BP077 - Bachelor of Science (Occupational Health and Safety)

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Plan: BP077P9 - Bachelor of Science (Occupational Health and Safety)
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of Science (Occupational Health and Safety)
Award abbreviation: BSc(OHS)
Total credit points: 288
Career: UGRD
Duration: 3 years full time
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Science (171H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/our-education/academic-schools/science/
ASCED code: 061301
CRICOS code: 018593M

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Purpose of the Program

The educational objectives of the program are:

  • To provide a high level of understanding of the physical, chemical, biological and organisational aspects of hazards in both occupational and non-occupational environments.
  • To develop technical, organisational and management skills to deal with risks to personal safety, health and well-being at work.
  • To develop skills in environmental assessment and management where the safety and well-being of the community is at risk from the production, storage, transport, use and disposal of hazardous materials.
  • To develop skills in recognising, assessing and the control of risks to the safety and well-being of community groups in their social, domestic and recreational activities.
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Articulation and pathways

Students articulating from another School of Applied Science program can enter the BP077 program in second year provided they have the following prerequisites:

  • Basic chemistry         (eg CHEM1014 or similar)
  • Basic biology             (eg BIOL2146 or similar)
  • Basic physics            (eg PHYS2066 or similar)
  • Basic mathematics/statistics     (eg MATH2123 or similar)
  • Basic environmental science     (eg ENVI1142 or similar)
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Entrance requirements

VCAT Requirements: Units 3 and 4–English (any) (min score 25) and one of biology, chemistry or physics (min score 25). 

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External accreditation and industry links

The learning objectives of the program are aligned with the graduate capabilities and student requirements as defined in the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission (now Australian Safety and Compensation Commission) document: “Guidance Note for the Development of Tertiary Level Courses for Professional Education In Occupational Health and Safety” [NOHSC:3020, 1994].  This provides the basis for External Accreditation of the program.

The Safety Institute of Australia, the body representing OHS professionals and practitioners, recognises the Bachelor of Science (Occupational Health and Safety) as meeting the educational requirements for professional membership. Graduates are able to become a Member immediately, and with three years experience can become a Chartered Professional Member (CPMSIA).

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT (www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit) or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library.

Online learning tools and content

You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT: www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit.

Electronic courseware is available for most courses, and extensive use is made of the RMIT web-based learning environment.

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

You can find more information at: www.rmit.edu.au/students.

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