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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)

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.

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 Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
  • Examination: Formal - 2 hour examination; short answer and multiple choice (relates to all objectives)
  • Other: (please specify) - Assignment 2: Part A: Critical appraisal of two specific articles from the occupational health literature. Part B: Design an epidemiological study to answer a specific occupational health problem (relates to all objectives)
  • Case Scenario/PBL exercises - Assignment 1: Case study of a workplace-based problem - (relates to objective 3)
Contact Hours
  • Self Directed Learning: for 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2014 Course Timetables for OHSE6090

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