CQUniversity Unit Profile
AINV12002 Accident Phenomenology
Accident Phenomenology
All details in this unit profile for AINV12002 have been officially approved by CQUniversity and represent a learning partnership between the University and you (our student).
The information will not be changed unless absolutely necessary and any change will be clearly indicated by an approved correction included in the profile.
General Information

Overview

This unit will provide students with the basis for explaining the evolution of accident investigation methods and practice. On completion, students will be able to explain the characteristics, strengths and weaknesses of key theoretical accident causation models and apply the models to accident scenarios.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 2
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 1 - 2022

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).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 10%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 20%
3. Practical Assessment
Weighting: 20%
4. Written Assessment
Weighting: 50%

Assessment Grading

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.

Previous Student Feedback

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 from Student feedback

Feedback

Positive response to interactive tutorials which honed knowledge and skills.

Recommendation

Ensure many relevant real world case studies are discussed and interactive tutorials are continued.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Analyse the evolution of accident investigation methods and practice.
  2. Use accident causation models to establish accident causation factors.
  3. Apply accident causation models to contemporary accident case studies.
  4. Evaluate the application and effectiveness of accident causation models.
  5. Employ effective communication strategies appropriate to accident phenomenology.
  6. Demonstrate reflective skills appropriate to the development of the intermediate practitioner.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 10%
2 - Written Assessment - 20%
3 - Practical Assessment - 20%
4 - Written Assessment - 50%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
10 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 10%
2 - Written Assessment - 20%
3 - Practical Assessment - 20%
4 - Written Assessment - 50%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Sarah Munn Unit Coordinator
s.munn@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 07 Mar 2022

Module/Topic

Lecture: Introduction and Unit Overview

Chapter

Readings will be available in Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

No tutorial

Week 2 Begin Date: 14 Mar 2022

Module/Topic

Lecture: The Accident Phenomenon

Chapter

Readings will be available in Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

No tutorial

Week 3 Begin Date: 21 Mar 2022

Module/Topic

Lecture: The Accident Phenomenon cont.

Chapter

Readings will be available in Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial time TBA

Week 4 Begin Date: 28 Mar 2022

Module/Topic

Lecture: Evolution of Accident Investigation and Prevention

Chapter

Readings will be available in Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

No tutorial


Online Quiz (zes) Due: Week 4 Friday (1 Apr 2022) 5:00 pm AEST
Week 5 Begin Date: 04 Apr 2022

Module/Topic

Lecture: Heinrich's Domino Theory

Chapter

Readings will be available in Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial: Applying Heinrich's Domino Theory to a major accident

Tutorial time TBA

Vacation Week Begin Date: 11 Apr 2022

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 18 Apr 2022

Module/Topic

Lecture: The Haddon Matrix

Chapter

Readings will be available in Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial: Applying the Haddon Matrix to a major accident

Tutorial time TBA


Accident Prevention Paper Due: Week 6 Friday (22 Apr 2022) 5:00 pm AEST
Week 7 Begin Date: 25 Apr 2022

Module/Topic

Lecture: Reason's System Safety Management Model

Chapter

Readings will be available in Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial: Applying Reason's System Safety model to a major accident

Tutorial time TBA

Week 8 Begin Date: 02 May 2022

Module/Topic

Lecture: Viner's Extended Energy Damage Model and Time Sequence Model

Chapter

Readings will be available in Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial: Applying Viner's models to a major accident

Tutorial time TBA

Week 9 Begin Date: 09 May 2022

Module/Topic

Lecture: The Tapestry of Failure

Chapter

Readings will be available in Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

No tutorial


Theoretical Accident Causation Models Due: Week 9 Friday (13 May 2022) 5:00 pm AEST
Week 10 Begin Date: 16 May 2022

Module/Topic

Lecture: Learning from failure and corrective actions

Chapter

Readings will be available in Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial: Case Study Assignment

Tutorial time TBA

Week 11 Begin Date: 23 May 2022

Module/Topic

Lecture: Safety II and the Accident Phenomenon

Chapter

Readings will be available in Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

No tutorial

Week 12 Begin Date: 30 May 2022

Module/Topic

Independent Study

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 06 Jun 2022

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Case Study Report Due: Review/Exam Week Friday (10 June 2022) 5:00 pm AEST
Exam Week Begin Date: 13 Jun 2022

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title
Online Quiz (zes)

Task Description

You will be required to complete two online discussion quizzes in Moodle covering material related to the evolution of accident investigation methods and practice.
There is no additional submission requirement for this assessment as students' responses to the discussion quiz will be graded online.


Number of Quizzes

2


Frequency of Quizzes

Other


Assessment Due Date

Week 4 Friday (1 Apr 2022) 5:00 pm AEST

Both quizzes are due at this time


Return Date to Students

Two weeks following submission


Weighting
10%

Assessment Criteria

Grades will be applied based on the number of correct responses


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Quiz responses to be submitted in the relevant area of Moodle

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Employ effective communication strategies appropriate to accident phenomenology.
  • Demonstrate reflective skills appropriate to the development of the intermediate practitioner.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Ethical practice

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Accident Prevention Paper

Task Description

You will write a short 'thinking' paper positing a point of view to describe why accidents are still occurring after more than 100 years of 'modern' approaches to accident prevention.
Your paper should be a maximum of 800 - 1000 words and your argument should be supported by a minimum of FOUR appropriate and reputable sources and citations from the literature.
A list of references used should be included at the end of your paper.


Assessment Due Date

Week 6 Friday (22 Apr 2022) 5:00 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Two weeks following submission


Weighting
20%

Minimum mark or grade
Students must achieve a minimum grade of 50%

Assessment Criteria

1. Provides a viewpoint as to why accidents are still occurring after more than a 100 years of "modern" approaches to accident prevention and draws from the learnings covered in the unit
2. A logical argument is presented
3. Grammar and spelling are consistently accurate
4. References—includes the provision of a reference list and the application of the Harvard style for referencing information, data, tables or images sourced for the assignment


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Analyse the evolution of accident investigation methods and practice.
  • Employ effective communication strategies appropriate to accident phenomenology.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence

3 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title
Theoretical Accident Causation Models

Task Description

This assessment task has three parts.

You will investigate the literature relating to ONE of the theoretical accident models and prepare a position paper.


PART A
You will select one accident model from the following list:

Heinrich’s Domino Theory
Haddon Matrix
Reason System Safety Management Model
Time Sequence Model
Extended Energy Damage Model


PART B
From the list below, choose two elements:


i. Technology
ii. Systems
iii. Human Factors
iv. Social and organisational networks, including management and supervision
v. Education & Training
vi. Culture


Using the two elements, explore the literature and discuss the theoretical underpinnings of the chosen model in relation to its effectiveness in addressing accident causation


PART C

Discuss the model's guidance on:


i) Establishing corrective, remedial and preventative actions
ii) Learning from failure in general


Your position paper should be limited to 2000 words maximum and be supported by relevant citations (minimum of 8) from the literature.


Your paper MUST be written in the third person.


Assessment Due Date

Week 9 Friday (13 May 2022) 5:00 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Two weeks following submission


Weighting
20%

Minimum mark or grade
Students must achieve a minimim grade of 50%

Assessment Criteria

The following assessment criteria will apply:
1. Discusses the model's effectiveness in addressing accident causation in two of the chosen elements
2. Discusses the model's guidance on applying corrective, remedial and preventative actions
3. Considers the model's usefulness in learning from failure
4. A logical argument is presented
5. Grammar and spelling are consistently accurate
6. References—includes the provision of a reference list and the application of the Harvard style for referencing information, data, tables or images sourced for the assignment


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Use accident causation models to establish accident causation factors.
  • Apply accident causation models to contemporary accident case studies.
  • Demonstrate reflective skills appropriate to the development of the intermediate practitioner.


Graduate Attributes
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

4 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Case Study Report

Task Description

This assessment task has three parts.

In this assessment task you will use an accident case study provided by your lecturer (in Moodle) to evaluate the effectiveness of TWO selected theoretical accident causation models in explaining the failures which occurred in the case study.


Part A
Select two theoretical accident models (different to that chosen for Assessment Task three) from the following list:


Heinrich’s Domino Theory
Haddon Matrix
Reason System of Safety Management Model
Time Sequence Model
Extended Energy Damage Model


Part B
Populate the models with the critical factors from the case study provided by the lecturer (in Moodle) to explain, in the language of the models, the failures which occurred in the accident.

A template will be provided in Moodle, or you can choose your own.


Part C

You will then prepare a written report to explain:


i) The reasons why the particular models were chosen
ii) The key characteristics of the models
iii) How well the models enabled explanation of the accident phenomena (the tapestry of failures which led to the accident)
iv) The perceived strengths and weaknesses of the chosen models in describing the accident phenomenon


Your report should not exceed 3000 words. It should be supported by relevant citations (minimum of 10) from the literature.


Your report MUST be written in the third person.


Assessment Due Date

Review/Exam Week Friday (10 June 2022) 5:00 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Two weeks following submission


Weighting
50%

Minimum mark or grade
Students must achieve a minimim grade of 50%

Assessment Criteria

1. Selects two theoretical accident models and populates them with both the critical factors from the case study provided by the lecturer and explains, in the language of the model, the failures which occurred in the accident
2. Evaluates how well the theoretical models enabled explantion of the accident phenemona in the case study
3. Report explains the reasons why the particular models were chosen, the key characteristics of the models, the tapestry of failures which led to the accident case study, as evidenced by the application of the chosen accident models; and the percieved strengths and weaknesses of the chosen models in describing the accident phenomenon
4. A logical argument is presented
5. Grammar and spelling are consistently accurate
6. References—includes the provision of a reference list and the application of the Harvard style for referencing information, data, tables or images sourced for the assignment


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Analyse the evolution of accident investigation methods and practice.
  • Use accident causation models to establish accident causation factors.
  • Apply accident causation models to contemporary accident case studies.
  • Evaluate the application and effectiveness of accident causation models.
  • Employ effective communication strategies appropriate to accident phenomenology.
  • Demonstrate reflective skills appropriate to the development of the intermediate practitioner.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

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.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, 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?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?