Course Title: Establish and maintain safe professional practice

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: OHTH5778C

Course Title: Establish and maintain safe professional practice

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C6127 - Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design

Course Contact : Ruth Wellington

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9417

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Simon Rankin

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

None required. This course will be delivered in combination with BSBIPR501A Manage Intellectual Property to Protect and Grow Business

Course Description

In this unit you will develop an understanding of the OHS requirements in a professional environment including hazard identification, risk assessment, individual and regulatory responsibilities.

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 successful completion of this course, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

This course addresses the design process in a holistic way. It will support students to develop skills in areas such as design problem solving, concept development, design research, audience analysis, design production, application of design principles and design delivery. There is an emphasis on projects that simulate real world industry situations and finished graphic design work suitable for inclusion in an industry ready portfolio.

Learning activities will take place in a studio, workshop or classroom using industry standard tools and resources. You will complete exercises and industry style projects. You will also be required to undertake independent study.

In class activities may include:

  • class exercises
  • tutorials
  • practical demonstrations
  • workshops
  • group discussion
  • review and revision
  • peer learning
  • peer teaching and class presentations
  • teacher directed group activities/projects
  • workshopping of student projects including peer/lecturer feedback

Out of class activities may include:

  • independent research
  • independent project based work
  • studio practice
  • online tutorials and activities
  • review and revision

Teaching Schedule

Week Activity Alignment
1 Introduction to OHS for graphic designers - Summative assessment task 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 2.1
2 Research and investigation of OHS for graphic designers 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5
3 Information graphic production 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5
4 Information graphic production 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3
5 Summative assessment task feedback and submission 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Title: Inside the business of graphic design : 60 leaders share their secrets of success
Author: Fishel, Catharine M.
Publisher: New York : Allworth Press 2003

Title: The business of graphic design : a sensible approach to marketing and managing a graphic design firm
Author: Gold, Ed
Publisher: New York : Watson-Guptill 1985

Title: How to be a graphic designer, without losing your soul
Author: Shaughnessy, Adrian
Publisher: London : Laurence King 2010

Title: Design is a job
Author: Monteiro, Mike.
Publisher: New York : A Book Apart, 2012

Title: What they didn't teach you in design school : the essential guide to growing your design career.
Author: Cleaver, Phil
Publisher: S.l. : Writer's Digest, 2014

Other Resources

You are advised to look at the course myRMIT site (Blackboard) and also for Google Docs and Google Groups via your student Google Account for ongoing updated information. A range of learning resources and references are provided throughout the year. Additional information relating to this will be provided on an ongoing basis. A digital resource folder resides on network server. Further information regarding access to this is available in the ‘Computer Survival Kit’ provided during orientation.

You will require a personal storage device and tools as outlined in tool kit list.

Amongst the library’s electronic resources is the ability to access for online tutorials and lessons. You may be given these tutorials (and other resources) to supplement your classroom learning.

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities and relevant software. You will also have access of the library resources.

The University Library has extensive resources for Graphic Design students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies

The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment tasks will require you demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills through practical projects and/or written tasks. Assessment task is:

  • Design Project 1 (100% of final grade)

Assessment Tasks

Tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Feedback throughout the course may be written, verbal or a combination of both.

Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks and you should engage in all formative tasks.

This course has one Summative Task, which must be completed. You are required to demonstrate all learning outcomes to a satisfactory standard.

Summative assessment task: Promote safe professional practice

Investigate and report on Occupational Health and Safety in relation to graphic design industry and practice. Your investigation and reporting will be in the form of an online information graphic (infographic). The audience of the brochure is other graphic designers. The purpose of the graphic is to inform and promote good Occupational Health and Safety practice in graphic design workplaces.

Learning objectives
Develop skills necessary to:
- Determine OHS requirements for professional practice
- Manage hazards and risks
- Monitor and enhance safety of the practice

Digital file for screen and web publishing. RGB 700px wide by what ever depth. The brochure must include the following content:
1. Include title, tagline
2. Background, definition of OHS
3. Key facts - Include important information relating to:
- OHS in Australia
- OHS in Victoria
- Injuries in Australia
- Cost of injuries to business
4. Legislation
- The different types of OHS legislation
- Aspects of the legislation that relate to graphic design industry and practice practice
5. Responsibilities
- of employers
- of employees
6. Major risk areas for designers. What are the major areas of OHS risk to graphic designers?
7. Tools for graphic designers
- Checklist for assessing risks and hazards in relevant workplace
- Checklist of procedures to undertake if a workplace OHS incident occurs
8. Diagram
- Inform workers of the OHS risks of work environment
- Suggest solutions or better work environment practices
9. New technologies to avoid OHS risks and hazards
10. Further information
- Include a list of contact details for further information sources and development opportunities

Investigate OHS issues that relate to graphic design professionals in victoria
Collect and report on appropriate content items and subjects
Include content in infographic layout
Submit appropriately

Submit to myRMIT.

Feedback throughout the course may be text/visual or verbal or a combination of both.

By completing all the tasks to a SATISFACTORY standard, you can achieve a COMPETENT only result (no higher grade achievable)

Participation in this course shall be determined as either:

Grades which apply to courses delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment.


Assessment Matrix

An assessment matrix demonstrating alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency is available from the course contact person (stated above).

Other Information


The major aspect of your learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity for success.


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. Student feedback at RMIT

Student Progress

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress 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. Special consideration


When submitting work for assessment you are required to complete a declaration of authorship. This must be done for every summative assessment task. This statement acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications. For non-digital submission use the printed form provided. For digital online submission please use e-Submission process. Information regarding the e-Submission process

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity. Academic Integrity

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