AINV12003 - Victim Pathology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will provide students with an alternative approach to traditional methods of accident reconstruction. Students will begin with the study of nature of injury pathology, and learn how different regions of the human body react with different tolerance to impact trauma. The body is comprised of tissues, which also have different tolerance to force and acceleration. Students will then learn the use of victim pathology as the starting point for research or investigation in case studies ranging from simple vehicle collisions to very complex cases of multi-system severe or fatal injuries sustained where factual data may be sparse, or non existing. Students will solve cases of misadventure resulting in death or severe traumatic injuries, based on the methods of victim pathology.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

48 credit points

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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Adelaide
Brisbane
Bundaberg
Gladstone
Mackay
Melbourne
Online
Perth
Rockhampton
Sydney
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Adelaide
Brisbane
Bundaberg
Gladstone
Mackay
Melbourne
Online
Perth
Rockhampton
Sydney

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. Written Assessment 30%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. 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

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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.

Source: Unit Coordinator reflections
Feedback
The assessments in this unit have been continually altered and improved over the previous few offerings, and there is potential room for further improvement.
Recommendation
The wording of assessment descriptions and criteria may need to be revisited for clarity.
Action Taken
Improvement to the assessments, in particular the wording of the descriptions and criteria, has been ongoing. Minor changes were made for the 2019 offering and a few more are already planned for the 2020 offering.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Although students typically enjoy this unit, more emphasis could be placed on contextualising learning to improve understanding of its utility.
Recommendation
Expand upon the final topic 'Contextualising Victim Pathology' to provide more numerous examples of the utility of this discipline area to the broader scientific and investigative community.
Action Taken
Greater effort was made to contextualise the learning throughout the term, although no specific improvements were made to the final topic for this offering. This is an ongoing area of improvement for the unit.
Source: Unit Coordinator reflections
Feedback
Some of the materials in this unit graphically depict the human body in states of extreme injury, including images of deceased persons. These images may be unsettling or disturbing, but are nevertheless necessary for the study of pathoanatomy.
Recommendation
Continue to provide graphic content warnings, particularly early in the term and especially before Census date.
Action Taken
Graphic content warnings were provided throughout the term.
Source: Student evaluations
Feedback
Specific tutorials for the assessments would be beneficial for students' understanding of the assessment requirements and to establish expectations.
Recommendation
Run a Zoom tutorial session several weeks before each assessment due date to provide another forum for students to seek clarification of the requirements for the assessments and to establish expectations with regard to the depth of analysis.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Coordinator observations
Feedback
Students would benefit from seeing high quality submissions from previous students for the case study assessment to better visualise what they are being asked to provide in their own submissions.
Recommendation
Provide exemplars for the case study assessment so that students can examine the quality and depth of analysis of a successful submission.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Coordinator reflection
Feedback
The case studies and scenarios provided for the assessment items should be updated regularly for academic integrity reasons and to allow the provision of exemplars, as per the previous recommendation.
Recommendation
The case studies and the specific details of the hypothetical scenarios used for the assessments should be updated for the 2020 offering of this unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyse the relevance of victim pathology in establishing causality.
  2. Explain and elaborate on differential human tolerance to trauma based on tissues and body regions.
  3. Interpret published data on human tolerance to impact.
  4. Analyse complex case scenarios involving multiple severe or fatal traumatic injuries and determine likely causal events.
  5. Demonstrate reflective skills appropriate to the development of the intermediate practitioner.
  6. Demonstrate ability in confidentiality and ethical practice appropriate for a forensic practitioner.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - 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
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
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment