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MGT8016 Occupational Health and Occupational Hygiene

Semester 2, 2012 Online Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business and Law
School or Department : School of Management and Marketing
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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Examiner: Ian Eddington
Moderator: Don Smith

Other requisites

Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at


Duty of care responsibilities, and imperatives emerging from past occupational and environmental mismanagement, are forcing a recognition that prevention is cheaper than cure. Managers are encouraged to be proactive and to develop foresight and intuition in forestalling health and productivity loss. Standards are called up in legislation and these must be met. Managers must be aware of, and understand, the health and hygiene basis upon which these standards are predicated. This subject aims to acquaint managers with the pathology of work related disease and through a discussion of work environment stressors, introduce concepts principles and procedures central to the attainment of good occupational health and hygiene.


This subject introduces managers to the pathology of work related disease and to basic procedures and processes in occupational hygiene. Topics covered include: noise and vibration, thermal comfort, lighting, dusts, modes of entry, standards and threshold limit values, measurement techniques, toxicology, occupational diseases, biological hazards, workplace stressors (chemical and physical) and principles of control. Socio- political and socio-scientific aspects of occupational health and hygiene are also covered.


On successful completion of this course, students should:

  1. be cognisant of the information and knowledge base essential for the attainment of good occupational health and hygiene performance
  2. be capable of recognising workplace factors which are potentially detrimental to good health and hygiene and of applying techniques of evaluation and control
  3. be aware of instrumentation and procedures available for measurement and quality control of the health and productivity environment of the workplace
  4. possess a working knowledge of the basic disease processes in humans and how workplace hazards impact upon these processes
  5. understand elementary toxicology and the nature of the body's response to toxic substances
  6. possess an appreciation of the complexity of the socio-political context relevant to occupational health and hygiene.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Occupational health and occupational hygiene 6.00
2. Toxicology 20.00
3. Measurement, compliance and control 20.00
4. Biological hazards 10.00
5. Chemical hazards 10.00
6. Occupational diseases 7.00
7. Noise and vibration 5.00
8. Lighting and illumination 7.00
9. Thermal comfort 10.00
10. Dusts 5.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

  • Summers, J & Smith, B 2010, Communication skills handbook, 3rd edn, John Wiley & Sons, Milton, Queensland.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Aw, TC, Gardiner, K & Harrington, JM 2007, Pocket consultant occupational health, 5th edn, Blackwell Publishing, London.
  • Hathaway, G, Proctor, NH & Hughes, JP (eds) 2004, Proctor and Hughes chemical hazards of the workplace, 5th edn, John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, New Jersey.
  • LaDou, J (ed) 2007, Current occupational and environmental medicine, a Lange medical book, 4th edn, McGraw Hill, New York.
  • Plog, B 2001, Fundamentals of industrial hygiene, 5th edn, National Safety Council, Itasca, Illinois.
  • Snashall, D & Patel, D (eds.) 2003, ABC of occupational and environmental medicine, ABC series, 2nd edn, BMJ Publishing Group, London.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 80.00
Private Study 85.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 (REPORT) 45 45 17 Aug 2012
ASSIGNMENT 2 (ESSAY) 55 55 12 Oct 2012

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students must attach an application for late submission to any assignment sent to the university after the due date.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Assignments: (i) The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the examiner. (ii) Students must retain a copy of each assignment submitted for assessment. This must be produced within 24 hours if required by the examiner. (iii) In accordance with university policy, the examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances. (iv) In the event that a due date for an assignment falls on a local public holiday in their area, such as a show holiday, the due date for the assignment will be the next day. Students are to note on the assignment cover the date of the public holiday for the examiner's convenience.

  2. Referencing in assignments: Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at

  3. Deferred work: Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. A temporary grade of IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up) may be granted.

  4. Make-up work: Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded the temporary grade: IM (Incomplete - Make up). An IM grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study.

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access: Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at