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.

Details

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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2019

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Online

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.

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.2 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 75% 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: Student Feedback
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.
Recommendation
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
This year the Ethics Approval was moved to be the assessment 2 requirement (instead of being assessment 3) and the confusion on the need to obtain ethics approval early in the unit was resolved by the restructuring of the assessments.
Source: Have Your Say Feedback
Feedback
Students appreciated that their thesis journey had begun the year before and they were well prepared for this year due to that preparation.
Recommendation
This unit is in teach out mode due to the Master of Safety Science not being offered after the university restructuring in 2020. Therefore no changes are recommended.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have Your Say Feedback
Feedback
One student, who had not had the previous exposure to the textbook as the other students had in 2020, found the textbook difficult to comprehend.
Recommendation
This unit is in teach out mode due to the Master of Safety Science not being offered after the university restructuring in 2020. Therefore no changes are recommended.
Action Taken
Nil.
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.

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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