AINV20007 - Investigation Principles and Analysis

General Information

Unit Synopsis

You will develop expertise in the investigation and analysis of the practical aspects of contemporary accident investigations. In addition, you will attend a compulsory residential school, which will consolidate and further develop your practical accident investigation and analysis skills to intermediate level. You will plan and prepare for an investigation, manage safety at the accident scene, lead an accident team, photograph the accident scene and the collection of evidence, interview a witness, map a scene, collect and preserve evidence. Subsequent to the residential school, you will also gain an in-depth understanding of the characteristics, strengths, weaknesses and effective application of key accident analysis tools and causation logic diagrams and effective media relations.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
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 1 - 2022

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 1 - 2022

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 12-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Group Discussion 0%
2. Portfolio 50%
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 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 18.18% 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: Verbal feedback at residential school
Actors that are used as witnesses at the accident scenes need to be better briefed and have a better understanding of their activity at the time of the 'accident'.
A review of the use of the 'actors' to be conducted to ensure that they are better briefed on the material required by the students.
Action Taken
The actors were better briefed and in most cases the lecturers acted as witnesses to ensure that the evidence provided was consistent.
Source: Have Your Say
The use of Road Test tutorials were excellent and helped build my confidence.
This is the last offering of this unit.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain the application of international, national and State laws related to accident investigation
  2. Evaluate methods of planning, preparing for and managing complex accident investigations
  3. Collect and evaluate evidence
  4. Evaluate and apply accident analysis models
  5. Reconstruct accident causation sequences using contemporary methods of reconstruction and simulation
  6. Evaluate methods for managing the media regarding their reporting of accidents
  7. Recognise the influence of legal professional privilege on the conduct of investigations.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Group Discussion
2 - Portfolio
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Group Discussion
2 - Portfolio
3 - Written Assessment