CRIM11006 - Criminal Intelligence Analysis

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Criminology graduates are required to have strong problem solving skills, support their solutions with evidence-based research and perform analysis of intelligence data. In this unit you will examine qualitative and quantitative research methods in order to develop the best strategy to respond to any given interdisciplinary criminology problem. You will also develop professional practice skills in writing reports for a public sector audience, in project management and in working with others in a criminal justice environment. This unit also examines the requirements of ethical research. The assignments in this unit require you to work with other researchers and to reflect on the process but do not require collaboration on the final submitted artefact.

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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2022

Term 1 - 2023 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. Research Assignment 40%
2. Research Proposal 30%
3. Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books 30%

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 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 25.74% 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: Unit evaluation
Feedback
Students reported easy engagement with the unit, and enjoyed the structure of topics, mini lectures and learning activities.
Recommendation
The 2021 topic structure will remain in place for 2022, with a focus on fine tuning resources.
Action Taken
The revised 2021 topic structure remained in place with updated materials.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
Students reported enjoying the variety and difference in assessment types
Recommendation
Interesting and innovate assessments will continue to be provided and will the unit will continue to give students a choice in their assessment topics. This encourages students to begin developing a research interest early in their criminological careers and encourages engagement.
Action Taken
Choice of topics was continued and students reported that this was more interesting and enabled them to focus on a topic of interest and relevance.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
Students reported enjoying the flipped style of the unit because it encourages interaction between lecturers and student, and peer interactions.
Recommendation
The flipped classroom model will be continued for 2022.
Action Taken
The flipped classroom model was maintained with the addition of extra learning resources.
Source: Unit evaluation & email communication
Feedback
Students reported difficulty accessing assessment feedback on Turn It In.
Recommendation
Instructions will be uploaded to Moodle for how and where to access assessment feedback with the assessment instructions.
Action Taken
Basic instructions were provided to students via Moodle on how to access grades and feedback via Turn It In.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
Students would like more time allocated in the workshops for assessment tasks.
Recommendation
Assessments have their own specific 2 hour workshop sessions, where the assessment is explained and students have a chance to ask questions. Time is allocated at the beginning of most interactive workshops and there is a Moodle discussion forum for each assessment piece. Students were also offered a range of times for individual meetings with the UC for additional assessment assistance. In 2022, I will ensure better signposting for these activites.
Action Taken
Students were signposted to sign up for additional assessment meetings if needed.
Source: Unit evaluation & email communication
Feedback
Students reported easy engagement with the unit, and enjoyed the structure of topics, mini lectures and learning activities
Recommendation
The 2022 topic structure will remain in place for 2023, with a focus on fine tuning and updating resources.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
Students reported enjoying the guest lectures from Criminal Justice professionals working in research.
Recommendation
The UC will investigate if it is possible to maintain one or two guest lectures from CJ professionals in 2023.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
Students reported that they enjoyed learning about differences in Criminological Research Methods in comparison to Psychological Research Methods.
Recommendation
Given many of this unit's students are completing the Bachelor of Science degree, the UC will continue to compare and contrast methodologies and justifications where relevant to aid understanding.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
The feedback satisfaction score has dropped slightly from 2021.
Recommendation
If casual tutors are assigned to mark assessments, the UC will engage in a discussion about useful feedback, and will provide examples of graded assessments with detailed feedback in order to set the standard.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit evaluation & email communication
Feedback
The sessions were clear and engaging.
Recommendation
The UC will maintain the interactive workshop activities and challenges in order to maintain student engagement and interest in the unit for 2023.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Evaluate criminology problems through critical thinking, evaluating evidence and current practice and developing alternative solutions
  2. Explain the use of a particular intelligence analysis methodology applied to a problem in the justice arena
  3. Manage deployment of an intelligence analysis project including ethical aspects
  4. Work with others to achieve collaborative project outcomes
  5. Write well presented reports for a public sector audience.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Research Assignment
2 - Research Proposal
3 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
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
8 - Ethical practice
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 10
1 - Research Assignment
2 - Research Proposal
3 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books