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Crime Science (BCrim)

  • B1345BACHELOR OF CRIMINOLOGY

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Title Crime Science (BCrim)
Course Code B1345
Study Level Bachelor (Undergraduate)
Organisational Unit Law and Criminology
Academic Contacts http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/AcademicContacts
Qualification Bachelor of Criminology (BCrim) in Crime Science
Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Description In this major, you will learn about the rapidly developing area of crime science. It focuses on the immediate causes of burgeoning crime rates in which crime scientists are concerned with why, where, when, by whom, and how a particular offence was committed. The Crime Science major provides opportunities to engage with areas of science that impact on the solving and prevention of crime. It develops an appreciation of the need for multi-disciplinary problem solving in this area. As part of your studies, you will examine approaches used to identify crime hotspots and how patterns of crime have changed over time. You will examine criminal cases and learn how to critically evaluate police procedures, the judicial process and the interpretation of the forensic evidence. You can combine this major with Criminal Behaviour or Legal Studies to add depth and breadth to your understanding of Criminology. You may also combine this major with studies in another area such as Forensic Biology and Toxicology.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings As per normal university admission requirements

English competence. Students demonstrating English competence via IELTS need an overall score of 6.0 with no individual band less than 6.0.
Major Learning Outcomes Major Learning Outcomes KNOWLEDGE
1. Demonstrate a broad and coherent and understanding of the core concepts of crime science
SKILLS
2. Communicate in a form, consistent with the norms of Criminology, for a range of audiences.
3. Synthesise relevant crime science literature to a standard consistent with the discipline
APPLICATION
4. Competently apply concepts to social/crime problems from a crime science perspective; and
5. Critically analyse crime science research findings and policy recommendations.
6. Through independent enquiry, apply knowledge and skills that recognise diversity and the rights and perspectives of others in various contexts.
Course Learning Outcomes The following table aligns unit assessments in units that form part of the core to the degree and are not contained within each major. These units would only be taken by a student completing the degree rather than just a major from the degree.

KNOWLEDGE
1. Demonstrate a broad and coherent understanding of the discipline.
SKILLS
2. Appraise and interpret available information to communicate to a range of audiences.
3. Synthesise ideas and information from a variety of sources to a standard consistent with the discipline.
APPLICATION
4. Competently apply concepts to problems in the discipline.
5. Critically analyse research findings and policy recommendations.
6. Through independent enquiry, apply knowledge and skills that recognise diversity and the rights and perspectives of others in various contexts.
Employment Prospects Suitable for employment opportunities within the court and corrections, police services, youth work, community groups and government departments, criminal forensics
Recommended Double Majors Criminal Behaviour; Forensic Biology and Toxicology; Legal Studies
Recommended Minors Computer Forensics and Computer Security; Computer Forensics and Information Security Policy; Law and Justice; Neuroscience; Social and Developmental Psychology
Excluded Double Majors Criminology
Excluded Minors Crime Science
Main research areas Criminal Behaviour, Legal Studies, Criminology, Crime Science
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 72 credit points

Year I - 24 credit points

Murdoch Spine: Career Learning - 3 credit points

MSP100 Career Learning: Managing Your Career - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external

Major Units - 9 credit points

Refer to Major structure - Major List below

Major Core Units - 9 credit points

CRM120 Criminological Research Methods - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

CRM100 Introduction to Criminology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

CHE103 Introduction to Forensic Science - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

Options - 12 credit points

Major 2/Co-major/Minor/General Electives

Year 2 - 24 credit points

Murdoch Spine: Career Learning - 3 credit points

Select from the following:

MSP200 Building Enterprise Skills - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external

MSP201 Real World Learning - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external, SUM-external, W-external, Y-external

Course Specified Electives - 3 credit points

Select from the Course Specified Elective List below.

Major Units - 9 credit points

Refer to Major structure - Major List below

Major Core Units - 9 credit points

BMS213 Forensic Anatomy and Anthropology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

CRM203 Criminal Behaviour - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

CRM201 Policing and Crime Prevention - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

Options - 9 credit points

Major 2/Co-major/Minor/General Electives

Year 3 - 24 credit points

Murdoch Spine: Career Learning - 3 credit points

Select from the following:

MSP200 Building Enterprise Skills - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external

MSP201 Real World Learning - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external, S2-external, SUM-external, W-external, Y-external

Course Core Units - 6 credit points

CRM307 Culture, Diversity and Crime - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

CRM306 Advanced Criminology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

Course Specified Electives - 3 credit points

Select from the Course Specified Elective List below.

Major Units - 6 credit points

Refer to Major structure - Major List below

Major Core Units - 6 credit points

BIO388 Forensic Science and Miscarriages of Justice - 3 points
MURDOCH: W-internal

CRM301 Crime Science - 3 points
MURDOCH: SS5-internal

Specified Elective List for Second Major

Students undertaking Crime Science as a second major should choose units from the Specified Elective list below to replace any units they have already completed as part of their first major.
A maximum of 30 points at 100 level can be completed.

CRM388 Treatment of Criminal Behaviour - 3 points
MURDOCH: UA4-internal (quota of 30 places)

CRM310 CRM Internships (WIL) - 3 points
MURDOCH: H-placement, TS21-placement, Y-placement, YU5-placement

CRM202 Corrections - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

CRM389 Psychology and Law - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

CRM302 Children and Crime - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

CRM219 International and Transnational Crimes - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

LEG323 Social and Welfare Law - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

LEG391 Alternative Dispute Resolution - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2K-internal, S2K-external

BRD205 Crime through the Ages - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

LEG203 Indigenous Peoples, Law and Society - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

BSL165 Foundations of Business Law - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

BJU150 Law in Context - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

LEG100 Law, Justice and Social Policy - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

Options - 6 credit points

Major 2/Co-major/Minor/General Electives

Major List

Crime Science
Criminal Behaviour
Legal Studies
White Collar and Corporate Crime

Course Specified Elective List

CRM388 Treatment of Criminal Behaviour - 3 points
MURDOCH: UA4-internal (quota of 30 places)

CRM310 CRM Internships (WIL) - 3 points
MURDOCH: H-placement, TS21-placement, Y-placement, YU5-placement

CRM202 Corrections - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

CRM389 Psychology and Law - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

CRM302 Children and Crime - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

CRM219 International and Transnational Crimes - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

LEG323 Social and Welfare Law - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

LEG391 Alternative Dispute Resolution - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2K-internal, S2K-external

BRD205 Crime through the Ages - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

BMS213 Forensic Anatomy and Anthropology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

LEG203 Indigenous Peoples, Law and Society - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

LEG100 Law, Justice and Social Policy - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

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