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BCDP02-049: WHS Risk Management May 2018 [Standard]

General information

Almost anybody working in a management position anywhere in the developed or developing world has a duty of care to provide a safe environment for workers and customers. In Australia, this responsibility is constituted in the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 and most developed countries have similar legislation. This subject will examine the types of risks predominantly found in hospitality, sport, tourism and other service sector businesses. Students will become familiar with the international standard for risk management (ISO 31000) and will apply this process to a variety of business case studies.


Academic unit:Bond Business School
Subject code:BCDP02-049
Subject title:WHS Risk Management
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:May 2018
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly Lecture
  • Seminar: x11 (Total hours: 22) - Seminar 2
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 72) - Study time and reviewing materials


Prescribed resources:
  • Richard Archer,Kerry Borthwick,Leo Ruschena,Michelle Travers (2017). Whs. 5th, Cengage AU
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  • Study Abroad Students

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Identify and assess common WHS risks in hospitality, sport, tourism and other service sectors.
  2. Describe management responsibilities in relation to WHS.
  3. Identify and evaluate WHS risk treatment strategies in hospitality, sport, tourism or other service sector environments.
  4. Develop appropriate WHS risk management plans for businesses or organisations operating in hospitality, sport, tourism or other service sector environments.
  5. Describe and evaluate crisis management strategies for businesses or organisations operating in hospitality, sport, tourism or other service sector environments


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Tutorial Portfolio Portfolio of Seminar Exercises 10% Progressive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Oral Presentation Oral presentation on Risk Audit exercise 10% Week 10 1, 3, 4.
Case Report Risk Management Site Reports 20% Week 11 1, 3.
Case Report Risk Audit 30% Week 12 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Paper-based Examination (Closed) Mid-Semester Examination 30% Week 7 (Mid-Semester Examination Period) 1, 2, 3.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

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Submission procedures

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Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

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Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

Provides an overview of risk in tourism, hospitality and leisure businesses and of the WHS responsibilities of managers and employees.

Discusses definitions of WHS and provides an overview of the scope and scale of WHS problems in developed economies. Required reading: Archer et al. (2015), Chapter 1.

Describes the international standards and the legal frameworks for WHS risk management in a number of developed economies including Australia. Required reading: Archer et al. (2015), Chapter 2.

Describes the internal and external context and management frameworks that guide risk management in an organisation. (Reading: Chapter 6, Archer et al., 2017)

Describes processes for assessing and controlling risk and for monitoring and reviewing risks (Reading: Chapter 6, Archer et al., 2017)

Describes the legal requirements for consultation and issues related to building a safety culture (Reading: Chapter 3, Archer et al., 2017)

Looks at information needs in relation to WHS and the collection, recording and analysis of WHS information (Reading: Chapters 4 and 5, Archer et al., 2017)

Looks at the effects and management of stress, violence, bullying and harassment in the workplace. (Reading: Chapter 11, Archer et al., 2017)

Looks at legal requirements, principles and processes for compensation and injury management and return to work programs. (Reading: Chapters 16 and 17, Archer et al., 2017)

Describes management responsibilities and planning processes in relation to critical incidents. (Reading: Chapter 13, Archer et al., 2017)

Approved on: Mar 23, 2018. Edition: 2.1