Criminology Skills - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Skills audit exercise (10%) , Assignment 2 - Essay outline (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit covers the range of practical and academic skills necessary to see students through their criminology and criminal justice undergraduate degree and beyond into the workplace. It introduces students to the different careers open to them as criminal justice professionals, the things that they will need to be able to undertake in order to study criminology and criminal justice, to perform well in assessment, and to become competent in searching for, and evaluating, criminological materials. The unit begins with a consideration of the key skills necessary for a successful career in criminology and criminal justice. Thereafter, the course is divided into two main parts. Part 1 introduces students to the main source materials commonly used in the study of criminology and criminal justice. The aim is to get students to start to think critically about where information about crime and the criminal process comes from, how to find it and how to evaluate it. Part 2 aims to help students to strengthen the ways in which they approach their studies in criminology and criminal justice. Here, a key focus is on how to address effectively different forms of assessment and how to fulfill the academic requirements of the study of criminology and criminal justice. The unit concludes with some reflections on how students might put their criminological skills to best use in their degree program and in professional life. Throughout the unit, an emphasis is placed on practical activities. This is based on an understanding that students learn best by doing things and by practising their skills.

After successfully completing this unit you should be able to:

  1. Identify a broad range of careers open to graduates of criminology and criminal justice programs, and be aware of strategies that can assist you in entering the career of your choice.
  2. Understand the professional and academic skills needed for success, and to have developed your own skills in key areas.
  3. Identify the main sources that contribute to our knowledge and understanding of crime and the criminal process
  4. Engage in a reasoned evaluation of the quality of criminological source material, and to use that material to structure a logical and reasoned argument.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of when, and how, to provide references and avoid plagiarism
  6. Show improvement in your ability to plan, research and write in clear, correct English.
  7. Understand the key principles of effective verbal communication and teamwork.
  • Assignment 1 — Skills audit exercise (10%)
  • Assignment 2 — Essay outline (30%)
  • Assignment 3 — Written Assignment (30%)
  • Presentation (20%)
  • Quiz — Referencing quiz (10%)

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:

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Criminology careers and how to get one
2Developing arguments/thinking critically
3Supporting arguments: Sources of information
4Study Skills
5Academic Integrity and Referencing
6Essays & Arguments
7What makes a good essay?
8The writing process
10Exam Preparation
11Planning your university experience
12Exploring career options

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement 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.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • The Study Skills Handbook

    By:Stella Cottrell

    ISBN: 9781137289254


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