Doing Criminology - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment - 4-Part Research Proposal (35%) , Invigilated Exam - Final Exam (45%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit is intended as an introduction to research in criminal justice and criminology. Some of the students taking the unit will likely enter professions in criminal justice and some may move into more research-oriented professions in criminology. Therefore, emphasis is placed on the research methodologies used in the criminal justice and criminological literature. Students begin by learning the logic of research methodology in the social sciences and then learn how researchers in criminology carry out research projects.

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

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

  1. understand the basic principles, procedures and overall methodological process used in criminological and criminal justice research
  2. differentiate between different research methods and processes
  3. identify the research methods used in criminological and criminal justice research
  4. critically assess the research methods used by in criminological and criminal justice research.
  • Assignment — 4-Part Research Proposal (35%)
  • Invigilated Exam — Final Exam (45%)
  • Quizzes — Online Quizzes (20%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction and After-the-Fact Methods of Investigation and Evidence Gathering
2Causality, systematic observation/investigation/evidence-gathering/research, and the drawbacks of After-the-Fact Methods.
3The 4 elements of evidence required to establish causality
4Problems with Before-and-After Methods and Introduction to Control-Group Methods of investigation/evidence-gathering/research
5Evidence gathering in "The Real World:" Basic versus applied research and to whom does our evidence/conclusions apply?
6Sampling: From whom (and how) do we collect evidence/information?
7Survey Research: How to ask the right questions.
8More about Surveys, Causality, and Using Existing Evidence.
9Qualitative Methods: Undercover work and cool stuff like that.
10A day to catch-up, review before assessment 2, and discuss problems or challenges.
11Gathering evidence ethically
12Critical reflections & review

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

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

Online materials

  • Printable format materials
  • 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.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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