Course Title: Management Change Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Management Change Project

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

PUBH1015

City Campus

Postgraduate

135H Applied Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2009

Course Coordinator: Leo Ruschena

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1982

Course Coordinator Email: leo.ruschena@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 13D18

Course Coordinator Availability: any time if available


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

The prerequisites are an understanding of the OHS systems and the range of ohs hazards in the workplace

Prerequisites are successful completion of

PUBH1360 - OHS Management & Standards

PUBH1359 - OHS Hazards & Control 2


Course Description

Each student will undertake an Occupational Health and Safety research / consultancy project under the supervision of an academic member of the OHS Unit. The project will often be directly relevant to Occupational Health and Safety so the results obtained could well help solve real OHS problems or advance knowledge in Occupational Health and Safety. There will also be lectures in organisational change and cost benefit analysis. 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

At the completion of this course, the students will have an understanding on the application of OHS management principles as applied to a real OHS problem. This will include the issues of interaction with people and systems within organisations, prioritisation of resources, consultation, analysis and reporting.
It will of necessity reinforce most or all of the capabilities developed in the rest of the program.

Specific capabilities include:

  • Ensure the development, implementation, evaluation and monitoring of effective prevention programs for the workplace
  • Identify potential and current health and safety hazards in the workplace and recommend a systematic approach to their assessment and control
  • Locate, evaluate, interpret and provide occupational health and safety information appropriate to the workplace
  • Collect, analyse and use workplace data in a systematic way with appropriate attention to ethical, legal and confidentiality requirements
  • Understand principles of organisational change
  • Understand principles of cost benefit analysis
  • Consult and communicate in a manner which recognizes and makes appropriate use of the industrial framework and social context of the workplace
  • Apply knowledge of relevant legislation, standards and codes of practice in day-to-day activities
  • Assess the workplace management systems and apply sound management practices to all aspects of the occupational health and safety function.


At the completion of this course, the students will have an understanding on the application of OHS management principles as applied to a real OHS problem. This will include the issues of interaction with people and systems within organisations, prioritisation of resources, consultation, analysis and reporting.
It will of necessity reinforce most or all of the capabilities developed in the rest of the program.

Specific capabilities include:

Ensure the development, implementation, evaluation and monitoring of effective prevention programs for the workplace
Identify potential and current health and safety hazards in the workplace and recommend a systematic approach to their assessment and control
Locate, evaluate, interpret and provide occupational health and safety information appropriate to the workplace
Collect, analyse and use workplace data in a systematic way with appropriate attention to ethical, legal and confidentiality requirements
Understand principles of organisational change
Understand principles of cost benefit analysis
Consult and communicate in a manner which recognizes and makes appropriate use of the industrial framework and social context of the workplace
Apply knowledge of relevant legislation, standards and codes of practice in day-to-day activities
Assess the workplace management systems and apply sound management practices to all aspects of the occupational health and safety function.


Overview of Learning Activities

1. Student presentations of project Literature Review and study question.
2 Student presentations of project Literature Review and study question.
3 Student presentations of project Literature Review and study question.
4 Implementing organisational change
5 Implementing organisational change
6 Implementing organisational change
7 Introductory cost benefit analysis
8 Introductory cost benefit analysis
9 Introductory cost benefit analysis
10 Student presentation of Results
11 Student presentation of Results
12 Student presentation of Results
13 Student presentation of Results


Overview of Learning Resources

There are no set texts. Students will have to utilise various databases to find relevant literature applicable to their research topic.


Overview of Assessment

This is a 24 credit point course.
Assessment: Presentation of Lit Review and Results(2X10%), Project Report (10000 words) 80%

Students will be expected to have completed the Literature Review and developed their research question by 31 August 2006, or they will be advised to seek deferment of this course for 12 months. They will be expected to apply the research question in a practical situation. This might involve analysis of data, implementing an OHS change, or other practical OHS research such as a survey. The literature review would account for 25% of the course assessment, and the results of their intervention/analysis 55%.