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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHC6355
Tracking Number - 2897

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2012-09-26
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: to GC 8/29/12. For Health Safety & Env. Conc of the MPH/PH program. ppd by GC Chair. To USF Syst 8/31/12. to SCNS 9/14/12. Approved effective 11/1/12. Nmbr 6804 approved as 6355

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2012-07-05
  2. Department:
  3. College: PH
  4. Budget Account Number:
  5. Contact Person: Steve Mlynarek
  6. Phone: 8139746628
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: PHC
  9. Number: 6355
  10. Full Title: Principles of Occupational Safety
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Occupational Safety
  19. Course Online?: O - Online (100% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: none
  23. Corequisites: none
  24. Course Description: A study of safety management as it relates to hazard identification, accident investigation and training, enabling the safety manager to reduce costs to business, industry, and government.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Needed for new program/concentration/certificate
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? The course is required for completion of an online Masters degree related to environmental health and safety. There is a growing international demand for an online degree in this field.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)
  29. Objectives: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. Explain the importance of occupational safety and health

    2. Examine the history of occupational safety and health legislation

    3. Describe why occupational accidents occur

    4. Examine the types of occupational illnesses, injuries and fatalities that may occur as the result of an occupational accident

    5. Identify professions concerned with health and safety in the workplace and discuss some of the obstacles they face

    6. Review federally regulated programs and their requirements for achieving compliance

    7. Describe methods and controls to prevent specific occupational safety and health calamities

    8. Compare the strategies and methods used to evaluate occupational safety and health

    9. Communicate information concerning occupational safety and health issues

    10. Describe the critical elements of a successful occupational safety and health program

  30. Learning Outcomes: Relate the history of health, safety and environment health issues to current practices and policies

    Apply technical knowledge and skill for the prevention an/or control of specific health, safety, and environmental health problems

    Communicate orally and in writing relevant information concerning health, safety and environmental health issues

    Decide between alternatives, or strategies, to minimize or alleviate adverse health, safety, and environmental impacts

  31. Major Topics: 1 Introduction to Occupational Safety and Health, Injuries, and Consequences

    2 Safety Legislation: The OSHA Act, Standards, and Liability

    3 Activity 1 Due Each Week

    4 Workers’ Compensation and Recordkeeping

    5 Accident Causation and Investigation: Theory and Application

    6 Occupational Safety and Health Professionals

    7 Chemical Agents and Chemical Safety Standards

    8 Mechanical Hazards and Machine Safeguarding

    9 Falling, Impact, Acceleration, Lifting, and Vision Hazards

    10 Vibration Hazards, Bloodborne Pathogens

    11 Occupational Stresses: Ergonomics and Emotional Stress

    12 Hazards of Extreme Temperatures and Pressure

    13 Electrical and Fire Safety

    14 Preparing for Emergencies and Terrorism

    15 Workplace Violence

    16 Case Study

  32. Textbooks: Fundamentals of Occupational Safety and Health, by Mark A. Friend and James P. Kohn, Fifth Edition, Government Institutes, 2010.
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: No other purchases required.
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: Grading Scale:

    90% and above = A


  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: The final grade for the course is strictly based upon the total percentage scores of 2 examinations (20% each), chapter review question submissions (1% each), four short papers (5%), a presentation (14%), and student participation (10%). Totals will be rounded to the ones place in determining final grade assignment.

    (2 x 20%) + (16 x 1%) + (4 x 5%) + 14% + 10% = 100%

  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: No late assignments are accepted. Failure to complete any assignment will not result in an “Incomplete” grade in the course. Exceptions will be granted under extreme circumstances (severe illness, death of a family member, etc.) with appropriate documentation.
  38. Program This Course Supports: MPH Health, Safety & Environment
  39. Course Concurrence Information:

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