Course Title: Physical Hazards and Risks

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Physical Hazards and Risks

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 1 2011

Course Coordinator: Leo Ruschena

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1982

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 3.2.10

Course Coordinator Availability: by negotiation

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

PHYS2066 or similar basic physics course.

Course Description

This course reviews the theoretical and practical aspects of physical hazards in the work environment, including heat, noise, heights and trenches, electricity, confined spaces, and radiation, including UV, IR and visible light, and the control of these hazards.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Knowledge Capability
The understanding of appropriate and relevant, fundamental and applied scientific knowledge with the ability to use and apply that knowledge in a wide range of problems, enabling an effective approach to dealing with new situations as professionals.

Technical Capability
The awareness, selection and use of appropriate laboratory and field materials and equipment, and the ability to employ these in a safe and responsible manner gained from practical experience in the skills, technologies and competencies of their chosen area and related professions.

Critical Analysis and Problem Solving
The ability to design, conduct and interpret experiments for problem solving and creative thinking, displaying knowledge of issues and debates in the field of study to serve in the development of conceptual skills, intellectual curiosity, individual thought, ongoing creativity, critical reflection on practice, and life-long learning.
Employ and apply appropriate critical and analytical thought in a professional manner using available IT and literature resources.

Personal and Professional Awareness
An appreciation of environmental, OHS, social, legal and international aspects of actions and decisions in science and technology, with a clear understanding of professional expectations and ethical requirements

On the successful completion of the course, the student should be able to recognise the physical hazards in workplaces, assess the risk associated with these hazards and compare the risk with accepted norms that are defined in legislation or best practice, and then be able to develop appropriate control strategies that can be applied in the workplace to ensure that the legislated duty of care has been met.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning objectives would be met through the use of a range of learning activities, including face to face lectures, tutorials and student focused learning through practical experiments and direct measurement of the physical agents in the laboratory and in field locations.

Overview of Learning Resources

Lecture slides will be provided on line.

Library resources will be available through the RMIT Library OHS Subject Guide.

Overview of Assessment

Assessments are:

  • research assignments
  • practical experiment reports
  • verbal presentations 
  • tests/examination