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OHSE6090

Research in Occ Health & Safety

10 Units

Introduces research aspects of occupational health and safety. As much of the research in OHS (at least as far as people are concerned) uses epidemiology, this is the focus of the course. Statistics are part of research and are introduced in the course with an emphasis on practical statistics to help in the workplace or help students to understand the literature. The course also covers some other research methods and critical appraisal of the literature.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Health Sciences
Availability Semester 2 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Objectives

At the completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Show an understanding of the nature of epidemiology.
  2. Use basic indicators of health in a community.
  3. Analyse an occupational health problem using an epidemiological approach
  4. Critically review the OH&S research literature.
Content

a. Epidemiology: what is it? b.Health Indicators ratios, proportions and rates using health indicators c. Research strategies for occupational health and safety interventions hypotheses the components of a research study types of research study relationship of study types to each other validity the exposure variable d. Risk, cause and bias risk further estimates of risk cause confounding and other biases e. Introduction to statistics gathering and reporting information describe and manipulate information using mean, standard deviation and number probability and confidence comparisons inferential statistics f. Investigating epidemics recognising and epidemic investigating and epidemic clusters g. Qualitative methods h. Research ethics i. Critical appraisal

Replacing Course(s) N/A
Transition N/A
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge Nil
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : Paper Based
External Mode
Teaching Methods Email Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Critical appraisal of research literature and design of an epidemiological study to answer a specific occupational health problem
  • Examination: Formal - 2 hour examination; short answer and multiple choice (relates to all objectives)
  • Quiz - On-line - Online test to include multiple choice and short answer questions
Contact Hours
  • Self Directed Learning: for 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials
  • Essential Epidemiology
Timetable 2014 Course Timetables for OHSE6090

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