AINV13002 - Human Factors Investigation
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

This unit will provide students with the opportunity to build upon their learning in Human Factors (HF) through the application of contemporary HF investigation tools and techniques to an accident case study. Students will also have the opportunity to develop their ability to interpret organisational factors and examine the nature of safety culture factors evident in the causation of major disasters.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 3
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
  • Distance

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 Pass/Fail
2. Written Assessment 50%
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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'Would be better if it (Moodle) were to be segmented into weeks' Student feedback Change Moodle from social format to weekly learning tabs.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Analyse accident case study through the application of contemporary human factors investigation tools and techniques.
  2. Derive and interpret organisational factors evident in the causation of major disasters by employing organisational factor analysis.
  3. Examine the nature and contribution of safety culture to accident causation.
  4. Employ effective communication strategies appropriate to human factors investigations.
  5. Demonstrate reflective skills appropriate to the development of the graduating practitioner.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
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
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 CoordinatorPeter Marshall (p.marshall@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: Getting to know you, moodle & this unit

Week 2 17-07-2017

Module 1: Human factors & accident causation

Week 3 24-07-2017
Week 4 31-07-2017
Week 5 07-08-2017
Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Week 6 21-08-2017

Module 2: Human factors investigation methods

Week 7 28-08-2017
Week 8 04-09-2017
Week 9 11-09-2017
Annotated mindmap & bibliography Due Monday (11 Sep 17) 10:00 AM AEST
Week 10 18-09-2017
Week 11 25-09-2017

Module 3: Bringing it altogether to successfully investigate human factors post accident

Week 12 02-10-2017

Review & reflection

HFI Problem Solving Due Monday (02 Oct 17) 10:00 AM AEST
Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Exam Week 16-10-2017

1 Group Discussion

Assessment Title Group Discussion
Task Description

Students will be expected to contribute to the HFI community of practice.

Assessment Due Date Through out the term
Return Date to Students Comment in moodle only
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria

Engagement as a responsible member of the learning community.

Engagement is a pass/fail criteria.

Successful engagement requirements include:

1. your personal introduction,

2. timely posts to in the class Moodle Discussion of your own work for Assessment 2 and Assessment 3 for peer feedback

3. timely and effective feedback support in the in the class Moodle Discussion for a minimum of two other students in both Assessment 2 and Assessment 3

4. class participation, as evidenced by by your contribution to the HFI community of practice in the class Moodle Discussion.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - A pass grade is required for successfgul completion of AINV13002
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

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

4. Employ effective communication strategies appropriate to human factors investigations.

5. Demonstrate reflective skills appropriate to the development of the graduating 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 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Annotated mindmap & bibliography
Task Description

For this task you will be required to review the literature and complete a preamble (context), an annotated mindmap and bibliography based around a specific case study.

Your submissions should evidence

  • What happened (preamble)
  • Why it happened (preamble)
  • Design failures and system life cycle as related to human factors issues (annotated mind map)
  • Issues and findings related to physical, cognitive and organisational factors (annotated mind map)
  • Human factors investigation tools recommended to investigate the issues including the strengths and weaknesses of each tool for purpose (mind map & bibliography)

The ‘whys’ above should draw on evidence in the report AND in the literature (i.e. bibliographies). It should include formal ‘in text’ referencing in the mind map and include a separate reference list.

You are encouraged to use mind mapping software e.g.‘FreeMind’,http://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page but you should upload your submission as a pdf.

This task will have a self and peer review component.

Further details about this task will be provided through moodle.

Assessment Due Date Week 9 Monday (11-Sep-2017) 10:00 AM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 11 Friday (29-Sep-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.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

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

1. Analyse accident case study through the application of contemporary human factors investigation tools and techniques.

4. Employ effective communication strategies appropriate to human factors investigations.

5. Demonstrate reflective skills appropriate to the development of the graduating 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



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title HFI Problem Solving
Task Description

This problem solving activity will extend the work done in Assessment 2.

You are not limited to a report format for these assessments, you may present your work in any format that suits your needs.

Complete both Part A and Part B:

PART A

There are three options available to complete Part A of this assignment, depending on your own circumstances and interests.

You are required to:

1. Fully describe the event (this can be taken from assessment 2); and

2. Identify significant components of the system/s relevant to the event (this can be taken from assessment 2); and

3. Analyse and research the potential human factors issues related to the event (this can be taken from assessment 2); and

4. Apply one of the following three Options:

OPTION 1: Apply HFACS to your event (Give specific attention to the topics studied in Module 1 in relation to your accident).

a. Critique HFACS, in terms of its

  • usability;
  • value in investigating human factors issues; and
  • usefulness with regard to learning from the event to prevent any future event.

b. Discuss any recommendations you would make to the authors of HFACS to address any limitations with the current tool.

OPTION 2: Consider the tools that you found that might be suitable for investigating your event and the strengths and limitations of each tool. (Give specific attention to the topics studied in Module 1 in relation to your accident).

a. Create a tool that would be useful to investigate the HF issues in your event (this could be a hybrid of existing tools)

b. Justify the value of each element of your tool.

OPTION 3: Negotiate an alternate learning experience (that will derive a greater benefit to you or your organisation) that could be evaluated using the same assessment evaluation criteria used for the other options for this assignment.

PART B

… and in the end … some of the most important reflections of all:

1. Evaluate the contribution that organisational factors and safety culture had on accident causation in relation to your event then reflect on the genesis of these HF issues and any shifts of understanding that you may have had through study of systems/HF design in this unit; and

2. Reflect on any investigations that you (or others) have conducted previously and share any new insights (‘ah ha’ moments) that you have had this term with regard to investigating the genesis of any HF issues as causal factors; and

3. Reflect on your professional practice into the future and share any planned changes to your professional practice resulting from study of human factors investigation.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Monday (02-Oct-2017) 10:00 AM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (20-Oct-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.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

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

2. Derive and interpret organisational factors evident in the causation of major disasters by employing organisational factor analysis.

3. Examine the nature and contribution of safety culture to accident causation.

4. Employ effective communication strategies appropriate to human factors investigations.

5. Demonstrate reflective skills appropriate to the development of the graduating 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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