Course Title: Maintain workplace safety

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: OHTH5090C

Course Title: Maintain workplace safety

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4171 - Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Clare Renner
Telephone: 03 9925 4047

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

At RMIT the competency Maintain Workplace Safety is delivered and assessed along with the competencies Develop and Apply Industry Knowledge(CUFGEN01A) and Identify Industry Laws and Regulations and Apply Them to Workplace Activities (CUFGEN02A )  

Course Description

The competency Maintain workplace safety is taught within the course Industry Overview. In this course you look at issues of health and safety that may affect you as a writer or editor. You also increase your knowledge of the writing and publishing industry through contact with a broad range of people who are currently working in different areas of the industry and explore the laws and regulations governing the industry.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBCMN311A Maintain Workplace Safety


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

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Understanding of basic requirements of Occupational Health and Safety legislation in area of responsibility appropriate for health and safety needs of a small work team are demonstrated
1.2 Information on the organisation’s Occupational Health and Safety policies, procedures and programs is provided in a readily accessible manner and clearly explained to the work group
1.3 Information about identifying hazards and the outcomes of risk assessment and control is regularly provided and clearly explained to the work group


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

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Organisational consultative procedures are implemented and monitored to facilitate participation of work group in management of work area hazards
2.2 Issues raised through consultation are promptly dealt with in accordance with organisational procedures for issue resolution
2.3 Encouragement and assistance is given to team members to contribute to the management of Occupational Health and Safety at the workplace
2.4 Feedback from individuals and teams is used to identify and implement improvements in the management of Occupational Health and Safety


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

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Advice is provided on Occupational Health and Safety training needs of individuals and workgroup
3.2 Advice is provided on strategies and opportunities for development of workgroup’s competencies in relation to Occupational Health and Safety
3.3 Coaching and mentoring assistance is provided to team members to support the effective development of individual and group competencies in Occupational Health and Safety


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

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Advice is provided on hazards in work area in line with organisation’s Occupational Health and Safety policies and procedures
4.2 Support is provided in implementing procedures to control risks using the hierarchy of controls and in accordance with organisational procedures
4.3 Inadequacies in existing risk control measures are identified and reported in accordance with the hierarchy of controls
4.4 Occupational Health and Safety records of incidents in the work area are accurately completed and maintained in accordance with Occupational Health and Safety legal requirements

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will have an awareness of issues surrounding your health and safety as a writer and / or editor and of copyright law. You will also be familiar with the different areas of writing and publishing industry. 

Details of Learning Activities

In this course, you learn through - 

In-class activities:
• lectures
• industry speakers
• group discussion

Out-of-class activities:
• independent project-based work
• writing and reading
• online and other research
• independent study

Teaching Schedule

Each week you have the opportunity to hear someone from a different area of the industry. The following topics will be covered but the order of speakers will depend on people’s availability .
** NB. Please be aware that:
1. The copyright lecture will be held on WEDNESDAY 2 MAY. Attendance at this lecture is compulsory for reaching competence in Identify Industry laws and Regulations and Apply to Workplace Activities.
2. There will be lecture on maintaining your health  and safety as a writer and/or editor on WEDNESDAY 4 APRIL.  Attendance at this lecture is compulsory for reaching competence in Maintain Workplace Safety.

Topics for Industry Overview lectures (only delivered in Semester 1)Competency and Elements
 OH&S - Looking after yourself as a writer and/or editor (Lecture on 4 APRIL)BSBCMN311A 1,2,3,4
Copyright - What you need to know as an author and/or editor (Lecture on 2 MAY)CUFGEN02A - 1,2
RPL - recognition of industry experience and current competenceCUFGEN01A - 2,4
BSBCMN311A - 3
Small press publishing
CUFGEN01A - 1,2,4
CUFGEN02A - 1,2
BSBCMN311A - 3
Writing for young adults (YA) writers share their stories and tips for success    
CUFGEN01A - 1,4
Resources for writers and editors - Victorian Writers’ Centre, the Wheeler Centre and other professional organisationsCUFGEN01A - 1,2,3
CUFGEN02A - 1,2

Overview of the publishing process - various speakers; how to pitch your work; international and other rightsCUFGEN01A - 1,2,3,4
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 Literary agents - a perspective of their role CUFGEN02A - 1,2,4
 Book publishing and the electronic age - where are we going?
CUFGEN01A - 1,2.,3
Writing your passion - people who make a living writing about their special interests (fiction and nonfiction)CUFGEN01A - 1,4

 Making a living as a freelance writer and/or editor - it’s not impossible
CUFGEN01A - 1,2,3,4
BSBCMN311A - 3
Writers and editors - a special relationshipCUFGEN01A - 1,4
 The business of written communication - corporate writing and editing 
CUFGEN01A - 1,4
Applying for grants - everything you need to knowCUFGEN02A - 1
CUFGEN01A - 1,2,3,4

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Any prescribed material will be provided by the teacher in this course


You are advised to look at the course blackboard site for ongoing updated information.

Other Resources

You require access to a computer and to the internet for this course

Overview of Assessment

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Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.

Assessment 1: Research an area of the industry that is of personal interest to you. Write a report of 1000 words.
Final submission date for this report is 30 May.

Assessment 2: Create a health and safety plan for yourself taking into account your individual needs and the advice provided at the lecture. *This is the assessment related to this competency OHTH5090C. (Due 2 May)

Assessment 3: Select an area within the publishing or writing industry and research any industry laws and regulations that might impact on writers and/or editors. Produce a short report discussing your findings.
(500 words) Final submission date for this report is 30 May.

Detailed briefs for all these assignments will be provided on Blackboard.

All competencies will be assessed as:
C Competent
NYC Not yet competent

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program Administration

Other Information

Submission of Assessment Tasks
You are required to submit all assessment tasks in hard copy with a completed School of Media and Communication cover sheet. You are expected to keep a copy of all assignments submitted.

Late Submissions
If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension before that due date.
Please refer to the course blackboard site for information on late submissions and on applying for an extension.

You will receive both spoken and written feedback on your work. Where appropriate, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Academic Integrity
Academic Integrity is about the honest presentation of your academic work. Presenting work that fails to acknowledge other people’s work within yours can compromise academic integrity. For further information on academic integrity and plagiarism, please refer to the following URL.;ID=kkc202lwe1yv

Special Consideration Policy
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