A/Prof. Bernd ROHRMANN      Dept of Psychology, University of Melbourne 
HAZARDS/SAFETY/HEALTH: Environmental and Organizational Issues
O v e r v i e w  &  p r o g r a m 

This course was on hold. An updated course for 2007 is in preparation. 
Below is the course description from 2003.

     Graduate students, I/O Psychology Doctorate

Time & place of classes:
    Sem. 2, Thursday 14:15-16:00; room R.B.B.

Aim of the unit:
     To apply perspectives from environmental and organizational psychology to issues of the
perception, evaluation & management of hazards safety and health, and to discuss both
conceptualization and utilization of pertinent applied research.

Detailed program:
[O] [A]  Introduction and overview of the unit. - Clarification of core concepts.
[B]        Risk cognition I: Psychometric approaches to risk perception and evaluation.
[C]        Risk cognition II: Judgmental processes and cognitive biases in hazard appraisals.
[D]        Environmental stress I: Hazards for health & well-being (in occup. & private settings).
[E]        Environmental stress II: Impacts of noise & vibration.
                Guest: R. Dineen [LaTrobe Univ]: "Noise in construction work".
[F]        Accidents & safety I: Types of mistakes & errors; models of accident causation.
[G]       Accidents & safety II: Enhancing safety behavior.
[I]             Guest: A. Hagen [WorkCover]: "Organizational tasks".
[H]       Hazard evaluation I: Determinants of personal and societal risk acceptance.
[I]         Hazard evaluation II: Multi-attribute modelling.
                Demonstration of computer programs "Treeval" and "Hiview".
[J]        Risk communication I: Influencing health behavior through hazard information.
[K]       Risk communication II: Community-based risk management.
                Guest: A. Rhodes [CountryFireAuthority]: "The Community Fireguard program".
[L] [Z]  Evaluating and applying research findings. - Review and evaluation of this unit.

     A comprehensive list of references will be distributed in session 1, selected material every week.

     Required contributions of participants include weekly written homework and one short essay to be presented in class (no full text but a 1-page summary/handout is to be provided). Satisfactory class participation is also requested. The assessment will be based on the written work (up to 2000 words).

     Thursday 15-16:00, Room 803 R.B.B.  For other times please e-mail  mail {at} rohrmannresearch.net


BR 03-05-07