OHSE 3710 T1 2015 – ASSIGNMENT 2
This is a group assignment, focusing on international perspectives of some of the internationally recognized occupational diseases identified by the ILO (International Labour Organization). For this assignment, you are required to work in groups, each group comprising of 5 students. This assignment is worth 30% (30 marks) of the total course assessment. This is inclusive of 5 marks allocated for your group oral presentation. You should identify your own team members and select a team coordinator. Members in each group are required to research detailed information on the subject allotted to your group and the team coordinator should liaise with the team members to assign the tasks to each member.
Each group would be allotted one of the following internationally recognized occupational diseases to work on:
A. Occupational diseases caused by exposure to one of the following agents:
1. Organic solvents
2. Mercury and its compounds
3. Lead and its compounds
5. Halogen derivatives of aliphatic or aromatic hydrocarbons
6. Asphyxiants like carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulphide, hydrogen cyanide and its derivatives
7. Compressed or decompressed air
8. Optical (ultraviolet, visible light, infrared) radiations including laser
9. Ionizing radiations
B. Mental and behavioural disorders
C. Musculoskeletal disorders
E. Bronchopulmonary diseases caused by hard-metal dust, dust of cotton, flax, hemp, sisal or sugarcane.
Scope of the assignment:
A. A brief introduction about the disease(s) caused by the agent under study.
B. Establish the causal relationship between the disease(s) and agent using relevant scientific evidence.
C. Choose any two Asian countries where the disease(s) is/are prevalent and explain the existing scenarios in those two countries with some statistics.
D. Compare and contrast the prevention and protection measures that are in place in those two countries.
E. Suggest examples and possibilities to overcome the existing issues with ideas imported from other countries that have eradicated the disease(s) under study.
Format and submission:
• The assignment report should be a maximum of 8 A-4 size pages, excluding your cover page, reference list and any large (more than half page) pictures or figures.
• Assignments in excess of the page length will be penalized by 5% of the total mark for the assignment.
• Font size should be at least 12 point using Times New Roman style or similar.
• Default margins of word document and line spacing should be 1.5 line spacing.
• Organize your report into suitable sub-headings. Abstract not necessary.
• Use text references to show where the information is coming from.
Before submitting the final version of your assignment, you would have to present it using a powerpoint presentation to the class on the day allotted for group presentations. The oral presentation would be worth of 5% of the assignment. Either one or more members from the group can give the presentation representing their group and all the members would be allocated the same marks that are being given for that group for the oral presentation. However, all the members of the group are expected to be present for the oral presentation. The duration of the presentation should be about 10 minutes followed by an interactive Q&A discussion session of 5 minutes with the other students in the class. The groups can then incorporate the suggestions and changes encountered during the presentation in their final report and submit it by the deadline quoted on the course outline.
You are required to submit a soft copy electronically to Turnitin through Blackboard, by the submission date. Only the group coordinator should submit the report to Turnitin and include the “scanned” copy of the University assignment cover page in the soft copy. The final soft copy that is being submitted to Turnitin should be named by your group number followed by the topic. For example: Group 10_Pesticides. You will also be required to record the proportion of the work done by yourself and the other members of the group when you submit the report. The workload contribution form should be submitted to the folder allotted for it on Blackboard, on or before the submission date for the report. Rename the workload contribution form as follows before you submit: WCF_G10 (Your group)_(Your name). You should not collaborate with your group members when completing the form. It should reflect what you think is a fair distribution of workload. If you do not submit an individual form showing workload contribution by the due date, you will only receive half of the marks for the report. If you are in the group in name only and do not contribute, do not expect to get the rewards! Students who are reported as doing less than their fair share will have the remaining marks reduced on a pro-rata basis. The workload contribution summary report format can be found along with the other course documents on blackboard.
Oral Presentation (Maximum marks: 5) Written Report (Maximum marks: 25)
Content and its understanding: 3 marks
Mode of delivery: 1 mark
Confidence during Q&A session: 1 mark. Quality of content with scientific evidence: 10 marks
Choice of countries and their data: 6 marks
Your suggestions for improvement: 5 marks
Organization and referencing: 4 marks