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This unit will provide students with a grounding in basic tenets of key investigation related issues including safety of investigators onsite, planning and preparing for the conduct of investigations, broad understanding of the nature of accident and related scenes of failure, effective photography methods and witness interviewing techniques. There will also be a focus on the law as it applies to the conduct of investigation and related issues such as continuity of evidence.
Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 1
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites
There are no requisites for this 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).
Offerings For Term 2 - 2019
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).
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.
Explain the application of OHS principles while carrying out onsite investigations.
Employ effective communications strategies appropriate to investigative activities
Demonstrate reflective skills appropriate to the development of the beginning practitioner
2 Written Assessment
Accident Scene Management
You must set up an accident scene from one of the scenarios below. Then photograph the scene, the evidence and evidence collection process. You are then required to prepare a sketch map and data table which will be used to produce a scale map. Submit your sketch map, data table, scale map and photographs.
Choose one of the following accident scenarios and set it up, with a perimeter and evidence markers.
i. A person was climbing a ladder to access the roof of the house to clean the gutters when the ladder slipped resulting in a serious fall. The person had been climbing the ladder whilst carrying a spatula, leaf blower, gloves and a bucket or plastic tub. At the time the person had been wearing a hat, thongs and sunglasses which came off during the fall. The person's wallet has also fallen from their pocket.
ii. While mowing the lawn a rock which had been hidden in the grass was flicked up by the mower and struck the head of a person seated at a nearby table and chair. The impact of the rock knocked the seated person unconscious and as the person fell over, their hat and sunglasses fell off, the table and chair were also knocked over, the small vase of flowers or pot plant and coffee cup on the table fell to the ground. The book that the person had been reading at the time also fell to the ground. There is also a fuel can and screw driver close to the mower.
iii. When backing the car out of the driveway (of a home or park), the car impacted the two bicycles which had been left behind the vehicle. Bicycle helmets, sunglasses and backpacks had been hanging on the handle bars of both bicycles and these were scattered in the impact. A drink bottle fell from one of the backpacks.
You must photograph the accident scene. Your photographs need to demonstrate your understanding of the scene management and evidence collection processes. You must take photographs of the accident scene that show each of the following:
a) The overall scene of the accident. (2 photos to be submitted)
b) Broad shots from at least 3 sides of the scene, showing sections of the scene and the relationships between the various evidence items at the scene (3 photos to be submitted)
c) Broad shots showing the relationship between the accident scene and other prominent features in the area, such as the house, trees, driveway, etc (5 photos to be submitted)
d) Close-ups of each of the items of evidence in the accident scene (10 photos to be submitted)
e) Close-ups of a person collecting each piece of evidence (10 photos to be submitted)
a) Choose appropriate location method(s) for the evidence and accident scene from those detailed in the teaching material. Take careful measurements of the location of each item of evidence and record that information in a data table. Your data table needs to demonstrate your understanding and application of your chosen location method(s).
b) Draw a sketch map of the accident scene showing the relationship of all the evidence items listed in the scenario and the other prominent features in the area of the scene. Your sketch map must be drawn by hand. Use recognisable shapes and legible labels to identify all items and features on the map, record evidence numbers on the map. Include the construction lines for 5 pieces of evidence on your sketch map. Write the name of your location method(s) on your sketch map.
Your sketch map and data table must include all of the elements described in the teaching material.
c) Produce a scale map from your sketch map and include details as detailed in the week 8 lecture
You must upload:
in either .docx, .pdf or .pptx files in the applicable assignment submission area in Moodle before 0900 hrs Monday Week 11.
Assessment Due Date
Week 10 Monday (23 Sept 2019) 9:00 am AEST
Return Date to Students
Within 3 weeks of submission date
Marks will be deducted for any pieces of evidence not identified, photographed or mapped.
Assessment will be based on:
Photograph quality and selection of photographs as per lectures and task description
Sketch map quality and completeness
The use of appropriate symbols/numbers for all pieces of evidence in the sketch map
The selection of an appropriate mapping method to carry out the mapping task
Data table is legible, clear and contains appropriate measurements
Scale map is drawn at an appropriate scale
Scale map contains all items of evidence
Scale map includes north point and scale.
A detailed marking matrix will be provided in Moodle.
Submitted via Moodle in the appropriate link in the Assessment Block
Learning Outcomes Assessed
Interpret the law in relation to the conduct of investigations and describe the rules of evidence
Employ effective communications strategies appropriate to investigative activities
Academic Integrity Statement
As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.
Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work.
Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit,
including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.
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you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit.
Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.
Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification
you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.
As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the
Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure.
This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid,
the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.
What is a breach of academic integrity?
A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct.
The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.
Why is academic integrity important?
A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University.
It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere.
Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.
Where can I get assistance?
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