SAFE20011 - Exposures and Health Risk

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In Exposures and Health Risk you will use current methods to analyse contemporary issues in occupational health and hygiene. The unit content will emphasise the role of toxicology, the nature of illness and injury caused by exposure to hazards and practical ways to assess risk. You will develop practical solutions for the advanced elimination and risk management of occupational health and hygiene hazards. On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to use a systems oriented approach to apply your knowledge to new issues of health risk as they arise in the workplace.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
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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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2023

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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 Postgraduate 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 40%
2. Group Work 40%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 20%

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 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 80.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 62.50% 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
Remove all group work from assessment items.
Group work will remain as an assessment item as it is a graduate attribute and important for people working in this area. However, the way that it is communicated and assessed will be reviewed.
Action Taken
Group work was included, however the individual component was changed to allow for students to further their knowledge in physical hazards.
Source: Student feedback
There is assumed knowledge that those entering The Occupational Health Safety (OHS) degrees will have based on the entry requirements. However the MPH students do not have this same knowledge.
Add extra information about OHS law as an optional extra for students who do not have this knowledge.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyse actual occupational health cases and demonstrate individual initiative and effective teamwork skills in problem solving.
  2. Apply a systems approach to complex problem solving in diverse occupational health environments.
  3. Apply the principles of critical assessment of severity and urgency in occupational health.
  4. Evaluate problems in occupational health, including indoor and outdoor environments.
  5. Research and evaluate toxicology and the principles of the monitoring of place and person.
  6. Appraise current knowledge of the nature of illness and injury associated with exposure to certain hazards.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Group Work
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Group Work