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PSYC13021 - Forensic Psychology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Forensic Psychology is the area of behavioural science concerned with psychology and the law. In this unit, you will discuss how psychological principles and practices can be applied to topics such as police recruitment and procedures, suspect interviewing, false confessions, courtroom practices and witness reliability, understanding criminal behaviour, mental competency, and justice. You will also discuss general psychological principles as they relate to the legal systems within Australia and other countries as well as specific case studies.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisites:

CA10 and CQ01- Must complete PSYC11008, PSYC11009, PSYC12014, and PSYC12013 or PSYC12010.

CC13 – Must have completed PSYC11008, PSYC11009, PSYC12010 and PSYC12048.

CC43 - Minimum of 96 credit points, which must include PSYC12048 and PSYC12047.

CF59 - Must have completed PSYC12048 and (PSYC12010 or PSYC12012 or PSYC12013 or PSYC12014 or PSYC12047).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Adelaide
Bundaberg
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville

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. Group Work 15%
2. Written Assessment 45%
3. Examination 40%

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 2 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 59.72% 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 feedback
Feedback
Humour: Large numbers of students commented on the lecturer's sense of humour and style of delivery.
Recommendation
Current approach to be continued.
Action Taken
No action required, none taken.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Group assignment: some students were unable to make contact with fellow students and this delayed starting the first assignment.
Recommendation
Group assignment instructions to be revised with contingency plans for when students do not engage with each other.
Action Taken
Instructions were changed. Contingency plans, for when members of group assignment did not complete the task, worked efficiently.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Exam length: some students requested a longer exam (three hours instead of two) as it would allow an opportunity to display greater knowledge/depth of reading. However, most were happy with existing length.
Recommendation
Expectations of what is required in the exam will be reinforced during the teaching period.
Action Taken
Two hours was sufficient, so no changes were made.
Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
Weekly tutorials - many students appreciated the live tutorial sessions and the interactive nature of the sessions.
Recommendation
Live weekly tutorials to be retained as this is a popular and effective method of teaching.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
Assignments - many students commented positively on the assignments (particularly the practical assignment).
Recommendation
Practical assignment to be retained as this is a popular and effective method of teaching.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
Opinions on the value of the textbook were mixed, some really liked it, some didn't.
Recommendation
The textbook is the only one relevant for an Australian context. It mixes law and psychology and as such may have been different in style to other textbooks that students may have encountered. Overall, the positives outweigh the negatives and until a better text becomes available, the set text will be retained.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the philosophical similarities and differences underlying the disciplines of psychology and the legal system
  2. Illustrate the role that psychological research has had on the legal system
  3. Identify challenges that psychologists currently face when interacting with the legal system.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Group Work
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
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 - Group Work
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination