Course Title: Work Hazards and their Control

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Work Hazards and their Control

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

PUBH1358

City Campus

Postgraduate

135H Applied Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2015

PUBH1358

City Campus

Postgraduate

171H School of Science

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017

Flexible Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

PUBH1358

City Campus

Postgraduate

325H Property, Construction & Project Management

Face-to-Face

PGRDFlex18 (ZZZZ)

Course Coordinator: Ruth Huang

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9660

Course Coordinator Email: ruth.huang@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 8.8.24

Course Coordinator Availability: Monday-Thursday 2-4 pm


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Assumed knowledge is similar to that acquired in:

  • PUBH1361 Principles and Practice of Work Health and Safety,
  • PUBH1384 Critical Thinking and Decision Making and
  • ENVI1020 Work Health and Safety Legal Systems

Requires basic understanding of OHS law, risk management, and basic level skill to investigate, analyse and synthesise OHS information, problems, concepts and theories, and communicate these.

Note it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course.

For your information the RMIT Course Requisites policy can be found at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=twx09y07zi1c


Course Description

This course provides you with an in-depth understanding of physical and chemical hazards found in the workplace and how they cause injury, ill health or fatalities.

You will use the risk management and professional practice models to recognise chemical and physical hazards, evaluate risk for fatality, injury or ill health arising from these, develop and implement appropriate risk controls and assess their effectiveness, while communicating with stakeholders.

You will use instrumentation to measure workplace contaminants and hazards

Safe systems of work and legal requirements related to these hazards are explored.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • You will have skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise OHS information, problems, concepts and theories.
  • You will have skills to generate OHS solutions and evaluate their effectiveness.
  • You will be able to demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills with creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice.
  • You will have communication and research skills to interpret OHS issues and justify OHS decisions for specialist and non-specialist audiences.

 


Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) 

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Manage chemical and physical hazards in the workplace by using a systematic approach to their identification, risk evaluation and control
  2. Apply knowledge of legislation, standards and codes relevant to chemical and physical hazards in day-to-day activities
  3. Collect, analyse and use relevant literature and workplace data on hazards in a systematic way with appropriate attention to ethical, legal and confidentiality constraints
  4. Develop, implement, evaluate and monitor the effectiveness of hazard prevention programs for the workplace
  5. Consult and communicate in a manner which recognises and makes appropriate use of the industrial framework and social context of the workplace
  6. Utilise practical knowledge and measurement and analytical skills to investigate and develop controls or solutions for chemical and physical hazards within an organisation.

 


Overview of Learning Activities

This course is provided in mixed mode with lectures and practical classes provided at the beginning of the semester, plus practical classes and/or factory visits, followed by online real time tutorials to further explore the issues raised in the block lectures.

  • Lectures 
  • Presentations and group discussions 
  • Laboratory-based practical exercises; and 
  • Factory visits.

Independent study

A total of 120 hours of study is expected during this course, comprising:

  • Teacher-guided activities: lectures at the beginning of the semester, practical classes and/or factory visits, and on-line real time tutorials.
  • Student-directed activities: You are expected to study independently managing your own learning progress.


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems (including Canvas).

Lecture notes, reference lists, library resources and specialised software will also be made available to students in this course. 


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.  Assessment consists of:

Task 1: Individual work: Written assignment to assess students’ understanding of each teaching topic. 15% weighting. CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO6. 

Task 2: Individual work: Technical Report covering the detailed analysis of a significant hazard in an organisation. 25% weighting. CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4, CLO5, CLO6.

Task 3: Individual work: Research and written report in a case study from one of two topics: Asbestos or Noise. 25% weighting. CLO3, CLO5. 

Task 4: Group work: Describes the hazards, risks and controls for each phase of the process with written report and presentation. 35% weighting. CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4, CLO5, CLO6.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

Equitable Learning Services 

Equitable Learning Services (ELS) provide support and equal opportunities for students with a disability, long-term illness and/or mental health condition and primary carers of individuals with a disability. You can contact the ELS if you would like to find out more: https://www.rmit.edu.au/students/support-and-facilities/student-support/equitable-learning-services. You can also contact the course coordinator or the program coordinator if you would like to find out more. 

An assessment charter (http://mams.rmit.edu.au/kh6a3ly2wi2h1.pdf) summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teaching staff. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=ln1kd66y87rc