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.



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 University's textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

Required Textbook

  • 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 modules. Modules include topics, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.

Course objectives covered in this module: 1, 2

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

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

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

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

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

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


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 online discussion assignments. The online discussion assignments are on a variety of topics associated with the courses modules.

Research Exercises

You are required to complete seven 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 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

You should identify a safety and health problem/issue be relevant to your individual occupation, and apply the concepts and tools learned in this course to analyze and solve the predicament. You are required to present your findings in a presentation of 8-10 powerpoint slides and a written report of 10-15 pages following the instructions 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 are required to complete the following:

           *This part of the final project is not graded but requires mentor feedback.

          *Graded 15%

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:

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 course not in your area of study), 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:

Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success:


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Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State University 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 University insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:


Thomas Edison State University is committed to helping students understand the seriousness of plagiarism, which is defined as using the work and ideas of others without proper citation. The University takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing are subject to discipline under the academic code of conduct policy.

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, or without identifying it as a direct quote, 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.

For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance and originality report checking, click the links provided below.

Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Originality Report Checking at Turnitin

Disciplinary Process for Plagiarism

Acts of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism violate the Academic Code of Conduct.

If an incident of plagiarism is an isolated minor oversight or an obvious result of ignorance of proper citation requirements, the mentor may handle the matter as a learning exercise. Appropriate consequences may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool in addition to a lower grade for the assignment or course. The mentor will notify the student and appropriate dean of the consequence by e-mail.

If the plagiarism appears intentional and/or is more than an isolated incident, the mentor will refer the matter to the appropriate dean, who will gather information about the violation(s) from the mentor and student, as necessary. The dean will review the matter and notify the student in writing of the specifics of the charge and the sanction to be imposed.

Possible sanctions include:

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