AINV12001 - Investigative Methods Practice
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit will provide students with an opportunity to apply the basic tenets of key investigation related issues including safety of investigators onsite, planning and preparing for the conduct of investigations, analysis of accident and related scenes of failure, taking effective photographs as evidence and conducting witness interviewing. There will also be a focus on the law as it applies to the conduct of investigations and related issues such as continuity of evidence.

Details

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

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

AINV11003 Introduction to Investigative Methods

Residential Schools

This unit has a Compulsory Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
Click here to see your Residential School Timetable.

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
  • Adelaide
  • Brisbane
  • Bundaberg
  • Mixed Mode
  • Gladstone
  • Melbourne
  • Rockhampton

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. Online Quiz(zes) 20%
2. Portfolio 30%
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 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
The opportunity provided during the residential school to apply theory in a practical setting is enjoyed by the students Have Your Say Survey Continue to provide the residential school.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Plan and prepare for an investigation.
  2. Analyse an accident environment.
  3. Take accident photographs suitable for causation evidence.
  4. Conduct and record witness interviews in an appropriate manner.
  5. Prepare a detailed accident investigation report.
  6. Apply principles of investigation law and continuity of evidence.
  7. Employ effective communication strategies appropriate to investigative methods practice.
  8. Demonstrate reflective skills appropriate to the development of the intermediate practitioner.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Online Quiz(zes)          
2 - Portfolio    
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 8
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 - Online Quiz(zes)      
2 - Portfolio  
3 - Written Assessment  

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • Internet
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • 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 06-03-2017

Topic 1 Overview of Course, Crash Lab and your Crash Kit

Week 2 13-03-2017

Topic 2 Review: Laws pertaining to your investigation, safety and risk management

Week 3 20-03-2017

Topic 3 Review: The accident scene

Week 4 27-03-2017

Topic 4 Review: Gathering and preserving your evidence

Assessment Task 1: On-line quiz Due Monday (27 Mar 17) 09:00 AM AEST
Week 5 03-04-2017

Topic 5 Review: Witness Interviewing

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017
Week 7 24-04-2017
Week 8 01-05-2017

Topic 6 Activities at the Crash Lab

Residential School 1 -5 May, Bundaberg Crash Lab

PART A of Portfolio work is due for submission on day 1 of the residential school

PART B and Part C of the Portfolio will be due for submission on the final day of the residential school

Week 9 08-05-2017

Topic 7 Preparing your report

Crash Lab Activities and Portfolio Due Monday (08 May 17) 09:00 AM AEST
Week 10 15-05-2017 Artefact consolidation requirements (Lecture, video or Tutorial session)

Week 11 22-05-2017
Week 12 29-05-2017
Artefact consolidation Due Monday (29 May 17) 09:00 AM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Assessment Task 1: On-line quiz
Task Description

Students will participate in a 4-question on line paragraph-answer quiz regarding the laws applicable to your investigation activities at the Crash Lab in Bundaberg, safety at the Crash Lab and the risk assessment methods which will be applied.

A word limit of maximum 300 words applies to each of the 4 answers and referencing is required.

This assessment task is worth 20% of the total marks for this course.

Students will submit their answers in the Online Quiz Discussion Forum in Moodle.

Number of Quizzes 1
Assessment Due Date Week 4 Monday (27-Mar-2017) 09:00 AM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 6 Monday (17-Apr-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.

Submission Online

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

1. Plan and prepare for an investigation.

7. Employ effective communication strategies appropriate to investigative methods practice.

8. Demonstrate reflective skills appropriate to the development of the intermediate practitioner.

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

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Portfolio

Assessment Title Crash Lab Activities and Portfolio
Task Description

Part A: Preparedness

This assessment is designed to ensure that you are well prepared for your practicum at the crash lab. This assessment requires you to undertake a series of activities that will help you maximise your preparedness to be successful.

In order to achieve this you will need to:

  • Review relevant literature (textbooks, websites, etc) to identify suitable literature, document templates and tools to support your investigation activities at the crash lab
  • Review the feedback you received for your workbook assessment tasks in AINV11003 Introduction to Investigative Methods
  • Review your learning from all previous AINV courses
  • Participate in the course lectures, or watch the recordings in Moodle, each week in the lead up to the residential school (Students in previous years have found this to be invaluable).
  • Prepare your crash kit, including all document templates and copies, to bring to the res school. The minimum requirements for your crash kit will be discussed during the lectures and in Moodle. Your crash kit will be assessed on the first day of the res school.
  • Complete a risk assessment of the hazards, risks and issues you might expect to encounter at the crash lab. As a minimum, you should assess the hazards you might expect to encounter at a two car collision on a suburban road. The risk assessment will be assessed on the first day of the residential school and must be submitted via Moodle by the end of residential school.

Part B: Scene Management and Collection

During the residential school activities you will be working in teams. Each student will have the opportunity to collect and document physical evidence, take photographs of an accident scene, map an accident scene, interview witnesses and lead an investigation team.

Students will update and add to their portfolios during the scheduled activities in the Crash Lab. These will include:

  • Accident scene sketches
  • Evidence and photograph logs
  • Continuity Records
  • Photographs of the scene
  • Statements of Interview

Before the end of the residential school your portfolios will be assessed so that you can demonstrate your understanding of the material you have collected. Your team leadership, team participation and witness interview technique will also be assessed during the activities at the residential school.

Note: You will be required to share your portfolios items you created at the res school with other members of your investigation team, so that your team members can complete their own practicum reports following the res school. Please make sure you bring a large capacity USB stick to the res school so that you can easily share files with your peers.

Please note: For members of your investigation teams to successfully finalise their portfolio items you will need to share the artefacts that you collected or created during the investigation of the accidents scenes. Failure to provide this information to your investigation team members in the period specified by your lecturers, will result in an automatic fail of this assignment.

Part C: Presentation

During the res school you will develop and present a 10 minute talk, with supporting visual media on a topic to be advised during residential school. The instructions for this presentation will be provided on Day 1 of residential school. You will submit the visual media via Moodle by 0900 hours on the Monday after your residential school.

Part D: Professionalism:

Throughout the Residential School students will be assessed on their ability to apply professional approaches to all activities.

NOTE: In order for all students to satisfactorily complete this assessment it will be necessary for students in the investigation teams to share their collected evidence, artefacts, photos, maps, documents, records and logs etc. with their team leader/s in a timely fashion. To facilitate this, students should each bring an appropriate USB stick to the Residential School to facilitate the transfer of files.

Failure to share with your team leader (your evidence, artefacts, photos, maps, documents, records and logs etc collected during the activities at the Residential School) in a timely fashion, will result in your failure of this assessment task.

Assessment Due Date Week 9 Monday (08-May-2017) 09:00 AM AEST
Portfolios will be assessed onsite at the crash lab. Further details of the assessment arrangements will be included in Moodle and at the commencement of the residential school.
Return Date to Students Week 10 Friday (19-May-2017)
Feedback will be provided on portfolio work before students leave the residential school
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

Student portfolio work will be assessed on their demonstration of evidence which meets the relevant criteria included in the Introduction to Investigation Methods theory course (AINV11003) which preceded this Practicum course

Detailed assessment criteria will be provided during the Term.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Students must be graded pass in all core skills: Scene Management, Photography, Mapping, Witness Interviewing and Professionalism; during the Residential School, to pass this assessment. Students must pass this assessment to pass this unit.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online
Hard copy

Risk Assessment and Presentation slide shall be submitted via Moodle immediately after the Residential School

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

2. Analyse an accident environment.

3. Take accident photographs suitable for causation evidence.

4. Conduct and record witness interviews in an appropriate manner.

6. Apply principles of investigation law and continuity of evidence.

7. Employ effective communication strategies appropriate to investigative methods practice.

8. Demonstrate reflective skills appropriate to the development of the intermediate 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

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Artefact consolidation
Task Description

Following the residential school, you are required to prepare and submit a complete set of consolidated evidence artefacts and reflection.

Practicum work conducted in the crash lab will emulate the evidence gathering in an accident investigation in the field and students will apply their knowledge of investigation methods. Following the residential school, you will:

  • Review your performance in the portfolio and address any weaknesses
  • Review and update your crash kit in readiness for your next investigation
  • Review your practicum assessment outcomes from the residential school and reflect on potential remedial actions
  • Reflect on your preparation and capacity for leadership of investigation teams
  • Reflect on your professional practice confidence and competence during the residential school activities

Your submission should address your self appraisal against the above points as a reflection and:

  • Include your finalised portfolio items as attachments to your report.
  • Include a self assessment of the quality of your finalised portfolio items and investigation artefacts (forms etc) using a standardised criteria provided by your lecturer.
  • Include an assessment of the quality and usefulness of the artefacts provided to you by your investigation team members (This will not effect your team member's grades but will provide evidence of your ability to critically assess investigation artefacts.)

Please note: For members of your investigation teams to successfully finalise their portfolio items you will need to share the artefacts that you collected or created during the investigation of the accident scenes. Failure to provide this information to your investigation team members in the period specified by your lecturers, will result in an automatic fail of this assignment.

We will discuss the expectations with regard to this assessment thoroughly prior to and during the residential school.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Monday (29-May-2017) 09:00 AM AEST
Return Date to Students Review/Exam Week Friday (09-Jun-2017)
Weighting 50%
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.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Students must pass this assessment to pass this unit. Failure of any of the core components of Mapping, Photography, Witness Statement and Reflection will result in failure of this assessment.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

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

2. Analyse an accident environment.

3. Take accident photographs suitable for causation evidence.

4. Conduct and record witness interviews in an appropriate manner.

5. Prepare a detailed accident investigation report.

6. Apply principles of investigation law and continuity of evidence.

7. Employ effective communication strategies appropriate to investigative methods practice.

8. Demonstrate reflective skills appropriate to the development of the intermediate 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

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice




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