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SAFE20019 - Evidence-Informed OHS Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit provides students with the opportunity to consolidate and practically apply all of the knowledge, skills and attitudes developed during their learning journey in the course, particularly with regard to human factors, occupational health, hygiene, safety science and risk management. The unit also develops theoretical and methodological knowledge to allow students to evaluate the evidence that informs their 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 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites: AINV20006 Safety and Accident Phenomenology, SAFE20017 Human Factors in Complex Systems

Prerequisite or co-requisite: SAFE20011 Exposures and Health Risk

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 - 2018

Term 2 - 2018 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 2 - 2019 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. Portfolio 70%
2. 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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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
Assessment tasks presented nothing new from previous studies.
As this is a practical unit, assessment tasks involve the application of knowledge gained throughout the course to authentic workplace activities. While experienced students may feel unchallenged by these, they nonetheless provide an AQF level 8 benchmark for emerging and experienced safety professionals.
Action Taken
Assessment tasks focused on the application of underpinning knowledge to authentic situations.
Source: Have Your Say
Time required to complete the reports was definitely not reflected in the 30% allocated to the residential school assessment items
Assessment weights for the unit will be re-balanced to provide a greater weighting to residential school activities.
Action Taken
Assessment weights have been rebalanced at 70% to more realistically reflect the allocation of time and effort devoted to the practical activities at residential school.
Source: Have Your Say
Felt the site visits were rushed and more time on site would have been good.
Attendance at sites is dependent on hosts' availability and discretion. Site attendance is planned so as to minimise disruption to operations.
Action Taken
Source: Have Your Say
The residential school documents need to be provided in electronic format, editable by students. This would save time in completing the assessments and a number of students duplicating the templates.
Residential school documents will be provided in editable electronic format.
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 - Portfolio
2 - Presentation and Written Assessment
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
1 - Portfolio
2 - Presentation and Written Assessment