CRIM11001 - Foundations of Criminology and Criminal Justice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit introduces you to the basic elements of criminology and criminal justice. The nature and trends associated with crime are examined, together with how it relates to dimensions such as social class, age, gender and ethnicity. You will examine crime in the context of contemporary criminology theory. This unit also introduces you to the institutional response to Criminal Justice in Australia, how society responds to offensive behaviour and the roles of key agencies and individuals within the justice system.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

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).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Online

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 15%
2. Written Assessment 35%
3. Written Assessment 50%

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

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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.

Source: Student evaluations
Feedback
Assessment need to be a little clearer
Recommendation
We will provide more resources and more structured guidance to how to go about study and what the expectations are each week.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluations
Feedback
Some students reported they would prefer a text book
Recommendation
Although some students indicate they would like a text book, many cannot afford a textbook. We will set an optional textbook for additional reading plus develop the second iteration of the study guides to fill some more of the knowledge and skills that students require.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluations
Feedback
Some students reported they would like more feedback
Recommendation
Students are encouraged to attend tutorials which have the primary purpose of giving feedback each week. Weekly learning diary tasks and a quiz provide early opportunities for feedback.All markers that assist with marking on this unit are required to attend a markers meeting prior to commencing marking. This meeting provides markers the information they need to provide feedback to students so that the comments provided to students is consistent. If markers cannot attend the meeting it is expected they will watch the recording prior to commencing their allocated marking. Additionally the unit coordinator will go in and check the markers comments for comments and in marking as they move through their allocated marking in grade mark.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluations
Feedback
Some students reported they enjoyed having guest lectures which they found these lectures engaging and it expanded their critical thinking and reflection on the unit topics.
Recommendation
We will continue to engage with the relevant stakeholders to bring our students real life experiences and knowledge
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Describe how crime is classified, measured and analysed
  2. Analyse basic criminology theories and how they relate to criminal activity
  3. Explain the roles of individuals and key agencies within the justice system
  4. Examine the societal and institutional responses to criminal justice in Australia.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
1 - Online Quiz(zes)