SAFE20023 - Safety Science Thesis 2

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit is the second of two in the Safety Science Thesis suite of units. During this unit you will learn about the process of conducting safety science research by executing your research plan (post ethics approval) from Thesis 1, that is, data collection and analysis, writing and presenting your research findings to a wider audience. You will also be able to engage with your peer researchers as they progress through their research journey.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: SAFE20022

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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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. Written Assessment 0%
2. Presentation and 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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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 and Coordinator reflection
The challenges and timelines associated with research projects can be better managed by ensuring that milestones are met in the previous unit.
Project milestones (including submission of ethics applications) have been embedded into SAFE20022, the unit which precedes this one, to ensure that students are ready to commence their research projects as soon as the term begins.
Action Taken
Project milestones and expected timelines have been embedded into the Moodle sites for SAFE20022 and SAFE20023 and are highlighted regularly during supervision sessions/meetings with unit coordinator.
Source: Student feedback
Students appreciate the one-on-one nature of this unit and the research supervision process.
Supervision teams have been expanded to include additional staff to ensure that students are well supported on their research journeys.
Action Taken
Where possible, supervision arrangements have been proposed in which multiple staff are present on each team to ensure high quality and continuous support throughout the term.
Source: Staff observation
The use of a supervision contract between the student and the supervision team may help to clarify expectations on both sides with regard to workload and time allocated for the research project.
Recommend supervision contracts to students and supervision teams in this unit in future offerings, and consider options for incorporating a supervision contract into an assessment item.
Action Taken
Source: Staff observation and student feedback
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 and/or in the preceding unit (SAFE20022).
Project milestones, especially the submission of ethics applications, should be emphasised earlier on in the preceding unit (SAFE20022), to ensure that students have ethical clearance and are ready to commence their research projects in SAFE20023 as soon as the term begins.
Action Taken
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 unit of two research thesis units and is designed to complete the foundational

work that students carried out in Thesis 1. The two Thesis units 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 unit 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 - Presentation and 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
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Presentation and Written Assessment