In the first part of this graduate diploma, you will build the fundamental knowledge required to conduct or manage a transport accident investigation, including:
- underpinning regulations and procedures set forth by key stakeholders
- human factors principles
- Work, Health and Safety (WHS) considerations at the crash site
- evidence collection (including cognitive interviewing)
- evidence examination, and
- the analysis and elaboration of a final report.
Further into your study, you will have the opportunity to learn additional skills which will allow you to acquire a more comprehensive understanding of the investigation process and its contribution to the management of safety in rail, marine and air transport systems.
- the use of specialised engineering techniques for the forensic examination of the various forms of evidence (including structures, propulsion systems and data recording systems)
- survivability and crashworthiness
- investigation of accidents in complex settings, and
- safety management systems.
You will have the opportunity to explore a range of topics that are key to the role of an accident investigator, enabling you to participate in the main phases of an incident or accident investigation process.
A number of teaching and learning approaches are used to develop your capabilities, including lectures, guest lectures by practitioners, class presentations, group discussion, student-led discussion and self-learning activities supported by an online learning management platform. This style of learning is designed to maximise your understanding of the curriculum content and skills, providing an environment where you can ask questions and seek feedback as well as contribute to class discussion with your peers.
Classes will be offered in intensive mode over weekends or in week-long blocks.
You are expected to be responsible for the completion of all out of class learning activities which may require extra reading of both library and online materials.
Some learning activities are structured from a problem-based learning perspective, where you may be in a small group or team, or work individually to apply knowledge to solve problems and examine case studies. This technique is designed to simulate the experiences you will encounter working as an accident investigator in a simulated environment.
Some subjects will include the use of a virtual reality model which will enable you to immerse yourself in a digital environment mimicking a crash site. You may also use laboratory equipment and/or practical demonstrations to complement theoretical concepts to be covered throughout the curriculum, and to provide you a hands-on experience of some resources and tools which you will need to use as an accident investigator.
Assessment is ongoing throughout the teaching period and may include class tests, essays, reports, oral presentations, group projects, research projects, practical assignments or final exams.
Blended learning options
Courses offered as part of blended learning programs include a meaningful blend of online, on-campus, and workplace based learning tailored to the type of study you undertake. This learning is active, prioritising tasks that involve exploration and development of skills and knowledge through interaction and engagement.
Online aspects provide positive benefits such as flexibility and adaptability using digital activities and materials, while also strengthening the interaction and connection with timetabled and on-campus experiences such as tutorials, practicals, or workshops.