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Criminological Research Methods (CRM120)

Organisational Unit Law and Criminology
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Murdoch S2
Description This unit is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to be successful in their criminology studies. The unit focuses on social science methodologies and research ethics associated with the study of crime and criminal behaviour. Students will learn how to interpret quantitative results and how to use these new skills effectively in their future studies
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Identify appropriate academic sources of evidence
2. Define research terms
3. Synthesise academic argument and formulate research questions
4. Interpret and apply research findings to socio-legal issues
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week (commencing week 1); tutorials: 1 hour per week commencing Week 2
Unit Learning Experiences The unit makes use of substantial independent online learning. Online learning materials cover essential concepts while lectures and tutorials provide an opportunity to apply those concepts.
Other Learning Experiences 1 hour of online learning commencing week 1
Assessment Students will complete an in-depth research proposal essay, (ULO 1, ULO 3, ULO 4) online terminology quizzes (ULO 2) and a final written exam (ULO4, ULO2)
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students may not enrol in this unit for credit toward the LLB or Juris Doctor (pre-2014).
Students who have completed LEG120 Legal Research may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2016: LEG120
2016: 'Legal Research'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Crime Science (BCrim) [New in 2018]
Criminal Behaviour (BCrim) [New in 2018]
Criminology + Forensic Biology and Toxicology [Combined] (BCrim)+(BSc)
Legal Studies (BCrim) [New in 2018]
White Collar and Corporate Crime (BCrim)
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.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Jaimie Zander
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2900
e: J.Zander@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.1.019 - Economics, Commerce and Law, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
MURDOCH: S2-External
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Jaimie Zander
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2900
e: J.Zander@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.1.019 - Economics, Commerce and Law, Murdoch Campus
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