Course Title: Occupational Hygiene Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Occupational Hygiene Project

Credit Points: 12.00

Flexible Terms

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Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


325H Property, Construction & Project Management



Course Coordinator: Dr. Ken Osakwe

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 0273

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 8.8.59

Course Coordinator Availability: Weds 11am-1pm or by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite courses:

  • PUBH1361 Principles and Practice of Work Health and Safety,
  • PUBH1384 Critical Thinking and Decision Making
  • ENVI1020 Work Health and Safety Legal Systems
  • PUBH1386 WH&S Intervention Project 
  • PUBH1385 The Psychosocial Work Environment 
  • PUBH1360 Work Health & Safety & Organisation 
  • PUBH1358 Work Hazards & their Control
  • PUBH1012 Occupational Ergonomics

before you commence this course.


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 is a capstone project course concluded in the final semester of the Master of OHS (Occupational Hygiene specialty). This course provides the opportunity for Work Integrated Learning (WIL) in applying Occupational Hygiene principles and practice within a workplace.

  • With the approval of your organisation sponsor, you will implement an Occupational Hygiene research project of your choice in your organisation. This project may relate to a chemical, physical, biomechanical, biological, psychosocial or organizational/management issue appropriate to your organisation.
  • You are required to identify the research title and secure approval from the course coordinator at the beginning of the final year session. 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).

On completion of this course, you should have the capability to qualitatively and quantitatively assess hazards and risks in the workplace environment by using suitable research methods.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) 

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

PLO1.2: You will demonstrate knowledge of research principles and methods for the maintenance and expansion of your knowledge base; 

PLO2.1: You will have skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise OHS information, problems, concepts and theories; 

PLO2.2: You will have skills to generate OHS solutions and evaluate their effectiveness; 

PLO3.1: You will be able to demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills to plan and execute a substantial research-based project or capstone project. 

PLO4.2: You will have technical and communication skills to design, implement and evaluate developments in OHS that influence OHS professional practice or scholarship.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) 

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

CLO1: Identify and manage hazards in the work place by using a systematic approach to their identification, evaluation and control

CLO2: Locate, evaluate, interpret and provide health and safety information appropriate to the work place

CLO3: Collect, analyse and use work place data in a systematic way with appropriate attention to ethical, legal and confidentiality constraints

CLO4: Apply knowledge of relevant legislation, standards and codes in day-to-day activities

CLO5: Develop, implement, evaluate and monitor the effectiveness of interventions in the work place

CLO6: Consult, and communicate in a manner which recognises and makes appropriate use of the industrial framework and social context of the work place.




Overview of Learning Activities

This course is provided in mixed mode with lectures provided at the beginning of the semester, class presentations on research briefs (research proposal), followed by on-line real time tutorials to further explore the issues raised in the block lectures. Details include:

  • Lectures 

Note – It is a mandatory requirement for students to be present in the intensive face-to-face teaching week at the beginning of the semester.

  • Presentations and group discussions
  • Research
  • Tutorials - 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

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.

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

Overview of Learning Resources

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

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:

Task 1: Individual work: Project Brief (Research Proposal with Gant Chart). 15% weighting. CLOs1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4.

Task 2: Individual work: Critical literature review. 20% weighting. CLO1 & CLO2. 

Task 3: Integrated report of research project. 50% weighting. CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4, CLO5, CLO6. 

Task 4: Presentation and Posters. 15% weighting. CLO5, CLO6

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.