Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course provides students with advanced knowledge and skills in Contemporary work health and safety for improving practice. Students are exposed to the theoretical and conceptual foundations and evidence-based approaches as applied in the field. They gain an insight into leading-edge theories and models of causation, prevention and management of work-related incidents and events, investigate safe systems of work, human error and behavioural control strategies. They also learn about fire safety and emergency management

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Apply advanced knowledge of contemporary work health and Safety (WHS) in known and unknown contexts

2. Apply evidence-based approaches in contemporary WHS practice

3. Compare and contrast theories and models of causation and prevention of work-related incidents and events

4. Critically analyze and evaluate safe systems work, human error and behavioural control in contemporary WHS practice

5. Provide advice on fire safety and emergency management in contemporary WHS practice


This course is organised around six modules:

  1. Foundations of Contemporary Work Health and Safety (WHS) 
  2. Evidence-based Approaches in Contemporary WHS
  3. Causation and Prevention of Work-Related Incidents and Events
  4. Safe Systems of Work
  5. Human Error and Behavioural Control 
  6. Fire safety and emergency management in Contemporary WHS

Assessment items

Online Learning Activity: On line discussions

Literature Review: Review on Contemporary WHS practice

Presentation: Presentation on Contemporary work health and safety

Contact hours


Self-Directed Learning

Online 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term