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OCHS13020 - Future Paradigms in OHS A

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit is Part A of a two-unit learning series which will provide students the opportunity to consolidate and practically apply all of the knowledge, skills and attitudes developed during their learning journey in the OHS course. In particular as related to analyses which draw on human factors, occupational hygiene, safety science and risk management knowledge. There is a specific emphasis on developing higher order skills and understandings which are representative of the holistic application of core skills that occurs when the professional understands the interaction between core disciplinary domains in solving complex problems. In addition, students will explore professional practice through the lens of futures methods and thinking, applied research methodology, project management and return on prevention analyses. During this unit (Part A), students will negotiate with an industry sponsor to complete project work during Part B of this unit series and will prepare appropriate documentation in readiness for approval. Students will create and submit a professional portfolio of their work.


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

Pre-requisite:- 48 credit point, including OCHS12002 Occupational Health and Safety Practice

Co-requisite:- OCHS13016 and either OCHS12019 or OCHS13008.

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 - 2020

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 1 - 2022 Profile
Mixed Mode

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. Practical and Written Assessment 30%
2. Portfolio 70%

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 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 40% 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: Have Your Say
Students suggested that residential school Human Factors activities should provide opportunities to apply additional Human Factors tools to build on learning from previous units.
Review the suite of Human Factors tools presented in this unit to ensure their application builds on learning from previous units.
Action Taken
A review of the suite of Human Factors tools presented in this unit is being included in the CQURenew review of the Bachelor of OHS.
Source: Have Your Say
Students appreciate the opportunity to visit a range of different heavy industrial sites during the residential school.
Continue to access a variety of heavy industrial sites for residential school site visits.
Action Taken
Heavy industrial site visits are being booked for the postponed residential school
Source: Residential School Feedback
Students suggested that more time be provided on Hazard and Operability (HAZOP) Studies.
Identify opportunities to increase the time spent on Hazard and Operability Studies.
Action Taken
The opportunities to deliver increased time on Hazard and Operability study content is being considered as part of the postponed residential school
Source: Have Your Say
Students found the quantity of reading provided in the first five weeks of term challenging.
Review the required reading list, more clearly separate the Required and Recommended readings.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Select and apply tools and techniques used to investigate and analyse human factors, occupational hygiene, accidents and other complex problems.
  2. Design risk management strategies for a variety of settings and communicate 'return on prevention' effectiveness.
  3. Evaluate the usefulness of futures methods to OHS related domains.
  4. Discuss contemporary problems and issues related to professional practice in OHS contexts and consider how applied research methods might be utilised to help solve the problem or issue.
  5. Lead professional OHS practice through effective project management and facilitation of teams.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Portfolio
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
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 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Portfolio