Principles of Occupational Health and Safety - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Non-Invigilated Exam (35%) , Online Discussion (25%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 1,305.00
International 1,555.00

This is a fundamental Unit in the OHSE Management minor that introduces the principles of Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) management, including basic concepts and current thinking related to hazard and risk, work design, the conceptual structure underpinning OHS professional practice, and the legislative and organisational context for practice. Many of these topics are also addressed in greater detail in subsequent OHSE Units.

At the completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Explain Occupational health and safety concepts including risk management and the conceptual structure underpinning OHSE professional practice
  2. Compare and contrast basic concepts of hazard and risk
  3. Communicate OHS information and data effectively to explain occupational health concepts to workplace stakeholders
  4. Apply basic risk management processes in a legislative and organisational context.
  • Non-Invigilated Exam (35%)
  • Online Discussion (25%)
  • Report (40%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • OHS201 — Principles of Occupational Health and Safety
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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to OHSE
2OHSE Management Concepts and Systems
3Conceptual Structure for OHS Professional Practice
4Legislative and Organisational Context for Practice
5Hazards, Risks and Risk Management
6Risk Assessment and Control
7Safe design
8Environmental Impact (Risk) Assessment
9Emergency Planning and Security Risk Management
10Evaluation of OHSE Performance
11Rethinking OHSE

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Glossary
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Quizzes
  • Resources and Links

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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