Course Title: Work Health and Safety Research Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Work Health and Safety Research Project

Credit Points: 12.00

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Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Susanne Tepe,

Course Coordinator Phone: Phone: 99252899,

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Assumed knowledge is similar to that acquired in successful completion of GD052 – Graduate Diploma OHS

Requires basic understanding of OHS law, risk management, physical, chemical, biomechanical and psychosocial hazards, and basic level skill to investigate, analyse and synthesise OHS information, problems, concepts and theories, and communicate these.


Course Description


  • This course provides the opportunity for Work Integrated Learning (WIL) in applying OHS theory and practice within a workplace. This is a capstone project carried out in the final semester of the Master OHS.
  • With the assistance and approval from your organisation sponsor, you will implement an OHS research project in an organisation of your choice. This project may relate to a chemical, physical, biomechanical, biological, psychosocial or organizational/management OHS issue appropriate to your organisation.

You will be guided by your RMIT supervisor in the design and implementation of your project and will have individual regular contact with your project supervisor(s).


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course will contribute to 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.

3.2 You will be able to demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills with high level of personal autonomy and accountability.

3.3 You will be able to demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills to plan and execute a substantial research-based project or capstone project.

4.1 You will have communication and research skills to interpret OHS issues and justify OHS decisions for specialist and non-specialist audiences.

4.2 You will have technical and communication skills to design, implement and evaluate developments in OHS that influence OHS professional practice or scholarship.


Depending on the project chosen, on completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Identify and manage hazards in the work place by using a systematic approach to their identification, evaluation and control
  2. Locate, evaluate, interpret and provide health and safety information appropriate to the work place
  3. Collect, analyse and use work place data in a systematic way with appropriate attention to ethical, legal and confidentiality constraints
  4. Apply knowledge of relevant legislation, standards and codes in day-to-day activities
  5. Develop ,implement, evaluate and monitor the effectiveness of interventions in the work place
  6. Consult, and communicate in a manner which recognises and makes appropriate use of the industrial framework and social context of the work place.
  7. Assess the work place management systems and apply sound management practices to the occupational health and safety function.



Overview of Learning Activities

Key concepts and research skills will be explored in tutorials and suggested readings. Specific application of these concepts to your project will be discussed with your project supervisor at regular intervals.

 The project within an organisation will build your capacity work independently in an OHS capacity, to locate and collect information and data, and to think critically and analytically. You will have to consult with stakeholders, give presentations, and prepare a written project report which will develop your communications skills.

 You will receive feedback on your academic progress during discussion and when assignments are returned.

 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 the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Total Study Hours

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


Overview of Learning Resources

No set text. 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.

Lectures and other materials will be available on myRMIT (Blackboard).


Overview of Assessment

Note that:

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Assessment is at AQF9 level.

This is an integrated project with continuous assessment through the semester.

Assessment consists of:

  • develop a written project brief and presentation (15%)
  • develop a written literature review (20%)
  • develop a written integrated report (50%) and
  • presentation and poster of your actions and outcomes (15%)

All covers Course Learning Outcomes 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

 Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures