Crime Analysis and Investigation - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Analysis Task - Analysis Exercise (40%) , Critique - Critique of analysis (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit is capable of standing as an independent unit of study but ideally follows CCJ22 Introduction to Policing. On completion, students will be conversant with the dominant theories explaining the relationship between crime and place, understand the main types of logical reasoning and be able to apply a systematic framework for analysis to crime problems.

The second half of the unit deals with specific topics, such as victim-, place-, offender-oriented analyses and how these inform tactical decisions and intervention work. While conceptual in parts, the objective of the unit is pragmatic. Students do not need high level mathematical ability to do well in this unit, only systematic and clear thinking.

By the end of this unit, students should develop the practical and conceptual skills that are beneficial for conducting crime analysis, diagnosing crime problems and recommending tactics to prevent or disrupt criminal activity.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. recall in depth concepts relating to theories of crime, crime analysis, hypothesis generation and testing, situational crime prevention and their inter-connections
  2. critique a crime prevention initiative drawing on crime theories and models of crime analysis
  3. examine crime patterns and choose appropriate action for crime prevention in an hypothetical crime data set.
  • Analysis Task — Analysis Exercise (40%)
  • Critique — Critique of analysis (30%)
  • Invigilated Exam (30%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

This is not an introductory unit, it is a Level 3 unit. You should complete other Level 1 or 2 criminology units before starting this unit.

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to crime analysis and investigation
2Environmental Criminology
3Case Study 1: Belmont
4Case Study 2: Moppin' Up Dodge
5Case Study 3: High Point
6Systematic model of crime analysis
7Hot Spots, Hot Times and Hot Victims
8Practice Dataset 1
9Practice Dataset 2
10Situational Crime Prevention
11Practice Dataset 3
13Design Against Crime

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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