Principles of Occupational Health and Safety - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Online Discussion - Online Discussion Activities (25%) , Paper 1 - Academic Paper A (40%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,324.00
International 1,574.00

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.

On successful 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 heath concepts to workplace stakeholders
  4. Apply basic management processes in a legistative and organisational context.
  • Online Discussion — Online Discussion Activities (25%)
  • Paper 1 — Academic Paper A (40%)
  • Paper 2 — Academic Paper B (35%)

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

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to OHSE
2OHSEManagement 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
8Security Risk Management
9Environmental Impact (Risk) Assessment
10Emergency Planning and Security Risk Management
11Evaluation of OHSE Performance
12Rethinking OHSE

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

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

Print based materials

  • Study Guide

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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