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 SCA Band 4
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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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2022

Term 1 - 2022 Profile
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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

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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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 30.77% response rate.

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
Additional resources, such as video guides to assessments, were incorporated along with more structured assessment guidance in the form of instructions and guideline documents. Additional class time was used to discuss assessments and to address student queries.
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
Additional resources were included in the study guide along with suggestions for text books/textbook chapters.
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
Feedback for the majority of assessments was provided using detailed and specific in text comments on the assessment manuscript, along with recorded general feedback relating to the marking criteria for the assessment as applied to the specific assessment. No casual markers were employed in the unit tn 2020.
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
Continued to engage with external stakeholders.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
Students were very satisfied with the clarity of information provided about the assessment items
Recommendation
The level of support and scaffolding relating to assessment items will be maintained and the inclusion of additional instructional videos to support these assessments will be introduced.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Students enjoyed the variety of topics covered in the unit
Recommendation
Although the weekly module content will be updated to ensure currency, the diverse range of topics covered across the unit modules will continue to be provided.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
Students were very satisfied with the learning support received during the unit
Recommendation
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.Teaching staff will continue to be available via phone, Zoom and email for tutorials/meetings.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes
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