SAFE20019 - Evidence-Informed OHS Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit provides you with the opportunity to consolidate and practically apply all of the knowledge, skills and attitudes developed during your learning journey in the course, particularly with regard to human factors, occupational health and hygiene, safety science, and risk management. The unit also develops theoretical and methodological knowledge to allow you to evaluate the evidence that will inform your professional practice. There is a specific emphasis on developing higher order skills and understanding which are representative of the holistic application of core skills that occurs when a professional understands the interaction between disciplinary domains in solving complex problems.


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

Prerequisites: AINV20006 Safety and Accident Phenomenology

Co-requisite: SAFE20011 Exposures and Health Risk, SAFE20017 Human Factors in Complex Systems

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 - 2022

Term 2 - 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 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 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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 21.43% 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
Communication between students for the last 2 years suggests workload post residential school is excessive for a single unit.
The post residential school workload will be evaluated. Rationalisation and simplification of assessment submission has already been made.
Action Taken
Alternate assessments were provided this year as a result of the residential school having been cancelled due to COVID restrictions. For the next offering, the residential school has been moved to week 5 and the post residential school workload is planned to be reduced.
Source: AOHSEAB Re-accreditation Review
Reduction of post residential school workload
The 2021 Re-accreditation Review by the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board (AOHSEAB) noted that this unit carries a heavy workload for students and is over-assessed. For the next offering, the residential school will be moved to week 5 (it has been held in week 8 up till now), thereby allowing students more time to complete their practicum reports and reducing their post-residential school workload. In addition, the requirement to undertake a literature review on an OHS topic of interest, and subsequent presentation, will be removed.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Select and apply tools and techniques to analyse human factors, occupational health, hygiene and other complex problems.
  2. Design risk management strategies for a variety of settings.
  3. Manage and lead OHS professional practice teams.
  4. Select, evaluate and apply appropriate research methods to analyse complex problems in safety science.
  5. Analyse, critique and present contemporary OHS issues and research in safety science.
  6. Evaluate the evidence base to support practice.

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