AINV12003 - Victim Pathology
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

This unit will provide students with an alternative approach to traditional methods of accident reconstruction. Students will begin with the study of nature of injury pathology, and learn how different regions of the human body react with different tolerance to impact trauma. The body is comprised of tissues, which also have different tolerance to force and acceleration. Students will then learn the use of victim pathology as the starting point for research or investigation in case studies ranging from simple vehicle collisions to very complex cases of multi-system severe or fatal injuries sustained where factual data may be sparse, or non existing. Students will solve cases of misadventure resulting in death or severe traumatic injuries, based on the methods of victim pathology.

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

48 credit points

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

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. Written Assessment 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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Evaluation

Term 2 - 2015: The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this unit was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 77% 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.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Good student feedback email This course was very successful in it's first run. I intend to enhance content, delivery and assessment for 2016
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Analyse the relevance of victim pathology in establishing causality.
  2. Explain and elaborate on differential human tolerance to trauma based on tissues and body regions.
  3. Interpret published data on human tolerance to impact.
  4. Analyse complex case scenarios involving multiple severe or fatal traumatic injuries and determine likely causal events.
  5. Demonstrate reflective skills appropriate to the development of the intermediate practitioner.
  6. Demonstrate ability in confidentiality and ethical practice appropriate for a forensic practitioner.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

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

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks. Note:

There are no textbooks for this Unit

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 CoordinatorShevaun Dell (s.dell@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

Introduction to Victim Pathology

Week 2 17-07-2017

Introduction to Pathoanatomy and Police Investigations

Week 3 24-07-2017

Exploring External Injuries

Week 4 31-07-2017

Exploring External Injuries

Week 5 07-08-2017

Trauma Biomechanics and Human Tolerances

Initial Findings and External Pathoanatomy Sketch Due Friday (11 Aug 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Week 6 21-08-2017

Trauma Biomechanics and Human Tolerances

Week 7 28-08-2017

Exploring Internal Injuries

Week 8 04-09-2017 Exploring Internal Injuries
Week 9 11-09-2017

Exploring Internal Injuries

Week 10 18-09-2017

Exploring Internal Injuries

Interim Findings and Internal Pathoanatomy Sketch Due Friday (22 Sep 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 11 25-09-2017

Synthesising Available Information

Week 12 02-10-2017

Revision Week

Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Forensic Report - Final Opinion Due Friday (13 Oct 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Exam Week 16-10-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Initial Findings and External Pathoanatomy Sketch
Task Description

This assignment is based on the 2017 Victim Pathology Case Study and Investigative Role Play.

Part A – External Injuries Sketch

Students will use the provided human figure sketch to highlight the external pathoanatomy described in the provided autopsy report.

Part B – Assessment of External Pathoanatomy

Students will write a brief assessment of the significance of the indicated external pathoanatomy in relation to the believed mechanism of fatal trauma.

This assessment will include students’ provisional and initial opinions based on the external injuries presented in the case study.

Estimated Word Count: 500 words

Assessment Due Date Week 5 Friday (11-Aug-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 7 Friday (01-Sep-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

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

Students will submit two files - the marked-up human figure sketch and a word document with initial opinions

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

1. Analyse the relevance of victim pathology in establishing causality.

2. Explain and elaborate on differential human tolerance to trauma based on tissues and body regions.

3. Interpret published data on human tolerance to impact.

4. Analyse complex case scenarios involving multiple severe or fatal traumatic injuries and determine likely causal events.

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

6. Demonstrate ability in confidentiality and ethical practice appropriate for a forensic 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

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Interim Findings and Internal Pathoanatomy Sketch
Task Description

This assignment is based on the 2017 Victim Pathology Case Study and Investigative Role Play.

Part A – Internal Injuries Sketch

Students will use the provided human figure sketch to highlight the internal pathoanatomy described in the provided autopsy report.

Part B – Assessment of Internal Pathoanatomy

Students will write a brief assessment of the significance of the indicated internal pathoanatomy in relation to the believed mechanism of fatal trauma.

This assessment will build present student's interim findings, based on the previous assignment and drawing on further case information provided, specifically the internal injuries presented in the case study.

Estimated Word Count: 1000-1500 words

Assessment Due Date Week 10 Friday (22-Sep-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 12 Friday (06-Oct-2017)
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

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

Students will submit two files - the marked-up human figure sketch and a word document with interim opinions

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

1. Analyse the relevance of victim pathology in establishing causality.

2. Explain and elaborate on differential human tolerance to trauma based on tissues and body regions.

3. Interpret published data on human tolerance to impact.

4. Analyse complex case scenarios involving multiple severe or fatal traumatic injuries and determine likely causal events.

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

6. Demonstrate ability in confidentiality and ethical practice appropriate for a forensic 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

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Forensic Report - Final Opinion
Task Description

Students will write a full assessment of the significance of the indicated pathoanatomy in relation to the believed mechanism of fatal trauma.

This assessment will build on students’ work on the previous assignments, and integrates all case information provided, to present a detailed assessment of the internal and external injuries with regard to trauma biomechanics and human tolerances.

Students will provide their final opinions on the case and present their findings as to what they believe happened to the victim.

This report should be formally structured (examples of structure will be provided on Moodle) and should contain at least one figure sketch indicating all of the significant internal and external injuries.

Estimated Word Count: 2000 words.

Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Friday (13-Oct-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Marks and feedback will be available to students 2 weeks after the due date
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

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

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

1. Analyse the relevance of victim pathology in establishing causality.

2. Explain and elaborate on differential human tolerance to trauma based on tissues and body regions.

3. Interpret published data on human tolerance to impact.

4. Analyse complex case scenarios involving multiple severe or fatal traumatic injuries and determine likely causal events.

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

6. Demonstrate ability in confidentiality and ethical practice appropriate for a forensic 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

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice




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