CQUniversity Unit Profile
SAFE20012 Specialisation Contexts and Methods 1
Specialisation Contexts and Methods 1
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General Information

Overview

This unit provides you with the opportunity to examine the context, analytical tools and problem solving methods appropriate to your selected area of specialisation within the course. In this unit you will commence a mentoring arrangement with one or more staff who have specific expertise in the relevant specialisation. In this phase of your learning journey there is an emphasis on self-directed learning, and you will explore literature relevant to your specific interests within the specialisation with the support of your mentor(s).

Details

Career Level: Postgraduate
Unit Level: Level 8
Credit Points: 12
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.25

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2020

Mixed Mode

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 12-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Portfolio
Weighting: Pass/Fail
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: Pass/Fail

Assessment Grading

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Student feedback and coordinator observations

Feedback

One-on-one mentoring sessions provide students the opportunity to explore specific areas of interest within the different specialisation streams.

Recommendation

Continue promoting the individualised nature of the unit by building mentoring capacity in the various specialisation streams.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Interpret, discuss and apply contemporary principles, theories, paradigms, models and methods relating to your selected area of specialisation
  2. Identify and assess the context and key issues relevant to your selected area of specialisation
  3. Evaluate contemporary measures for the prevention, control, investigation and management of risks and associated incidents in your selected area of specialisation.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Portfolio - 0%
2 - Written Assessment - 0%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Portfolio - 0%
2 - Written Assessment - 0%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

A Playbook for Research Methods: Integrating Conceptual Frameworks and Project Management First (2013)

Authors: Patricia M. Shields & Nandhini Rangarajan
New Forums Press Inc
Stillwater Stillwater , OK , USA
ISBN: 10:1-58107-247-3
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

Can be purchased online from Amazon or other online book seller. It may also be available for purchase at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code)

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Karen Klockner Unit Coordinator
k.klockner@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 09 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Introduction to the Unit

Introduction to The Conceptual Framework

Chapter

Textbook Preface and Chapter 1 Conceptual Framework

Textbook Step by Step Notebook

Events and Submissions/Topic

Cohort Zoom Session

Week 2 Begin Date: 16 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

The Conceptual Framework

Step by Step Notebooks- Use and Expectations

Chapter

Textbook Preface and Chapter 1 Conceptual Framework

Textbook Step by Step Notebook

Events and Submissions/Topic

Cohort Zoom Session

Week 3 Begin Date: 23 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Running Bibliography - How to Review the Literature

Research Project Management

Research Topic Thoughts

Chapter

Textbook Chapter 2 Focus on Theory and Conceptual Framework

Textbook Running Bibliography

Events and Submissions/Topic

Cohort Zoom Session - Peer Session Sharing Initial Thoughts

Week 4 Begin Date: 30 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Specialisation Topic

Research Purpose

Chapter

Textbook Chapter 2 Focus on Theory and Conceptual Framework

Events and Submissions/Topic

Cohort Zoom Session - Peer Review - Research Contributions

Week 5 Begin Date: 06 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Research Topic - Conceptual Framework Operationalisation Tables

Chapter

Prescribed Reading - Working Hypothesis Paper with Table Example

Textbook Running Bibliography

Self directed extant literature review


Events and Submissions/Topic

Cohort Zoom Session - Peer Review - Research Topics

Vacation Week Begin Date: 13 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 20 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Specialisation and Research Project Methodology

Chapter

Textbook Your Relevant Conceptual Framework Chapter

Textbook Running Bibliography

Self directed extant literature review

Events and Submissions/Topic

Cohort Zoom Session

Week 7 Begin Date: 27 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Specialisation and Research Project Data Analysis

Chapter

Textbook Your Relevant Conceptual Framework Chapter

Textbook Running Bibliography

Self directed extant literature review

Events and Submissions/Topic

Cohort Zoom Session  - Peer Review - Methodology

Week 8 Begin Date: 04 May 2020

Module/Topic

Specialisation Topic Running Bibliography 'Why' Outcomes

Chapter

Textbook Running Bibliography

Self directed extant literature review

Events and Submissions/Topic

Cohort Milestone Zoom Session - Potential Supervisors and Peer Presentation - Specialisation Research - 'Why'

Week 9 Begin Date: 11 May 2020

Module/Topic

Specialisation Topic Final Plan Against Contextual Framework - 'How' Outcomes

Chapter

Textbook Running Bibliography

Self directed extant literature review

Events and Submissions/Topic

Cohort Milestone Zoom Session - Potential Supervisors and Peer Presentation - Specialisation Research - 'How'
Week 10 Begin Date: 18 May 2020

Module/Topic

Specialisation Research Project Supervision

Chapter

Textbook Running Bibliography

Self directed extant literature review

Events and Submissions/Topic

Cohort Zoom Session - Peer Review - Running Bibliography

Research Portfolio Due: Week 10 Friday (22 May 2020) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 11 Begin Date: 25 May 2020

Module/Topic

Specialisation Project Plan

Chapter

Textbook Running Bibliography

Self directed extant literature review

Events and Submissions/Topic

Cohort Zoom Session

Week 12 Begin Date: 01 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Conceptual Framework Evaluation

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Cohort Zoom Session - Peer Review - Use of Conceptual Framework and

Notebook Use Review - Student Feedback


Running Integrated Bibliography Due: Week 12 Friday (5 June 2020) 11:45 pm AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 08 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 15 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Term Specific Information

Students at this level are expected to attend and participate in the weekly cohort Zoom sessions which will include a major peer review component.

Students from SAFE20012 Specialisation Contexts and Methods 1 and SAFE20013 Specialisation Contexts and Methods 2 for Term 1, 2020 will attend the same scheduled weekly Zoom sessions in order to form a Safety Science research student cohort.

Students should ensure they have purchased the prescribe textbook before term commences.

Assessment Tasks

1 Portfolio

Assessment Title
Research Portfolio

Task Description

In this assessment you will develop a portfolio of your research project activities across the term including the use of the Conceptual Framework, the use of a Step-by-Step Notebook and reflective feedback from and to your peers on components of a research project formulation developed over the term.

Part A – Use of the Conceptual Framework

Using the Conceptual Framework presented in your textbook and in this unit present ‘how’ you will use the Conceptual Framework to guide the management of your research project into the next research units in your course. Describe your research including its purpose, the conceptual framework in which it sits, your data collection techniques or methodologies suitable for your framework and discuss how you intend to analyse, organise and summarise your data / statistics.

Part B – Use of a Step by Step Notebook

In this unit you are required to keep a step-by-step notebook which will assist you to organise notes and record your development of ideas as they develop. Your notebook should also include the recording of any articles or books that you might have read and how they influenced your Assessment 2 Running Bibliography, relevant to your specialisation project. Your notebook should also reflect how you were able to organise and categorise your reading from the literature as you progressed through your research project.

Part C – Peer Feedback and Reflection

During the cohort Zoom sessions you were provided with feedback from both your unit coordinator, potential supervisors and peers as you presented your research ideas and key components. You are therefore required to reflect on your learnings over the course of the term and how this feedback influenced the research journey and/or informed ideas in relation to your specialisation research project. You are also required to actively participate in giving your peers feedback on their work as they present over the term.


Assessment Due Date

Week 10 Friday (22 May 2020) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 12 Monday (1 June 2020)


Weighting
Pass/Fail

Assessment Criteria

When grading this submission specific attention will concentrate on finding: -

1. Evidence of your development of learning and understanding in relation to the Conceptual Framework presented in the Playbook for Research Methods and in the unit;

2. Evidence of the use of a step-by-step notebook which assisted in your organisation and management of your research activities across the unit; and

3. Evidence of your reflection, critical thinking, creativity and actions taken from the cohort peer review of your elements of your research project ideas across the term as well as evidence of your active participation in giving your peers feedback on their work.

A detailed marking matrix will be provided in Moodle. Students are required to pass all three parts of this assessment to be awarded an overall pass grade for this assessment item.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Interpret, discuss and apply contemporary principles, theories, paradigms, models and methods relating to your selected area of specialisation
  • Identify and assess the context and key issues relevant to your selected area of specialisation


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research
  • Self-management
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Running Integrated Bibliography

Task Description

In this assessment you will develop a running integrated bibliography of the literature you have explored related to your research project idea and specialisation area. As illustrated in your textbook (see p. 211-221) your running bibliography should detail an introduction to your research, historical contexts and current knowledge from the extant literature.

You should also provide a final knowledge synthesis of the identification of gaps or theories/models in the literature which requires further research attention, and which supports the notion of ‘why’ your research is of importance and what it will contribute to your specialisation in the Safety Sciences.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (5 June 2020) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Monday (15 June 2020)


Weighting
Pass/Fail

Assessment Criteria

When grading this submission specific attention will concentrate on your: -

  1.  Development of a running integrated bibliography which demonstrates your ability to interpret, discuss and synthesis contemporary principles, theories, paradigms, models and methods presented in the literature relevant to your research area of exploration and specialisation;
  2. Use contemporary literature to justify the need, value and contribution of your research project idea linked to your overarching specialisation within the Safety Sciences.

A detailed marking matrix will be provided in Moodle.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Evaluate contemporary measures for the prevention, control, investigation and management of risks and associated incidents in your selected area of specialisation.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research
  • Self-management
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility
  • Leadership

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

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Why is academic integrity important?

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