Course Title: Investigation Analysis and Analytical Writing Techniques

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Investigation Analysis and Analytical Writing Techniques

Credit Points: 12.00

Flexible Terms

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City Campus


172H School of Engineering



Course Coordinator: Wim Verhagen

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 450 826 874

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: B057-03-25C

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced Pre-requisites: Nil
Enforced Co-requisites: Nil
Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities: It is expected students enrolled in this course have completed or are enrolled in the Investigation Readiness course.

Course Description

This course is intended to provide participants / learners with a range of knowledge and skills to analyse evidence collected as part of a transport safety investigation. This includes identifying significant contributing factors and formulating appropriate recommendations and safety actions.

The first part of the course will focus on knowledge and skills to perform incident/accident analysis including safety concepts, reasoning concepts, data interpretation, safety factors analysis, risk analysis, and safety actions development.

The second part of the course will focus on skills to develop an investigation report.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for Graduate Certificate in Transport Safety Investigation

1. Needs, Context and Systems
• Describe, investigate and analyse complex systems and associated issues (using systems thinking and modelling techniques)

2. Problem Solving and Design
• Develop creative and innovative solutions to problems
• Develop and operate within a hazard and risk framework appropriate to industry activities.

3. Analysis
• Comprehend and apply advanced theory-based understanding of engineering fundamentals and specialist bodies of knowledge in the selected discipline area to predict the effect of industry activities.

4. Professional Practice
• Understand the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary industry practice in the specific discipline
• Apply systematic approaches to the conduct and management of industry projects
• Communicate in a variety of different ways to collaborate with other people, including accurate listening, reading and comprehension, based on dialogue when appropriate, taking into account the knowledge, expectations, requirements, interests, terminology and language of the intended audience

5. Research
• Demonstrate professional use and management of information
• Acknowledge (clearly) your own contributions and the contributions from others and distinguish contributions you may have made as a result of discussions or collaboration with other people.

On completion of this course you should be able to: 

1. Explain safety and analysis terms and concepts.
2. Organise and interpret incident / accident evidence, including evidence about the sequence of events.
3. Identify and scope further work on safety factor hypotheses.
4. Formulate and test safety factor hypotheses to produce findings.
5. Analyse the risk of safety issues and facilitate effective safety actions.
6. Organise and produce evidence and analysis within an investigation report to support findings.

Overview of Learning Activities

The primary learning mode will be face-to-face lectures, supported by inclass activities, assignments, and progressive assessment (e.g., quizzes/tests). As a complementary form of acquisition of knowledge in the different topics, students will be exposed to practical activities replicating real industry scenarios by resorting to selected case-studies and/or techniques/procedures identical to those used in a real working context.

Some topics will require students to review the course material prior to the lecture, then allowing more time for group discussions, presentations and analysis of selected cases.

Course notes and other supporting material will be provided on the course Learning Management System (Canvas), which is accessed through myRMIT. This can include lecture material, tutorials and references.

This course includes a Work Integrated Learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience. Examples include:
● simulations and role plays using industry case studies and processes

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on the Learning Management System (LMS), which is accessed through myRMIT. This can include lecture materials, tutorials and references.

Overview of Assessment

X This course has no hurdle requirements.
☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Leaning & Teaching).

Assessment tasks

Assessment tasks 1: Quiz
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1

Assessment Task 2: Online timed assessment over a 24 hour window
Weighting 40%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Assessment Task 3: Individual Assignment 
Weighting 40%
This assessment task supports CLOs 4, 6