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CRIM71-320: Forensic Criminology September 2020 [Standard - Forensic Criminology]

General information

Forensic criminology involves the application of criminological knowledge to investigative and forensic issues. It is a science in that it uses the scientific method as well as logic, reasoning and critical thinking to address a variety of applied issues. Forensic Criminology introduces students to this applied field of criminology by introducing the concepts and principles involved. To meet this end, students will be exposed to the wide variety of professionals they may encounter in professional practice, many of whom could be considered forensic practitioners in their own right. This includes police and private investigators, forensic scientists, and lawyers and other legal counsel. Students will also learn about the nature and scope of forensic criminology matters including ethics and report writing.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:CRIM71-320
Subject title:Forensic Criminology
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:September 2020
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly lecture
  • Tutorial: x12 (Total hours: 12) - Weekly tutorial
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 84) - Recommended study hours
Attendance and learning activities: Attendance at 80% of the lectures and tutorials is mandatory to earn attendance and participation marks. Students not meeting this level will be awarded a grade of 0% for the attendance and participation portion of their marks. Serious medical conditions resulting in absences due to illness that are certified by a medical examiner are exceptions. These conditions require a medical certificate covering the period of illness. Students missing class owing to illness are required to submit a two page summary of the lecture and/or tutorial material they missed within one week of the expiry of the medical certificate.


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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate increased knowledge of the principles of forensic criminology.
  2. Apply knowledge of the principles of forensic criminology to its application through the examination of case studies.
  3. Develop critical thinking skills in relation to the limits of forensic criminology and forensic evidence.
  4. Develop responsibility in relation to self and others.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
*Class Participation Attendance and Participation 20% Progressive 1, 2, 3, 4.
Case Analysis Ilana Case Study 30% Week 6 2, 3, 4.
Essay Essay from topics chosen by the student 20% Week 10 1, 2, 3, 4.
Case Analysis Risk Assessment 30% Week 12 2, 3, 4.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

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Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A student who has not established a basis for an extension in compliance with University and Faculty policy either by 1) not applying before the assessment due date or 2) by having an application rejected due to failure to show a justifiable cause for an extension, will receive a penalty on assessment submitted after its due date. The penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment for every day late, with the first day counted after the required submission time has passed. No assessment will be accepted for consideration seven calendar days after the due date. Where a student has been granted an extension, the late penalty starts from the new due date and time set out in the extension.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

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Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Accessibility and Inclusion Support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

This topic provides an overview to the course and requirements of the students

This topic looks at the theoretical backdrop to forensic criminology in practice including a variety criminological assessments and examinations

This topic looks at the issues of expert evidence and the role of the forensic examiner as an expert witness

This topic will look at the role of criminal investigators and how they interface with the forensic criminologist

This topic will look at the role of forensic scientists and how they interface with the forensic criminologist

This topic will look at the role of forensic mental health experts and how they interface with the forensic criminologist

This topic will look at the role of crime analysts, criminal profilers and how they interface with the forensic criminologist

This topic will look at the role of forensic victimologists and how they interface with the forensic criminologist

This topic will look at ethics for the forensic criminologist and how this impacts upon practice

This topic will look at forensic criminology in civil settings such as civil trials as well as their role in litigation, mitigation, and premises liabillity

This topic will introduce students to forensic report writing

This topic will summarise the course material and propose some future directions

Approved on: Dec 1, 2020. Edition: 5.4