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CRIM13003 Criminology Research Capstone
Criminology Research Capstone
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General Information


This research capstone unit enables you to apply the theories, content knowledge and skills you have learned to researching a problem of concern to a regulatory agency, criminal justice agency, government or other organisation involved in the prevention or regulation of criminal activity. You will develop a practical research project that will be conducted during a single term and be responsible for each of the methodological stages including developing a research question, understanding the ethical context, planning, project management, conduct of research, delivery and dissemination. You will keep a portfolio of key documents and reflect on skills and capabilities necessary for professional research practice in the field of criminology.


Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 3
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Enrolment in CL55 or CL75 and 72 cp of completed units.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2022


Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Literature Review or Systematic Review
Weighting: 30%
2. Report
Weighting: 70%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation


Students found the Unit content engaging and interesting


The contemporary methodological topics will be reviewed and updated where necessary to maintain the engaging content of the Unit.

Feedback from Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation


Students were very satisfied with the learning support received during the unit


The study guide containing learning resources will be developed into a second iteration which will include additional information and learning resources in order to maintain currency and a contemporary unit. The UC will continue to be available via phone, Zoom and email for additional tutorials/meetings.

Feedback from Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation


Students found the student-directed study sessions useful


These sessions are guided but students learn to direct sessions themselves in order to build research management skills and prepare students for employment in line with the aims of a Capstone unit.

Feedback from Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation


Students described having a cohesive assessment piece that builds on prior learning useful.


The UC will continue to use assessment in this way.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Analyse a complex criminology problem by developing and implementing appropriate research methodologies
  2. Design a research proposal
  3. Consolidate information pertaining to the research topic through a critical review of leading authorities, a literature analysis and the management of this information in a research data platform
  4. Work responsibly on a criminology research project and account for your own learning practices
  5. Engage in peer review and feedback processes within a discipline research community.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
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Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Literature Review or Systematic Review - 30%
2 - Report - 70%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
10 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Literature Review or Systematic Review - 30%
2 - Report - 70%
Textbooks and Resources


There are no required textbooks.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
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