Course Title: Contribute to WHS processes

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: HWSS5707C

Course Title: Contribute to WHS processes

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4319 - Certificate IV in Massage Therapy Practice

Course Contact: Joshua Davies

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4333

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

André Martin
Contact Phone: 9925 8367
Contact Email:

Veemita Kaul
Contact Phone: 9925 4662
Contact Email:

Nominal Hours: 20

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

This course is delivered concurently with the following course:

HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures


Course Description

This course specifies the workplace performance required by a worker to contribute to work health and safety (WHS) processes where there is responsibility for own work outputs and possibly limited responsibility for the work output of others.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTWHS300A Contribute to WHS processes


1. Plan and conduct work safely

Performance Criteria:


1.1       Plan work in accordance with relevant WHS legislation, standards, codes of practice/compliance codes and guidance material

1.2       Identifyhazards as part of work planning and work process

1.3       Address identified hazards prior to starting work using judgement within defined scope of responsibilities

1.4       Report residual risk according to organisation procedures

1.5       Report incidents and injuries in line with organisation policies and procedures

1.6       Undertake WHS housekeeping in work area

1.7  Monitor own levels of stress and fatigue to ensure ability to work safely and sustainably


2. Support others in working safely

Performance Criteria:


2.1       Share information on safe work practices and work procedures with others, including members of the work group where relevant

2.2       Check the WHS practices of less experienced members of the workgroup or other stakeholders in the work context

2.3       If appropriate provide guidance and coaching to less experienced members of the workgroup to support them in working safely

2.4       If appropriate support others accurately record incidents and complete associated workplace documentation according to organisation procedures


3. Contribute to WHS participative processes

Performance Criteria:


3.1       Raise WHS issues in accordance with organisation procedures within appropriate timeframes

3.2       Contribute to workplace meetings, workplace inspections or other consultative activities

3.3       Provide assistance to workgroup members or other stakeholders to contribute to workplace safety


4. Contribute to hazard identification, WHS risk assessment and risk control activities

Performance Criteria:


4.1       Report identified hazards and inadequacies in risk controls within appropriate timeframes

4.2       Check the workplace for hazards using itemised checklist(s) in accordance with work procedures

4.3       Contribute to risk assessments

4.4  Provide input to development and implementation of control measures, with reference to the hierarchy of risk control


5. Participate in the control of emergency situations

Performance Criteria:


5.1       Identify emergency signals and alarms and respond to them appropriately

5.2       Take initial action to control/confine emergency according to organisation procedures, and taking account of the nature and scope of the emergency

5.3       Implement emergency response procedures within scope of training and competence

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

All class learning materials, notes and other key learning resources can be accessed via myRMIT at
A combination of activities will support student’s learning in this course, such as:
• Face-to-face &/or online lectures to cover theoretical and practical concepts for each topic in the course
• Students will learn to apply their skills and knowledge to work integrated learning (WIL) in the student & clinical practice environment, during simulations and classroom based learning
• Work experience &/or placements observation of performance in the workplace will be a valuable part of your learning experience
• Tutorial activities (individually and in teams) to discuss, debate, critique and consolidate your ideas and extend your understanding around key concepts within specific topics
• Online discussions and activities to support and collaborate with other students in your course and debate and discuss ideas
• Utilise and develop critical research and cognitive skills to find credible sources of health information
• Self-directed study time (eg. readings or activities around theory) to enhance and strengthen your knowledge and understanding of theoretical concepts
• To further facilitate learning students are strongly encouraged to use a range of communication tools between themselves and their course instructor as well as between themselves and fellow students by using the online learning platform
• It is strongly recommended that students partner up with fellow students in order to practice assessment, treatment and palpation techniques

Teaching Schedule





Activities & Assessments


09/02/15 & 10/02/15

Orientation Welcome




Class in Computer Lab

Introduction to Infection Control Principles



Class in Computer Lab

Introduction to WHS Principles



Class in Myo Prac Lab

Introduction to Lab & explanation of application of WHS & Infection Control principles

Workplace Assessment of Myo Prac lab



2 x Quizzes Due




2 x Workbooks due


Mid-Semester Break

  15 - 25

09/04/15 –



Ongoing assessment during clinical practice

Public Holidays

Labour Day Holiday 9 March
Easter Break            2-8 April
Queens Birthday      8-Jun

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Learning Resources

Students will be expected to utilise a range of recent and appropriate library, electronic, text and other resources.
Students will be provided with resources and tools for leaning in this course through myRMIT.
Readings given in class times and relevant literature as it comes to hand are important in order to maintain an up to date knowledge of the industry.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course forms part of the Cert IV in Massage Therapy Practice.
Assessment is typically based around written and/or online tests, assignments, reflective journals, evidence portfolio’s, logbooks and/or practical demonstrations.
Assessment may also take place in a simulated work situation such as a supervised student clinic.
Competency based training requires the student to be in attendance in order for assessment to be undertaken.
Assessment is undertaken through successful completion of all assessment activities and classroom, project & industry participation.
Assessments are spaced across the duration of the course, in order for your teacher to provide you with progressive feedback.
Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.
If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
An RMIT assessment charter ( summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document, the Assessment policies and procedures manual (;ID=ln1kd66y87rc).

Assessment Tasks

Attendance and participation:
Competency based training requires the student to be in attendance in order for assessment to be undertaken.
Final assessment in this course is a combination of a number of "formative" assessments.
To achieve competency in this course students need to successfully complete and achieve sufficiency in ALL of these formative assessments.
Please refer to RMIT’s assessment policy for more details: (unresolved)
Should a student be unable to attend an assessment or require an extension to a due date please refer to the following webpage:

Direct credit transfer and RPL:
Direct credit transfer is available to students who have already completed the same or similar courses. Recognition of prior learning is available to students who have relevant prior skills or experience. Please refer to;ID=8u7jborsx9dy (unresolved)

Work submitted for assessment:
Assessments that require work to be submitted must be handed in by the due date designated by the course instructor.
Details of the due date for each assessment item are included in this course guide and are in the Course Schedule in myRMIT (Blackboard).
Students are expected to prepare all assignments and other written work in a professional manner. More information on general academic study and writing skills can be found on the “Learning Lab”
All work submitted for assessment must be submitted electronically.
Harvard style is used for all referencing and for bibliography.
Care must be taken to reference all work correctly and to avoid plagiarism. Be sure not to plagiarise unintentionally.
Students must keep a copy of all submitted assessments including electronic copies.

Penalties for late submission:
All assignments will be marked as if submitted on time then the mark awarded will be reduced by 10% for each day (or part of a day) it is late, unless an extension is approved.
Assignments that are late will not be marked and will be awarded zero marks (unless prior extension has been requested and approved. Please refer to

Assessment Result Information:
All students will receive a CA (Competentency Achieved for the assessment), an NYC (Not Yet Competent for the assessment) or a DNS (Did Not Submit for the assessment).
Students must receive CA grades for all assessments in order to receive an overall competent mark for the course.

Assessment Tasks:
Assessment 1 - WHS & Infection Control Quizzes: - Due 28 Feb 2015
Assessment 2 - WHS & Infection Control Workbooks - Due 31 March 2015
Assessment 3 – Observation in Clinic – Due Dates: RMIT Weeks 15 to 25 (9 April to 19 June 2015)

In order to gain competency in this course, students must complete ALL pieces of assessment AND receive S (Satisfactory) grades for all assessments.

Assessment Matrix


Unit of Competency

Assessment Tasks

(as numbered and described above)


1. Infection Control & WHS Quizzes

2. Workbooks

3. Clinical Practice Checklist



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