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SAFE20020 - Safety Science Thesis 1

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This course is the first of two in the Safety Science Thesis suite of courses. Throughout this course students learn about the process of research including the formation of a research proposal, the formulation of research questions and hypothesis, literature reviews and the preparation of an ethics approval application. Students work through online materials and contribute to discussion forums. Assessment is based around online activities. The two major assignments in Thesis 1 form the basis of the research conducted in Thesis 2 which is conducted over Terms 2 and 3.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level Not Applicable
Credit Points
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: 48 credit points

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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2015

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 1 - 2015

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).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Group Discussion 20%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Written Assessment 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

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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.

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Students appreciate a productive research journey
Continue to support students in their research journey with a collaborative community to assist and encourage them.
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Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Design a research study in the area of safety science.
  2. Write a Research Proposal in the area of safety science.
  3. Prepare an Ethics Application to support the proposed Research Proposal.

This is the first course of two research thesis courses and is designed to lay the foundations for the work that students carry out in Thesis 2.  The two Thesis courses are designed to introduce students to the process of conducting research, enabling them to carry out an independent research study.  In Thesis 1 the student will be allocated to a supervisor who will provide advice to the student on relevant literature, formulating a research question, preparing a research proposal and ethics application.  Students will discuss the course content in discussion groups and will be encouraged to attend a conference at some stage in either Thesis 1 or Thesis 2 relevant to their area of research. 

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Group Discussion
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
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
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Group Discussion
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment