Course Title: Monitoring and Control of Workplace Contaminants

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Monitoring and Control of Workplace Contaminants

Credit Points: 12.00

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 and 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 an in-depth understanding of the occupational hygiene principles of recognition, evaluation and control of a range of chemical hazards. You will undertake lectures on relevant theory and practice concerning measurement techniques for chemical agents. You will use a range of field instrumentation during laboratory and field work sessions to analyse for particles, vapours and gases among other forms with emphasis on monitoring and how to design control strategies. 

On completion of this course, you should have practical capability to qualitatively and quantitatively assess chemical 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 apply knowledge and skills with creativity and initiative to new situations in OHS professional practice;
  • 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 should be able to:

  1. Manage chemical 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 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 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
  • Laboratory-based practical exercises
  • Factory visits
  • Tutorials
  • It is mandatory that all students attend the face-to-face lecture period at the beginning of the semester.

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. ‘Collaborate’ and other web-based tools will be used to provide online real time discussion in tutorials.

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: Development of Sampling Strategy. 25% weighting. CLO1, CLO3, CLO6. 

Task 2: Individual work: Control design and Ventilation system. 15% weighting. CLO2 & CLO4.   

Task 3: Group work: Practical exercises. 15% weighting. CLO1, CLO2, CLO4 & CLO6.    

Task 4: Group work: Field Visit Report using the AIOH Report Format. 15% weighting. CLO2 & CLO5.   

Task 5: Individual work: Written Examination (theory and problem solving). 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.