PSYC5830 Human and Organisational Factors in Managing Work Health and Safety

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Online-TT
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; 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
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) quizzes; (2) group assignment; (3) individual assignment; and (4) attendance. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the attendance component.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Lisette Kanse
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 52330 Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety, or 74530 Master of Work Health and Safety, or 53580 Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology, or 01880/54580 Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology, or 73550 Master of Business Psychology, or 73290 Graduate Certificate in Business Psychology
Incompatibility:
PSYC5730 Psychology-based Approaches in Managing Work Health and Safety
Contact hours
online lectures up to 1.5 hour per week; workshop activities up to 1.5 hour per week (f2f or interactive online depending on delivery mode)
Texts

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

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