Introduction to Forensic Psychology (8831.1)
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|Discipline Of Psychology||Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit|| Band 1 2021 (Pg Clinical Psychology)
Band 2 2021 (Prof Pathway Psychology-After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 2 2021 (Prof Pathway Psychology-Before 1 Jan 2021)
Band 2 2021 (Standard Course Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan Social Work_Exclude 0905)
Band 4 2021 (Standard Course Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of criminal offending and an understanding of the role of a forensic psychologist in relation to the investigation of crime and the assessment and treatment of offenders;
2. Think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and develop evidence clearly and logically; and
3. Deploy critically evaluated information to practical ends.
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Prerequisites11399 Understanding People and Behaviour OR 4309 Psychology 101 OR 4310 Psychology 102 OR by permission of the unit convenor.
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The unit texxtbook is "Criminological and Forensic Psychology, 2nd Edition" (2019) by Helen Gavin, Sage.
Printed Version On Campus: A paperback version of this text can be purchased from the University at The School Locker, in Building1. Please note the School Locker have a price guarantee as follows: The School Locker price guarantee applies to any cheaper price found on an online or physical store in Australia, If you find the physical textbook book cheaper online then let them know for a price match, please refer https://theschoollocker.com.au/guarantees.
Printed Version order online:The book can also be sourced from Sage via Footprint Books: https://au.sagepub.com/en-gb/oce/criminological-and-forensic-psychology/book257866. Click "BUY FROM HERE" and use code EDUClub at checkout for a 15% discount and free delivery in ANZ
E-book version. The e-book is available online from https://www.vitalsource.com/en-au/products/criminological-and-forensic-psychology-helen-gavin-v9781526455260
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Please read this information BEFORE contacting your unit convener for an extension.
1. Assignment 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. Appropriate evidence includes the following:
· A medical certificate signed by a registered medical, dental or health practitioner. The certificate must contain the registered provider number, the duration of the student's incapacity to study, and the date of consultation.
· A death notice or other appropriate documentation for bereavement.
Special assessment requirements
In order to pass this unit, the mid-semester test, the court report and the take home exam must be submitted for evaluation.
You need to achieve an overall mark of at least 50% to pass this unit.
If you receive a mark in excess of 50% for this unit, but have not completed the compulsory assessment items, you will not pass 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 or access online all lectures and participate in tutorials. Students can choose to attend face to face tutorials or participate in the equivalent online learning environment. When attending and participating in lectures and tutorials, it is expected that students be mindful of others' rights to teach/learn, be respectful of staff and fellow students by having mobile phones switched off or to silent mode, and that personal/private conversations be conducted outside the classroom.
Required IT skills
Students are expected to have basic IT skills in order to navigate UCLearn Canvas
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 test and for the online submission of assessments. It is also expected that all students will have basic word-processing skills.
Students enrolled in the online tutorial will access tutorial materials via Canvas (recordings, activities) and can use the forum to communicate with your tutor and other students.
Work placement, internships or practicums
Warning. The content of this unit covers some material people may find disturbing. We will be looking in detail at the psychology and motivation of sex and violent offending, the investigation of homicide and suspicious death of adults, domestic and family violence cases and the sexual abuse of children.