This 6UOC course is offered as General Education for students from faculties other than the Faculty of Science. It is an online course offered only in semester 2.


Students enrolled into the Bachelor of Aviation (Flying/Management) programs are excluded from enrolling into GENS5013.

For further General Education requirments, please visit the UNSW Online Handbook.

Handbook Description

The ways in which work can affect people's health, safety and well-being is an important consideration for all organisations. Accordingly, an understanding of workplace safety issues is important for students pursuing careers in any industry. This course explores the legal frameworks, current methodologies and issues of best practice in the prevention and management of workplace hazards. The course uses a variety of media in course material and assessment, including websites, videos and case studies, and builds on students own workplace experiences. It is anticipated that students will gain an appreciation of current legislation and codes of practice, identify different types of workplace hazards and understand how they can affect people; and be able to apply the risk management approach to workplace hazards.

Assessment for this course typically includes a brief individual report, a group report and some quizzes.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course students should be able to:
1. Describe the basic concepts of hazard and risk, and the properties of various hazards
2. Outline the general requirements and foundations of workplace safety legislation, and elements of best practice in workplace safety
3. Describe the potential causes of industrial injuries and diseases, and associated prevention methods
4. Apply the generic process of hazard identification, risk assessment, risk control and review
5. Illustrate systems and strategies to help manage and promote occupational health and safety, including the hierarchy of controls, OHS management systems and improving safety culture
6. Contextualise their own experience of workplace safety in wider events relevant to safety at work, including recent incidents/case studies/court cases, and other students' experiences
7. Locate and evaluate relevant information and statistics

Lecturer in Charge

The Lecturer in Charge is Dr Carlo Caponecchia of the School of Aviation. Carlo can be contacted by telephone on (02)9385 7184 or via e-mail at

Location and Time

This course runs for 12 weeks in Semester 2 only and is run online through UNSW Moodle.

Required Texts

There are no compulsory texts for this course. Recommended texts will be advised through Moodle.

Learning Resources

The University of New South Wales provides a range of resources to help students develop their skills and to realise their full potential. The Learning Centre, located at the entrance to the Library provides guidance material, which is also available on-line.