Course Title: Establish and maintain safe professional practice

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

Course Code: OHTH5709C

Course Title: Establish and maintain safe professional practice

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6128 - Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts

Course Contact : Jennifer Cabraja and Fay Reynolds

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Phillip Allan

Nominal Hours: 30

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

Professional practitioners across all sectors and areas of expertise are responsible for the management of safety. In particular there are many safe work practices they must be adhered to whilst working in an art studio. In this course you will develop, skills and knowledge required to determine and respond effectively to broad and specific safety requirements for a professional practice.

This course is clustered (delivered and assessed) with CUVPRP502A prepare for sustainable professional practice

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVPRP505A Establish and maintain safe professional practice


1. Determine OHS requirements for professional practice

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Research key features of legislation that apply to professional practice
1.2 Source and evaluate practice-specific codes, standards and guidelines that affect the management of safety in the relevant work environment
1.3 Develop systems and procedures for effective integration of OHS in practice management
1.4 Evaluate the role of others in practice safety and ensure appropriate involvement


2. Manage hazards and risks

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Assess existing and potential hazards and risks specific to the area of practice using relevant methods, templates and tools
2.2 Apply established processes for assessing and controlling hazards and risks according to OHS legislation and codes of practice
2.3 Adopt and monitor procedures for risk assessment and control
2.4 Develop and maintain current and accurate documentation to support hazard and risk management
2.5 Address the issues of hazard identification, risk assessment and control at the planning, design and evaluation stages of any change in the workplace to ensure that new hazards are not created


3. Monitor and enhance safety of the practice

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Maintain currency of OHS knowledge relevant to own area of practice
3.2 Proactively identify sources of information and professional development opportunities relating to safety
3.3 Integrate current and emerging ideas and technologies into own practice

Learning Outcomes

On a successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Apply a self-directed approach to ensuring safety
  • Communication skills to clearly articulate and document OHS requirements

In this course you will develop the following program capabilities:

  • Self-management skills to engage in ongoing professional development about safety issues

Details of Learning Activities

This course is delivered online in conjunction with CUVPRP502A prepare for sustainable professional practice

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online system. Learning resources include access to studios and computer laboratories and relevant software. You will also be expected to make use of the library resources.
In this course, you learn through:
1. In-class activities:

  • Online lectures
  • Online course surveys
  • Group discussion and online blogs

2. Out-of-class activities include:

  • Practical exercises
  • Reading articles and excerpts
  • Preparing for discussion
  • Project work
  • Independent research

Teaching Schedule

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

<thead> <th scope="col">Week</th> <th scope="col">Course content</th> <th scope="col">Task / Assessment due dates</th> <th scope="col">Elements</th> </thead>
 1 Introduction  Discussion of course elements
Relevance of course to the context of studio arts
Course expectations 
 2 Introduction to M.S.D.S
- where to find them
- what they contain
- research and familiarization of individual studio practices issues
Group work-
-Break into small groups of major subjects and go through relevant msds.
- discuss and present 5 main points to class 
 1, 2
 3 OH&S
Identify environmental and studio practice risks.
- why is this important
- recognizing risk
- how to avoid risk
- procedures if accidents happen 
In groups identify major OH&S issues, write them up and do a quick drawing illustrating one of these issues   1, 3
 4 Materials
-looking at sourcing material
- saving materials, eliminating wastage
-looking at how other artists approach resource management in their practice
Watch a selection of short doco’s covering these issues. 
Group discussion on films.   1, 2
 5 Week 4 continued.
DVD’s on artists approach to notions of how to use a studio and available resources 
Compare and contrast the innovation and changing approaches of the artists in the film.   3
 6 Sustainable innovation.. Theo Jensen films and Bondi sculpture fair (recycled materials).  Group discussion   3
 7 Street Art,
Hazards, law, communication, planning, extension of practice, the anti studio. 
 8 Lateral approaches to studio practice and material dependence  Show and tell, bring in example of inspiring artist who fits this category   1, 3
 9 Studio contracts
-what is a studio contract
- how are they used
-elements to consider when writing one, codes and national standards, oh&s, management of resources, shared spaces etc 
Write and sign your own studio contract based on the requirement discussed.. how can you make it more relevant to your specific resources   1, 3
 10 Studio hazards.
-identify current studio issues 
Clean and monitor own studio space   1
 11 Gabriel Orozco, Artist independent of studio practices. How does he maintain his arts practice outside of these conventions  Discuss this in relation to other subjects covered in this course   1, 3
 12 Studio clean up  Maintain safe work environment   3
 13 Apply techniques to major subject, examine practice and procedures  Group discussion following week.   3
 14 Assignment work and individual discussion     3
 15 Assignment work and individual discussion     3
 16 Assignment work and individual discussion     3

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

You will be required to have your materials purchased prior to the commencement of the project. Please refer to the materials list provided at enrolment.


Other Resources

You will be encouraged to attend exhibition openings and visit galleries outside of your learning environment. RMIT school of Art has two galleries and an ongoing exhibition program.

Overview of Assessment

Evidence of the ability to:

  • Analyse the needs of a particular practice and develop a set of systems, procedures and practices to support safety in that context
  • Apply knowledge of key safety issues, including specific hazards and risks in the relevant area of practice
  • Apply knowledge of general OHS legislation and specific codes, standards or guidelines that apply to the particular work context.

Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course, you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.

Assessment task
Written assignment
Assignment based on general and practice-specific OHS information.
Due date
Semester 1

Assessment task
Research diary
General notes, research and discussion notes
Due date
Semester 1

You will receive feedback with verbal and/or written evaluation of your progress within class time. The submitted projects will be assessed with written feedback as well as a quality indicator that relates to separate components of the project and the overall outcome.

At the completion of the course, grading will be offered in addition to, and after, competency based assessment.
Graded assessment applies for courses within the Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts.

Grade CHD
Outline Competent with high distinction
Grading 80 - 100
Criteria Highly developed

Grade CDI
Outline Competent with distinction
Grading 70 - 79
Criteria Well developed

Grade CC
Outline Competent with credit
Grading 60 - 69
Criteria Developed

Grade CAG
Outline Competent achieved - graded
Grading 50 - 59
Criteria Sound

Grade NYC
Outline Not Yet Competent

Grade DNS
Outline Did not submit for assessment

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program Administration

Other Information

You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.

Special consideration policy (late submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension.
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