Toxicology and Occupational Hygiene - 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
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  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Online Exam (25%) , Assignment 2 - Online Exam (25%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 2,895.00
International 3,145.00

Please note: This is expected to be the last time this unit is offered as proposed new units are currently being considered.

This advanced unit provides: i) an introduction to chemical and toxicological principles relating to hazardous chemicals and their management; and ii) an outline of the occupational hygiene aspects of physical and chemical hazards and exposures. The unit will concentrate on the measurement and control of these hazards, and discuss the significance of the data that arises from such measurements.

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

  1. identify sources of adverse effects on health and environment
  2. assess impacts of adverse effects on heslth and environment within organisations
  3. understand the inter-relationships of adverse effects and impacts to health and environment with the interaction of the workplace, work systems, environment and people
  4. control OHSE risks to health or environment in organisations
  5. understand concepts of occupational hygiene and toxicology including recognition and evaluation of workplace hazards
  6. understand dose response, and the uses and limitations of exposure standards
  7. interpret occupational hygiene and toxicology data
  8. conduct an occupational hygiene or toxicology assessment
  9. analyse toxicology/occupational hygiene issues of OHSE that are of relevance to the students' background or work experience.
  • Assignment 1 — Online Exam (25%)
  • Assignment 2 — Online Exam (25%)
  • Report (50%)

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:

  • OHS621 — Toxicology and Occupational Hygiene

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 chemistry
2Organic chemistry and biochemistry
3Introduction to toxicology
4Atmospheric contaminants
5The dose response relationship
6The exposure standard
7Disposition and biotransformation
8Effects of hazardous chemicals
9Workplace assessments for hazardous chemicals
10Sampling and monitoring for atmospheric contaminants
11Conducting a workplace assessment for chemical exposures
12Management systems for controlling hazardous chemicals

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 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.

Textbook information for this unit is currently being updated and will be available soon. Please check back regularly for updates. Alternatively, visit the The Co-op website and enter the unit details to search for available textbooks.

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