AINV11003 - Introduction to Investigative Methods
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

This unit will provide students with a grounding in basic tenets of key investigation related issues including safety of investigators onsite, planning and preparing for the conduct of investigations, broad understanding of the nature of accident and related scenes of failure, effective photography methods and witness interviewing techniques. There will also be a focus on the law as it applies to the conduct of investigation and related issues such as continuity of evidence.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 1
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 2 - 2017
  • Adelaide
  • Brisbane
  • Bundaberg
  • Distance
  • Gladstone
  • Melbourne
  • Rockhampton
  • Sydney

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 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.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Group Discussion 30%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Written Assessment 30%

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 appreciate the team environment that is created by the lecturers and students. Have Your Say Survey Continue to develop the group discussions weekly on the Moodle site.
Weekly assessment focus prompts on the Moodle pages helped students keep on track Have Your Say Survey Continue to use the weekly assessment focus prompts on the Moodle pages.
Ensure that students have sufficient time to engage with feedback between assessments. Have Your Say Survey Review assessment deadlines and order to ensure that students have sufficient time to engage with feedback between assessments
Identify alternative recent case studies for use in the Case Study Assessment Have Your Say Survey and Moodle Discussion Review the choice of Case Studies to identify recent Australian alternatives.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain the application of OHS principles while carrying out onsite investigations.
  2. Compare and contrast methods of analysing scenes of accidents and other failures.
  3. Demonstrate forensic photography techniques.
  4. Explore contemporary witness interview methods
  5. Interpret the law in relation to the conduct of investigations and describe the rules of evidence
  6. Employ effective communications strategies appropriate to investigative activities
  7. Demonstrate reflective skills appropriate to the development of the beginning practitioner

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Group Discussion        
2 - Written Assessment    
3 - Written Assessment          

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
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
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
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 CoordinatorJoseph Thompson (j.thompson@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 10-07-2017

Module 1 : Introduction - Getting to Know You, Moodle, this Unit and its Assessments.

























Week 2 17-07-2017

Module 2 : OHS at the Accident Scene.
























Week 3 24-07-2017 Module 3 : Preparing for Investigation : Logistics and Planning













Moodle Activity 1 : Introduction and Case Study Selection

Due : Monday (24 Jul 17) 09:00AM AEST







Week 4 31-07-2017

Module 4 : Introduction to Evidence Week 1





























Week 5 07-08-2017

Module 4 : Introduction to Evidence Week 2















Moodle Activity 2 : OHS Issues

Due : Monday (7 Aug 17) 09:00 AM AEST














Vacation Week 14-08-2017























Week 6 21-08-2017 Module 5 : Witnesses and Interviews Week 1











Moodle Activity 3 : Evidence Quiz

Due : Monday (21 Aug 17) 09:00 AM AEST














Week 7 28-08-2017 Module 5 : Witnesses and Interviews Week 2




















Week 8 04-09-2017

Module 6 : Laws pertaining to the Investigation













Moodle Activity 4 : Planning and Logistics - Preparing for the Investigation

Due Monday (4 Sep 17) 09:00 AM AEST







Week 9 11-09-2017

Module 7 : Accident Scene Week 1




























Week 10 18-09-2017

Module 7 : Accident Scene Week 2















Workbook Activity 1A : Witness Interview Critique

Due : Monday (18 Sep 17) 09:00 AM AEST

Workbook Activity 1B : Witness Interview Statement

Due : Monday (18 Sep 17) 09:00 AM AEST

Week 11 25-09-2017

Module 7 : Accident Scene Week 3
















Case Study Analysis

Due Monday (25 Sep 16) 09:00 AM AEST

Case Study Analysis Due Monday (25 Sep 17) 09:00 AM AEST
Week 12 02-10-2017

Module 8 : Completing the Workbook 2 Assessment : Hints and Tips

























Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017












Workbook Activity 2 : Accident Scene, Photography, Sketch and Map

Due Monday (9 Oct 17) 09:00 AM AEST









Exam Week 16-10-2017























1 Group Discussion

Assessment Title Moodle Activities
Task Description

You will be directed to complete a variety of Moodle-based activities throughout the term. These will include activities about:

  1. Introducing yourself and choosing your case study (Due 09:00 Mon 24 July).
  2. Discussing OHS Issues (Due 09:00 Mon 7 August).
  3. Evidence Quiz (Due 09:00 Mon 21 August).
  4. Discussing Planning and Logistics when Preparing for the Investigation (Due 09:00 Mon 4 September).

Further information will be provided in your Lectures and in Moodle.

Assessment Due Date As per study schedule
Return Date to Students Maximum of three weeks after submission deadline
Weighting 30%
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. Where relevant, any additional specific assessment criteria for each assessment piece will be provided through Moodle.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submit online through the Moodle portal.

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

1. Explain the application of OHS principles while carrying out onsite investigations.

6. Employ effective communications strategies appropriate to investigative activities

7. Demonstrate reflective skills appropriate to the development of the beginning practitioner

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

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

8. Ethical practice



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Workbook Exercises
Task Description

This task requires submission of a series of workbook activities that provide an opportunity to practise the skills developed in the unit, including:

  • Witness Interview Critique (Due Mon 18 September).
  • Witness Interview Statement (Due Mon 18 September).
  • Accident Scene Photography, Sketching and Mapping (Due Mon 9 October).

Further information will be provided in your Lectures and in Moodle.

Assessment Due Date As per study schedule
Return Date to Students Maximum of three weeks after submission deadline
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. Where relevant, any additional specific assessment criteria for each assessment piece will be provided through Moodle

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Students must pass each of Workbooks 1A, 1B and 2 to pass this assessment.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submit online through the Moodle portal.

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

2. Compare and contrast methods of analysing scenes of accidents and other failures.

3. Demonstrate forensic photography techniques.

4. Explore contemporary witness interview methods

6. Employ effective communications strategies appropriate to investigative activities

7. Demonstrate reflective skills appropriate to the development of the beginning practitioner

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

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Case Study Analysis
Task Description

This activity enables you to use your learning from the unit to thoroughly explore and analyse your chosen case study. The analysis will include:

  • Introduction
  • Investigation Legal Context
  • Using Evidence in Investigation
  • Effectiveness of the Investigation
  • Conclusion

While there is no specific word count, 2500 - 3000 words is a general guide. Submit the analysis as a Word or PDF file.

Further information will be provided in Lectures and in Moodle.

Due Monday (25 Sep 16) 09:00 AM AEST

Assessment Due Date Week 11 Monday (25-Sep-2017) 09:00 AM AEST
Return Date to Students Maximum of three weeks after submission deadline
Weighting 30%
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. Where relevant, any additional specific assessment criteria for each assessment piece will be provided through Moodle.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Students must receive a passing grade in this assessment to pass the unit
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submit online through the Moodle portal.

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

5. Interpret the law in relation to the conduct of investigations and describe the rules of evidence

6. Employ effective communications strategies appropriate to investigative activities

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

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work




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