Programs Offered at the University of Fredericton - UFred (2022)

LEVEL 1: 11 core courses, 1 guided practicum

OHS 1002 Introduction to OHS

This course deals with extending the responsibilities of safety program policy and administration in organizational cultures.

In some jurisdictions, “joint safety committees” are a regulatory requirement, while in others, they are a vehicle to improve corporate culture and enhance mutual trust/respect across the hierarchy. Those in roles responsible for producing results for the safety program require a rich understanding of the human qualities of communication, trust, power-sharing, and engagement, regardless of whether an issue is compliance- or policy-related.

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COMM 1303 Introduction to Communications for OHS

In this course, you will learn about essential elements and processes of professional communication for Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) practitioners including the effective use of written, verbal, and electronic communication allowing you to develop the communication skills essential for today’s workplace. As a professional, you will need to research, write, and format documents that are free of errors, professional, and well written. You will also be required to create and deliver presentations for a variety of situations in the workplace. Through this course, you will learn about the essential communication skills required in today’s workplaces.

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MATH 1103 Introduction to Math and Statistics

MATH 1103 is an introductory course for students in the AOHS degree. The subject matter covers technical calculations, and an intensive review of basic algebra. Topics include operations with algebraic expressions, solution of equations (linear, systems of equations), and basic trigonometry. The objective of the course is to provide the students with a uniform background in fundamentals, and hence, facilitate the study of other professional subjects and the more advanced courses in mathematics.

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SCI 1003 Introduction to Chemistry and Biology

Students learn basic human biology, physiology, the basic principles of microbiology and toxicology, as well as epidemiology, emerging pathogens, and biosafety levels 1 through 4.

Additionally, students will learn introductory chemistry including the importance of ions in the body, the properties of solutions, organic chemistry, biochemistry, as well as the importance of some of the personal, ethical, sociocultural, economic, and environmental impacts of the changes being brought about by chemical research.

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MGMT 1212 Organizational Behaviour I for OHS

This course introduces the basic concepts of management and organizational behaviour in the context of using those concepts for the strategic development of occupational health, safety, and environmental processes within an organization.

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OHS 1532 Incident Investigation and Response

This course introduces the basic concepts of incident causation and investigation with the intention of using those concepts for the strategic development of occupational health, safety and environmental processes within an organizational context. Students will learn how to apply the content to a wide variety of industrial and commercial settings, as well as many different types of organizations.

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OHS 1213 Safety Training: An Introduction to the Fundamental Principles

People - sometimes referred to as “human capital” - are the most underused resource in the developed world. People are our most valuable resource, yet they are not often equipped with the intellectual and practical skills needed to perform optimally. In this course, students learn effective workplace training tools - and the ability to implement intelligent training strategies – that are key for effective leadership.

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OHS 1613 Safety Management Systems

A requirement of any management system is the ability to prevent losses to the organization's resources. In most jurisdictions, a primary focus of any safety program is compliance with regulatory standards. This is typically an ineffective approach to reducing workplace losses. The field of health and safety has matured and offers a variety of approaches to accomplish this prevention goal.

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OHS 1513 Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment, and Controls

In this course, students learn several basic risk assessment tools and the skills necessary to mitigate risk proactively. Students will learn how to apply these tools by becoming familiar with the process, needed resources, and practical examples for various methods. The intended outcome for these tools and skills is to foster collaboration with stakeholders to identify and prioritize workplace risks.

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OHS 1433 Industrial/Occupational Hygiene

Workplaces typically represent many unseen but highly hazardous risks, including air quality, sound pressures, temperature extremes, workstation design, and more. Knowing basic identification and management principles to deal with these common workplace hazards will enable a more effective health, safety, and environmental management program.

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OHS 1313 Environmental Management

One of the most important challenges facing this generation is learning the skills that enable appropriate stewardship of our environment. An effective health, safety, and environmental management program integrates stewardship of people, property, environment and processes into one seamless entity.

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OHS 1993 Guided Practicum

The Guided Practicum (GP) is a guided practical application of previously studied theory to practical situations. The student will choose from six options, including development of a comprehensive program in a particular context, a detailed program addressing a particular risk issue, development of a business case for their current OSH Program, performing a detailed case analysis for a case study, or creating a presentation or similar option. This exercise requires learners to demonstrate specific research and writing skills in synthesizing prior learning from courses, as well as other information they may choose to incorporate in their work. Students will be coached from the submission of the proposal through to the final submission, with feedback at key points throughout the project.

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LEVEL 2: 6 core courses, 2 electives, 1 applied practicum

BUSI 1813 Law and Ethics

Litigation for workplace losses can reach into the corporate boardroom, and cut deeply into the corporate treasury. This course offers the basic principles of applying due diligence, as well as compliance with health, safety, and environmental standards.

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MGMT 1222 Organizational Behaviour II for OHS

This course offers students an opportunity to be exposed to a number of topics related to organizational dynamics. Although highlighting many of the normal elements of the subject, the social orientation of the content is refreshing and helps students understand the subject from a more human, less sterile perspective. The course will provide students an understanding of Organizational Behaviour. Topics to be covered: The Nature and Scope of Organizational Dynamics; Attitudes, Values, and Ethics; Interpersonal Communication; Group Dynamics and Team Building; Leadership, Power, and Politics; Managing Conflict, Negativity, and Stress; Organizational Structure, Design, and Change; Organizational Culture and Cultural Diversity.

OHS 2623 Safety Management Systems and Measurement Systems II

Analyze (audit) the effectiveness of an organization's overall safety system. Explore several measurement and analysis tools and investigate various approaches used to determine safety program effectiveness. Explain and contrasts compliance analyses and best practice analyses. Several methods for designing and administering review criteria, questionnaires, perception surveys, interviews, and a final report will be covered. Analyze either the workplace inspection component or the safety committee component of a safety program at an organization of your choice. Students will review both internal and external audit processes from initial planning through to completion including needs assessment and developing and implementing policies, procedures, and plans.

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OHS 2523 Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment, and Control II

This course is designed to train practitioners of occupational health and safety how to organize and develop risk assessment processes in the workplace in order to reduce accidents and incidents. The course describes techniques in identifying hazards and applying factors to assess risk and determine a course of action.

OHS 2443 Industrial/Occupational Hygiene II

Building on the concepts from OHS 1433, this course explores occupational hygiene instruments and procedures for the collection of data on chemical and biological hazards commonly encountered in the workplace. Students will learn to use a variety of instruments that are currently used to evaluate a wide range of chemical and biological hazards, including evaluating and recommending control measures for common chemical and biological hazards in the workplace.

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OHS 2323 Environmental Management II

Building on the foundations of OHS, explores current trends, including air, water, and soil quality, and the environmental assessment process. Explores in depth the current environmental issues, with an emphasis on Canadian industries. This course is designed to develop an understanding of industrial process impact on environment, strategies of environmental protection as well as to appreciate responsibilities of process operators towards environment. The course emphasizes the importance of ecosystem concepts, societal demands, communication and environmental laws as they apply to chemical production facilities.

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OHS 2996 Applied Practicum

The Applied Practicum (AP) is an applied application of critical thinking skills through the creation of a project using previously studied theory to comprehensively analyze a particular topic as it pertains to Occupational Health and Safety. A focus is placed on leadership and management practices and the cultural aspects of safety management systems and how that interacts and influences the structural components of the system. This course is considered a Capstone project in which students will use their skills to appraise, assess, compare, and make conclusions regarding their topic and will then synthesize the information from previous learning and their research to formulate their project based on their findings. This course is a requirement for completing the Associate degree program at the University of Fredericton. This exercise requires learners to demonstrate specific research and writing skills in synthesizing prior learning from courses, as well as other information they may choose to incorporate in their work.

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ELECTIVES (Pick Two)

DISM 1103 Introduction to Disability Management

Disability Management is most effective when integrated and embedded into the strategies and culture of an organization. This course introduces an interdisciplinary approach to the concepts and practices of disability management and addresses how to design, implement, and market an effective integrated disability management program. Topics include the theory and practices of disability management, what an integrated disability management program is, how it functions, the role of the Employee Assistance Program in disability management, the Workers’ Compensation System, the infrastructure and standards for an integrated disability management program, data management, program evaluation, and program communication and marketing, ethics, and the legal aspects related to disability management.

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DISM 1113 Disability Management Essential Program Elements

Disability management is most effective when integrated and embedded into the strategies and culture of an organization. This course builds on the materials addressed in DISM 1103 and covers topics such as OHS professionals- their roles and contributions to disability management, and overview of ergonomics, stakeholder education and training in disability management, joint labour-management support and involvement in and integrated disability management program, advanced program evaluation, legal aspects of disability management, and effective workplace attendance support and assistance programs.

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OHS 1703 Fire Management

This course is meant to broaden one’s knowledge and skills in fire safety. It will cover the standards and requirements for a Fire Prevention and Management Program and a range of fire prevention, protection, and suppression systems. It provides students with the foundation to carry out fire risk assessments and embed good practice based on an understanding of proactive life safety elements and reactive emergency management.

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OHS 1503 Fundamentals of Auditing

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have an in-depth overview of the principles of auditing as well as an appreciation of audit instruments. The theory and practice of performing the essential steps of a health and safety audit will also be covered.

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OHS 2223 Training II

In this course, you will explore how companies can incorporate the principles of learning organizations and workplace learning to support ongoing learning within the organization. You will examine how to use various instructional design models when developing safety training. You will also learn how to apply the principles of S.A.F.E. Training™ in the workplace.
Throughout this course, you will learn about the skills of an effective trainer and how to deliver effective face-to-face training. You will have an opportunity to develop reflective practice skills and to look at safety training from the participants’ perspective.

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