OCHS13021 - Future Paradigms in OHS B

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit is Part B of a two-unit learning series which will provide you the opportunity to consolidate and practically apply all of the knowledge, skills and attitudes developed during your learning journey in the OHS course. 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, you will explore professional practice through the lens of OHS professional practice models, critical reflection, applied research methodology and project management. During this unit (Part B), you will complete project work with your industry sponsor and will prepare appropriate dissemination documentation and a seminar presentation. You will create and submit a professional portfolio of your work which will include a critique of the OHS Body of Knowledge. This unit has a strong emphasis on evidence-informed practice which will require guided and independent research activity to successfully complete this unit.


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


OCHS13010 Applied Worksite Analysis or

OCHS13020 Future Paradigms in OHS A

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. Portfolio 30%
2. Portfolio 40%
3. Presentation and Written Assessment 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

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 77.78% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 60.00% 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 Unit & Teaching Evaluation survey
Students felt this Unit challenged them to think and question.
It is recommended to continue to challenge student thinking, during lectures, in tutorials, and in the discussion forums. Also continue to encourage students to question the efficacy of current and emerging practice for future application via their critical reflective journals, discussion forums and assessment work.
Action Taken
This recommendation was actioned. This unit is designed to help students think beyond current practice and to explore how to improve work health and safety and Occupational Health and Safety professional practice.
Source: Student Unit & Teaching Evaluation survey
Students valued the feedback provided on assessment work.
It is recommended to continue to provide meaningful feedback to support learning, in both formative and summative ways.
Action Taken
Constructive feedback was once again provided to students to further support their learning in both formative and summative ways.
Source: Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation data
Some students struggle to complete placement and associated assessment requirements while working in industry, especially when they have young families.
Review current assessment requirements for the Placement Project to consider ways to minimise requirements without undermining learning outcomes.
Action Taken
Source: Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation data
Students appreciate being challenged and made to think deeply about how to improve Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) practice and by extension the profession.
Continue to present provocative Ponder Points to encourage thinking and discussion on challenging aspects of OHS.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explore and develop over-the-horizon solutions to unique problems in OHS
  2. Evaluate the synergies between designed systems within socio-technical environments
  3. Problem solve and create appropriate artefacts to disseminate learning in OHS
  4. Critically review the Body of Knowledge for OHS Professionals with particular attention to the Model for Professional Practice
  5. Critically reflect on your knowledge, skills and attitudes and contrast them against the guidance produced by the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board and international professional groups such as the American Society of Safety Engineers
  6. Critically reflect and evaluate your preparedness for OHS professional practice
  7. Communicate how you will contribute to creating future paradigms for professional and ethical OHS practice.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Portfolio
2 - Portfolio
3 - Presentation and Written Assessment
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
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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