Course Title: Participate effectively in WHS communication and consultation processes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: OHTH5838C

Course Title: Participate effectively in WHS communication and consultation processes

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4299 - Certificate IV in Information Technology Networking

Course Contact: Geoff Moss

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4852

Course Contact Email: geoff.moss@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 30

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

There are no pre-requisites for this course.

Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to participate in work health and safety (WHS / OHS) communication and consultation processes.
 


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBWHS304A Participate effectively in WHS communication and consultation processes

Element:

1. Contribute to establishing and running WHS consultation and participation processes

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Apply knowledge of WHS Acts, regulations, codes of practice, policies and procedures to contribute to developing and running WHS consultation and participation processes
1.2 Identify and communicate barriers to effective WHS consultation and participation processes
1.3 Contribute to removing these barriers
1.4 Identify, record and communicate to others the duties, rights and responsibilities of individuals and parties in the consultation process

Element:

2. Raise WHS issues with others

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Raise relevant WHS issues in meetings and support others to do this
2.2 Record and communicate WHS discussions and their outcomes according to workplace procedures
2.3 Follow up the outcomes of meetings as appropriate
2.4 Communicate outcomes of these meetings to others

Element:

3. Contribute to obtaining and communicating information about WHS issues

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify sources of WHS information
3.2 Use tools and techniques to locate and obtain WHS information
3.3 Communicate relevant WHS information to others using appropriate communication methods


Learning Outcomes


Activities in this course aim to enhance your understanding of the relevant WHS / OHS laws, policies and procedures in the workplace, the IT industry and your organisation, and identify the responsibilities of those involved in the WHS / OHS consultation process.
It is important that you are aware of your rights and responsibilities in relation to your work health and safety and that of colleagues. You will also learn how to raise WHS issues in the workplace and then to participate in meetings in the workplace where WHS issues are raised.

This course enables you to develop the following capabilities:

  • communication skills and the confidence to communicate in the workplace
  • interpersonal skills to work with others to deal with WHS issues
  • information gathering skills
  • information management skills to source, obtain and share relevant documentation
  • literacy and verbal skills in relation to dealing with WHS issues
  • problem solving
  • The knowledge of the roles of different people in relation to WHS issues

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Source relevant legislation, regulations and codes of practice
  • Identify and analyse WHS situations
  • Facilitate WHS development in the workplace
  • Identify ways of improving workplace communication over WHS issues

You will use the Internet as a learning tool and a resource to seek and locate relevant resources and information.
 


Details of Learning Activities

Activities in this course aim to enhance your understanding of the relevant WHS / OHS laws, policies and procedures in the workplace, the IT industry and your organisation, and identify the responsibilities of those involved in the WHS consultative process.
Using assignments, and a variety of case studies, class practices and tasks and classroom discussion, as well as experiences and activities you will develop an understanding of the relevant WHS laws for the IT Industry and for organisations in general. You will be encouraged to raise and discuss WHS issues in the classroom and with the program’s Integrated Assignment and Integrated Project.
The Internet and YouTube videos will be used as a learning tool and a resource for students to seek and locate relevant information.
Learning activities may be modified during the semester to meet the needs of students in the current program.


Teaching Schedule

Week numberDate commencingTopicClass ActivityAssessment
1July 6th Introduction to topic.
Overview of course and relevance to workplace.
Relevant WHS Laws for IT Industry and workplace.
  
2July 13thContribute to establishing consultative processes within the workplace.
Relevant WHS Laws - Victoria, Australia
Responsibilities of relevant personnel.

See reading list and online resources

Online research - Internet
Workplace Health and Safety Act 2011 (Cwlth)
Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic)

 Topic 1: Class Activities
3July 20th Contribute to obtaining and communicating information about WHS issues
 

Consultation See reading list and online resources

Online research - Internet
Workplace Health and Safety Act 2011 (Cwlth)
Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic)

 Topic 1: Class Activities
4July 27thContribute to obtaining and communicating information about WHS issues
Consultation
Barriers to Communication
Duties, Rights & Responsibilities of relevant personnel.
See reading list and online resources
PowerPoints
Online research - Internet
 Topic 1: Class Activities
5Aug 3rd Contribute to obtaining and communicating information about WHS issues
Consultation
Barriers to Communication
Duties, Rights & Responsibilities of relevant personnel
 ee reading list and online resources
PowerPoints
Online research
 Internet Task 1 Assessment
6Aug 10th Contribute to obtaining and communicating information about WHS issues
Consultation
Barriers to Communication
Duties, Rights & Responsibilities of relevant personnel
 See reading list and online resources
PowerPoints
Online research
 Internet Task 1 Assessment
7Aug 17th Raise WHS issues with others
WHS meetings

See reading list and online resources
PowerPoints

Online research - Internet

 Internet Task 1 Assessment
8Aug 24th Raise WHS issues with others
WHS meetings
See reading list and online resources
PowerPoints
Online research - Internet
 Task 1 Assessment Due
 Aug 31stMid semester break  
9Sept 7th Raise WHS issues with others
WHS meetings
See reading list and online resources
PowerPoints
Online research - Internet
 Topic 2: Class Activities
10Sept 14th Raise WHS issues with othersSee reading list and online resources
PowerPoints
Online research - Internet
 Topic 2: Class Activities
11Sept 21st Raise WHS issues with others
WHS meetings

 See reading list and online resources
PowerPoints

Online research - Internet

  Task 2 Assessment

Topic 2: Class Activities Due

12Sept 28th Raise WHS issues with others
WHS meetings
 See reading list and online resources
PowerPoints
Online research - Internet
  Task 2 Assessment
13Oct 5th Task 2 Assessment Task 2 Assessment Task 2 Assessment Due
14Oct 12th Contribute to obtaining and communicating information about WHS issues
Identify sources of WHS information
 Workplace Health and Safety Act 2011 (Cwlth)
Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic)
 Task 3 Assessment
15Oct 19th Contribute to obtaining and communicating information about WHS issues
Tools & techniques to locate and obtain WHS information
Communicating relevant WHS information to others - methods
 Task 3 Assessment Task 3 Assessment
16Oct 26th Contribute to obtaining and communicating information about WHS issues
Tools & techniques to locate and obtain WHS information
Communicating relevant WHS information to others - methods
 Task 3 Assessment Task 3 Assessment Due
17Nov 2nd Assessment week  
18Nov 9th Assessment week  


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References

  Class Booklet: Participate effectively in OHS communication and consultative processes


Other Resources

Class PowerPoint presentations - How to conduct a really good safety meeting_v2.pptx
Case Studies
Internet and YouTube
BSBWHS304A Activity Booklet
Class handouts available on Blackboard on RMIT website
Class Booklet: Participate effectively in OHS communication and consultative processes - available on Blackboard.
Various resources on Victorian WorkCover Authority website; NSW Workcover authority website
Workplace Health and Safety Act 2011 (Cwlth)
Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic)


Overview of Assessment

Assessment will consist of a range of class and work-based activities and an assignment.

You must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of a particular competency to be deemed competent. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks.

You are advised that you are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate your assessment work to your teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.
 
 


Assessment Tasks

A range of assessment methods will be used to assess your understanding of relevant WHS laws and procedures, practical skills and knowledge.

Task 1: Assessment: Contribute to establishing and running WHS consultation and participation processes

Topic 2: Raise WHS Issues with others: Class Activities

Task 2: Assessment: Raise WHS Issues with others

Task 3: Assessment: Contribute to obtaining and communicating information about WHS issues


Assessment Matrix

Assessment in this course is competency based assessment. You must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of a particular competency to be deemed competent. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks.

 

CriteriaAssignmentPractical TasksIn Class / Work Observation
1.1xx 
1.2xxx
1.3xxx
2.1xxx
2.2xxx
2.3xxx
2.4xxx
3.1xxx
3.2xxx
3.3xxx

Other Information

Access to an internet connected computer outside of class times - Internet connected computers are available in the School of Vocational Health and Sciences labs on levels 4, 6 or 8 of building 51, 81 Victoria Street, Melbourne.
Further lab access can be found in the student lab on level 3 (ground floor) of Building 8, in Swanston Street, Melbourne; as well as RMIT Libraries.
 

Plagiarism
RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. Please refer to the RMIT website for more information on this policy. http://www1.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=sg4yfqzod48g1
 

Late work
Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension will not be corrected.
 

Extension of Time for submission of assessable work
A student may apply for an extension of up to 7 days from the original date. They must lodge the application form (available on the web:http://www1.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment/extension) at least the day before the due date. The application is lodged with the Program Coordinator, Tracey Salter, or with the School Admin Office on Level 6, Building 51. Students requiring longer extensions must apply for Special consideration.
 

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
Students requiring longer extensions must apply for Special consideration. Form available online at: http://www1.rmit.edu.au/students/specialconsideration/online.
For missed assessments such as exams and tests, you (and your doctor, if you are ill) must fill out a Special Consideration form. This form must be lodged at the HUB or online with supporting evidence (e.g. medical certificate) prior to, or within 48 hours of the scheduled time of the exam or test.
If you miss an assessment task due to unavoidable circumstances you need to follow the procedure of special consideration and apply within the allowed time frame.
 

If you have any questions about this assessment process, feel free to email me on:
geoff.moss@rmit.edu.au

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