AINV20009 - Accident Forensics and Engineering

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, students will develop an advanced understanding of the role forensic engineering methods and victim pathology play in informing accident investigation and causation. Students will also appraise the contribution of engineers and the engineering profession, safety engineering concepts, safe design, engineering failure analysis to accident investigation and prevention. The contribution of principles and methods of fire investigation and the role of meteorology are also analysed. All students are required to attend a Residential School.

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level Not Applicable
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.
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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2019

Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Mixed Mode

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 Postgraduate 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. Written Assessment 40%
3. Written Assessment 40%

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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 100% 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: Student feedback
Feedback
Student suggested increasing the engineering focus during the residential school.
Recommendation
Residential school activities should be revised to include engineering testing/investigation aspects.
Action Taken
The residential school was redevleoped to include many engineering activities and hands on testing.
Source: student feedback
Feedback
Assessment does not give timely feedback before next item
Recommendation
Assessment items and their timing are to be reviewed to allow more time for feedback to students.
Action Taken
Assessment items were spread throughout the term, allowing time for feedback prior to the next item being due. Assesment items were reviewed to ensure better alignment with the new activities and the learning outcomes.
Source: student feedback
Feedback
Need more engineering analysis
Recommendation
Unit content is to be reviewed to include more engineering analysis.
Action Taken
More engineering analysis was added through the redevelopment of the residential school.
Source: student feedback
Feedback
Great interaction with staff
Recommendation
Ensure that current high levels of interaction between staff and students remain.
Action Taken
High levels of interaction with staff were maintained.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Assessment gave latitude to think broadly about the topics
Recommendation
Continue with the current assessment items.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: student feedback
Feedback
As residential school is early in the term, it may be worthwhile delivering some of the content at the residential school to help prepare for activities
Recommendation
Review residential school program to see if some lectures can be included.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss the role and effect of safety engineering and prevention through design on the causation and prevention of accidents.
  2. Analyse forensic investigation contexts and methods from the engineering disciplines including mechanical, electrical, civil and chemical engineering for establishing accident causation factors.
  3. Examine the methods of engineering failure analysis and their contribution to accident forensics.
  4. Examine the contribution of victim pathology in identification of the biomechanics of injury causality and the implication for future design and injury prevention.
  5. Explore the nature of fires and the principles and techniques for fire investigation.
  6. Examine the impact of meteorology on accident causation and associated methods of investigation.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Group Discussion
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
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
1 - Group Discussion
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment