AINV20009 - Accident Forensics and Engineering
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

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

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

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
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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
  • Mixed Mode

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

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Feedback Source Recommendation
The best aspects were that the instructors are very knowledgeable and very helpful. There was a lot of information given in a short space of time but it appeared to be a seamless process. The course was enjoyable to attend. Have Your Say student Feedback Continue to use lecturers that are knowledgeable and helpful.
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

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced 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

  • 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 CoordinatorPrue Howard (p.howard@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 to Course and Moodle

Module 1 : Safety engineering & prevention

Week 2 13-03-2017

Module 2 : Forensic Engineering Investigation Methods

Contribute to Moodle Group discussion

Week 3 20-03-2017

Module 2 : Forensic Engineering Investigation Methods

Contribute to Moodle Group discussion

Week 4 27-03-2017

Module 3 : Engineering Failure Analysis

Contribute to Moodle Group discussion

Week 5 03-04-2017

Module 3 : Engineering Failure Analysis

Contribute to Moodle Group discussion

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017 Module 4 : Crashworthiness and biomechanics

Contribute to Moodle Group discussion

Week 7 24-04-2017

Module 4 : Crashworthiness and biomechanics

Contribute to Moodle Group discussion

Week 8 01-05-2017

Module 5 : Meteorology and accidents


Contribute to Moodle Group discussion

Week 9 08-05-2017

Module 6 : Fire investigation

Contribute to Moodle Group discussion

Class Discussion and Moodle Activities Due Friday (12 May 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 10 15-05-2017

Residential School

  • Forensic Engineering Methods Practical

Residential School 16-18 May, Bundaberg Crash Lab

Week 11 22-05-2017

Review & reflection

Residential School Portfolio Due Friday (26 May 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 12 29-05-2017

Review & reflection

Literature Review Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Group Discussion

Assessment Title Class Discussion and Moodle Activities
Task Description

Discussion topics related to the unit content of Accident Forensics and Engineering will be introduced in the News forum at stages throughout the term. These will then be discussed by the cohort on the Moodle discussion forum, where you will develop and share your final understandings. As an example, previous topics have included:

  • Likely injury mechanisms in the 2005 Banda Aceh Indonesian Tsunami
  • Energy....the scientific cause of injuries
  • Examples of engineering failures that have lead to accidents - students to contribute from own knowledge base
  • Benefits and limitation of simulation as an accident analysis tool.

You are expected to participate in each of these discussions as they form a part of the assessment activities for this course.

Assessment Due Date Week 9 Friday (12-May-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 11 Friday (26-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 grammer 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.

Where necessary your Lecturer may provide additional assessment criteria in Moodle.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submission via the main discussion forum in Moodle

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

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.

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.

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 Residential School Portfolio
Task Description

During the compulsory residential school, you will be engaged in a number of practical activities to apply the knowledge you have learned. Details of each activity will be provided during the residential school, however they will include:

  • Forensic Engineering & Crashworthiness assessment
  • Engineering Failure Analysis
  • Victim Pathology

You will collate these activities as a portfolio and submit it for assessment.

Assessment Due Date Week 11 Friday (26-May-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Review/Exam Week Friday (09-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 grammer 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.

Where necessary your Lecturer may provide additional assessment criteria in Moodle.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

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

1. Discuss the role and effect of safety engineering and prevention through design on the causation and prevention of accidents.

3. Examine the methods of engineering failure analysis and their contribution to accident forensics.

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 Literature Review
Task Description

You will be given 4 case studies to investigate. You are required to identify two different forensic methods/technologies used in each of the cases (in total eight different methods and technologies). Critique the strengths and weaknesses of their application to the case with your argument supported by the appropriate literature (references).

The cases will be presented to you at the start of the assignment. Links to the relevant reports will be provided in Moodle.

Please note that while this is due at the end of term, you should be working on it during term so that it is not a major piece of work in the last 2 weeks.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-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 grammer 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.

Where necessary your Lecturer may provide additional assessment criteria in Moodle.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

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

2. Analyse forensic investigation contexts and methods from the engineering disciplines including mechanical, electrical, civil and chemical engineering for establishing accident causation factors.

4. Examine the contribution of victim pathology in identification of the biomechanics of injury causality and the implication for future design and injury prevention.

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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