Course Title: Measurement and Control of the Workplace Environment

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Measurement and Control of the Workplace Environment

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

Course Coordinator: Leo Ruschena

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1982

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment through email contact

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You are expected to have successfully completed courses with knowledge equivalent to that assessed in

  • PUBH1361Principles and Practice of Work Health and Safety,
  • PUBH1384Critical Thinking and Decision Making and
  • ENVI1020 Work Health and Safety Legal Systems


Course Description

This course aims to provide you with an in-depth understanding of the occupational hygiene principles of recognition, evaluation and control of a range of chemical physical and biological hazards.

Lectures cover relevant theory and practice concerning measurement techniques for atmospheric chemical, biological contaminants and physical agents. You should use a range of field instrumentation during laboratory and field work sessions to analyse for particles, vapours and gases (including biological agents), and for heat, noise, vibration and radiation.

Control technologies should be examined and used in the laboratory, with particular emphasis on ventilation and personal protective equipment.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course is an option course so it is not required to contribute to Program learning outcomes (PLOs) though it may assist you in developing 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.

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 apply knowledge and skills with creativity and initiative to new situations in OHS 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.


 On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Manage chemical, physical and biological hazards in the workplace by using a systematic approach to hazard identification, risk evaluation and control
  2. Apply knowledge of legislation, standards and codes relevant to chemical, physical and biological hazards in day-to-day activities
  3. Collect, analyse and use relevant literature and workplace data on hazards in a systematic way with appropriate attention to ethical, legal and confidentiality constraints
  4. Develop, implement, evaluate and monitor the effectiveness of hazard prevention programs for the workplace
  5. Consult and communicate in a manner which recognises and makes appropriate use of the industrial framework and social context of the workplace
  6. Utilise practical knowledge and measurement and analytical skills to investigate and develop controls or solutions for chemical, physical and biological hazards within an organisation


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
  • Lab 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

Students 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 learning materials will be available on myRMIT (Blackboard).
Instrumentation will be available on loan for projects. 
Collaborate and other web based tools will be used to provide on-line real time discussion in tutorials with students.

Overview of Assessment

Note that: This course has no hurdle requirements.

 Assessment tasks 

Assignment 1 (25%)

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 3, 6 

Assignment 2 (15%)

   This assessment supports CLOs 1,2,4, 6 

Practical and Field Visit (30%)

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 3, 5, 6 

Exam (theory and problem solving) 30%

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6