Research in Occ Health & Safety

Course code OHSE6090Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

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.

Available in 2014

WebLearn GradSchoolSemester 2
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
ObjectivesAt 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.
Contenta. 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
TransitionN/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : Paper Based
External Mode
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsCritical appraisal of research literature and design of an epidemiological study to answer a specific occupational health problem
Examination: Formal2 hour examination; short answer and multiple choice (relates to all objectives)
Quiz - On-lineOnline test to include multiple choice and short answer questions
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for OHSE6090