Crime Mapping - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 14 weeks
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  • Availability for 2017: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Generating Spatial Statistics (10%) , Assignment 2 - Generating Hotspots (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,563.00
International 2,813.00

This unit is designed to provide students with hands-on instruction in the temporal and spatial analysis of crime. The unit has two components: first, the basics of GIS mapping applications are outlined and demonstrated in a self paced workshop environments. The second half of the course deals with approaches to move crime mapping from a purely descriptive analysis to a more inferential endeavour. Assessment is made up of four short assignment.

This unit will provide students with the skills necessary to produce spatial;analyses of crime data, which can be used within an operational analytical context in the field of;criminal justice. This will be achieved considering three areas. First, the practical skills required for using Geographic Information Systems (GIS); that is, how to map crime data. Second, discussing the spatial theories of crime and how they relate to asking the right questions of GIS; what to map. Third, the unit will outline the strengths and weaknesses of each of the techniques discussed and discuss how such analyses can be best presented and interpreted.

After successfully completing this unit you should be able to:

1  An understanding of the spatial theories of environmental criminology and the techniques commonly used to examine the spatial distributions of crime within geographic information systems.
2  Practical skills, using geographic information systems and other tools, to produce spatial analyses of crime typically used by police and other public sector agencies to identify examine and target crime problems.
3  An understanding of the assumptions and limitations of spatial analysis techniques, as well as the ramifications for interpretation of such analyses that they bring.

  • Assignment 1 — Generating Spatial Statistics (10%)
  • Assignment 2 — Generating Hotspots (30%)
  • Assignment 3 — Identifying Crime Displacement (20%)
  • Assignment 4 — Intelligence Briefing (40%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

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 Geographic Information Systems and Crime Mapping
2An Introduction to MapInfo
3Basic Mapping Techniques
4Spatial Theories of Crime
5Crime and Other Agency Data
6Spatial Statistics
7Identifying Crime Hotspots
8Measuring Crime Displacement and Diffusion of Benefits
9Crime Map Cartography, Mapping for Analysis vs. Mapping for Decision-Makers
10Identifying Crime Hot-times: GIS and temporal analyses
11Moving Toward Inference in Crime Mapping, Part 1
12Moving Toward Inference in Crime Mapping, Part 2

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

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.
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