Course Title: Contribute to the systematic management of WHS risk

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: OHTH5817C

Course Title: Contribute to the systematic management of WHS risk

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5319 - Diploma of Work Health and Safety

Course Contact: Namrita Kaul

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254039

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 40

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

Not applicable

Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to contribute to the systematic management of work health and safety (WHS) risk. It addresses the processes and techniques necessary to contribute to the systematic management of WHS risk

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBWHS503A Contribute to the systematic management of WHS risk


1. Access information and data to contribute to the systematic management of WHS risk

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify sources of information and data
1.2 Obtain information and data to determine the purposes, objectives, principles and framework of a systematic approach to managing WHS risk


2. Contribute to effective consultation and participation during all stages of the risk-management process

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify individuals and parties who need to participate and be consulted
2.2 Apply knowledge of effective consultation and participation to contribute to ensuring effective consultation and participation processes occur


3. Contribute to establishing the context for risk management

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Apply knowledge of WHS legislation to identify duty holders and legislative requirements for WHS risk management
3.2 Identify individuals and parties impacting on risk management
3.3 Apply knowledge of organisation to identify factors that will impact on risk control
3.4 Contribute to establishing the context of the risk-management process
3.5 Contribute to defining risk criteria


4. Contribute to risk assessment

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Apply knowledge of workplace hazards and risks to contribute to risk identification
4.2 Apply knowledge of WHS legislation, risk assessment and workplace WHS information and data to contribute to risk analysis and evaluation


5. Contribute to risk treatment

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Apply knowledge of WHS hazard and risk control, and WHS legislation to contribute to the selection of risk treatment options
5.2 Apply knowledge of the organisation’s WHS management system (WHSMS) and WHS information system (WHSIS) to prepare and implement risk treatments


6. Contribute to monitoring, reviewing and recording risk-management process

Performance Criteria:

6.1 Apply knowledge of the organisation’s WHSMS to contribute to monitoring and reviewing risk-management process
6.2 Apply knowledge of the organisation’s WHSIS to contribute to recording risk-management process

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

The delivery of the program involes, presentations, case studies and group discussions based on real life(work) situations. Simulated scenarios will also be used to ensure learners are work ready and familiar with the real work situations.
Learners will work individually and in groups.   The activities are expected to be completed in a simulated or real work context. To inculcate teamwork and peer group learning, contributing in the discussion forum comprises part of assessment.
The teacher learner interaction and peer group work provide a source of feedback to learners to reflect on their underpinning knowledge. Learners will work individually and in groups and are required to read the course notes and any information provided on ’myRMIT’.

The learning activities include:
• Case studies
• Videos
• Collaborative classroom activities
• Peer interaction
• Simulations
• Reflection and discussion
• Accessing information on-line
• Workplace activities

Teaching Schedule

The design of this porgarm incoporates a full day teaching/workshop followed up by online studies/interaction/activities using ’myRMIT’.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Toohey, J & Borthwick, K 2005, OH&S in Australia: a management guide, Thomson, Victoria

Online learning materials can be accessed at 'myRMIT'. The online learning materials listed under each topic include:
• Lecture notes
• Reading materials
• Activities


Further online learning materials are available and include:
• Articles of interest
• Class videos
• OHS videos
• Useful external links

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment includes a combination of written assignments - reports and plans based on industry requirements, knowledge tests/quiz.
• The following range of assessment tools may be used:
1. Participation in Discussion Forum
2. Report Writing on case studies
3. Participation/Completion of Online Quiz
Participation in the discussion forum is also used as a tool for formative assessment for all competencies.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Based on
1 Participation in Discussion Forum(20%)

2 Quiz available online (20%)

3 Workbook to be completed and posted/submitted online (60%)

Assessment Matrix

Other Information


Assessment Information

• To pass the course you need to pass, on average, each type of assessment (exam, prac reports, and assignments etc.). For example, if there are two tests you need to have an average of 50% to pass. But you also need to have passed the other assessments as well. You can’t make up marks from one type of assessment to another (e.g. pass the tests but fail the prac reports).

• Extension of time for submission of assessable work- A student may apply for an extension of up to 7 days from the original due date. They must lodge the application form (available on the web ) at least the day before the due date. The application is lodged with the School Admin Office on Level 6, Bdg 51. Students requiring longer extensions must apply for Special Consideration (form available on the Web). For missed assessments such as exams- you (& your doctor if you are sick) must fill out a special consideration form. This form must be lodged at the HUB or online with supporting evidence (eg medical certificate), prior to, or within, 48 hours of the scheduled time of examination.

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

• 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.

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