Course Title: Assessment and Control of Physical and Biological Hazards

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Assessment and Control of Physical and Biological Hazards

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities.  

To participate in any RMIT course in-person activities or assessment, you will need to comply with RMIT vaccination requirements which are applicable during the duration of the course. This RMIT requirement includes being vaccinated against COVID-19 or holding a valid medical exemption.  

Please read this RMIT Enrolment Procedure as it has important information regarding COVID vaccination and your study at RMIT:  

Please read the Student website for additional requirements of in-person attendance:  

Please check your Canvas course shell closer to when the course starts to see if this course requires mandatory in-person attendance. The delivery method of the course might have to change quickly in response to changes in the local state/national directive regarding in-person course attendance.  


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012


City Campus


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Kennedy Osakwe

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0273

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 8.8.59

Course Coordinator Availability: Weds 11am-1pm or by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed courses at the Graduate Diploma (OHS) stage in addition to having the required criteria for admission into the Occupational Hygiene stream.


Alternatively you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course.  Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning.  Further information:;ID=x94or0ccuu7k

Course Description

This course aims to provide you with advanced knowledge and skills of occupational health and safety (OHS) hazards in the workplace, including physical hazards such as light, vibration, radiation, and environmental and biological hazards. The course reviews the risk assessment processes associated with these hazards and discusses appropriate control measures.

On completion of this course, you should have practical capability to qualitatively and quantitatively assess the physical and biological agents in the workplace environment. You should also have knowledge of the basic principles of occupational hygiene sampling and analysis for physical and biological agents.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) 

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

  • You will have skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise OHS information, problems, concepts and theories.
  • You will have skills to generate OHS solutions and evaluate their effectiveness
  • You will be able to demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills with creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice.
  • You will have technical and communication skills to design, implement and evaluate developments in OHS that influence OHS professional practice or scholarship.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) 

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

  1. Develop, implement, evaluate and monitor the effectiveness of prevention programs for the workplace;
  2. Identify potential and current health and safety hazards in the workplace and recommend a systematic approach to their assessment and control;
  3. Locate, evaluate, interpret and provide occupational health and safety information appropriate to the workplace;
  4. Collect, analyse and use workplace data in a systematic way with appropriate attention to ethical, legal and confidentiality requirements; and
  5. Assess the workplace management systems and apply sound management practices to all aspects of the occupational health and safety function.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is provided in mixed mode with lectures provided at the beginning of the semester, plus practical classes and/or factory visits, followed by on-line real time tutorials to further explore the issues raised in the block lectures.

  • Lectures
  • Presentations and group discussions
  • Laboratory-based practical exercises
  • Factory visits

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, practical classes and/or factory visits, 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 (including Canvas). 

Lecture notes, reference lists, library resources and specialised software will also be made available to students in this course. 

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.  Assessment consists of:

Task 1: Individual work: Written assignment to assess students’ understanding of each teaching topic. 30% weighting. CLO1, CLO2, CLO3. 

Task 2: Group work: Practical exercises. 25% weighting. CLO1, CLO3 & CLO4    

Task 3: Group work: Field Visit Report using the AIOH Report Format. 15% weighting. CLO2 & CLO5.   

Task 4: Individual work: Written Examination. 30% weighting.  CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4 & CLO5.  

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: You can also contact the course coordinator or the program coordinator if you would like to find out more. 

An assessment charter ( 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:;ID=ln1kd66y87rc.