SAFE20014 - Specialisation Project 1
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit provides students with the opportunity to critically analyse and challenge the principles, theories, methods, models and paradigms which inform their selected area of specialisation.

Details

Career Level Postgraduate
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
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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).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Mixed Mode

Website

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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.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

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

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.

Feedback Source Recommendation
I would not say specifically the course need improving, the student needs to reach out more to the supervisors and to their network to enrich the learning and this can be encouraged by the supervisors at an early stage. Student Evaluation Regular one on one consultation encouraged and timetabled.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Critically analyse contemporary principles, theories, paradigms, models and methods relating to your selected area of specialisation.
  2. Develop strategies and approaches that challenge or extend existing models and methods in your selected area or specialisation.
  3. Justify changes in perspective and practice in your selected area of specialisation through evidence informed reasoning and critical reflection.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Portfolio  
2 - Written Assessment    

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced 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

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Portfolio    
2 - Written Assessment

Prescribed Textbooks

Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument
Author/s: Cottrell, S Year: 2011
Edition: 2nd Publisher: Palgrave
Country: UK
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note: Students should be able to access an ecopy of the textbook from the CQU library. However, limited copies are available and if you would prefer a paper text, please see the CQUni Bookshop here.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorAldo Raineri (a.raineri@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Consultation with stream specialist mentor

Week 2 13-03-2017 Consultation with stream specialist mentor

Week 3 20-03-2017

Consultation with stream specialist mentor

Progress Report 1

Week 4 27-03-2017

Consultation with stream specialist mentor

Week 5 03-04-2017

Consultation with stream specialist mentor

Progress Report 2

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Consultation with stream specialist mentor

Week 7 24-04-2017

Consultation with stream specialist mentor

Progress Report 3

Week 8 01-05-2017

Consultation with stream specialist mentor

Week 9 08-05-2017

Consultation with stream specialist mentor

Progress Report 4

Week 10 15-05-2017

Consultation with stream specialist mentor

Week 11 22-05-2017

Consultation with stream specialist mentor

Critical Review(s) Due Monday (22 May 17) 10:00 AM AEST
Week 12 29-05-2017

Consultation with stream specialist mentor

Progress Reports, Presentation Due Monday (29 May 17) 10:00 AM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Portfolio

Assessment Title Critical Review(s)
Task Description

Students will present a portfolio of work (as fulfillment of a negotiated learning contract which has been approved by the course co-ordinator) that evidences that they can:

1. Critically analyses contemporary principles, theories, paradigms, models and methods relating to the selected area of specialisation.

2. Evaluate the effectiveness of current approaches in the selected area of specialisation.

3. Develop strategies and approaches that challenge or extend existing models and methods in the selected area of specialisation.

4. Justify changes in perspective and practice in the selected area of specialisation through evidence informed reasoning and critical reflection.

Assessment Due Date Week 11 Monday (22-May-2017) 10:00 AM AEST
Return Date to Students Review/Exam Week Friday (09-Jun-2017)
Weighting 60%
Assessment Criteria

1. Critical analysis of contemporary principles, theories, paradigms, models and methods relating to the selected area of specialisation - 15%

2. Evaluation of the effectiveness of current approaches - 15%

3. Development of strategies and approaches that challenge or extend existing models and methods in the selected area of specialisation - 15%

4.Justification of changes in perspective and practice based on evidence informed reasoning and critical reflection - 15%

5. Perspective transformation, reinvention of existing practices, creation of new knowledge and ways of doing - 10%

6. Logical and concise conclusions are drawn from the evidence - 10%

7. Presentation is clear and well structured and writing style is impartial, logical and scholarly - 10%

8. Appropriate use of quotations and citations that are consistent with Harvard referencing style - 10%



Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Critically analyse contemporary principles, theories, paradigms, models and methods relating to your selected area of specialisation.

2. Develop strategies and approaches that challenge or extend existing models and methods in your selected area or specialisation.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Progress Reports, Presentation
Task Description

1. Progress Reports (10%)

Students will prepare progress reports as outlined in the Schedule and participate in discussions regarding their progress and issues that have been encountered in their project.

2. Presentation (30%)

Students will present an outline of their work at the residential school.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Monday (29-May-2017) 10:00 AM AEST
All reports must have been submitted by the specified dates
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

1. Display progress in developing and applying strategies and approaches that challenge or extend existing models and methods in the selected area of specialisation - 25%

2. Display evidence informed reasoning to justify changes in perspective and practice in the selected area of specialisation - 25%

3. Display critical reflection to justify changes in perspective and practice in the selected area of specialisation - 25%

4. Presentation is clear and well structured and writing style is impartial, logical and scholarly - 15%

5. Appropriate use of quotations and citations that are consistent with Harvard referencing style - 10%

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

3. Justify changes in perspective and practice in your selected area of specialisation through evidence informed reasoning and critical reflection.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

7. Leadership




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