Course Title: Physical Hazards

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Physical Hazards

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 1 2007

Course Coordinator: Mr Terry Elms

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99251950

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: City - 13.D.18

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course has two basic units of technical input. These are, firstly, the basic framework of physics for the quantitative and qualitative understanding of applied OH&S issues. Secondly, the subject investigates the risks associated with physical hazards and the means to mitigate and manage those risks. Theory and practice are closely linked to develop the technical and practical skills required to measure parameters of the physical environment and develop the students’ ability to select appropriate cost effective control measures

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

At the completion of the course, the student will have a theoretical and practical application of physics within the working environment.
Critical capabilities that will be developed include:
• Development, implementation and evaluation of effective prevention programs for the workplace
• Ability to identify current health and safety hazards, and recommend systematic approach to assessment and control.
The specific emphasis is on physical hazards eg heat, noise, electricity, light etc.

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are:

• attendance at lectures where syllabus material will be presented and explained, and the subject will be illustrated with demonstrations and examples;
• completion of tutorial questions and laboratory projects designed to give further practice in the application of theory and procedures, and to give feedback on student progress and understanding;
• completion of written assignments consisting of numerical and other problems requiring an integrated understanding of the subject matter; and
• private study, working through the course as presented in classes and learning materials, and gaining practice at solving conceptual and numerical problems.

Overview of Learning Resources

The recommended texts are:
Bisesi, M.S. and Kohn, J.P., Industrial Hygiene Evaluation Methods, Lewis Publishers, 1995
Tranter M (2005) Occupational Hygiene and Risk Management, Allen and Unwin, Sydney

Overview of Assessment

Evidence of practical understanding of physical hazards, how to assess and control them, will be required by the student and will be assessed by practical reports submitted during the semester. An end of semester examination will test students’ comprehension of the concepts and material presented in class.