Course Title: Work Health and Safety Legal Systems

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Work Health and Safety Legal Systems

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

ENVI1020

City Campus

Postgraduate

135H Applied Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2015

ENVI1020

City Campus

Postgraduate

171H School of Science

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2017

Flexible Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

ENVI1020

City Campus

Postgraduate

325H Property, Construction & Project Management

Face-to-Face

PGRDFlex18 (ZZZZ)

Course Coordinator: Dr Ken Osakwe / Dan Feldman

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 0273

Course Coordinator Email: kennedy.osakwe@rmit.edu.au or dan.feldman@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 8.8.59

Course Coordinator Availability: Wednesday 11am - 1.00pm or by appointment through email


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

This course aims to provide you with advanced knowledge and skills on:

  • how to apply the legal systems that impact workplace health and safety, in particular Australian work health and safety law, worker’s compensation law, labour law, equity law (eg equal opportunity and anti-discrimination) and associated regulatory systems;
  • how to examine key statutes, regulations and common law relevant to OHS management;
  • how to examine strategies for OHS professionals to manage legal obligations, and to interface on legal issues with all relevant stakeholders
  • the role of the OHS regulator is discussed.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

PLO1.1: You will demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the OHS Body of Knowledge allowing you to reflect critically on OHS theory and professional practice.

PLO2.1: You will have skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise OHS information, problems, concepts and theories

PLO3.1: You will be able to demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills with creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice.

PLO4.1: You will have communication and research skills to interpret OHS issues and justify OHS decisions for specialist and non-specialist audiences.

 


Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Explain the role of regulation and regulatory mechanisms in controlling OHS outcomes within organisations
  2. Locate, evaluate, interpret and provide health & safety information appropriate to the workplace.
  3. Collect, analyse and use workplace data in a systematic way with appropriate attention to ethical, legal and confidentiality constraints.
  4. Interpret and apply relevant legislation, standards and codes in day-to-day OHS activities.

 


Overview of Learning Activities

This course is provided in mixed mode with lectures provided at the beginning of the semester, followed by on-line real time tutorials to further explore the issues raised in the block lectures.

  • Lectures
  • Review of case studies
  • Report writing

Independent study

  • Total Study hours:  A total of 120 hours of study is expected during this course, comprising:
  • Teacher-guided activities: lectures at the beginning of the semester and on-line real time tutorials

Student-directed activities: You are expected to study independently managing your own learning progress.


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

No set text. You will be directed to a range of texts, journal articles and other web based material that provide a current understanding of the knowledge in this area.

Lectures and other materials will be available on Canvas.

 


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Task 1: Individual work: Written assignment covering principles of law (30%).  CLOs 1,2

Task 2: Individual work- Written assignment covering the analysis of a court case (20%) CLOs 1,2,3,4.

Task 3: Individual work - Oral presentation and written report on the analysis of a legal issue in your workplace (20%).  CLOs 2,3,4

Task 4: Open Book Exam - End of semester written exam (30%). CLOs 1,2,3,4

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

Equitable Learning Services

Equitable Learning Services (ELS) provide support and equal opportunities for students with a disability, long-term illness and/or mental health condition and primary carers of individuals with a disability. You can contact the ELS if you would like to find out more: https://www.rmit.edu.au/students/support-and-facilities/student-support/equitable-learning-services. You can also contact the course coordinator or the program coordinator if you would like to find out more. 

An assessment charter (http://mams.rmit.edu.au/kh6a3ly2wi2h1.pdf) summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teaching staff. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=ln1kd66y87rc.