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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedGippsland First semester 2010 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Sunway First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Phillip Brook-Carter (Gippsland); Associate Professor Chow Sek Chuen (Sunway)


This unit is designed to introduce intending scientists to the principles of laboratory and workplace management and their obligations as experts and supervisors. It will cover legislation and the responsibilities of both employers and employees in issues such as occupational health and safety; handling of dangerous goods and the analysis, treatment and disposal of hazardous materials. Emphasis will be placed on the assessment and management of these issues in a laboratory and workplace environment. The subject will be taught by programmed learning material and practical work consisting of assessment and discussion of case studies and workplace excursions.


On completion of this unit, students will be able to understand some of the issues in managing a scientific laboratory; understand their obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and related legislation; recognise hazards associated with chemical and biological materials, instruments and ionising radiation and the risks they impose; undertake a risk assessment and recommend safe working procedures; understand their legislated obligations in recycling and disposal of hazardous materials; apply the principles of chemistry, biology, microbiology and physical science to the treatment of hazardous materials; understand the effects of waste materials on the environment and be able to recommend procedures for the analysis and treatment of hazardous wastes before disposal to the environment


A major risk assessment assignment (3000 words): 35%
Practical reports throughout the semester: 20%
Examination (3 hours): 45%

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Peter Freeman

Contact hours

2-hour tutorial/discussion session and 2-hour practical class/field trip per week


6 points of first-level chemistry plus 6 points of second-level laboratory science