3116PBH 2004 - Griffith University

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COURSE
OUTLINE


IDENTIFYING INFORMATION


Course Catologue:


3116PBH


Course Title:



Environmental Health Management Systems


Field of Education code:


061303


Programs:



Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health


Faculty:




Faculty of Health Science
s


School:




School of Public Health


Status of course:



Core


Credit point value:


10CP


Prerequisites
:



None


Year and semester:

Year 3 Semester 1


Course convenor:



Zoë Murray, Logan Campus, Room 3.19 Academic 1 Building





Meadowbrook Q4131 Tel:
3382 1016 Fax 3382
-
1034





Email: z.murray@griffith.edu.au


Peter Davey, Logan Campus Room 3.21 Academic 1 Building
Meadowbrook. Q 4131 Tel: 3382
-
1019 Fax 3382
-
1034





Email
Peter.Davey@griffith.edu.au











.


Teaching team members:


Peter Davey





Zoë Murray

Guest Lecturers











OBJECTIVES


The course provides students with advanced knowledge of environmental health practice and organisational
systems management in Australia and the Asia
-
P
acific Region. Human heath hazards in the environment now
form a major aspect of public health policy and environmental health management. Students in the program need
to be aware of the extent and significance of environmental health issues in the communi
ty but also be equipped
with an understanding to manage the problem and develop appropriate management systems and communication
approaches to deliver the program.


INTERRELATIONSHIP OF THE COURSE WITH OTHER COURSES AND THE PROGRAM


The course ‘Environment
al Health Management Systems’ is a core course in the Bachelor of Science in
Environmental Health Degree. The third year course builds on knowledge and practical skills developed in the
program and introduces the use of specific environmental health manage
ment systems.


BRIEF DESCRIPTION


The course reviews the environmental health project management and the role of environmental health
officers/practitioners in the local and international organisations Environmental Health Systems including
management; le
gal and financial systems will be reviewed.



CONTENT


Topics include: Systems Management Theory, Project Management, EH Public Sector Finance/Budgeting,
Developing a Project Proposal, Contracts, EH Competitive Tendering, Quality Assurance ISO 9000/14000,

Rural Health Systems
-
Field Trip, Environmental Management Systems, Integrated Pest Management
-

Entomology and Vector Borne Diseases, Flammable and Combustible Liquids Management, Waste Management
and EH Contaminated Land Act


GENERIC SKILL DEVELOPMENT


The Environmental Health Management System course requires students to practice and where necessary
develop the following generic skills:




Self management skills



Interpersonal skills



Adaptability and learning skills



Oral Communication



Written communication



Information skills



Teamwork



Problem solving and Decision making



Analysis and Critical evaluation



Community and Citizen skills



Organisational membership skills



Professional effectiveness



Personal effectiveness


FLEXIBLE LEARNING


The course encourages stud
ents to self manage their learning. The course is offered in a web dependent flexible
mode. Students access educational content and activities online, and attend workshops, laboratories and
fieldtrips to build on this knowledge.


RATIONALE FOR CONTENT



The

content has been designed to cover key and fundamental management systems currently utilised in the
discipline of environmental health.


ORGANISATION AND TEACHING METHODS


Workshop:

4 hours per week


Students will be provided information in flexible lea
rning mode. Topics will be on the web and in a printed
format. Readings will be provided as well as important web sites. Independent student work and
workshops/fieldtrips constitute the main teaching technique for imparting new knowledge and skills and wil
l
address directly the course’s objectives.


Field trips: a 4
-
day rural health field trip is incorporated into this course



Field trips to local and state government organisations in rural Queensland, including the indigenous
communities will assist stud
ents to understand the functions and operations of environmental health officers in
Rural Queensland.


RATIONALE FOR TEACHING METHODS


Online lectures and activities are provided to develop some fundamental knowledge. The student is expected to
independent
ly manage the learning using this mode.


Workshops are offered to develop knowledge and skills in advanced areas of Environmental Health
Management.


Students are required to participate in fieldtrips, including a 4 day rural fieldtrip, to provide an insig
ht and
understanding of urban and rural management issues, provide opportunities for interaction with professionals in
the field and to practice and develop skills.





ASSESSMENT


(a)

Item:



Individual Assignment 1


Due Date:


Due Friday, Week 8


Len
gth:



1500 words


Weighting:


10 %

Conditions:

Students are to prepare a research proposal including project title, aims and
objectives, rationale, methods, resource implications and bibliography. The
research topic should be environmental health related
and approved by the
course coordinators.


Marking criteria:


Criteria will be provided



(b)

Item:



Individual Assignment 2


Due Date:


Week 9, Friday


Weighting:


20 %


Length:



1500 words

Conditions:

Students are to submit an environmental audit repo
rt on a premises covered
during a field visit.



(c)

Item:



Group Assignment 1


Due Date:


Week 13, Friday


Weighting:


30 %


Length:



2000 words

Conditions:

Design a vector control program. Students will be provided with a scenario.
The report should ou
tline and describe the major disease vectors, disease
issues, financial, management and control strategies.

Marking criteria:


Criteria will be provided



(d)

Item:



Final Exam


Due date:


Assigned day in exam period


Length:



3 hour
-

Written papers


W
eighting:


40 %


Conditions:


The exam wills assess all material covered in lectures,






tutorial and field trips/workshops



Marking criteria:


Standard exam marks indicated on the paper




RATIONALE FOR ASSESSMENT


Assessment has been designed to meet

the following key purposes:



Report writing



Research proposal development and writing



Audit report writing



Problem solving and formation of recommendations with respect to a management system for a mosquito
control problem, including the development of an
‘Action Plan’.


TEXTS AND SUPPORTING MATERIALS


Recommended Texts
(available for purchase at the campus bookshops)




Mosquito Control Association of Australia Inc. (1998) Australian



Mosquito Control Manual.



Book of Readings.




Recommended Legislation
(available from Go
-
Print)





Students will be advised of acts and regulations and Codes of



Practice that will be required for this course.





Web Resources




The course’s website contai
ns further text materials for further reading:


Supporting Text: the following text and associated exercises are mentioned in web lectures
(in the
Griffith University library, Logan campus).


Robbins, S, Milett, B., Cacioppe R., Waters
-
Marsh T.(1998)
Organ
isational Behaviour: Leading and
Managing in Australia and New Zealand,
2nd Edition Prentice
-
Hall, Sydney


Wrathall J., (1998) Student Learning Guide and Workbook to accompany Organisational Behaviour:
Leading and Managing in

Australia and New Zealand,
2nd Edition Prentice
-
Hall, Sydney


Cromar, Cameron & Fallowfield (eds) (2004)
Environmental Health in Australia and New Zealand,
Oxford Press



SCOPE OF COURSE EVALUATION


The course design and weekly content and relevance will be evaluated in Week 13.





ADMINISTRATION


1.

Assessment items (hard copy only) must be submitted through an Off Campus & Assignment Handling
Services (OC&AHS) office by 5:00pm of the due date, or by post to OC&AHS if prior agreement of
Course convenor has been obtained.

Asses
sment items will not be accepted by fascimile.



2.

If students wish to submit assessment items with any similar material for two or more courses, they must
first seek approval of all course convenors. Failure to do so could be interpreted as cheating.


3.

Students should note that submission of an assignment represents an affirmation that it is all their own
work and that nothing has been copied from the work of others except where appropriately referenced.


4.

Late Penalties: The penalty for late submiss
ion of assessment items is 10% of the total assessment mark
for the item per day, unless otherwise specified in the course outline. No assignments will be accepted
after the one
-
week period. A Special Consideration form must be completed and submitted to S
tudent
Administration if students request waiver of the late penalty or an extension to an assessment item.
Extensions
may

be granted for medical conditions, however extensions will not be granted for work
commitments, family commitments or computer failur
e.


5.

Special Consideration: Students applying for special consideration (due to medical or other grounds) for
assessment items must complete the appropriate application form. Special consideration is not
retrospective and students should submit Special Con
sideration forms as soon as they experience any
difficulties that may interfere with study or examination performance. It is expected that any applications
for special consideration will be received within 24 hours after the date of examination.


COURSE CO
MMUNICATIONS


Students may contact course covenor Zoë Murray by email or phone. Consult staff or their staff room notices for
availability for face to face consultations. Face to face consultations should be prearranged by appointment.


Zoë Murray

z.murra
y@mailbox.gu.edu.au

Ph. 3382 1016

Room 3.19, Academic Building, Logan Campus


Staff will utilise the course electronic notice board to advise students of any updates and notices.



APPENDIX


PROPOSED PROGRAM
-

SEMESTER 1
-

2004


Week of Semester

Web based
activities to be
completed by the student

Workshop Activity

Week 1



3 hr workshop (1 March):



Introduction to
Environmental Health
Management



Introduction to practicum
and possible project topic



Introduction to research and
writing a proposal


Week 2


Mo
dule 3: Quality Assurance
and Environmental Management
Systems


Module 6: Contaminated Land
Management


3 hr workshop (8 March):

Environmental protection
legislation

Week 3


Module 3: Quality Assurance
and Environmental Management
Systems


3hr workshop
(15 March):



Application of
Environmental protection
legislation



Principles of Environmental
auditing


Week 4


Module 3: Quality Assurance
and Environmental Management
Systems


3hr workshop (22 March)



Evidence collection,
reporting and prosecutions

Week
5


Module 1: Management Theory
& Practice



3 hr Workshop (29 March):



Budgeting and Finance

Week 6




Module 4: Rural Health
Management Systems

4 Day Rural Field trip (5
-
8
April)


Week 7



Module 1: Management Theory
& Practice

3hr workshop (19April
):

Management Theory and
Practice

Weeks 8

Module 3: Quality Assurance
and Environmental Management
Systems Module 5: Waste
Management & Environmental
Health


3 hr Workshop (27April):



1hr: Strategic planning



2hr: Quality Assurance and
Environmental Manage
ment
Systems with case studies in
the Waste Management.


Week 9



Module 2: Integrated Pest
Management


3hr Saturday (1 May)
Workshop:



Integrated Pest
Management




Plus laboratory session:
Insect/Mosq identification
& control


Plus




Field Trip (4 May):
Mo
squito Control


Week 10


Module 5: Waste Management
& Environmental Health

3 hr Workshop (10 May):



Waste Management and
contracting

Week 11



Module 7: Flammable and
Combustible Liquids
Management

3 hr workshop (17 May):



Auditing/licensing premises
for t
he storage of flammable
& combustible liquids

Week 12


Module 7: Flammable and
Combustible Liquids
Management

3 hr workshop (24 May):



Auditing/licensing premises
for the storage of flammable
& combustible liquids

Week 13


Module 8: Indigenous Health


Re
vision of all modules in
preparation for exam

3 hr workshop (31 June):



Indigenous Health



Summary of Environmental
Health Management



Evaluation and exam review

Week 14

Study Week