Courses Handbook 2010

150604 v.4 Master of Occupational Health and Safety


This course is not available to International Onshore Students on Student Visas


This course will produce occupational health and safety professionals with strong theoretical and practical Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) skills in a range of disciplines. There is an emphasis on industry based assessment and the development of practical skills. Units are offered in the external mode with a short intensive on campus requirement for development of technical hands-on skills in occupational hygiene and ergonomics as well as to foster opportunities for networking and teamwork. This course attracts students from a wide variety of professions and industries from those who are already working in OHS and wish to gain formal qualifications to those intending to work in OHS including engineers, doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, physical eduaction/human movement science graduates, environmental health officers, teachers, chemists and many other occupations. The course aims to develop reserach skills and encourage graduates to discover new knowledge and novel ways ofsolving problems. Research skills will be demonstrated through the completion of an original research project in the field of OHS.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

A Bachelor of Science degree plus two years of relevant post-qualification work experience. Work experience is assessed on the basis of level of seniority and responsibility, job description, work-based referee report, publications or other written reports, short courses or conference attendance.

Specific Requirements

Regular access to a computer and the internet will be required to undertake distance units. Unit materials are provided in electronic format via Blackboard.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis.

Duration and Availability

This fee-paying course is three semesters' full-time or equivalent part-time study with study principally conducted on an external basis. The practical unit will have a compulsory on-campus component during the semester break (4 days). Full-time study is available if required, subject to availability of units.

Intermediate Awards 1

A student who has successfully completed the requirements of an approved intermediate award may apply for graduation in that award subject to approval of Head of School/Department. Fees apply. Intermediate award(s) approved for this course are:

Intermediate Award II

Graduate Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety Management; Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety.

Course Organisation

This course consists of eight core units and selection of three optional units. It is recommended that Accident Prevention and Safety Management 581 and Risk Management and Safety Technology 582 are completed first. Research Project 650 is the final unitof the course. Other units can be completed in any order. The optional units provide the opportunity to specialise in specific areas of occupational health and safety. All units are offered in Distance Education mode except one unit (Occupational Exposure Measurement and Evaluation 581) that requires attendance at an on-campus session of 4 days. Students are provided with an opportunity to specialise and undertake research in occupational health, occupational hygiene, safety and risk management, ergonomics, occupational medicine or other related areas. Those demonstrating excellence in research will have the opportunity to continue to doctoral studies.

Additional Course Expenses

Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

Course Structure Disclaimer

Curtin University reserves the right to alter the internal composition of any course to ensure learning outcomes retain maximum relevance. Any changes to the internal composition of a course will protect the right of students to complete the course within the normal timeframe and will not result in additional cost to students through a requirement to undertake additional units.

Course Structure Hrs/Wk Credit
Year 1 Semester 1
11519 v.4 #   Occupational Hygiene and Chemical Safety 596 4.0 25.0
310577 v.1   Risk Management and Safety Technology 582 4.0 25.0
310578 v.1   Accident Prevention and Safety Management 581 4.0 25.0
310585 v.1   Ergonomics 594 4.0 25.0
Year 1 Semester 2
11516 v.5   Compensation and Injury Management 593 4.0 25.0
310582 v.1   Health and Safety Economics and Management 582 4.0 25.0
Year 2 Semester 1
13152 v.3   Health Research Methods 681 4.0 25.0
13179 v.3 *   Research Project 650 16.0 50.0
  SELECT 1 OPTION   25.0
Optional Units (No Year Level Specified) Hrs/Wk Credit
11518 v.4   Diseases of Occupations 595 4.0 25.0
12580 v.4   Socio-Environmental Aspects of Mining 531 5.5 25.0
304965 v.3   Mine Management 532 4.0 25.0
305042 v.2   Health Impact Assessment 680 4.0 25.0
308422 v.1   Environmental Health Risk Assessment 682 4.0 25.0
310586 v.1   Occupational Exposure Measurement and Evaluation 581 25.0
5467 v.6   Occupational Health and Safety Project/Practicum 590 4.0 25.0
5746 v.11   Law (OHS and Human Resources) 563 3.0 25.0
#      Occupational Exposure Measurment and Evaluation 581 has pre-requisites of Ergonomics 594 and Occupational Hygiene and Chemical Safety 596 and requires on-campus attendance for a four day period in Semester Two.
*      Research Project 650 has a pre-requisite of Health Research Methods 681. This should be the final unit taken in this course.
N1      All 25 credit units have an estimated time commitment of eight to ten hours per week study.


Year Location Period All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2010 Bentley Campus Semester 1 Y        
2010 Bentley Campus Semester 2 Y        

The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

*The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

#Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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