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Criminal Investigations PG (10081.1)

Level: Postgraduate 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 and critically discuss the scope and dimensions of the topic area, including: a. The purposes, 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, indigenous offenders and other cultural groups;

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

    3. Undertake high-quality research, including identifying, critically evaluating and applying the relevant literature on investigations;

    4. Communicate ideas and information appropriately for academic or professional audiences in written and oral forms;

    5. Work effectively alone or in groups; and

    6. Apply professional standards, expert judgement, adaptability and responsibility in discussion and exhibit ethical and responsible values.

    Assessment Items

    Contact Hours

    10-12 hours per week over 3-4 weeks


    6777 Legal Systems G, OR 6225 Business Law G, OR 9582 Institutions of Law and Government G, OR obtain the permission of the Unit Convener based on prior study or work experience.



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