The Graduate Diploma of Accident Investigation develops advanced level expertise in the investigation and analysis of the factors which lead to accidents and the interventions required to prevent their recurrence. Graduate Diploma of Accident Investigation graduates demonstrate advanced skills at systematically breaking down the factors leading to an accident and making the necessary findings and conclusions for prevention. This course will be attractive to those who have responsibility for accident investigations across industry and society. The course provides core studies in the principles of accident investigation, accident phenomenology, accident forensics, accident analysis and human factors investigation. Students are then able to continue into the Master of Safety Science (Specialisation) and choose a specialist domain (air, rail, road or industrial). Students complete an applied accident investigation project based on a ‘real' accident reconstruction at the university ‘crash lab'. The course has been developed in consultation with Australia's leading accident investigation professionals from air, rail, road and industrial contexts, and the leading organisations and government authorities which inform public safety strategies.
In the Graduate Diploma of Accident Investigation students will undertake core subjects in the area of Accident Investigation including the areas of human factors, risk management, investigation law, safety systems, accident phenomenology and accident forensics and engineering. This will see graduates enhancing their career advancement opportunities as specialists in their chosen area being highly employable in their field of expertise across both the private and public sectors.
Graduates of the Grad Dip Accident Investigation will possess a comprehensive set of accident investigation and accident prevention skills and knowledge that will allow them to be advanced investigation professionals and leaders.
The increasing focus on safety and health, together with global business and public sector emphasis on achieving reduced costs and higher reliability have resulted in the graduates of the CQU accident investigation units, being highly sought after by a range of industries including mining, manufacturing, maritime, aviation, defence, transport and logistics, health, consultancy and also government departments and authorities such as the police force.
|Duration||1 years full-time or 2 years part-time|
|Credit Points that Must be Earned||48|
|Number of Units Required||CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in postgraduate courses normally consist of 8 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 8, 16, 24).|
|Expected Hours of Study||One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.|
|Course Type||Postgraduate Award|
|Qualification (post nominal)||GradDipAccidInv|
|AQF Level||Level 8: Graduate Diploma|
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Students are required to possess
1) an undergraduate degree; or
2) five years experience in a safety science related role in upper or middle management; or
3) three years experience in a safety science related role and a Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety or Work Health and Safety.
Students applying on the basis of experience may be required to provide evidence of writing skills.
Refer to the international student section
All applications are subject to approval by the School.
Students who would like to join this course but have not attended university level studies previously and do not feel confident in their academic skills may benefit from enrolling in one of the CQUniversity bridging courses such as STEPS to prepare for their studies. Students who have not studied at university previously are also recommended to enrol in GOAS "Getting Optimistic About Study" a free unit which provides additional study skills support.
|Interim Awards||CC63 - Graduate Certificate in Accident Phenomenology|
|Exit Awards||CC63 - Graduate Certificate in Accident Phenomenology|
|Professional Accreditation||Not applicable|
|Learned Society Accreditation||Not applicable|
|Compulsory Residential School||There are 2 core units with a compulsory residential school for all students. These are: Safety and Accident Phenomenology and Crash Lab Analysis Project.|
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|Course Learning Outcomes|
|Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors||1||2||3||4||5||6|
|1. KNOWLEDGE Have advanced knowledge within a systematic and coherent body of knowledge that may include the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills in a new or existing discipline or professional area|
|2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and identify and provide solutions to complex problems|
|3. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to think critically and to generate and evaluate complex ideas|
|4. SKILLS Have specialised technical and creative skills in a field of highly skilled and/or professional practice|
|5. SKILLS Have communication skills to demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concept|
|6. SKILLS Have communication skills to transfer complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences|
|7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to make high level, independent judgements in a range of technical or management functions in varied specialised contexts|
|8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate broad functions within varied specialised technical and/or creative contexts|
|9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for personal outputs and all aspects of the work or function of others within broad parameters|
|Number of units: 5||Total credit points: 48|
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|AINV20006||Safety and Accident Phenomenology|
|AINV20007||Investigation Principles and Analysis|
|AINV20008||Investigation of Human Factors|
|AINV20009||Accident Forensics and Engineering|
|AINV20010||Crash Lab Project|