Course Title: Maintain workplace safety

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2009

Course Code: OHTH5090C

Course Title: Maintain workplace safety

School: 345T Creative Media

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4171 - Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing

Course Contact : Professional Writing and Editing Administration

Course Contact Phone: Brendan Lee 9925 4368

Course Contact Email:Brendan.lee@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Arthur Clover
Building 94, level 2,
Cardigan Street,
Carlton
Phone:  9925 4269
Email:  a.clover@rmit.edu.au

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

  This course is taught along side 2 other competencies:
•    Identify industry laws and regulations and apply them to workplace activities (CUFGEN02A )
•    Develop and apply industry knowledge (CUFGEN01A)                       

Course Description

This course covers the skills and knowledge required to maintain workplace safety in the writing and publishing industry


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBCMN311A Maintain Workplace Safety

Element:

1. Assist incorporation of Occupational Health and Safety policy and procedures into the workplace. 

Performance Criteria:

                 

Element:

2. Support participative arrangements for the management of Occupational Health and Safety  

Performance Criteria:

               

Element:

3. Support the organisation’s procedures for providing Occupational Health and Safety training 

Performance Criteria:

                  

Element:

4. Participate in identifying hazards and assessing and controlling risks for the work area                         

Performance Criteria:

                    


Learning Outcomes


Not applicable 


Details of Learning Activities

Learning Activities
This competency is taught alongside two other competencies:

    * Develop and apply industry knowledge EMPL 5229C
    * Identify industry laws and regulations and apply them to workplace activities CUFGEN02A

Weekly lectures are held in the auditorium, where you will have the opportunity to listen to guest speakers speaking about their particular area of expertise within the writing and publishing industry.
You will also have the opportunity to ask questions and join the discussion around topics raised during the session.


Teaching Schedule

This course, together with 2 other competencies, is taught in the semester-long Industry Overview class. Weekly lectures are timetabled on Wednesday evenings at 5 pm during Semester 1.  In second semester there will be an online component to the course.
This teaching schedule is subject to change according to availability of speakers. Students will be notified in advance of any change.



WeekTopicElements
 
1 Orientation +
Guests:
Louise Swinn/Zoe Dattner
 Running your own Small Publishing Business
CUFGEN01A
Seek information on industry employment obligations and opportunities

CUFGEN02A 
Seek information on laws and regulations that apply to the industry

BSBCMN311A
Assist incorporation OH&S policy & procedures into the work team
Running your own Small Publishing Business = SLEEPERS
Independent publishing
Employee relations
 Complying with workplace policies
Responsibilities of employers towards employees.
2 Guest:
Sean Dooley
‘New Writers’
 CUFGEN01A
Update industry knowledge

CUFGEN02A
 Seek information on laws and regulations that apply to the industry
 Discussion of:  
Industry concerns
Issues affecting new writers including discussion of financial implications
Understanding legal responsibilities
3Guest:
Penny Modra
Melbourne’s Indie Magazine boom


CUFGEN01A
 Seek information on new technology
 Update industry knowledge

CUFGEN02A
 Seek information on laws and regulations that apply to the industry

Financial implications of new publishing formats.
Legal implications of new publishing formats
Employment opportunities presented by new publishing formats
4Guest:
 Andrea McNamara
The Development Editor

CUFGEN01A
Seek information on industry employment obligations and opportunities Update industry knowledge

CUFGEN02A
Seek information on laws and regulations that apply to the industry

BSBCMN311A        
Support participative arrangements for the management of OH&S
Publishing opportunities
Employment opportunities for editors
Explanation of the editor’s role
Changes in technology
and how they effect
the editors role
5Guest:
George Dunford
Journalist
CUFGEN01A
Seek information on the structure and operation of the industry
Seek information on industry employment obligations and opportunities
 Update industry knowledge

CUFGEN02A
 Seek information on laws and regulations that apply to the industry

Working as a contracted freelance writer
The benefits of joining professional associations
 Cultural issues affecting writers
6Guest:
Bob Sessions
(MD Penguin Aust)
Book Publishing
CUFGEN01A
Seek information on industry employment obligations and opportunities

CUFGEN02A
Update industry knowledge
Comply with workplace procedures relating to laws and regulations that apply to the workplace

BSBCMN311A
Assist incorporation OH&S policy & procedures into the work team
Support participative arrangements for the management of OH&S
Working in a large publishing house
Structure and operation of commercial publishing houses
Financial benefits
Trends in publishing
Employers’ obligations regarding OH&S
7 Guest:
Arnold Zable
The craft of writing
 CUFGEN01A
Seek information on the structure and operation of the industry
Seek information on industry employment obligations and opportunities
Update industry knowledge

CUFGEN02A
Seek information on laws and regulations that apply to the industry
Working as a contracted freelance writer
The benefits of joining professional associations
Cultural issues affecting writers
8 Guest:
Rosalie Ham
The Journey to get Published

 CUFGEN01A
Update industry knowledge

CUFGEN02A
Seek information on laws and regulations that apply to the industry
 Discussion of:
Industry concerns
 Issues affecting new writers including discussion of financial implications 
Understanding legal responsibilities

9Guest:
Tom Cho
Applying for arts grants

 
CUFGEN01A
Update industry knowledge

CUFGEN02A
Seek information on laws and regulations that apply to the industry
 Writer as an artist or producer.
Different career paths  for writers
 Working as a freelancer
Legal right and responsibilities
10 Guest:
Tom Cho
The writer as an artist/producer
CUFGEN01A
Update industry knowledge

CUFGEN02A
Seek information on laws and regulations that apply to the industry
 Writer as an artist or producer.
Different career paths  for writers
 Working as a freelancer
Legal right and responsibilities
11 Guest:
Sally Muirden
Fictionalising the past
 CUFGEN01A
 Update industry knowledge

CUFGEN02A-
Seek information on laws and regulations that apply to the industry
Writers as researchers
Research opportunities
Intellectual property right
 Legal implications of using research material in writing  novel
12 Guest:
Kim Kane
Copyright
 CUFGEN01A
 Update industry knowledge

CUFGEN02A
Seek information on laws and regulations that apply to the industry
Comply with workplace procedures relating to laws and regulations that apply to the workplace
 Introduction to copyright.
 Explanation of authors’ rights and
13 Guest:
Debbie Golvan
The role of the literary agent
CUFGEN01A
Update industry knowledge

CUFGEN02A
 Seek information on laws and regulations that apply to the industry
 The role of the literary agent
 Function of an agent
 Obligations and opportunities for writers
Writer agent relationships
 Contracts
 Financial and legal implications of using an agent
14 Jodie Oakman
OH&S issues
 BSBCMN311A
 Participate in identifying hazards and assessing and controlling risks for the work area

CUFGEN01A
Update industry knowledge
 OH&S issues relating to students as writers within RMIT context
Group discussion of issues arising from the
course
 Feedback on speakers and format

15Guest:
Dean Mason
e-publishing, print on demand,
 
 CUFGEN01A
 Seek information on new technology
 Update industry knowledge

CUFGEN02A
 Seek information on laws and regulations that apply to the industry
 New technology in the publishing industry.
Implications of new technology on the industry
Regulations surrounding new technology
Individual legal responsibilities
16 Guest:
Sophie Laguna
Writing for Children
 CUFGEN01A
 Update industry knowledge
 Looking at the children’s book market
 Opportunities for writers
Responsibilities connected to children’s writing
17 Guest:
TBA
  


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


Other Resources

Students will receive additional handouts in class and use the website on Blackboard.
Audio files will also be posted on Blackboard where permission has been granted by the speaker.


Overview of Assessment

  This course is assessed with 2 other competencies:
•    Identify industry laws and regulations and apply them to workplace activities (CUFGEN02A )
•    Develop and apply industry knowledge (CUFGEN01A)  

Assessment comprises short exercises.                   


Assessment Tasks


ASSIGNMENT requirements for 2009
The following three assignments address the three Industry Overview course competencies :

    * Develop and apply industry knowledge EMPL 5229C
    * Identify industry laws and regulations and apply to workplace activities BUSM 5995C
    * Maintain workplace safety OHTH 5090C

Assignment 1

•    MAINTAIN WORKPLACE SAFETY BSBCMN311A
The lecture concerning this competency will be held on the 27th May 2009.
Attendance is important as information regarding this assessment will be given here.
Assessment involves creating a health and safety plan for someone working in the writing and publishing industry.
A short written plan is to be submitted

This assignment is due by the end of semester 1 

Assignment 2

•    IDENTIFY INDUSTRY LAWS AND REGULATIONS AND APPLY TO WORKPLACE ACTIVITIES CUFGEN02A
Select an area within the publishing or writing industry.
Research any industry laws and regulations that might impact on people working in this area. Produce a short report discussing your findings.  ie ‘Copyright laws’.
500 words.

This assignment is due by the end of semester 1

Assignment 3

•    DEVELOP AND APPLY INDUSTRY KNOWLEDGE CUFGEN01A
One of the most interesting aspects of industry knowledge is the sharing of professional experience and expertise.
Research an area that you found interesting from the 2009 Industry Overview guest speakers, or any other industry area of personal interest to you.
Write a report of 1000 words. This report to be posted on Blackboard  during semester 2 as a shared resource for the Professional Writing and Editing  students. If you wish to present your information in another format, eg. an interview or a blog you are welcome to do  this, but you must discuss your idea with the teacher first.

This assignment is due by the end of semester 2


ALL ASSESSMENT PIECES WILL BE ASSESSED AS:

    * C    COMPETENT
    * NYC    NOT YET COMPETENT



Submission of work for assessment

All assessment submissions require a completed School Cover Sheet. You can obtain this form from your course teacher or from the course site in the Distributed Learning System (DLS).


Late submission

If you are unable to complete your assessment project, assignment or essay by the due date, you can apply for an extension. If you are seeking an extension of up to 7 calendar days, please apply to your teacher who will let you know whether your request has been granted. Application for Extension forms are available from the Distributed Learning System (DLS) or from the Creative Media Office. The application must be submitted by email or in person, before the official due date together with supporting evidence such as a medical certificate.

If you are seeking an extension of longer than 7 calendar days, or if you are seeking an extension for a test or lab-based assessment, you will need to apply to the University for Special Consideration.

If you submit late work without an approved extension, 5% of the total marks for that piece of assessment will be deducted each week (or part of a week) it is late. 


Assessment Matrix

not applicable

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