MC135 - Master of Occupational Health and Safety

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Plan: MC135P13 - Master of Occupational Health and Safety
Campus: City Campus

Program delivery and structure

Approach to learning and assessment
Work integrated learning
Program structure
Program transition plan

Approach to learning and assessment

The learning and assessment approach used for MC135 at RMIT is designed to prepare you for professional practice. The general approach is to apply a risk mangement model to hazards in the workplace, allowing you to recognise the context, evaluate the risk, and generate solutions. You will use the model of OHS Professional Practice for problem solving which involves gathering information about the issue, diagnosing the issue, developing and implementing appropriate interventions, and evaluating their effectiveness, all the while communitating with relevant stakeholders.

The Masters program incorporates the Graduate Diploma in OHS, which is designed with three foundation courses (Introduction to WHS, Critical Thinking and Decsion Making for WHS and WHS Law), three hazard based courses (Hazards and Control 1, Ergonomics and Psychosocial Work Environment), and two capstone courses (WHS and the Organisation, and WHS Intervention Project). The Masters year allows you to incorporate further coursework by studying occupational hygiene or business management, or to persue a large OHS work-oriented research project.

The program is run face-to-face in block mode supported by real time virtual tutorials. Generally, each course is run during one week, from 0900 to 1700, before the beginning of the traditional academic semester, eg during  mid Feb, and mid July. Online tutorials are usually held during one evening per fortnight per course.

Your learning experiences will include a broad mix of study modes, including lectures, tutorials, workshops,  discussion groups, presentations and lab and field use of instrumentation. You may be required to work individually or in groups.

A number of assessment approaches are used in this program to develop your capabilities. These are specifically designed to focus on developing a deep understanding of the knowledge and skills required by the OHS and occupational hygiene professional. Assessment approaches include:

  • report preparation
  • individual and group presentations
  • quizzes, tests and exams
  • lab practical reports
  • literature reviews and critical analysis of readings
  • projects
  • reflective journals

Support for your learning includes:

  • All notes and information are provided to you ahead of the lecture on myRMIT (Blackboard on the RMIT Learning Hub). Additional reading material may also be provided.
  • Case study information is provided for in-class discussion.
  • Projects are often related to real organisations and provide the opportunity to apply your learning in real situations.  You receive personal supervision on design and implementation of research projects.
  • Access to video, lectures and slides on internet. As such, access to high speed broadband internet is essential.

If you have a long term medical condition, disability and/or other form of disadvantage 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.

If you have already developed areas of skill and knowledge included in this program, for example, through prior post-graduate studies, you can apply for credit once you have enrolled in this program. There is information on the RMIT University website about how to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): http://www1.rmit.edu.au/students/enrolment/credit

To view the Assessment Policy go to: http://www1.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment

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Work integrated learning

RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional practice and work integrated learning (WIL). As a student enrolled in MC135 Masters OHS, you will:

  • Undertake projects (PUBH1386 WHS Intervention Project and/or PUBH1404 Occupational Hygiene Project) which require you to assess and resolve issues in an actual workplace.
  • Have the option of committing your third year to a larger research project in an organisation (BIOL2327 Research Project 1 and BIOL2328 Research Project 24).
  • Receive feedback on your projects in the work context. This will provide you with a distinctive source of experience to assist your learning.

 

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Program Structure

To graduate you must complete the following:
 

All courses listed may not be available each Semester.

 

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Year One of Program

Complete the following Four (4) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Principles and Practice of Work Health and Safety12PUBH1361City Campus
Critical Thinking and Decision Making12PUBH1384City Campus
Work Health and Safety Legal Systems12ENVI1020City Campus
Occupational Ergonomics12PUBH1012City Campus
 
AND

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Year Two of Program

Complete the following Three (3) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Work Hazards and their Control12PUBH1358City Campus
The Psychosocial Work Environment12PUBH1385City Campus
Work Health and Safety and the Organisation12PUBH1360City Campus
AND
Select and Complete One (1) of the following Course:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Work Health and Safety Intervention Project12PUBH1386City Campus
Research Methods12BIOL2411City Campus
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AND

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Year Three of Program

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Occupational Hygiene Option: Complete the following Four (4) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Toxicology and Epidemiology12PUBH1403City Campus
Monitoring and Control of Workplace Contaminants12PUBH1387City Campus
Assessment and Control of Physical and Biological Hazards12PUBH1359City Campus
Occupational Hygiene Project12PUBH1404City Campus
OR
Management Option: Complete the following Four (4) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Management 1 - Managing People12BUSM1162City Campus
Introduction to Business Management12BUSM4151City Campus
Leadership and Management12BUSM1530City Campus
Work Health and Safety Intervention Project12PUBH1386City Campus
OR
Research Option: Complete the following Three (3) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Research Methods12BIOL2411City Campus
Research Project 112BIOL2327City Campus
Research Project B (Implementation)24BIOL2328City Campus
 

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Program transition plan

All credit points successfully completed in the prior version of this program will count towards the Master of OHS.

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