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 2 - 2021

Term 1 - 2022 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 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 20% 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
Nil.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
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
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
1 - Research Assignment
2 - Research Proposal
3 - Learning logs / diaries / Journal / log books