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Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety (Level 6)


Qualification Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety (Level 6)
Level 6
Dates

2014 intakes start 17 February, 14 April, 16 June, and 18 August

Applications close 21 days prior to the intake start date - please check the enrolment form for exact dates.

Duration

2014 intakes are 17 weeks long.

Location SIT2LRN Distance Learning

Course Outline

The programme will allow students to:

  • Gain skills and knowledge that are directly relevant to working or further training in the industry sector.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills against standards recognised by the industry sector as appropriate.
  • Develop work habits and practices appropriate for further training and employment in the industry sector.

Course Content

 

 

This programme contains the following unit standards:

 

US 9685 - Write an analytical report (Level 5) 5 credits

People credited with this unit standard are able to plan, write, and evaluate the effectiveness of an analytical report.

If learners have little or no report writing experience we recommend that they complete US 9685 in their first enrolment.

US 5616 - Develop and implement a hazard management system for a selected business operation (Level 4) 10 credits

People credited with this unit standard are able to: describe a hazard management system; develop and implement a hazard identification programme; assess hazards and risks; develop and implement hazard controls; and describe systems for monitoring hazards, and monitor a hazard management system, for a selected business operation.

US 5619 - Conduct an occupational health and safety management systems audit for a selected business operation (Level 4) 15 credits

People credited with this unit standard are able to: demonstrate knowledge of New Zealand occupational health and safety management standards; plan an occupational health and safety management systems audit; conduct an occupational health and safety management systems audit; and document and report results of an occupational health and safety management systems audit, for a selected business operation.

US 5615 - Develop systems for occupational health and safety management practice (Level 6) 20 credits

People credited with this unit standard are able to: identify and assess systems; determine aspects of systems needing development; and develop strategies for improvements.


US 5621 - Plan and evaluate programmes to promote occupational health and safety practice (Level 6) 20 credits

People credited with this unit standard are able to: identify and access sources of information; analyse information; develop programme strategies to reduce the incidence and severity of work-related injury and illness; evaluate actions and programme; and identify and locate resources adequate for the programme.

US 5617 - Facilitate hazard management in an occupational health and safety practice (Level 6) 30 credits

People credited with this unit standard are able to: undertake an investigation to identify hazards; prioritise hazards; employ a range of controls; and monitor the hazard management system.

US 5620 - Evaluate occupational health and safety standards and practice (Level 6) 30 credits

People credited with this unit standard are able to: plan a health and safety management systems audit; conduct a health and safety management systems audit; and document and report results.  

 

Career Opportunities

Graduates will have acquired skills and education in order to demonstrate knowledge of evaluate, plan, develop and facilitate occupational health and safety systems, practices and programmes. 

 

Graduating students could go on to employment as:

  • Health and safety co-coordinators/officers/representatives/advisors
  • Production supervisors
  • Training co-ordinators
  • Occupational health and safety roles through the Department of Labour
  • Human resource staff

Enrolment Information

WORKPLACE REQUIREMENTS

This is an applied programme; therefore students need to have access to the health and safety systems in at least two workplaces to be able to complete the assessment requirements for the programme. The majority of workplaces, including schools, are suitable for this purpose. Parts of the programme may require onsite access.

Results from any audits are confidential to the company, the facilitator, and the student. Names may be altered for confidentiality purposes. 

 

SUGGESTED STUDY PATH/COMBINATIONS

Recommended order of study:

  • US 5616
  • US 5619
  • US 9685
  • US 5615
  • US 5621
  • US 5617
  • US 5620

 

Part time study paths:

Study Period

Average
Study Load

Heavy
Study Load

Year 1
First enrolment

US 5619 and US 9685

or

US 5619 and US 5616

or

US 9685 and US 5619 and US 5616

US 5619 and US 9685

or

US 5619 and US 5616

or

US 9685 and US 5619 and US 5616

Second enrolment

US 5615

US 5615 and US 5620

Year 2
First enrolment

US 5621

US 5617 and
US 5621

Second enrolment

US 5620

 

Year 3
First enrolment

US 5617

 

 

CROSS CREDITS

Students who have previously completed any of the above units at another learning institution can apply to have the unit(s) cross credited to their record of learning at SIT.  This is done by filling in a cross credit application form and attaching proof of achievement. The cross credit application form is available on MySIT or from the Programme Administrator. If you wish to apply for a cross credit, please attach the completed form to your application. Forms can be found at:

http://www.sit.ac.nz/enrolment/distance_application

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • As a guideline, one credit equates to approximately 10 hours study within an intake period.  Click HERE to download a Study Load Calculator (spreadsheet).
  • All papers selected within a particular intake must be completed within that intake unless a transfer is requested (conditions apply; see FAQs).
  • Application forms are filled out on a year by year basis and students are welcome to apply for multiple intakes on the one application form.  Further enrolment is the responsibility of individual students.  There is no automatic enrolment rollover.

Assessments

Assessments for this course typically involve a variety of essays and written reports.

Fees

The Zero Fees Scheme applies to this course, so there are no tuition fees as long as you are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident (residing in NZ), BUT there is a student direct material cost of $6.50 per credit of study undertaken, plus a non-refundable administration fee of $50.00 for each application processed, and the required textbook/s listed below.  You must maintain satisfactory academic progress to retain your Zero Fees Scheme entitlement.

 

Enrolment category

Zero Fees Scheme – applies to NZ citizens and permanent residents (residing in NZ)

International Students

2014 Cost (NZ$)

$6.50 per credit + admin fee $50.00 per application (totalling $830.00 for 120 credit course) - includes GST

$100.00 per credit (+GST for those living in NZ – no GST for those living offshore)

 

Fees must be paid before intake start date.

 

All SIT2LRN courses are approved by Studylink.  Any queries regarding Studylink allowances, loans, and terms and conditions should be made directly to Studylink on 0800 88 99 00 or www.studylink.govt.nz.

Textbooks

Please check the textbook list to see if you need a textbook for the unit(s) that you are applying for. The list is available here:

 

http://www.sit.ac.nz/documents/pdf/textbooklist.pdf

Application Criteria

  • All applicants should demonstrate a keen interest in occupational health and safety management and have academic and industry experience attributes which indicate they have a reasonable likelihood of successful completion of the programme.
  • Applicants should be a minimum of 20 years of age, with a minimum of 4 years secondary education. 
  • Open Entry for holders of the National Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (Workplace Safety) (Level 3) and/or the National Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (Co-ordination) (Level 4) or with equivalent experience, and a good grounding in safety specific practices within industry.

 

Additional Criteria

Applicants whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, must meet the English Proficiency Outcomes in accordance with the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013 as below. The full list is available on the SIT website.

 

Programme Level

IELTS test

TOEFL Paper-based test(pBT)

TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT)

University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations

NZCEL

Certificate or Diploma at Level 6 or 7

Score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5

Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)

Score of 79 or higher (with a writing score of 20)

FCE or CAE with a score of 52 or higher

Level 4 with the Academic endorsement

 

Additional Information

All SIT2LRN courses require you to have a computer and internet access. Students are required to use their SIT webmail only for all SIT2LRN communications. All course materials and information, including assessments and due dates, are located on the online Blackboard system. Once you have been accepted into a programme you will receive a Welcome Kit that includes information that you can use to familiarise yourself with our online Blackboard learning environment. From the intake start date you will have access to the online course materials to work through.

 

Facilitator Assistance:  During the enrolled intake period, students have email access to Facilitators, who endeavour to respond to emails within 48 hours (week days only).  All students are required, within the first two weeks of an intake, to send an email to their Facilitator confirming their start on the programme of study.  Students who have not emailed their facilitator or embarked upon their course of study by the end of the 2nd week of an intake, will be Faculty Withdrawn from the programme.  Such withdrawals may impact on future access to SIT Zero Fees Scheme and Student Direct Material Costs are still liable for payment.

 

We recommend students new to SIT2LRN read through the ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ section of our website at http://www.sit.ac.nz/pages/FAQs for further study and enrolment information.

Satisfactory Completion

For students to be considered to have satisfactorily completed the Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Practice (Level 6) programme, and be eligible for award of a qualification, they must have completed all scheduled course work requirements and assessments, successfully completed assessment requirements for all unit standards, and achieved a total of 120 credits as specified in the programme schedule.




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