Crime Analysis and Investigation - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
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  • Availability for 2016: Sess 1
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (10%) , Assignment 2 (50%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 2,188.00
International 2,438.00

Please note: This unit was previously titled Crime Analysis.

On completion of this unit 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.

Assessment details will be advised at the beginning of the unit offering.

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. discuss in depth concepts relating to theories of crime, crime analysis, hypothesis generation and testing, situational crime prevention and their inter-connections
  2. critically analyse the role of opportunity in offender decision making
  3. develop a sophisticated understanding of the practice of crime analysis (interpreting the criminal environment) and crime prevention through reflective practice.
  • Assignment 1 (10%)
  • Assignment 2 (50%)
  • Quizzes (40%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MCCJ7024 — Crime Analysis (Previously Crime Analysis and Investigation)
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In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to crime analysis and investigation
2Rational Choice Theory
3Routine Activity and Crime Pattern Theory
4Crime as a process: crime scripts
5Approaches to Critical Thinking
6Systematic Model of Crime Analysis
7Repeat Victimisation
8Offender oriented analysis
9Geographic profiling
10Crime Mapping
11Situational Crime Prevention
13Design against Crime

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission

Online materials

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

This unit is a core requirement 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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