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Courses - May 2021

Level 1

Course Details

Organizational Effectiveness
BUS8540

Description:

This course will cover concepts, topics and strategies to improve an organization’s effectiveness and efficiency with a focus on understanding individuals, teams, and organizations, and the impact such factors have on worker well-being. Change management and strategic planning will be covered, including the measurement and benchmarks used for the assessment of an organization’s performance. Topics covered will include individual behaviour, values, perception, and attitudes; employee motivation and engagement; team dynamics; leadership; organizational culture, and organizational design. Students will enhance their understanding of the importance of communication and problem solving skills in working with stakeholders to resolve organizational challenges and move organizations towards change.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Conflict Resolution and Problem Solving
BUS8550

Description:

Organizations today and in the future will be looking for employees and managers who possess the ability to successfully resolve conflicts through the application of effective interpersonal, communication, conflict resolution and problem solving skills. This course will provide students with the ability to apply a variety of communication and conflict resolution theories, strategies and practices to manage a wide range of employee and organizational issues. Students will develop a foundation of conflict resolution options, including the use of mediation methods and building a collaborative environment when managing conflict.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Conestoga 101
CON0101

Description:

This self-directed course focuses on introducing new students to the supports, services, and opportunities available at Conestoga College. By the end of this course, students will understand the academic expectations of the Conestoga learning environment, as well as the supports available to ensure their academic success. Students will also be able to identify on-campus services that support their health and wellness, and explore ways to get actively involved in the Conestoga community through co-curricular learning opportunities.

  • Hours: 1
  • Credits: 0
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Health, Wellness and Safe Workplace
OHS8020

Description:

This course will introduce Health, Safety and Wellness, forming a foundation for all other program courses. The course will begin with a discussion of the definition of health and wellness by exploring a variety of models related to health and wellness as it relates to safety culture/climate. With a focus on the Health and Safety and the Law in Ontario, students will learn about an organization's moral, legal, and ethical responsibilities to its workers' safety and wellness. The concepts explored include health and safety legislation, standards, policies, procedures, best practices, and workplace parties' duties. Once understood, typical workplace hazards will be explored, inspections, investigations, prevention, hazard/risk assessment, and mitigation. Occupational hygiene; the role of training in health and safety; and health promotion in the workplace to create due diligence. This course intends to build a foundation of occupational health and safety and wellness knowledge, which will be further explored throughout the program.

  • Hours: 70
  • Credits: 5
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Program Design, Implementation and Evaluation
OHS8030

Description:

In this course, students will learn to design, implement, manage and evaluate the effectiveness of OHSW programs in the workplace, referring to relevant and validated health, safety and wellness theories and evidence-informed practices. Students will learn how to collect and analyze data related to worker/workplace needs and integrate evidence-informed best practices to design a successful program. Next, students will learn the skills and steps necessary to project/program planning and implementation. Finally, students will explore a variety of evaluation models and designs, and learn to apply these to program evaluation with an end goal of providing valid and reliable data for organizational decision-making.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Consulting Proposal
OHS8040

Description:

This course will enable students to consolidate learning related to research, critical appraisal, presentation and business communication skills into a proposal that focuses on delivering consultation services to address a current issue or trend in Occupational Health, Safety and Wellness. Students will determine the scope and goals of the consultation, the client, and their project partners.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Workplace Health Promotion (Wellness)
OHS8130

Description:

Health promotion programs are a key method for promoting a strong safety and wellness culture within organizations. In this course, students will investigate guiding principles, skills, and strategies for planning, implementing and evaluating workplace wellness programs that meet the needs of workers and organizations. Students will examine a variety of theories, models and processes related to wellness and health promotion interventions, with a focus on workplace health promotion. Utilizing knowledge gained in Program Design, Implementation and Evaluation, students will build a business case for health promotion within the workplace to secure key stakeholder commitment for wellness programming and resources by ensuring program alignment with organizational strategy.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Level 2

Course Details

Applied Safety Fundamentals (Safety)
OHS8050

Description:

Building on the foundational knowledge developed in Health, Wellness & Safe Workplace, this course will focus on the operationalization of workplace safety in accordance with relevant legislation, regulations, standards, and guidelines. Topics of focus will include safeguards, personal protective equipment, hazardous materials and materials handling, and proper techniques for working with equipment. Through simulations and case studies, students will gain experience in conducting workplace inspections, incident investigations, and audits. Additional topics include: confined space, hazmat, trench rescue, hot work, elevated work, working alone and remote work. The role of management systems in promoting a strong safety and wellness culture will be explored.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites: OHS8020 AND OHS8030
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Risk Management and Emergency Preparedness (Safety)
OHS8080

Description:

In this course, students will learn how to take a proactive approach to risk and emergency management. Students will learn to identify, assess and evaluate risks and controls to manage workplace occupational health and safety programs effectively. Students will explore risk and emergency management theories and models to be able to apply these concepts and principles in the workplace. Students will also gain an understanding of the fundamentals of the planning and preparation required for organizations to respond before, during and after an emergency to reduce the impact on business operations and continuity.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites: OHS8020 AND OHS8030
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Ergonomics
OHS8090

Description:

Ergonomics assesses the tasks, the equipment used, and the environment in which work is being completed, and is a critical component of health and wellness for employees of an organization. Building on knowledge developed in Health, Wellness & Safe Workplace and Program Design, Implementation and Evaluation, students will learn to identify and assess ergonomic risk factors, and develop an ergonomics program to prevent occupational illness and injury by changing the design of work and workplaces to fit the worker and in accordance with regulatory requirements. This course will include the basics of anatomy, physiology and biomechanics in order to develop skills to evaluate the work environment for employees, assess human capabilities, limitations and the design of workplaces to ensure a safe, efficient and productive workspace.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
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Consulting Project
OHS8100

Description:

Students will implement their consulting proposal based upon the project goals established in the first term, Consulting Proposal. Students will work in teams to deliver the agreed upon consulting proposal to the organization and present a summary of learning to program faculty, organizational partners, and fellow students.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites: OHS8020 AND OHS8030 AND OHS8040
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Disability Management (Wellness)
OHS8110

Description:

Disability management refers to proactive employer practices with the goals of preventing or reducing workplace disability, intervening early in the face of injury, and providing coordinated management and rehabilitation functions to promote workers’ recovery and safe and timely return to work (RTW). This course will provide an in-depth investigation of the role of disability management (DM) programs as a means to promoting a strong safety and wellness culture within an organization and address all facets of work disability prevention. The focus will be on performing executive functions, including: administration of DM services, development of policies and procedures, promotion of RTW concepts through education and training, consulting to joint labour-management committees, evaluation of services and community resources, selecting DM partners, etc. Students will learn how to develop a business case for a DM program and apply learning from Program Design, Implementation and Evaluation to the DM program context.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites: OHS8020 AND OHS8030
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Return-to-Work (RTW) Coordination (Wellness)
OHS8120

Description:

This course will focus on developing an understanding of how to expedite, coordinate and facilitate the return to work of persons with injuries, illnesses and disabilities in a range of settings. Using cases, students will learn how to work with stakeholders to develop RTW plans for workers with a variety of illnesses or injuries in various organizational contexts, including both union and non-union settings. Students will apply concepts and strategies from Conflict Resolution and Problem Solving to learn to build collaborative relationships with all parties to facilitate early and timely return to work for employees following a leave of absence. Specific topics include: legislation and benefits programs related to leaves and RTW; workplace attendance support; claims management; disability case management; risk assessment and workplace accommodation; graduated RTW; documentation and confidentiality; and management of psychological disabilities.

  • Hours: 42
  • Credits: 3
  • Pre-Requisites: OHS8020 AND OHS8030
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