Forensic and Criminal Psychology (10448.1)
|Available teaching periods||Delivery mode||Location|
|View teaching periods|| Flexible
|| UC - Canberra, Bruce
|0.125||3||Faculty Of Health|
|Discipline||Study level||HECS Bands|
|Discipline Of Psychology||Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit|| Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Identify the various ways that forensic psychology can impact on justice outcomes;
2. Experience and reflect upon a criminal or civil trial through court visits;
3. Critically engage with, analyse and evaluate the literature on offending behaviour and offender rehabilitation; and
4. Critically apply knowledge of policing and miscarriages of justice to an applied case study.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
2. UC graduates are global citizens - think globally about issues in their profession
2. UC graduates are global citizens - understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
Prerequisites11399 Understanding People and Behaviour OR
10444 Foundations of Psychology OR permission of the unit convener AND must have completed 48 credit point.
Equivalent units8831 Introduction to Forensic Psychology
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2022||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Winter Term||30 May 2022||Flexible||Dr Sally Kelty|
|2023||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Winter Term||30 May 2023||Flexible||Dr Sally Kelty|
The unit textbook is "Criminological and Forensic Psychology, 2nd Edition" (2019) by Helen Gavin, Sage.
The E Book version can be downloaded instantly from Booktopia, cost $63.35, via this link https://www.booktopia.com.au/criminological-and-forensic-psychology-helen-gavin/ebook/9781526455260.html
The printed Sage paperback version, if you prefer, can be ordered online from Booktopia using this link (note this may take several weeks to arrive), cost $88.25, available via this link https://www.booktopia.com.au/criminological-and-forensic-psychology-helen-gavin/book/9781526424273.html?utm_source=corwin&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=product_deeplink&utm_content=button
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Please read this information BEFORE contacting your unit convener for an extension.
1. Assessment extensions will only be granted in exceptional circumstances.
2. Students are expected to work on the assessment items throughout the teaching period. Early communication of problems is strongly advised. Students should assess early in the teaching period whether they have a reasonable likelihood of being able to complete the unit and should consider withdrawing by the census date, if required.
3. Requests will require documentary evidence (see below for information on acceptable documentation) and must be submitted to the unit convener.
4. To request an extension, email the unit convener with "Extension request" in the subject line and include:
a. Which assessment item the extension is requested for (and which unit)
b. Length of extension requested
c. Reason for the extension request
d. Attached documentary evidence as outline above in section 5B.
Special assessment requirements
In order to pass this unit, Parts A and B of the mid-semester test, all three of the student discussion boards and the take home exam case study must be submitted for evaluation.
Students need to achieve an overall mark of at least 50% to pass the unit (you do not need to pass each assessment piece). However, if a student receives a mark in excess of 50% for this unit, but has not completed the three compulsory assessment items, they will fail this unit.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
Students are expected to attend all lectures, or access lecture recordings online. The two tutorial workshops run live online. These tutorials will help you prepare for the final assessment, and it is highly recommended that you attend. During tutorials we will be discussing cases and students will be expected to be involved in the discussions. It is expected that students are to be mindful of others' rights to teach and learn and be respectful of staff and fellow students and opinions that do not mirror your own. We ask you to be open-minded about the content in these classes. Please switch off mobile phones or turn to silent mode in lectures and during the live tutorial, and that personal/private conversations be conducted outside the face to face or online virtual classrooms.
It is strongly encouraged that all students attend the first lecture. This lecture will cover the unit overview and will discuss the assessment items. This first lecture will be recorded however, and it is advised this lecture is listened to within the first week so students can adequately prepare their time.
Required IT skills
This unit involves online meetings in real time using the Virtual Room in your UCLearn teaching site. The Virtual Room allows you to communicate in real time with your lecturer and other students. To participate verbally, rather than just typing, you will need a microphone. For best audio quality we recommend a microphone and speaker headset. For more information and to test your computer, go to the Virtual Room in your UCLearn site and 'Join Course Room'. This will trigger a tutorial to help familiarise you with the functionality of the virtual room.
Students are expected to have basic IT skills in order to navigate UCLearn Canvas and attend weekly drops-ins and any online classes.
Regular access to Canvas is a requirement for students enrolled in this unit to enable access to announcements, discussion forums, completion of the mid-semester assessment and for the online submission of assessments. It is also expected that all students will have basic word-processing skills.
Work placement, internships or practicums
Warning. The content of this unit covers material some people may find disturbing.
We will be looking in detail at the psychology and motivation of child sexual abuse, violent offending, intimate partner violence and the investigation of homicide and the suspicious death of adults. We will be covering the psychology and implications for victims of domestic and family violence cases and the sexual abuse of children.