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CRI3311 Investigating Crime

Semester 1, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Law and Justice
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 27 June 2022


Examiner: Michelle Hevers


Investigative practices are useful in a range of roles within the criminal justice system and connected to the criminal justice system. Developing theoretical knowledge and practical skills with regard to investigating a criminal event, prepares students with industry relevant skills that are directly applicable to a range of careers within the criminal justice system and outside the criminal justice system as well. Investigative skills are transferrable to other contexts where the ability to gather information, synthesise information and solve complex problems is required.

This course aims to equip students with a range of investigative skills useful for the collection, preservation and presentation of evidence. Concepts relating to types of evidence such a material evidence, circumstantial evidence and witness testimony will be presented to students, along with the various ways to extract this evidence in the context of a criminal event. Students will have the opportunity to develop theoretical knowledge that underpins investigative practices, as well as practical skills by way of applying investigative techniques to decode a crime scene.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. articulate the difference between different investigation skills;
  2. evaluate when and where different investigation skills should be used;
  3. extract and compile evidence by using a range of investigative techniques;
  4. using written and oral communication skills, systematically organise evidence fit for purpose.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Evidence typology 20.00
2. Crime scene typology 20.00
3. Investigative techniques 20.00
4. Investigative processes 20.00
5. Documentation and preservation of evidence 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Monckton-Smith, J., Adams, T., Hart, A. G. & Webb, J 2013, Introducing forensic and criminal investigation, Sage Publications Ltd, United Kingdom.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Description Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Investigation Skills Assessmnt 40 1,2,3,4
Scenario Assessment 1 30 2,3,4
Scenario Assessment 2 30 2,3,4
Date printed 27 June 2022