Occupational Health and Wellbeing - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assessment details, including dates, word limits and topics, will be provided in your study materials.

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2016 Fees
Domestic 2,895.00
International 3,145.00

This advanced unit covers the topics related to occupational health and wellbeing in organisations, emphasizing the principles of good work design and the integration of OHS, health promotion, and return to work systems. Topics cover common occupational health hazards such as manual tasks, psychosocial hazards (occupational stress, workplace bullying, occupational violence and shiftwork and fatigue) as well as basic principles for wellbeing programs and return to work.

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

  1. Apply knowledge of specific occupational health hazards to the analysis and design of work and work systems and effectively communicate these hazards to organisational stakeholders
  2. Apply knowledge of the inter-relationships of the workplace, work systems, environment and people and its impact on health and safety
  3. Assess the risk of injury/illness and assess factors that impede workplace performance and sustainability using human factors and ergonomics tools and/or methods
  4. Evaluate and recommend appropriate changes in work design to optimise the fit between human, work and organisational factors in order to miminise risks to health and safety and improve organizational performance and sustainability.

Assessment details, including dates, word limits and topics, will be provided in your study materials.

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:

  • OHS612 — OHSE Ergonomics and Human Factors

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

  • Additional materials
  • Broadband access

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to Occupational Health and Wellbeing
2Work Design Principles, Tools and Methods
3Manual tasks
4Office Ergonomics
5Human Information Processing
6Psychosocial Hazards - Occupational Stress
7Psychosocial Hazards - Workplace Bullying
8Occupational Violence
9Shift Work and Fatigue
10Wellbeing Programs
11Return to Work Considerations

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

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  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.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • A Guide to Human Factors and Ergonomics,

    By:Helander, Martin

    ISBN: 9780415282482


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