Course Title: Work Health and Safety Science

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Work Health and Safety Science

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Kennedy Osakwe

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course provides you with a foundation of the key elements of mathematics, physics, chemistry, anatomy and physiology and the ways they underpin the practice of workplace/occupational health and safety and occupational hygiene. In this course you will begin to explore the key connections between your developing knowledge of sciences and workplace environments.   

You will examine and analyse key interactions between human anatomy and physiology and explore how they impact on workplace safety. You will also apply basic principles of chemistry, maths and physics relevant to workplaces and to evaluate and assess potential workplace hazards.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcome (PLOs) 

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

  • Determine and apply knowledge of complex occupational health and safety theory, principles and best practice to applied projects to contribute to the profession and discipline of occupational health and safety  
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on developments in occupational health and safety in both local and international contexts to extend and challenge knowledge and effective practice  

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) 

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

  1. Analyse and explain the association and interaction between human anatomy, human physiology and occupational environments 
  2. Identify and apply basic principles of chemistry to assess airborne concentrations of chemical contaminants in complex workplace environments 
  3. Calculate occupational hygiene and WHS quantitative data using basic mathematics and apply to common occupational scenarios 
  4. Apply the basic principles of physics to investigate physical hazards such as radiation, noise & vibration in a workplace environment 

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as lectures, tutorials, seminars, project work, class discussion,individual and group activities. Delivery may be face to face, online or a mix of both. 

Overview of Learning Resources

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

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

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 Task 1:  Anatomy and Physiology in Workplace Environments (40%) 

CLO1, CLO2 and CLO4 

Assessment Task 2:  Calculations of Chemical Concentrations (20%) 

CLO2 and CLO3 

Assessment Task 3:  Application of Physics Principles (40%) 

CLO3 and CLO4 

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.