AINV20008 - Investigation of Human Factors
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit will provide students with an advanced understanding of human factors investigation methods and models and the contemporary human factors, organisational and safety culture tenets which underpin effective accident prevention and investigation. This will include analysis and investigation of the role of the human in modern socio-technical systems and systems failures, human factors engineering and methods for investigating and analysing safety culture and its influence on the causation of accidents.

Details

Career Level Postgraduate
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

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).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Distance

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

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.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

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.

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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.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Students appreciated the co-operative learning approach taken in this course Student evaluations Continue with this course design
Students reported deep learning with each assessment item building on the one before as they developed their analysis skills Student evaluations Continue with this assessment regime.
Students appreciated learning being delivered via blackboard collaborate. Student evaluations Continue and enhance live on-line "collaborate" sessions for delivery of key content
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Appraise the role that human factors has in accident causation.
  2. Critique and apply contemporary human factors investigation tools and techniques.
  3. Evaluate the contribution that organisational factors and safety culture have on accident causation.
  4. Recognise the shortcomings in applications of the "blame" and "no-blame" cultures and their impact on investigation.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Group Discussion    
2 - Written Assessment    
3 - Written Assessment    

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
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

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Group Discussion
2 - Written Assessment  
3 - Written Assessment  

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorYvonne Toft (y.toft@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Introduction: Getting to know you, moodle and this course

Week 2 13-03-2017

Module 1: Human factors and accident causation

Week 3 20-03-2017

Module 1: Human factors and accident causation

Week 4 27-03-2017

Module 1: Human factors and accident causation

Week 5 03-04-2017

Module 1: Human factors and accident causation

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Module 2: Human factors investigation methods

Tutorial activites Due Friday (21 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 7 24-04-2017

Module 2: Human factors investigation methods

Week 8 01-05-2017

Module 2: Human factors investigation methods

Week 9 08-05-2017

Module 2: Human factors investigation methods

Week 10 15-05-2017

Module 2: Human factors investigation methods

Annotated mindmap & bibliography Due Friday (19 May 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 11 22-05-2017

Module 3: Bringing it altogether

Week 12 29-05-2017

Catchup & review

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Report Due Wednesday (07 Jun 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Group Discussion

Assessment Title Tutorial activites
Task Description
Students will complete a variety of tutorial activities as directed in moodle during the first 5 weeks of class. Further information will be provided through moodle on a week by week basis.
Assessment Due Date Week 6 Friday (21-Apr-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 8 Friday (05-May-2017)
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

As a general rule assessment criteria for all assessment items include

1. (90%) Content—includes the accuracy, relevance and application of key concepts, analysis, argument, language and grammar used in answering a question or report (see marking criteria for individual requirements).

2. (10%) References—includes the provision of a reference list and the application of the Harvard style for referencing information, data, tables or images sourced for the assignment or report.

Specific assessment criteria for each assessment piece will be provided through moodle.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Appraise the role that human factors has in accident causation.

2. Critique and apply contemporary human factors investigation tools and techniques.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility

7. Leadership



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Annotated mindmap & bibliography
Task Description

For this task you will be required to review the literature and complete an annotated mindmap and bibliography based around a specific case study.

Your annotated mind map should evidence:

  • What happened (describe circumstances)
  • Why it happened (discuss findings)
  • Nature of system and system parts
  • Design failures and system life cycle
  • Issues and findings related to people, workplaces & management
  • Human factors investigation tools recommended to investigate the issues

The ‘whys’ above should draw on evidence in the report AND in the literature (i.e. bibliographies). It should include formal ‘in text’ referencing in the mind map and include a separate reference list.

This task will have a self and peer review component.

Further details about this task will be provided through moodle.

Assessment Due Date Week 10 Friday (19-May-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017)
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

As a general rule assessment criteria for all assessment items include

1. (90%) Content—includes the accuracy, relevance and application of key concepts, analysis, argument, language and grammar used in answering a question or report (see marking criteria for individual requirements).

2. (10%) References—includes the provision of a reference list and the application of the Harvard style for referencing information, data, tables or images sourced for the assignment or report.

Specific assessment criteria for each assessment piece will be provided through moodle.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Appraise the role that human factors has in accident causation.

2. Critique and apply contemporary human factors investigation tools and techniques.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Report
Task Description

This problem solving activity will extend the work done in Assessment 2. There will be three options available to complete this assignment depending on the students own circumstances and interests. It will also include an evaluation of the contribution that organisational factors and safety culture have on accident causation with reference to the topics covered in Module 1 & 2. Further information will be provided through moodle.

 

Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Wednesday (07-Jun-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

As a general rule assessment criteria for all assessment items include

1. (90%) Content—includes the accuracy, relevance and application of key concepts, analysis, argument, language and grammar used in answering a question or report (see marking criteria for individual requirements).

2. (10%) References—includes the provision of a reference list and the application of the Harvard style for referencing information, data, tables or images sourced for the assignment or report.

Specific assessment criteria for each assessment piece will be provided through moodle.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

3. Evaluate the contribution that organisational factors and safety culture have on accident causation.

4. Recognise the shortcomings in applications of the "blame" and "no-blame" cultures and their impact on investigation.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility




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