Master of Work Health and Safety (coursework or coursework and dissertation)

This course focuses on developing knowledge and skills in the area of Work Health and Safety (WHS). Specifically, the scientific, behavioural, legal and business aspects of WHS are addressed, with sufficient content to satisfy the requisite knowledge for professional membership in a number of organisations.

Course structure

Note: This course is only available to re-enrolling students.

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2020; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2021 or 2022.

Students without sufficient background in chemistry, physics, psychology, functional anatomy, motor control or exercise physiology take conversion units up to the value of 24 points.

Students may be required to take conversion units, up to a value of 24 points

Note: Students without a background in:
Functional Anatomy, take one of ANHB1101, ANGB1102, SSEH1101 or SSEH2250;
Physics take PHYS1030 or PHYS1021;
Chemistry, take CHEM1003:
Psychology, take PSYC1102:
Motor Control, take SSEH2240;
Exercise Physiology, take SSEH2250.
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1ANHB1101Human Biology I: Becoming Human
lectures: approximately 3 hours per week, delivered live and also all available online; labs: approximately 1.5 hours per week; pre-labs: approximately 1 hour per week, these may also be provided online
S2ANHB1102Human Biology II: Being Human
lectures: approximately 3 hours per week, delivered live and also all available online; labs: approximately 1.5 hours per week; pre-labs: approximately 1 hour per week
S1, S2CHEM1003Introductory Chemistry
Incompatibility:
This unit is not available to students who have a satisfactory performance (scaled score of 50 per cent or more) in Chemistry ATAR or WACE Chemistry 3A/3B or TEE Chemistry, or equivalent.
lectures: 3 hours per week; labs: 18 hours per semester (unsatisfactory attendance and/or performance at the laboratory sessions leads to a laboratory mark of zero)
S1PHYS1021Applied Physics A
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Applications ATAR or Mathematics Methods ATAR or Mathematics Specialist ATAR or WACE Mathematics 3A/3B or Mathematics 3C/3D or Mathematics Specialist 3A/3B or Mathematics Specialist 3C/3D or MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals or MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods or MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist or equivalent
Incompatibility:
PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers; PHYS1002 Modern Physics; PHYS1101 Advanced Physics A; PHYS1102 Advanced Physics B; PHYS1141 General Physics A; PHYS1142 General Physics B
labs: 18 hours per semester; lectures: 3 hours per week
S1, S2PHYS1030Physics Bridging Unit
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Methods ATAR or Mathematics Specialist ATAR or WACE Mathematics Specialist 3A/3B or WACE Mathematics Specialist 3C/3D or MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods or MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist or equivalent
Incompatibility:
a scaled score greater than or equal to 50 per cent in Physics ATAR or WACE Physics 3A/3B or equivalent or PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers or PHYS1002 Modern Physics
S2PSYC1102Psychology: Behaviour in Context
lectures: 2 hours per week; labs/tutorials: 2 hours per week (6 weeks face to face, 6 weeks online)
S1SSEH1101The Musculoskeletal System and Movement
Incompatibility:
SSEH1108 Functional Anatomy Foundations for Podiatry; HMES1108 Functional Anatomy Foundations for Podiatry
lectures: 2 hours per week (average); labs: 3 hours per week (average)
S2SSEH2240Motor Learning and Control
lectures: 2 x 1 hour per week; lab sessions: 1 x 2 hours per fortnight for 12 weeks from week 2; practical sessions: 1 x 1 hour per week for 12 weeks from week 2
S1SSEH2250Biomechanics in Sport and Exercise
lectures 2 x 1.5 hrs per week; labs: 1 x 1 hour per fortnight; practical aquatic session: 1 x 1 hour per week

Take all units (42 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
N/AANHB5455Applied Anatomy for Ergonomics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety (52330) or the Master of Work Health and Safety (74530) or Graduate Diploma in Anatomical Science (51300) or Master of Anatomical Science (53510)
lectures: 10 x 1 hour; labs/tutorial sessions: 10 x 2 hours
 CHEM4309Occupational Hygiene and Chemical Safety
S1PHYS5405Radiation Safety
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma In Work Health and Safety (52330); Physics ATAR or WACE Physics 3A/3B or TEE Physics or PHYS1021 Applied Physics A or PHYS1022 Applied Physics B, or equivalent
Co-requisites:
If prerequisites are lacking, then co-enrolment in PHYS1021 Applied Physics A.
practical classes: 1 hour per week; lasers and X-ray analysis course: 2 x 1 day; unsealed isotope course: 3 days
S2PSYC5515Organisational Development and Change
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 41680 Master of Commerce (coursework) (Human Resource Management), or 41660 Master of Human Resources and Employment Relations (coursework), or 43550 Master of Commerce and Master of International Commercial Law, or 52330 Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety, or 74530 Master of Work Health and Safety (coursework or coursework and dissertation), or 73550 Master of Business Psychology (coursework), or 62540 Master of Ocean Leadership (coursework).
3 hours per week for 12 weeks
S2PSYC5830Human and Organisational Factors in Managing Work Health and Safety
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety (52330), or the Master of Work Health and Safety (74530), or the Master of Business Psychology (73550).
Incompatibility:
PSYC5730 Psychology-based Approaches in Managing Work Health and Safety
face to face class/workshop sessions: 3 hours per week (attendance at classes is compulsory)
 SSEH5687Physical Ergonomics
N/ASSEH5688Introduction to Work Health and Safety
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety (52330) or Master of Work Health and Safety (74530)
lectures/seminars: 3 hours per week

For students in the course by coursework and dissertation, take all units (24 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2SSEH5020Literature Review and Research Proposal
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Exercise Science (52510) or the Master of Work Health and Safety (74530) and (a) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3 units in a relevant undergraduate major; or (b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3, 4 and 5 units completed within the course. An approved supervisor must have confirmed their willingness and availability to supervise the research project.
Co-requisites:
SSEH5021 Sport Science Exercise and Health Research Project Part 1
1 hour weekly meetings with supervisor
S1, S2SSEH5021Sport Science Exercise and Health Research Project Part 1
Prerequisites:
enrolment in a master's degree in the Faculty of Science. Students who want to undertake a research project as an optional unit must have (a) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of the Level 3 units of a relevant bachelor's degree; or (b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Levels 3, 4 and 5 units in the master's degree. An approved supervisor must have confirmed their willingness and availability to supervise the research project.
Co-requisites:
SSEH5020 Literature Review and Research Proposal
averarge 1 hour weekly meetings with research supervisor
S1, S2SSEH5022Sport Science Exercise and Health Research Project Part 2
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Exercise Science (52510) or the Master of Work Health and Safety (74530)
Co-requisites:
SSEH5023 Sport Science Exercise and Health Research Project Part 3
average 1 hour weekly meetings with research supervisor
S1, S2SSEH5023Sport Science Exercise and Health Research Project Part 3
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Exercise Science (52510) or the Master of Work Health and Safety (74530)
Co-requisites:
SSEH5020 Literature Review and Research Proposal; SSEH5021 Sport Science Exercise and Health Research Project Part 1; SSEH5022 Sport Science Exercise and Health Research Project Part 2
average 1 hour weekly meetings with research supervisor

For students in the course by coursework only, take units to the value of 24 points.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSANHB5432Fundamentals of Sleep Biology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in either the Graduate Certificate in Adult Sleep Science (51210), Graduate Diploma in Sleep Science (52320), Graduate Diploma in Dental Sleep Medicine (52340), Master of Biomedical Science (71520), Master of Health Science (71540), Graduate Diploma in Human Biology (51320), Master of Human Biology (53520), Master of Work Health and Safety (74530) or in consultation with the unit coordinator
Co-requisites:
for students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Adult Sleep Science (51210) or Graduate Diploma in Sleep Science 52320: ANHB5431 Fundamentals of Sleep Technology for students who commence their course at the start of the year, but not for the students who commence their course in July
no formal contact—students are able to seek assistance by email or phone. Students are expected to spend approx. 50 hours working through the online learning modules, readings and quizzes. Some additional study time is recommended (approx. 100 hours).
S2EMPL5514Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
lectures/seminars: 5 sessions (7–8 hours each) over 6 weeks
S2FNSC5622Scientific Expert Testimony
Incompatibility:
FNSC5620 Expert Testimony Part 1, FNSC5621 Expert Testimony (Odontology) Part 1
workshops: 4 full days; mock court: 2 full days (1 as an observer, 1 assessed), practical work 2-3 hours per week.
S1, S2MGMT5507Management and Organisations
Incompatibility:
MGMT1136 Management and Organisations
lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
S2MGMT5508Organisational Behaviour and Leadership
lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
S1MGMT5660Applied Project Management
Incompatibility:
MGMT5665 Project Management
lectures/seminars: up to 3 hours per week
S1PSYC5542Human Factors
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology (coursework and dissertation) (53580) or the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology (01880/54580) or the Master of Business Psychology (73550), or the Master of Work Health and Safety (74530)
lectures: 3 hours per week (attendance to classes is compulsory)
S1PUBH4403Epidemiology I
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week (for face-t- face mode only)
S2PUBH5743Environmental and Occupational Health
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1.5 hour per week for 10 weeks
S2PUBH5749Foundations of Public Health
seminars: 3 hours per week
S1PUBH5754Health Promotion I
lectures: 3 hours per week
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course or honours
7 workshops running once a fortnight. This unit runs in both Semester 1 and Semester 2 and taken in either semester.
S1SSEH4664Exercise and Health Psychology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Exercise Science (52510); or the Master of Health Science (71540); or the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (73520); or honours in the Faculty of Science
The lectures, laboratories and seminars will occur in two 3-week intensive blocks (at the beginning and end of semester), leaving a 8-week space in between for industry placements. These intensive teaching blocks will require your presence on campus full time.
S1SSEH5645Workplace Injury Prevention and Management
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Exercise Science (52510); or the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (73520)
The lectures, laboratories and seminars will occur in two 3-week intensive blocks (at the beginning and end of semester), leaving a 8-week space in between for industry placements. These intensive teaching blocks will require your presence on campus full time.
S1SSEH5654Fundamentals in Research Methods
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Bachelor of Exercise Rehabilitation Science honours; or postgraduate study in Sport Science, Exercise and Health; or the Master of Exercise Science (coursework) (52510); or the Graduate Diploma in Sport and Recreation Management (51390)
lectures/seminars: 3 hours per week
S1SSEH5655Fundamentals of Data Analysis in Sport Science, Exercise and Health
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Sport and Recreation Management (51390); or the Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety (52330); or the Master of Exercise Science (coursework) (52510); or the Master of Exercise Science (thesis and coursework) (51610)
lectures: 3 hours per week
S2SSEH5685Work Site Health Promotion
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Sport and Recreation Management (51390), Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety (52330), Master of Exercise Science (52510), Master of Biomedical Science (71520), Master of Health Science (71540), Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (73520) or Master of Work Health and Safety (74530)
Incompatibility:
SSEH3339 Community and Work Site Health Promotion (formerly HMES3339)
lectures: 3 hours per week; plus project work

For students in the course with prior professional experience, as recognised by the Faculty, take all units (6 points).

Note: Enrolment in this unit requires approval from the course coordinator.

Group A
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2SSEH5694Research Colloquium
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Bachelor of Exercise Rehabilitation Science; or postgraduate study in Sport Science, Exercise and Health; or the Graduate Diploma in Sport and Recreation Management (51390); or the Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety (52330); or the Master of Exercise Science (coursework (52510); or the Graduate Diploma in Exercise Rehabilitation (50380)
as advised by supervisor

For students in the course without prior professional experience, take all units (6 points).

Group B
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2SSEH5692Industry Practicum II
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (73520) or the Master of Exercise Science (52510), and have a course plan developed including approved enrolment in this unit.
The lectures, laboratories and seminars will occur in two 3-week intensive blocks (at the beginning and end of semester), leaving a 8-week space in between for industry placements. These intensive teaching blocks will require your presence on campus full time.

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Note: This course is only available to re-enrolling students.

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The http://handbooks.uwa.edu.au/postgraduate/student-procedures'>student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a Bachelor of Science with a major in Sport Science and/or Exercise and Health, or equivalent as recognised by UWA;

or

(b) a bachelor's degree in a related field of study, as recognised by UWA, that included foundation units in at least two of the following sub-discipline areas: motor control, exercise physiology, functional anatomy, psychology, chemistry, physics (Chemistry ATAR and Physics ATAR also accepted);

or

(c) (i) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and

(ii) at least two years of full-time relevant professional experience.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) The following courses form part of an articulated sequence:

  • 52330 Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety (48 points)
  • 74530 Master of Work Health and Safety (96 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Work Health and Safety course before completing it, but after fulfilling the requirements of a lesser award in the above sequence, may apply for the relevant award.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points (maximum value) which include conversion units to a value of 24 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

(3) Students who have completed the pre-requisites for the core units CHEM4309 and PHYS5405, as well as foundation studies in psychology, functional anatomy, motor control and exercise physiology are granted credit for conversion units up to a value of 24 points.

Satisfactory progress

8. A student who does not pass units to a value of at least half the total points value of units for which they are enrolled, or who fails the same unit twice, will not have made satisfactory progress.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10. A student who fails to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' unless the Faculty decides otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. This rule is not applicable to this course.

Additional rules
Research project

13. Students who request approval to undertake a research project as an option in this course must have—

(a) (i) a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3 units in their UWA undergraduate major, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty; or

(ii) a weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent in at least 24 points of Level 3, 4 and 5 units completed within the course, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty;

and

(b) a supervisor, approved by the Faculty, must have confirmed their willingness and availability to supervise the research project.