Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students are introduced to OH&S principles through a study of models, trends and relevant legislation. Topics address how changing work demands, patterns, structures and technology impact on worker health. Legal and ethical issues in OH&S, as well as workers' compensation and rehabilitation, are introduced. Dangerous goods, hazardous substances, privacy legislation, professional roles and ethics are presented within risk management and systems frameworks. This subject utilises online learning through LMS.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRwth Stuckey

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

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Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Critically analyse and synthesise and apply complex theoretical concepts and models of health and disease.

Exam, reflective journal/discussions on LMS.

02. Investigate, analyse and critically evaluate the impact of current and emerging work patterns, on the Australian workforce, and the related complex impacts and interactions of work demands and work arrangements on workers' health.

Written assignment, reflective journal/discussion on LMS.

03. Investigate and critically evaluate the complex influence of technology on job design and organisational aspects of the workplace.

Written assignment, reflective journal/discussions on LMS.

04. Critically analyse, apply and appraise the essence and principles of Australian work-health related policy. In particular to develop expert judgment regarding legislation concerning occupational health and safety, accident compensation, hazardous substances and dangerous goods, and equal opportunity and privacy.

Written assignment, exam.

05. Critically reflect upon, demonstrate expert judgment, analyse and apply boundaries regarding axioms of ethical positions that underpin professional decision-making and practice within an OH&S context. Demonstrate adaptability and responsibility in understanding of professional ethics.

Written assignment, reflective journal/discussions on LMS.

06. Critically analyse, synthesise and integrate the application of complex holistic models of occupational health, prevention and rehabilitation in a real world context.

Written assignment, reflective journal/discussions on LMS.

07. Critically analyse, synthesise and integrate the practical application of the ICF levels of functioning and disability to patterns of occupational disease, injury and sickness absence.

Exam, reflective journal/discussions on LMS.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Online, 2020, Semester 1, Online


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRwth Stuckey

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours unscheduled online class per week from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
1-hour written exam covering modules 1-6 equivalent 1,000 wrds. Multiple choice & short answers20 01, 04, 07
1-hour written exam covering modules 7-12 equivalent 1,000 wrds, Multiple choice and short answers20 01, 04, 07
One 2,500-word individual assignments50 03, 02, 04, 06, 05
Reflective journal/discussions on LMS (1000 words equivalent)hurdle requirement This will consist of a reflective journal entry for each module as well as contribution to four discussions throughout semester. Reflective journal entries and discussions are monitored and assessed10 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07