PSYC5830 Human and Organisational Factors in Managing Work Health and Safety

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
Insights from the domain of industrial and organisational psychology, in particular what is known regarding behaviour, cognition, perception, and factors that influence these, can make, and have made, major contributions to work health and safety. In this unit, a range of topics based on such insights is covered, including human error and performance shaping factors; cognitive and behavioural aspects of work health and safety; well-being and mental health; near misses and threat and error management; safety culture/climate; safety leadership; organising for high reliability/resilience; task analysis and procedure development/compliance; behaviour based safety; and safety communications.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) explore a wide range of behaviour, cognition or perception-related factors that have been found to influence work health and safety; (2) become familiar with ways to analyse and manage these factors; (3) decide which human/organisational factors-based work health and safety approach suits which organisation/situation; and (4) demonstrate their understanding of how to implement these human/organisational factors-based approaches.
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) quizzes; (2) group assignment; and (3) individual assignment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Lisette Kanse
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety (52330)
or
the Master of Work Health and Safety (74530)
Incompatibility:
PSYC5730 Psychology-based Approaches in Managing Work Health and Safety
Contact hours
face to face class/workshop sessions: 3 hours per week (attendance at classes is compulsory)
Texts

No set textbook, required and recommended readings will be provided through LMS.

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