AINV12005 - Forensic Engineering
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

This unit will provide students with an understanding of the role and effect of engineering on the causation, prevention and investigation of accidents. Students will study the concepts, drivers and language of the engineering profession, the engineering domains (eg Civil, mechanical, electrical, chemical) and their contribution to accident forensics, engineering failure analysis methods and failure in the engineering design process (such as solving the wrong problem, wrong user consultation, failure to understand user requirements, the designed system vs operational system), and understanding of engineers' reports. Students will examine the principles of forensic engineering, forensic engineering investigation methods and the application of contemporary investigation technologies. In addition, this unit will provide students with an opportunity to explore the tenets of the key forensic investigation disciplines such as fire and meteorological investigations.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 2
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 2 - 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. Group Discussion 20%
2. Practical and Written Assessment 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 res school was well planned. Really got a lot out of it Have your say. Continue with residential school.
Maybe a few more lectures focusing on maths/physics instead of engineering disciplines Have your say. Dedicate some time each week to work on an area of mathematics/physics, instead of concentrated lectures near the end of term.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Appraise the role and effect of engineering practice on the causation, prevention and investigation of accidents.
  2. Discuss the concepts, drivers, language and practice of the engineering profession.
  3. Explain the accident forensics contexts of the engineering disciplines including mechanical, electrical, civil and chemical engineering and their contribution to accident forensics and Multidisiplinary teams.
  4. Examine the methods of engineering failure analysis, failures in design, forensic investigation and related technologies, and their contribution to accident forensics.
  5. Critique engineering reports in relation to causation, prevention and investigation of accidents.
  6. Examine key forensic investigation disciplines including fire and meteorological investigations

N/A

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Group Discussion      
2 - Practical and 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 - Group Discussion  
2 - Practical and 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 10-07-2017

Introduction to the Unit

What is Forensic Engineering?
The Engineering disciplines - Mechanical, Electrical, Civil, Chemical
Week 2 17-07-2017
Overview of the contribution of the Engineering disciplines to accident forensics
Concepts & language of the Engineering Profession
Week 3 24-07-2017
The Design Process & opportunities for failure.
Crash worthiness
Week 4 31-07-2017

Collaboration and teamwork in multidisciplinary investigation teams.

Contribution of Engineers and Engineering Reports in accident investigations.
Key forensic investigation disciplines (Fire and Meteorology)
Week 5 07-08-2017
Key Engineering concepts influencing accident causation and understanding of failure
Topic A - Fundamental concepts of Mathematics and Physics
Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Week 6 21-08-2017

Topic B

Stress and Strength

Failure Modes

Materials Testing

Week 7 28-08-2017

Topic C

Motion and vectors

Vibration and Fatigue


Week 8 04-09-2017
Topic D
Kinematics, Gravity & Falls
Week 9 11-09-2017
Residential school
Residential School
12-14 September
Bundaberg
Practicum Report Due Friday (15 Sep 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 10 18-09-2017

Topic E

Force, Equilibrium & Momentum

Week 11 25-09-2017

Topic F

Energy & Conservation of Energy

Group Discussion Due Friday (29 Sep 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 12 02-10-2017

Tutorial to review Engineering Concepts

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

1 Group Discussion

Assessment Title Group Discussion
Task Description

Each fortnight starting from week 2 to week 10, a discussion topic related to the unit lecture material will be posted in a Forum on Moodle.

All students are expected to:

  • respond to each question in the applicable Forum
  • limit each response to a maximum of 300 words
  • support their response to each question with at least one reference from the relevant literature
  • respond to two posts of your fellow students with comments that further demonstrate your understanding of the related lecture material
Assessment Due Date Week 11 Friday (29-Sep-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 12 Friday (06-Oct-2017)
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

As a general rule, assessment criteria for all assessment items includes

  1. (90%) content - includes accuracy, relevance and application of key concepts, analysis, argument, language and grammar used in answering a question. (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
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 and effect of engineering practice on the causation, prevention and investigation of accidents.

2. Discuss the concepts, drivers, language and practice of the engineering profession.

3. Explain the accident forensics contexts of the engineering disciplines including mechanical, electrical, civil and chemical engineering and their contribution to accident forensics and Multidisiplinary teams.

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



2 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Practicum Report
Task Description

Students will be required to report on their activities undertaken during their practicum experience at the residential school.

The task will require students to:

  • Assess the forensic engineering methods used in establishing accident causation factors
  • Investigate the function and benefit of contemporary accident forensics technologies
  • Present an oral presentation that investigates the role of engineering design on causation, prevention and investiagtaion of accidents.
Assessment Due Date Week 9 Friday (15-Sep-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 11 Friday (29-Sep-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

As a general rule, assessment criteria for all assessment items includes

(20%) professional conduct - for example, during site visits, engagement in activities and collaboration with fellow students

(70%) content - includes accuracy, relevance and application of key concepts, analysis, argument, language and grammar used in answering a question. (see marking criteria for individual requirements)

(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

Where necessary, your lecturer may provide additional assessment criteria during the residential school for this unit, or in Moodle.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Hard copy

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

1. Appraise the role and effect of engineering practice on the causation, prevention and investigation of accidents.

3. Explain the accident forensics contexts of the engineering disciplines including mechanical, electrical, civil and chemical engineering and their contribution to accident forensics and Multidisiplinary teams.

4. Examine the methods of engineering failure analysis, failures in design, forensic investigation and related technologies, and their contribution to accident forensics.

6. Examine key forensic investigation disciplines including fire and meteorological investigations

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 Analysis
Task Description

Part 1: (50% of this assessment and 25% of the overall subject grade)

Students will be required to access one case study related to a helicopter or airplane accident (either Australian or international case). The choice of the case and the subsequent analysis should allow you to demonstrate your learning across the following areas:

  • assess the forensic engineering methods used in establishing accident causation factors;
  • discuss the nature of fires and the principles and techniques of fire investigation;
  • examine the impact of meteorology on accident causation and investigation.

You should aim to illustrate the breadth of methods and techniques that were available to the investigatons. You should draw some conclusions about the efficacy/usefulness of the forensic analysis in establishing accident causation.

The format of your assessment will be a report and it should contain all the relevant figures, tables and diagrams

The report shall not exceed 3000 words.

Part 2; (50% of this assessment, 25% of the overall unit grade)

Students will be required to solve a number of mathematical engineering questions. The students should demonstrate the following:

  • understanding of the question and the problem being solved;
  • all calculation steps are shown clearly;
  • diagrams (where required) are drawn clearly;
  • answers are presented clearly.

The answers should be scanned and attached as an appendix to your report. (ie at the end of your helicopter/plane report)

Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Friday (13-Oct-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Within 2 weeks of submission
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

As a general rule, assessment criteria for all assessment items includes

  • (90%) content - includes accuracy, relevance and application of key concepts, analysis, argument, language and grammar used in answering a question. (see marking criteria for individual requirements)
  • (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

    Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
    Submission Online

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

    4. Examine the methods of engineering failure analysis, failures in design, forensic investigation and related technologies, and their contribution to accident forensics.

    5. Critique engineering reports in relation to causation, prevention and investigation of accidents.

    6. Examine key forensic investigation disciplines including fire and meteorological investigations

    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




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