AINV12005 - Forensic Engineering

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will provide you with an understanding of the role and effect of engineering on the causation, prevention and investigation of accidents. You will study the concepts, drivers and language of the engineering profession, the engineering domains (eg civil, mechanical, electrical, chemical) and their contribution to accident forensics, engineering failure analysis methods and failure in the engineering design process (such as solving the wrong problem, wrong user consultation, failure to understand user requirements, the designed system vs operational system), and understanding of engineers' reports. You will examine the principles of forensic engineering, forensic engineering investigation methods and the application of contemporary investigation technologies. In addition, this unit will provide you with an opportunity to explore the tenets of the key forensic investigation disciplines such as fire and meteorological investigations.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
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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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2023

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 2 - 2023

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 20%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 30%
3. Written Assessment 50%

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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Previous Feedback

Term 3 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 65.22% 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: Both Have Your Say and face-to-face communication.
The residential school is recognised as the best part of the unit, allowing engagement with the lecturer and teaching staff.
Keep time in the residential school for engagement with the teaching staff.
Action Taken
The residential school has maintained a high level of engagement by staff with students. It should be noted that this is the last offering of this unit.
Source: Have Your Say and face-to-face discussions at the residential school.
The level of mathematics and physics is very high for the majority of students.
Review the level of mathematics and physics required in this unit.
Action Taken
The level of mathematics and physics was reviewed and the content was reduced but still maintained the requirements of the learning outcomes.
Source: Have Your Say
"Teachers were supportive. Lectures were interesting, informative and difficult concepts explained well."
This was the last offering of this unit. So no recommendation required.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Appraise the role and effect of engineering practice on the causation, prevention and investigation of accidents
  2. Discuss the concepts, drivers, language and practice of the engineering profession
  3. Explain the accident forensics contexts of the engineering disciplines including mechanical, electrical, civil and chemical engineering and their contribution to accident forensics and multidisiplinary teams
  4. Examine the methods of engineering failure analysis, failures in design, forensic investigation and related technologies, and their contribution to accident forensics
  5. Critique engineering reports in relation to causation, prevention and investigation of accidents
  6. Examine key forensic investigation disciplines including fire and meteorological investigations.


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Group Discussion
2 - Practical and Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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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
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