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Criminal Investigations (10080.1)

Level: Undergraduate Third Year Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: School of Law & Justice


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This unit will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the key issues in relation to criminal investigations and the legalities associated with the collection of evidence. Students will learn about the purposes and principles of investigations, the differing types of evidence and the process involved when conducting police inquiries. Contemporary investigations will be explored, including interviewing techniques, the rights of suspects, the collection of forensic material and the process involved in relation to identification of suspects by victims and witnesses. The unit will consider the needs of special groups, including juveniles and Indigenous terms of how the law applies to them in the investigation process.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Explain the scope and dimensions of the topic area, including: a. The purposes and principles and regulation of criminal investigations; b. The range of investigations options available and the key issues associated with these options; and c. The needs of specific groups, such as juveniles and Indigenous offenders;

2. Analyse the individual, social, cultural and political impacts of investigations and contribute to informed policy debate about criminality in Australia;

3. Undertake research, including identifying and critically evaluating the relevant literature in investigations;

4. Communicate ideas and information appropriately in written and oral forms;

5. Work effectively alone or in groups; and

6. Apply professional standards in discussion and exhibit ethical and responsible values.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

3 hours per week in a standard semester; or 10-12 hours per week over 3-4 weeks


6602 Legal Systems, OR 4977 Introduction to Business Law, OR 6599 Law and Society, OR obtain the permission of the Unit Convener based on prior study or work experience.



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