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Crime Science (CRM301)

Organisational Unit Law and Criminology
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: SS5-internal
Description This unit focuses on the role of criminology and forensic science in the detection and investigation of crime. It outlines approaches used to identify potential perpetrators of crime using behavioural and forensic science techniques. The protocols involved in crime scene investigation and the collection, preservation and processing of evidence will be outlined with an emphasis on its admissibility in Court. Using case histories as illustrations, the legal impact of cognitive bias, investigative errors and novel investigative techniques will be discussed.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of the main inter-disciplinary elements of a crime science approach to real-world crimes.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of clinical and statistical approaches to offender profiling
3. Demonstrate knowledge of the processes involved in crime scene investigation and the role of the forensic investigator in the gathering and evaluation of evidence.
4. Demonstrate knowledge of the difference between 'foundational validity' and 'validity as applied' in the application of forensic science to criminal cases.
5. Demonstrate knowledge of unconventional techniques and approaches used by investigative authorities in the investigation of serious crimes.
6. Demonstrate knowledge of the effects of cognitive bias on investigative processes and prosecutorial outcomes and to illustrate its impact with real-world examples.
7. Utilise problem-solving skills from the interdisciplinary tool kit of crime science to analyse a crime problem and propose a targeted problem solving strategy.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lecture-Seminar 24 hours taught intensively
Assessment Assessment will comprise 2 essays worth 30% each and 1 exam worth 40%.
Prerequisites Nil.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Crime Science (BCrim) [New in 2018]
Criminal Behaviour (BCrim) [New in 2018]
Criminology + Communication [Combined] (BCrim)+(BCommun)
Criminology + Forensic Biology and Toxicology [Combined] (BCrim)+(BSc)
Law + Criminology [Combined] (LLB)+(BCrim) [New in 2018]
Legal Studies (BCrim) [New in 2018]
Appears in these Minors 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.


Unit Coordinator
Dr David Keatley
Senior Lecturer in Criminology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2399
e: david.keatley@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.2.019 - Building 460, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: SS5-Internal
Dr David Keatley
Senior Lecturer in Criminology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2399
e: david.keatley@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.2.019 - Building 460, Murdoch Campus
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