources and lecture style in this unit.
Action Taken
To ensure currency, the resources and recommended readings for this unit have been reviewed to maintain currency. Otherwise, this unit has been maintained as recommended.
Source: Unit Coordinator Reflection
There is a need to emphasise the importance of including references to support claims (which could otherwise indicate use of artificial intelligent language applications) as well as the existence of self plagiarism, even at the third-year level to circumvent further misunderstandings. 
Before each assessment submission, remind students of their academic integrity responsibilities, and provide some tips for avoiding plagiarism, including self-plagiarism.
Action Taken
Source: Unit Coordinator Reflection
Students enjoy the critical thinking tasks associated with this unit.
Retain the critical thinking assessment tasks.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explore the characteristics of resilience in organisations.
  2. Develop an ability to critically read and write on contemporary safety science theories from an evidence-informed advancing safety professional perspective.
  3. Evaluate the theories that underpin resilience in organisations such as resilience engineering, safety culture and high reliability organisations and discuss the usefulness of these theories to practice.
  4. Discern those factors which influence the quality and validity of decision making within organisations, such as, values, mindfulness, culture, adaptive systems, participation and leadership.
  5. Compare controversial terms related to safety and culture and the ongoing debate underlying these precepts and relationships.
  6. Evaluate the usefulness of the tools and methods available to measure and monitor contemporary safety science concepts such as organisational resilience potentials and safety culture/safety climate.

The course is accredited by the Australian OHS Education Board. This unit relates to the OHS body of knowledge chapters on the organisation.  

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Critical Review
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Literature Review or Systematic Review
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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1 - Communication
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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