SAFE20018 - Fatigue Risk Management

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Fatigue Risk Management examines the physiological and psychological aspects of fatigue with the goal of providing guidance for the management of the individual, organisational and community risks. Topics include the biological and psychological impacts of non-standard work hours and the contribution of work and non-work related factors to fatigue related risk. The current regulatory environment surrounding the management of fatigue related risk will also be explored.


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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2022

Term 2 - 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 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. Group Discussion 20%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Written Assessment 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%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2019 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 53.33% 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 evaluations
Students wanted increased opportunity for peer-to-peer interaction
A Zoom session will be offered at a convenient time for the students each week. For those who are unable to attend due to work or family commitments, there will be phone/zoom based support on a 1:1 basis offered.
Action Taken
A Zoom tutorial was offered on Monday mornings between 10:00-12:00 there were no attendees. The majority of synchronous communication was again done with 1:1 phone calls in which the discussion focused primarily on assignments
Source: Student evaluations
Students indicated they wanted more written feedback from the Unit Coordinator via discussion threads rather than individually.
As requested, feedback and responses to student queries will be provided in the discussion forums so that all students can benefit from the responses, rather than via individual email.
Action Taken
Discussion group participation was encouraged on several occasions during the course, there was not a significant increase in the level of participation for most people again, this reflects the fact that most people lead busy and complicated lives and were primarily focused on completing the assignment. Because the majority of students developed Fatigue Risk Management Sysytem for their own organisations, it is likely that open discussions with other students were perceived as less relevant.
Source: Have Your Say
Student/s reported "little contact with the lecturer".
A weekly drop-in Zoom session will be set up for students to touch base with the lecturer.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain the physiological and psychological consequences of fatigue
  2. Interpret and discuss how social, domestic and working arrangements mediate fatigue related risks
  3. Assess fatigue related risks associated with different working time arrangements and tasks
  4. Design and evaluate appropriate fatigue risk management systems having regard for regulatory fatigue management restrictions

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Group Discussion
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
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 - Group Discussion
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment