Course Title: Apply health and safety practices in the workplace

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2007

Course Code: OHTH5089C

Course Title: Apply health and safety practices in the workplace

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4170 - Certificate IV in Financial Services

Course Contact : Michelle Mosiere

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5455

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 25

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

Training Package Pre-requisites: Nil
RMIT Co-requisite: FNSICIND401A Apply principles of professional practice to work in the financial services industry [SOSK5138C]

Course Description

This unit covers the competency to work safely in the financial services industry and follow sound occupational health practices at work.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

FNSICGEN304A Apply health and safety practices in the workplace


Contribute to occupational health and safety at work


Follow workplace safety procedures


Identify and follow workplace procedures for hazard control and other emergency situations

Learning Outcomes

Refer to performance elements and performance criteria

Details of Learning Activities

Case studies are used throughout the course and students are expected to participate in class discussions and exercises. The use of ‘real world’ examples will assist students throughout the course.

Learner activity: Students will take an active role
• Navigating through a virtual office
• Assessing ergonomic office equipment
• Answering tutorial questions
• Demonstrating correct manual handling technique
• Responding to generic question sessions
• Reporting OH&S findings
The use of “real world” examples will facilitate the understanding of the theoretical concepts and students will be encouraged to use lateral thinking.

Competency Based Assessment
Students will be provided with more than one opportunity to demonstrate competence. Competency based assessment is detailed below in “Assessment Methods” and “Assessment Tasks”.

Teaching Schedule

Week beginning2007
Week 1 – 12th FebTopic 1: Industry Overview
1A: Main Sectors
Week 2 – 19th Feb1B: Products & Services
Week 3 – 26th Feb 1C: Regulators
Week 4 – 5th MarGuest Speaker
Week 5 – 12th MarTopic 2: Compliance
2A: Financial Services Reform Act
Week 6 – 19th Mar2B: ASIC Policy Statements
Week 7 – 26th Mar2C: Uniform Consumer Credit Code
Week 8 – 2nd AprilAssessment – Multi-Issue Case Study, Topics 1 & 2
Mid Semester Break (Student Vacation) – 5th to 11th April
Week 8 – 12th AprilAssessment – Multi-Issue Case Study, Topics 1 & 2
Week 9 – 16th AprilTopic 3: Confidentiality
3A: Privacy under the common law
Week 10 – 23rd April3B: Privacy under statute law
Week 11 – 30th April3C: Code of Banking Practice
Week 12 – 8th MayTopic 4: Professionalism
4A: Conflict Resolution
Week 13 – 14th May4B: Ethics
Week 14 – 21st MayAssessment – Multi-Issue Case Study, Topics 3 & 4
Week 15 – 28th MayTopic 5: Health & Safety
5A: Legal Framework
Week 16 – 4th June5B: Ergonomics & Office Safety
Week 17 – 11th June5C: Human Behaviour & Attitudes
Week 18 – 18th JuneAssessment – Workplace Scenario Presentation

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Vickery, Roger & Pendleton, Wayne. Australian Business Law. Pearson/Prentice Hall: 2006. ISBN 0 7339 7259 4 (5th edition).

Burton, Kay. Maintaining Workplace Safety. Tertiary Press: 2002. ISBN 0 86458 207 2

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may include navigating around a virtual office, completing incident and accident reports, assessing hazards, evaluating workstations, and/or delivering group presentations on subjects such as ergonomics and workplace violence.
Tutorial activities may also include problem solving and responding to case studies.
The aim is to provide students with the opportunity for formative feedback to help them determine areas for improvement.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment: Virtual Office
Method: Interactive IT experience
Grading: CA/NYC

Assessment: Ergonomics Presentation
Method: Verbal presentation, group
Grading: CA/NYC

Assessment: Manual Handling Demo
Method: Class activity
Grading: CA/NYC

Assessment: Workplace Scenario
Method: Verbal presentation, group
Grading: CA/NYC

Assessment: Tutorial Questions
Method: Written, individual
Grading: CA/NYC

Final Grade: CA/NYC

Assessment Matrix

 Virtual OfficeErgonomics PresentationManual Handling Demo

OHS Report


Follow workplace safety procedures Y YYY
Contribute to occupational health and safety at work YYYYY
Identify and follow workplace procedures for hazard control and other emergency situations Y  YY

Other Information

Assessment Criteria:

See: Recommended Reading, Vickery and Pendleton

  • Outline the main features of occupational health and safety (OHS) legislation
  • Identify the main OHS obligations of employers, occupiers, manufacturers, importers, employees and other workplace participants
  • List the main areas of risk management
  • Explain the main powers of inspectors
  • Outline the main features of workers compensation schemes
  • Define key concepts such as "designated work groups" "OHS representatives" and explain their roles
  • Outline standard OHS and emergency procedures

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