Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

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Unit Overview


This unit provides an in-depth examination of the literature pertaining to an approved topic selected by the student in consultation with a member of the academic staff. Normally, a major position paper is required as partial fulfilment of the unit.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students discuss with their academic supervisor and determine the specific outcomes and assessment components of the unit. These outcomes may include (1) an extensive review of the literature on a particular topic and, in consultation with the supervisor, the production of a comprehensive review or position paper; (2) 120 hours of placement within an organisation to understand the structure and function of that organisation and industry, as well as the various roles undertaken by professionals within that structure, leading to the provision of a major report for both the supervisor and host organisation; (3) if the student is currently employed in a related industry—selection of a research topic, in consultation with the academic supervisor, to be carried out within the students' organisation and leading to the provision of a major report for both the supervisor and host organisation; and (4) other relevant activities, as agreed in consultation with the academic supervisor.


This is advised by the unit supervisor and will reflect the specific outcomes determined for each student.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
individual unit supervisors
Unit rules
Enrolment in
52330 Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety
or 52510 Master of Exercise Science or equivalent
Advisable prior study
relevant background in field of study (approved by the Head of School)
Contact hours
as advised by supervisor
Fortnightly attendance at the School's Higher Degree and Ethics Committee meetings is expected.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.