Course Title: OHS Design and Strategy

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: OHS Design and Strategy

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011

Course Coordinator: Mr Leo Ruschena

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99251982

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: City 3.2.09

Course Coordinator Availability: by appoointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

This is a cap stone course, integrating acquired knowledge.  As such, students should have passed all the year 1 and 2 courses for BSc OHS, or provide evidence of equivalent capabilities.

Course Description

This course assists students in developing the skills to solve OHS problems in real organisations.  
This course draws on the technical and organizational knowledge from the first and second years of the OHS Program and applies it.

There will be a series of lectures on Business Principles to provide a basis for cost-benefit analysis, that will be required as part of the analysis of the industrial problem and its solution.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

  • apply technical OHS knowledge to solve OHS problems
  • use business principles to assess the practicality of solutions
  • work in teams

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

• Design the solution to a significant OHS problem
• Determine the costs and benefit of the solution
• Develop a strategy to sell the solution to an organisation’s management
• Research material from a variety of sources
• Work in teams

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities in this course are:
• lectures where syllabus material will be presented and explained, and the subject will be illustrated with demonstrations and examples;
• tutorial questions designed to give further practice in the application of theory and procedures, and to give feedback on student progress and understanding;
• group work in developing solutions to an OHS problem in an organisation; this will involve research, consultation and presentation, including mentoring by academic supervisors on field activies

Overview of Learning Resources

Students will be provided with lists of relevant texts, library resources (Including appropriate journals) and freely accessible Internet sites. Other material will be provided in class.
Students will be able to access course information and learning material through the Learning Hub (also known as online@RMIT).

Overview of Assessment

Students will work in teams to evaluate and develop controls for an OH&S problem. Evidence on the practicality of the solution, and the ability to sell the solution to industry will be required and performance on this course will be assessed by a written report and oral presentation of results of the case-study.