Syllabus for APS–400



The Occupational Safety and Health course provides analysis and solution components for technology leaders to identify potential issues and plan solutions. The content includes roles of the technical leaders in environmental, health, and safety management; quantitative problem solving and units of measure; application of OSHA regulations; and development of solutions specific to the learner’s field of Applied Science and Technology.


  1. The Safety and Health Manager functions
  2. Concepts of Hazard Avoidance
  3. OSHA and other Agencies Regulations
  4. Information Systems
  5. Safety and Disaster Preparedness
  6. Process for Safety and Health Management
  7. Environmental Control 
  8. Human Factors and Ergonomics


After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Identify terminology associated with safety management.
  2. Outline the ethical considerations and the role of a safety and health manager.
  3. Analyze standards for occupational health and safety, the environment and regulatory procedure.
  4. Analyze the breadth and depth of safety issues in organizations.
  5. Optimize the usage of tools and techniques in safety management.
  6. Identify, evaluate, and control hazards.
  7. Create plans for the development and supervision of hazard control.
  8. Differentiate safety attitudes, and detection/correction from unsafe working conditions.


You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the college's textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

Required Textbook

  1. Asfahl, C. R., & Rieske, D. W. (2010), Industrial Safety and Health Management (6th ed.).  Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.

    ISBN-13:  9780132368711


Occupational Safety and Health is a three-credit online course, consisting of seven (7) modules. Modules include topics, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.

  1. Module 1:  Health and Safety Manager

Course objectives covered in this module: 1, 2

  1. Module 2:  OSHA, Federal and States Regulations

Course objectives covered in this module: 1, 2, 3

  1. Module 3:  Health and Safety Management Concepts and Approaches

Course objectives covered in this module: 1, 5, 7

  1. Module 4:  Information Management

Course objectives covered in this module: 1, 5, 7

  1. Module 5:  Environmental Control

Course objectives covered in this module: 1, 7, 8

  1. Module 6:  Protection and Prevention

Course objectives covered in this module: 1, 7, 8

  1. Module 7:  Human Factors and Ergonomics

Course objectives covered in this module: 1, 6, 8

Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.


For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete research exercises, take module quizzes, and complete a final project. See below for more details.

Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Discussion Forums

You are required to complete seven (7) online discussion assignments. The online discussion assignments are on a variety of topics associated with the courses modules. Below is the rubric that will aid in the grading of online discussion assignments.

Research Exercises

You are required to complete seven (7) research exercises. The research exercises are on a variety of topics associated with the courses modules.

Module Quizzes

At the conclusion of each module is an online module quiz. The module quiz consists of twenty (20) questions (multiple-choice, true/false) based on the material covered in that module. You have up to 45 minutes in which to complete the quiz and may take it only once.

Final Project

Every student in the course should identify a safety and health problem/issue be relevant to his/her individual occupation, and apply the concepts and tools learned in this course to analyze and solve the predicament. Each student has to present his/her findings in a presentation of 8-10 power-point slides and a written report of 8-12 pages following the instruction provided below. The report should be word- processed in double spaces. The project will be graded on the correctness of your analysis of your selected problem/issue; grammar and syntax; and overall seriousness and professionalism shown toward the work (see the final project rubric located within the Evaluation Rubrics section of the course Website).


The semester project consists of investigating a safety and health issue in your individual line of work.  You will be require to complete the following:

  1. PART 1:  Define a Problem
    *This part of the final project is not graded but requires mentor feedback.
  2. PART 2:  Complete a Literature Review
    *This part of the final project is not graded but requires mentor feedback.
  3. PART 3:  Final Project Paper
    *Graded 15%
  4. PART 4:  Final Project Presentation
    *Graded 5%

Please go to the Final Project area of the course Web site for details on each part of the final project.

Consult the course Calendar for due dates for each part of the final project.


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

  1. Online discussions (7)—20 percent
  2. Research exercises  (7)—35 percent
  3. Module quizzes (7)—25 percent
  4. Final project paper—15 percent
  5. Final project presentation—5 percent

All activities will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:






























Below 60

To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a nonarea of study course), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings, etc.).


First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:

  1. Read carefully the entire Syllabus, making sure that all aspects of the course are clear to you and that you have all the materials required for the course.
  2. Take the time to read the entire Online Student Handbook. The Handbook answers many questions about how to proceed through the course, how to schedule exams and arrange for proctors, and how to get the most from your educational experience at Thomas Edison State College.
  3. Familiarize yourself with the learning management systems environment—how to navigate it and what the various course areas contain. If you know what to expect as you navigate the course, you can better pace yourself and complete the work on time.
  4. If you are not familiar with Web-based learning be sure to review the processes for posting responses online and submitting assignments before class begins.

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:

  1. To stay on track throughout the course, begin each week by consulting the course Calendar. The Calendar provides an overview of the course and indicates due dates for submitting assignments, posting discussions, and scheduling and taking examinations.
  2. Check Announcements regularly for new course information.


Students at Thomas Edison State College are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.

Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State College expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the College insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty takes the following forms:

  1. Cheating
  2. Plagiarizing (including copying and pasting from the Internet without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources)
  3. Fabricating information or citations
  4. Facilitating acts of dishonesty by others
  5. Unauthorized access to examinations or the use of unauthorized materials during exam administration
  6. Submitting the work of another person or work previously used without informing the mentor
  7. Tampering with the academic work of other students

Academic dishonesty will result in disciplinary action and possible dismissal from the College. Students who submit papers that are found to be plagiarized will receive an F on the plagiarized assignment, may receive a grade of F for the course, and may face dismissal from the College.

A student who is charged with academic dishonesty will be given oral or written notice of the charge. If a mentor or College official believes the infraction is serious enough to warrant referral of the case to the academic dean, or if the mentor awards a final grade of F in the course because of the infraction, the student and the mentor will be afforded formal due process.

If a student is found cheating or using unauthorized materials on an examination, he or she will automatically receive a grade of F on that examination. Students who believe they have been falsely accused of academic dishonesty should seek redress through informal discussions with the mentor, through the office of the dean, or through an executive officer of Thomas Edison State College.


Using someone else's work as your own is plagiarism. Although it may seem like simple dishonesty, plagiarism is against the law. Thomas Edison State College takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing will be severely penalized. If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > "Citing Sources.")

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else's. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

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