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SAFE20021 - Safety Science Thesis 2

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This course is the second of two in the Safety Science Thesis suite of courses. Thoughout this course students learn about the process of research including conducting research, exploring a safety science topic in depth through an extensive literature review and presenting research findings to a wider audience. Assessment is based around the completion of a research project which was commenced in Safety Science Thesis 1. Students will also be able to engage with their peer researchers as they progress on their research journey. Assessment items are tailored to ensure the proposed research from Thesis 1 is conducted (after Ethics approval) and that students complete their research by writing up their findings and presenting their findings to a wider audience through appropriate means such as presenting conference papers, journal papers or other negotiated outcomes.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level Not Applicable
Credit Points 24
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.5
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: SAFE20020 Safety Science Thesis 1

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

Each 24-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 50 hours of study per week, making a total of 600 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 40%
2. Written Assessment 60%

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%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Undertake and write an extensive literature review on a topic of safety science.
  2. Conduct research (supported by ethics committee approval) that uses appropriate research methods and data analysis techniques to address research questions.
  3. Discuss the implications of the research project for theory and practice in safety science.
  4. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of a topic in safety science.

This is the second course of two research thesis courses and is designed to complete the foundational work that students carried out in Thesis 1. 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 2 the students will continue to work with their allocated supervisor who will support them in the conduct of their research, the undertaking of an extensive literature review and assist in the preparation of a final piece of work which can deliver the student's research findings to a wider audience. Students will also be able to continue to discuss the course content and their research progress with their fellow peer researchers through Moodle site discussion groups. 

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
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 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment