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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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%).

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Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 36.84% 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
Some additional support is required for assessment items
Recommendation
The assessment items will be scaffolded and supported by additional learning resources including instructional videos to accompany written assessment instructions.
Action Taken
Additional assessment videos and resources were used in order to scaffold learning. Additional time was allocated for student Q&A in the workshop sessions.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Some students reported feeling unclear about why the study of research is important to criminology
Recommendation
To strongly embed the importance of research to the discipline of criminology in the opening teaching sessions of the unit. This is in order to help student understandings of the relevance of research methods to criminology and the importance of engagement with the topic for years 2 and 3.
Action Taken
The structure of the topics in the unit was changed in order to allocate more time to emphasise the importance of studying research and research methods, and why research is important for the discipline. This has been successful and these comments have not been repeated in the evaluation comments for 2021.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
Assessment items need to be a little clearer
Recommendation
Additional class time will be used for assessment discussion on an ongoing and regular basis throughout the term. Some class sessions will be dedicated to assessment items and will focus on assessment information and instructions. Specific formative tasks designed to directly feed into assessment items will be included, allowing for students to develop their work and receive informal feedback. Opportunities will be provided for students to attend assessment tutorials with the Unit co-ordinator.
Action Taken
Specific formative tasks were used in the interactive workshops which directly informed the assessment tasks, which students found useful. During the specific assessment workshops, we discussed the marking rubric to equip students with clear understanding re: what the assessment is assessing and how. The UC offered separate assessment tutorials although only one student made use of this.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Some students reported that resources provided were a little too complex.
Recommendation
The study guide containing learning resources will be developed into a second iteration which will include additional information and learning resources that will gradually build in terms of levels of complexity, and more video resources will be included in place of lengthy research articles.
Action Taken
The order of topics has been adjusted to ensure concepts build in terms of complexity and the study guide resources have been audited to ensure they are suitable for an introductory level. More videos have been included to introduce subjects and concepts and to maintain engagement.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes
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