CONMGNT 1004 - Construction Safety

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2024

Safety is one of the most critical aspects of a construction project. This course provides a framework for developing a culture of safety and the management of occupational health on site. Students will study the legal obligations set in place by the Work Health and Safety Act, and best practice for the implementation of health and safety procedures and controls with specific emphasis on site safety and supervision as well as safety in design.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CONMGNT 1004
    Course Construction Safety
    Coordinating Unit Civil Engineering
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Course Description Safety is one of the most critical aspects of a construction project. This course provides a framework for developing a culture of safety and the management of occupational health on site. Students will study the legal obligations set in place by the Work Health and Safety Act, and best practice for the implementation of health and safety procedures and controls with specific emphasis on site safety and supervision as well as safety in design.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Ms Chamitha Wijewickrama

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. To articulate the importance of safety on the construction site.
    2. Be aware of operating life cycle of infrastructure and its safe delivery, from safety in design through to operation.
    3. To be able to interpret legislation including: the safety act and regulations, codes of practice, roles and responsibilities.
    4. To understand the role of safety systems.
    5. To identify hazards, assess risks and apply controls for construction site scenarios
    6. To complete a Risk Assessment and Safe Work Method Statement for a construction site scenario.
    7. Develop communication skills to improve the practice of safety
    8. Complete the White Card training.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Recommended Resources
    Introduction to Infrastructure: An Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering by Michael Penn and Philip Parker, Wylie

    Engineering by Natasha McCarty, Oneworld, Oxford

    Construction Safety, Rita Yi Man. Li and Sun Wah Poon,  2013, Springer

    Safety and Health for Engineers, 3rd Edition,  Roger L. Brauer, 2016, Wiley 

    Online Learning
    Additional resources for Workshop Sessions, Research Project and Assessment will be provided on MyUni. Students are expected to regularly check on MyUni for course announcements and utilise the Discussion Board for additional contact.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course will extensively use face-to-face interactive Workshop Sessions and Workshop Group Work. In addition, an Individual Research Project and Laboratory work will be utilised along with a planned site visit if possible.  The students are also expected to undertake external White Card Training.


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Workshop Projects and Assignments of varying size will be undertaken individually and in groups throughout the intensive course. White Card training will need to be completed before the end of Week 13.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Workshops will be offered on the following topics:

    Why Manage Health and Safety
    HSW Legislation and Regulations
    HSW Systems
    Code of Practice for Construction Safety
    Various Aspects of Construction Safety
    Hazard Assessment and Risk Control
    WHS Culture
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Workshops (Online Quizzes, Short Answers and Assignments) 40%
    Participation in Workshops and Sessions 5%
    Research Project – Video Communication (Hurdle) 20%
    Site visit 10%
    HIRAC Risk Assessment and Safe Work Method Statement 20%
    White Card (Hurdle) 5%
    Assessment Related Requirements
    It is required that students attend the scheduled sessions. Students who miss a session due to illness should provide a medical certificate. Assessment tasks will be submitted electronically via MyUni.

    This course has hurdle requirements.

    Meeting the specified hurdle criteria is a requirement for passing the course.  When this requirement is not met, the student will be given the possibility to resubmit the insufficient reports: however, a maximum mark equal to 50% will be given for the subject.
    Assessment Detail

    Assessment Task

    Workshops (Online Quizzes, Short Answers and Assignments) Actively engage in online quizzes, short answers and assignments throughout the course.
    Participation in Workshops and Sessions Attendance to the scheduled sessions is compulsory.
    Research Project – Video Communication (Hurdle) Produce a 10-15-minute video giving a toolbox talk to your work colleagues about the upcoming job that your company has won to replace the pumps in the sewer pump station.
    Site visit There will be a site visit to various Sarah Construction sites around the University to identify safety controls.
    HIRAC Risk Assessment and Safe Work Method Statement Undertaking a risk assessment and developing a SWMS for high-risk construction work.
    White Card (Hurdle) Students will be required to obtain a Construction Induction Card called a White Card as part of the course.

    Submission Format
    All submissions for the course will be electronic through the assignment feature in MyUni.

    A penalty of 10% per 24 hours (or part thereof) will apply for late submissions. A late submission will only be allowed when a deferred deadline has been approved by the course coordinator prior to the due date.
    Extension requests on medical, compassionate or extenuating grounds must be requested in line with the Modified Arrangement for Coursework Assessment Policy (MACA Policy) using the associated form with appropriate documentation attached. Any requests for extensions must be communicated by email.

    Students eligible for special consideration (e.g. elite athletes, students with access plans) are requested to advise the course coordinator as early as possible where alternate arrangements will be required.

    Academic Integrity Policy
    The Academic Integrity Policy applies to all students, and students are advised to be familiar with the policy. Software (e.g. Turnitin) may be used to verify the originality of submissions.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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