AINV11001 - Real World Investigation

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Students are provided with the opportunity to become a 'real world' investigator during this foundation unit. Through engagement with peers, lecturing staff and the socio-technical world around them, students will develop base skills in investigation ethics and philosophy, evidence-based practice in investigation forensics, and begin to understand the nature of accidents and disasters, and latent pathogens in socio-technical systems.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the 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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2023

Term 1 - 2023 Profile

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 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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Group Discussion 10%
2. Portfolio 30%
3. Written Assessment 30%
4. Written Assessment 30%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 80.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 15.63% response rate.

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: Have Your Say feedback
Some students were unaware of the presence and importance of assessment matrices in preparing their work.
Explain to students how to make use of assessment matrices as part of the overall Assessment Task Details.
Action Taken
New assessment items were introduced in 2022 and new marking matrices were used. Students were made aware of the updates and new marking matrices.
Source: Evaluations
Positive Optional Feedback
Positive student feedback was received about the excellent lectures, clear and fast marking. It is recommended to maintain a high standard of lectures, fast marking turnaround and clear statements on what can be improved on as student feedback.
Action Taken
Source: Evaluations
Constructive Feedback
One student commented that they had not heard about the Contributing Factors Framework (CFF) which was introduced to students this term. The CFF was used to introduce students to a Human Factors and complex sociotechnical system wide accident investigation tool. The CFF is relatively new, so may be new to safety professionals, however, for a first term first year unit it is a practical and simple tool for teaching and learning purposes. It is recommended to continue to use the CFF but stress to students the value of understanding the use of the CFF and how it may be new for them as part of the cutting edge Safety Science teaching conducted at CQUniversity.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Recognise that events can be analysed and interpreted in different contexts (e.g. disciplinary, socio-technical, cultural).
  2. Construct an argument based on classic logical form.
  3. Explain the principles of evidence-based practice.
  4. Describe the role of investigation in socio-technical contexts.
  5. Discuss the ethical implications of observed events.
  6. Recognise basic accident pathogen.
  7. Conduct a basic analysis of accident causation.
  8. Employ effective communication strategies appropriate to real world investigations.
  9. Demonstrate reflective skills appropriate to the development of the beginning practitioner.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Group Discussion
2 - Portfolio
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
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
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Group Discussion
2 - Portfolio
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Written Assessment