OCHS13018 - Safety Systems

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit provides students with the ability to manage health and safety in organisations in order to optimise work systems, procedures and processes. Topics covered include the application of organisational behaviour and management principles, the development and analysis of safety management systems, the alignment of safety with quality and environmental management systems, the systematic management of high-consequence hazards, the integration of management systems for compliance, risk, security, emergency, crisis and disaster management and recovery, and business continuity management.


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 The unit requires an understanding of risk concepts and OHS Law. Accordingly, pre-requisites for this unit are OCHS11025 H&S Risk Management AND any one of the following

OCHS11027 OHS Fundamentals or

OCHS12015 OHS Law or

AINV12004 Investigation Domain Contexts.

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. Group Discussion 0%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 50%
3. Written Assessment 50%

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 - 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 44.44% 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: Staff reflection
Assessment tasks can be broken down further and explained more fully.
The assessment items will be broken down into separate components in order to enable students to better address the requirements and expectations of each.
Action Taken
Assessment tasks were compartmentalised and the assessment rubric redesigned to align to the assessment tasks (for Assessment 2 & 3).
Source: Student unit and teaching evaluation.
'There is no capacity to spread marks across assignments as there are only two assignments assessed (each worth 50%) and one which is a pass/fail only'.
A reassignment of marks will be made to 3 individual assessment tasks. An update unit proposal will be initiated for this.
Action Taken
Source: Student unit and teaching evaluation.
More time should be spent on the auditing component.
A rescheduling of content can be made to accommodate a redistribution of allocated time for the final main topic of the unit.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Employ effective safety management principles across the whole spectrum of risks, including high consequence low probability situations.
  2. Develop and maintain an organisational health and safety management system.
  3. Analyse organisational performance against an established health and safety management system and safety plans.
  4. Evaluate the development, implementation and ongoing review of specific health and safety sub-systems that manage individual high-consequence hazards.
  5. Recognise and apply methods for ensuring that systems for managing health and safety are integrated effectively with all other critical systems and with relevant organisational operations, maintenance and production systems and documentation.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Group Discussion
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
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
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
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Group Discussion
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment