Course Title: Principles and Practice of Work Health and Safety

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Principles and Practice of Work Health and Safety

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

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

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2017


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2017


City Campus


325H Property, Construction & Project Management


Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: David Oswald

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1091

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The course provides an introduction to the concepts of work place health and safety, and the historical influence on the perception of risk.

  • The course provides a basic understanding of work place risk management.
  • Risk is discussed within a context involving people, tasks, equipment, the environment and the organisation.
  • Models of injury and ill health causation are explored.
  • The course explores systematic risk management processes of hazard identification, evaluation and control in order to manage the risk of damage, injury and/or disease
  • OHS management systems and their effectiveness are introduced.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

In this course you will develop the following Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Determine and apply knowledge of complex occupational health and safety theory, principles and best practice to applied projects to contribute to the profession and discipline of occupational health and safety  
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on developments in occupational health and safety in both local and international contexts to extend and challenge knowledge and effective practice  

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

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

  1. Explain the concepts of OHS and risk, and how work contributes to the causation of fatalities, injuries, disease and ill health.
  2. Identify and manage hazards in the work place by using a systematic approach to hazard identification, risk evaluation and control
  3. Locate, evaluate, interpret and provide health and safety information appropriate to the work place
  4. Communicate about hazards and risks to technical and non-technical audiences
  5. Apply knowledge of relevant legislation, standards and codes in day-to-day activities 

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as lectures, tutorials, seminars, project work, class discussion,individual and group activities.

Delivery may be face to face, online or a mix of both. 

Overview of Learning Resources

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

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

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: Scenario response 20% CLO 1,2,5 

Task 2: Incident investigation group report 30% CLO 1,2,3,5 

Task 3: OHS report and presentation 50% CLO 3,4,5 

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.