SAFE20022 - Safety Science Thesis 1

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit is the first of two in the Safety Science Thesis suite of units. During this unit you will learn about the process of research by exploring a safety science problem in depth by developing and refining an extensive literature review, formulating a research proposal, research questions and hypothesis, and the preparation of an ethics approval application. The assignments in Thesis 1 form the basis of the research conducted in Thesis 2 which is conducted over the following term.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the 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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

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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 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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Presentation and Written Assessment 0%
2. Portfolio 0%
3. Written Assessment 0%

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.

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 57.14% response rate.

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.

Source: Informal student feedback
Students have indicated their appreciation for the supportive and flexible environment in which they work with their dedicated supervision teams to develop their research ideas.
Continue to build mentoring and supervision capacity within the Transport and Safety Sciences team so that students can continue to be supported by high quality supervision teams in their research journeys.
Action Taken
Due to COVID-19 restructuring at the university many staff from the Transport and Safety Sciences area were affected by the redundancies and experienced supervision staff have now left. Students have had to be re-allocated a new supervisor mid way through their final thesis year which is unfortunate. This unit which is part of the Masters courses which have now been cancelled due to the restructuring, and is in teach out mode till Term 2, 2021.
Source: Coordinator observations
Research projects and ethics requirements in particular can represent a new paradigm for many students, who may benefit from additional guidance earlier in the term.
Supervision teams should begin to discuss ethics requirements earlier in the unit so as to be prepared to begin the research project in the following term. The assessment item related to ethics may benefit from being due earlier in the term.
Action Taken
Students were encouraged to submit their Low Risk Ethics application very early into the term and most obtained their ethics approval by the end of the term. This allows them to collect their data well before term 2 where they complete the final phase of their research project.
Source: Student Feedback
Students were confused about the requirement to lodge their Low Risk Ethics application early in the term when the final assessment task of having ethics approval obtained was their last assessment task.
It is recommended that the supervisors and unit coordinator try and emphasis the time line for the Low Risk Ethics approval process, from application submission to obtaining ethics approved, in order to help students understand the time required for this process and the need to start the process earlier rather than later.
Action Taken
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. Prepare and present a Research Proposal in the area of safety science.
  3. Prepare an Ethics Application to support the proposed Research Proposal.


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Presentation and Written Assessment
2 - Portfolio
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
1 - Presentation and Written Assessment
2 - Portfolio
3 - Written Assessment