Course Title: The Psychosocial Work Environment

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: The Psychosocial Work Environment

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

PUBH1385

City Campus

Postgraduate

135H Applied Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

PUBH1385

City Campus

Postgraduate

171H School of Science

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017

PUBH1385

City Campus

Postgraduate

325H Property, Construction & Project Management

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Flexible Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

PUBH1385

City Campus

Postgraduate

325H Property, Construction & Project Management

Face-to-Face

PGRDFlex18 (ZZZZ)

Course Coordinator: David Oswald

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1091

Course Coordinator Email: david.oswald@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 8.8.67

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None.

Assumed knowledge is similar to that acquired in PUBH1384 Critical Thinking, PUBH1361 Introduction to WHS and ENVI1020 WHS Legal Systems.   Requires basic understanding of OHS law and risk management; and basic level skill to investigate, analyse and synthesise OHS information, problems, concepts and theories.
  

 


Course Description

  • This course will provide you with an understanding of the psychosocial work environment. This will include psychosocial hazards, such as stress and fatigue within organisations, their causes, and how they impact on health, safety and wellbeing of workers. These issues may individually have negative health impacts in their own right, or may exacerbate the effects of other work place hazards.
  • You will use techniques to assess psychosocial risk within organisation, and understand methods for practical controls to achieve a safe and healthy work environment.
  • Good organisational design and programs to improve worker well-being are discussed.

 

 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

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

1.1 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.

1.2 You will demonstrate knowledge of research principles and methods for the maintenance and expansion of your knowledge base

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

2.2 You will have skills to generate OHS solutions and evaluate their effectiveness.

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

4.1 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 completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Discuss the current theories relating to the psychosocial work environmen
  2. Apply knowledge of legislation, standards and codes relevant to psychosocial issues in day-to-day activities
  3. Use a systematic approach in investigating and analysing causes of psychosocial hazards with appropriate attention to ethical, legal and confidentiality constraints
  4. Collect, analyse and systematically use relevant literature and work place data on the psychosocial work environment
  5. Develop, implement, evaluate and monitor the effectiveness of psychosocial intervention programs for the work place
  6. Consult and communicate to all stake holders in a manner which recognises and uses the industrial framework and social context of the work place
  7. Utilise practical knowledge and skills to investigate and develop solutions for psychosocial issues within an organisation

 


Overview of Learning Activities

Key concepts and their application will be set out in face to face lectures and suggested readings. Case studies on selected topics will build your capacity to think critically and analytically. You will have to write reports which will develop your communications skills.

Module details are:

  • Work and health
  • Human information processing
  • Occupational stress
  • Fatigue
  • Bullying, harassment and violence
  • Discrimination
  • Workplace relations
  • Fitness for duty
  • Worker health and wellbeing

Total Study Hours.

144 (lectures, tutorials, practicals, assessments, research, private study)
 


Overview of Learning Resources

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

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.


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: 

  1. Critical Reflection on OH&S and psychosocial safety and health in the professional practice context (20%) – (CLO2, CLO7)

    2. Individual assignment: a critical evaluation of a psychosocial hazard in the workplace context (30%) – (CLO1, CLO3, CLO4, CLO5, CLO6, CLO7)

    3. Individual assignment: a critical review and analysis of well-being in the workplace context (30%) - (CLO3, CLO4, CLO5, CLO6, CLO7)

    4. Individual poster and presentation (20%) – (CLO5, CLO6, CLO7)

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.