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MGT2001 Risk Mitigation, Work Health and Safety

Semester 1, 2019 Online
Short Description: Risk Mitigation, WH&S
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Management and Enterprise
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 061301 - Occupational Health and Safety
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Gerard Betros

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


Risk management, combined with a firm’s work health and safety obligations towards organisational stakeholders and the wider community, accompany a range of other competing regulatory, business and ethical obligations associated with the effective management of businesses and organisations. The current legislation surrounding work health and safety promotes sanctions that may be applied against individuals and organisations where sufficient regard is not given to the risks that are involved. To this end, work health and safety, along with environmental management, stand as important bases of knowledge required in managerial roles performed at all levels of business. These obligations and the associated themes found in this course provide students with the theory and applied skills to contribute to ethical, legally compliant and effective performance as supervisors and managers.


This course is an important one for future or current managers, business owners and employees generally. Students will learn about the work related risks to individuals and organisations that can arise as a result of not giving sufficient attention to the risks to human health and safety and the environment in which the business operates. This learning includes exploring the links between work health and safety and environmental threats, along with models of accident and incident causation. Central to the course is the concept and application of mitigating risk via risk management and risk management systems, using principles contained in international standards as well as practical methods used in business and government. The legal perspective of the course orientates students to the relevant legal responsibilities of managers and organisations. The course also provides time for students to address matters surrounding bullying, other examples of threats to human and environmental health, and worker rehabilitation. Students will examine the benefits to organisations when all these processes are managed correctly.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. examine the idea of threats to workers' health and safety, various models of accident and incident causation and discuss their contribution to risks to individuals and organisations
  2. apply risk assessment processes to mitigate risks to individuals and organisations and discuss ongoing risk management processes
  3. outline sources of legal obligations and duties of care in dealing with workplace health and safety in Australia
  4. provide advice to relevant stakeholders about effective workplace rehabilitation policies and mechanisms
  5. discuss managerial and other implications of workplace bullying
  6. work independently to research, examine and evaluate ideas from a variety of credible sources for the purpose of creating a professional quality artefact and to fulfil the requirements of written assessments.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introducing ‘risk’ and theories of accident and incident causation 15.00
2. Risk management 40.00
3. Work health and safety and the law 20.00
4. Managing bullying 10.00
5. Workplace rehabilitation 10.00
6. Other threats and long term risk mitigation. 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). (

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There are no required texts to be purchased for this course. Students will be able to access required readings via the Course StudyDesk.

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.
Channing, J (ed) 2014, Safety at work, 8th edn, Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford, England.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 50.00
Directed Study 60.00
Online Participation 26.00
Private Study 29.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 10 10 01 Apr 2019
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 40 15 May 2019
EXAMINATION 50 50 End S1 (see Examination notes below)

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Notes
EXAM PART B 40 40 (see exam note 1)

Exam Notes
  1. This is a restricted examination. The total working time for the examination is 2 hours. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official examination timetable has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Online: 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.

    On-campus: It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and 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 should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  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:
    This is a restricted examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the examination for this course are:
    1. writing materials. These must be non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination.
    2. an unmarked non-electronic translation dictionary (but not technical dictionary). A student whose first language is not English may take a translation dictionary into the examination room. A translation dictionary with any handwritten notes will not be permitted. Translation dictionaries will be subject to perusal and may be removed from the candidate's possession until appropriate disciplinary action is completed if found to contain material that could give the candidate an unfair advantage.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  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. 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