CL55 - Bachelor of Science (Criminology and Psychology)

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Overview

Compulsory Residential School

Some units in this course require you to attend a compulsory Residential School or Work Integrated Learning. Please see Course Features in the Getting Started tab for further information.

Course Overview

The Bachelor of Science (Criminology and Psychology) course will give you a broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge of both criminology and psychology. The course considers the psychology of crime, criminology theory and its practical application to criminal justice and its regulation. You will be engaged in crime scene analysis, criminal profiling, forensic interviews and develop case management skills. You will learn how to conduct research and how to professionally communicate, orally, visually and in writing. You will also develop an awareness of ethical, professional and social responsibility and an understanding of Indigenous, social and cultural diversity.This course prepares you for a career in criminal justice, police, customs, correction services and other law enforcement and regulatory agencies. The course is also relevant to a broad array of government departments such as prisons, probation and parole, court clerk, investigator, defence as well as public and private security and investigation. The psychology aspects of the degree are useful for careers which require a sound understanding of human behaviour such as: human resource management, rehabilitation, business management, teaching, school guidance counselling, scientific research, public health, defence, and special education. You can undertake further study to qualify as a psychologist.

Career Information

The Bachelor of Science (Criminology and Psychology) prepares you for a career in criminal justice, police, customs, correction services and other law enforcement and regulatory agencies. The degree is also relevant to a broad array of government departments such as prisons, probation and parole, court clerk, investigator, ­­defence as well as public and private security and investigation. The psychology aspects of the degree are useful for careers which require a sound understanding of human behaviour such as: human resource management, rehabilitation, business management, teaching, school guidance counselling, scientific research, public health, defence, and special education. You can undertake further study to qualify as a psychologist.

Course Details
Duration 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 144
Number of Units Required CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in undergraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).
Expected Hours of Study One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.
Course Type Undergraduate Award
Qualification (post nominal) BSc (Crim&Psych)
AQF Level Level 7: Bachelor Degree

Admission Codes

Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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The following tables list the courses availabilities by location and term. Directing your pointer over your preferred location will provide further information if this course is not available for the full duration. Please be sure to also check individual unit availability by location and term prior to enrolling.

Domestic Availability

Term 2 - 2021

Online

Term 1 - 2021

Online

Term 2 - 2020

Online

Term 1 - 2020

Online
Rockhampton
Townsville

Term 2 - 2019

Bundaberg
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville

Term 1 - 2019

Bundaberg
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville
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International Availability

Term 2 - 2021

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Term 1 - 2021

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Term 2 - 2020

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Term 1 - 2020

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Term 2 - 2019

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Term 1 - 2019

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What do I need to start?
Entry Scores
Rank Threshold OP 16 | SR 66 | ATAR 61.8
Rank Cut-Off OP 16 | SR 66 | ATAR 61.8
Entry Requirements
English (4,SA) or equivalent.
Security Requirements
None
Health Requirements
None
Assumed Knowledge

English

Fees and Charges
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards Not applicable
Professional Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council and as such, successful completion of this course will mean that you are eligible to apply for an APAC accredited 4th year honours course in  Psychology.

Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

Compulsory Residential School A residential school is attached to PSYC13024 Qualitative Research Methodology – students who enrol in this unit must attend a compulsory residential school.
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Practicum/Work Placement

CRIM13004 - This capstone unit enables students to apply the theories, content knowledge and skills they have learned to a workplace environment. Student work should involve finding solutions to a problem in a regulatory agency, criminal justice agency, government or other organisation involved in the prevention or regulation of criminal activity. On successful completion of this unit students will be able to: 1. Apply skills and knowledge developed in the course to criminology practice in in a regulatory agency, criminal justice agency, government or other organisation involved in the prevention or regulation of criminal activity. 2. Evaluate and report work placement experiences and assess personal and professional growth, strengths and weaknesses in: (a) intellectual development (integration, problem identification, critical thinking, problem solving and decision making), (b) social development (social skills, initiative and independence), and (c) professional development (technical skills, time management and verbal and written communication). 3. Reflect upon and describe the careers, roles, relationships, responsibilities and activities of people engaged in the practice of criminology in the workplace. 4. Reflect upon, evaluate and report enhanced knowledge of criminology gained as a result of participation in work placement and the nature of the environment that supported such learning.

Previous Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2020 118
2019 99
Inherent Requirements
There are Inherent Requirements (IRs) that you need to be aware of, and fulfil, to achieve the core learning outcomes of the units and course. IRs are the essential capabilities, knowledge, behaviours and skills that are needed to complete a unit or course.

Please note that in some instances there may be similarities between course, entry and inherent requirements.

If you experience difficulties meeting these requirements, reasonable adjustments may be made upon contacting accessibility@cqu.edu.au. Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.

Ethical Behaviour

Examples are:

  • Complying with academic and non-academic misconduct policies and procedures such as CQUniversity's Student Charter, Student Misconduct Policy and Student Behavioural Misconduct Procedures, and Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).
  • Demonstrating honesty and integrity in academic and professional practice.
  • Maintaining strict client confidentiality if accepted for a work placement.
  • Treating personal information obtained as private and confidential.
  • Respecting an individual's/group's diversity by demonstrating sensitivity to religious, cultural and individual differences.
  • Demonstrating an ability to reflect on ethical dilemmas and issues and use an ethical decision making model to take responsibility to ethically resolve dilemmas.
Behavioural Stability

Examples are:

  • Demonstrating respectful and courteous behaviour in your dealing with colleagues and staff at the University and with clients and support staff if involved in a work placement.
  • Being reflective with personal behaviours appropriate for professional performance.
  • Being positive and receptive to processing constructive supervisor/lecturer feedback or criticism.
  • Successfully processing and coping with your own emotions and behaviour when faced with challenging and confronting individuals and/or cases in the professional environment.
Legal Compliance

Examples are:

  • Complying with the policies and practices of organisations in which you may be placed or find employment.
  • Complying with relevant child protection and safety legislation, mandatory reporting requirements and any other notifiable concern to your field placement supervisor.
  • Complying with the requirements for student registration with the Australian Health Professional Registration Authority (AHPRA) or Australian Psychological Association.
  • Complying with University and workplace policy around the use of social media, online discussion forums, email and other electronic forms of communication.
Communication Skills (Verbal, Non-verbal, Written and Technology)

Examples are:

  • Verbally communicating in the English language with accuracy, appropriateness and effectiveness.
  • Actively participating in discussion activities related to the course.
  • Using technical language that is appropriate to the context of the individual or group, including legal language.
  • Establishing rapport with clients and respond appropriately to clients, supervisors and other professionals.
  • Communicating in a courteous and professional manner with colleagues and staff.
  • Using appropriate facial expressions: eye contact, being mindful of space boundaries, and a range of body movements and gestures.
  • Recognising and interpreting non-verbal cues of others and respond appropriately during activities related to the course, as well as during professional placement.
  • Competently and appropriately producing written assessment while implementing academic conventions.
  • Constructing written text in a scholarly manner that includes accurate grammar, punctuation, clear and logical written expression, and correct referencing to the required academic standards.
  • Expressing complex and detailed information and knowledge into logical, legible and coherent legal documents that meet professional standards and clearly communicates the required content or message.
  • Accurately conveying and documenting information in written form, and in a timely manner that meets professional requirements.
Cognitive Abilities (Knowledge and Cognitive Skills, Literacy and Numeracy)

Examples are:

  • Conceptualising and using appropriate knowledge in response to academic assessment items.
  • Applying theoretical knowledge, research evidence, policies and procedures in professional practice.
  • Demonstrating active listening skills while on work placement.
  • Competently and accurately receiving communication from another person and processing that legal and/or client information and circumstances, and be able to repeat those communication messages with precision.
  • Paraphrasing and summarising received verbal communications effectively.
  • Demonstrating an understanding of complex commercial transactions that involve numeracy skills.
Relational Skills

Examples are:

  • Development of active listening skills to facilitate effective communication, avoid miscommunication and arrive at accurate conclusions.
  • Patience and avoiding or diffusing interpersonal conflict.
  • Trustworthiness and confidentiality.
  • Approachability and warmth to facilitate communication and encourage innovation and mutual cooperation.
Reflective Skills

Examples are:

  • Development of an 'active, dynamic action-based and ethical set of skills, placed in real time and dealing with real, complex and difficult situations' (Moon, J. (1999), Reflection in Learning and Professional Development: Theory and Practice, Kogan Page, London).
  • Implement a six step process: read, ask, watch, feel, talk and think. (see Neil Thomson, People Skills, Palgrave MacMillan 2015)
  • Enhancing the ability to mirror, paraphrase and restate feelings, emotions and words of others to fully understand the communication.
Sustainable Performance

Examples are:

  • Reading and comprehension of vast amounts of text and oral information as the basis of formal decision making.
  • Breaking down information into a context that can be understood within a team.
  • Managing lengthy complex meetings.
  • Planning time and workload effectively including the ability to self-manage competing commitments and take responsibility for own wellbeing.
Interpersonal Engagement

Examples are:

  • Active listening to others with the purpose of gathering information and engaging with the speaker.
  • Being a dependable person that can be relied upon in any given situation.
  • Having emotional intelligence to understand the needs and feelings of others.
  • Being an effective leader using interpersonal skills to make decisions.
  • Having the ability to work in a team.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Abilities

Examples are:

  • Competently using a desktop operating system such as Microsoft Windows or Mac OS X.
  • Accessing a computer for your studies, and possessing sufficient computer knowledge and skills to engage in the on-line learning environment that may include completing relevant on-line assessments and participating in on-line forums or responding to emails.
  • Regularly accessing the Internet for research, and email for communication with peers and lecturers.
  • Using a variety of computer programs suitable to your course of study.
Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Describe psychology of crime, criminology theory and its practical application to criminal justice and its regulation
  • 2. Compile a criminology case through crime scene analysis, criminal profiling, forensic interviews and case management skills
  • 3. Evaluate the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in the core topics of psychology
  • 4. Apply knowledge of psychological phenomena in a variety of contexts, including the levels of individuals, groups and organisations
  • 5. Apply a methodical-rational/scientific approach to the solution of research problems through the use of appropriate research methods and statistical analyses in a variety of contexts
  • 6. Communicate effectively through written reports, essays, group work and oral presentations, demonstrating the ability to construct coherent, persuasive and well supported arguments that draw together independent strands
  • 7. Evaluate scientific evidence for psychological claims while showing an awareness of ethical, professional and social responsibility and an understanding of indigenous, social and cultural diversity in the interpretation of findings
  • 8. Reflect on personal and professional development through self-assessment of abilities, achievements and motivation.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1. KNOWLEDGE Have a broad and coherent body of knowledge, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines as a basis for independent lifelong learning
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge
3. SKILLS Have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge with depth in some areas
4. SKILLS Have cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence
5. SKILLS Have communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas
6. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and/or scholarship
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for own learning and professional practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
Number of units: 24 Total credit points: 144

The degree consists of 20 core units and 4 elective units making a total of 24 units (144cp). Students have a choice of completing a third level Research capstone or third level Work Placement capstone unit. NOTE: To meet the course’s psychology study requirements of a total of 60 units of credit (10 units) at Level two and three as detailed above, you must undertake 2 additional units from the Level 2 or Level 3 unit options as listed above. Psychology units undertaken must include 12 units of credit (2 units) at Level 1, at least 24 units of credit (4 units) at Level 2 and at least 24 units of credit (4 units) at Level 3 - of which PSYC11008, PSYC11009, PSYC12047, PSYC12048, PSYC13015, PSYC13017 and PSYC13020 are compulsory. You must undertake at least 60 units of credit (10 units) at level 2 and Level 3 in Psychology combined. Failure to satisfy these requirements will result in non eligibility to graduate.

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
CRIM11001 Foundations of Criminology and Criminal Justice
CRIM11002 Criminal Justice Procedure and Analysis
PSYC11008 Biological Foundations of Psychology
PSYC11009 Social Foundations of Psychology
SOCL11060 Being Bad
CRIM12005 Community Justice Innovation
PSYC11012 Foundations of Psychological Research
LAWS11057 Introduction to Law
CRIM12006 Crimes of the Powerful
CRIM12002 Case Management Practice
CRIM12003 Criminology Theory
PSYC12047 Introduction to Data Analysis
PSYC12048 Research Methods
CRIM13001 Criminal Behaviour Analysis
CRIM13002 Contemporary Criminology
PSYC13017 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC13020 Individual Differences and Assessment
PSYC13015 Advanced Methods in Psychology
PSYC13021 Forensic Psychology

Criminology core choice. Choose one from the following list of units.

Available units
Students must complete 1 from the following units:
CRIM13003 Criminology Research Capstone
CRIM13004 Criminology Work Placement Capstone

Students must complete 2 of these 4 units:

Available units
Students must complete 2 from the following units:
PSYC12010 Introduction to Human Development
PSYC12013 Personality
PSYC12012 Physiological Psychology
PSYC12014 Critical, Cultural and Social Psychology

Students must complete 2 of these 5 units:

Available units
Students must complete 2 from the following units:
PSYC13016 Cognitive Psychology
PSYC13022 Learning & Behaviour Modification
PSYC13023 Educational Psychology
PSYC13024 Qualitative Research Methodology
PSYC13025 Applied Sports Psychology
More Details
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