Course Title: Contribute to managing WHS information systems

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: OHTH5822C

Course Title: Contribute to managing WHS information systems

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 99254309

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Mark Soar

Nominal Hours: 50

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 managing work health and safety information systems (WHSIS) to support work health and safety (WHS) management.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBWHS507A Contribute to managing WHS information systems


1. Contribute to identifying WHSIS requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Apply knowledge of WHS legislation and workplace policies, procedures and systems to assist with identifying duty holders and WHS information necessary for effective WHS management in the organisation
1.2 Apply knowledge of WHS legislation and workplace policies, procedures and systems to assist with determining the functions and purposes of the WHSIS
1.3 Apply knowledge of organisation and consult with users of the WHSIS, to assist with specifying what users need from the system
1.4 Assist with identifying workplace factors that may impact on the design and development of the WHSIS


2. Contribute to the use and operation of the WHSIS

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Provide advice and support to users to enable them to use the WHSIS effectively and to meet their WHS responsibilities and objectives
2.2 Gain feedback from users to assist with monitoring, evaluating and improving the WHSIS


3. Use the WHSIS to support effective WHS management as required by job role

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Access and review relevant sources of WHS information and data, and evaluate information and data gathered
3.2 Collect and record information and data according to WHS legislation and workplace policies, procedures and systems, and use appropriate tools
3.3 Meet legislated reporting requirements to external bodies within required time limits
3.4 Use appropriate analytical techniques to evaluate WHS performance and identify areas for WHS improvement
3.5 Regularly review and analyse WHS information and data in consultation with users to ensure organisational and WHS legislative requirements are met
3.6 Make recommendations for improvement in prevention strategies based on information and data analysis
3.7 Communicate WHS information to individuals and parties as required by WHS legislation and workplace policies, procedures and systems


4. Assist with monitoring, evaluating and improving the WHSIS

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Apply knowledge of WHSIS requirements to assist with identifying elements of the WHSIS needing improvement
4.2 Assist with developing and implementing measures to improve the WHSIS
4.3 Facilitate user participation and consultation during WHSIS monitoring, evaluation and improvement activities
4.4 Assess training needs of WHSIS users and action as appropriate
4.5 Determine frequency, method and scope of WHSIS review in consultation with users

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

The delivery of the program involves 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 in online environment.   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 are required to read the course notes and any information provided on ’myRMIT’.

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

Teaching Schedule

The course will be taught entirely online - facilitator led learning activities with access to learning resources 24x7 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 used as a tool for formative assessment for all competencies.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Tasks Based on


Emergency Procedures

Emergency Procedures

WHS Information Systems

WHS Information Systems

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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