Investigative Interviewing: Suspects is a core unit in the Graduate Certificate in Applied Forensic Psychology. It is designed to introduce you to the key concepts, debates, and theories that underpin the interviewing of suspects in criminal investigations. The unit focuses on the history of interviewing and interrogation, research methods, interviewing techniques and protocols, the right to silence, detecting truth and deception, interviewing vulnerable suspects (age/developmental immaturity, mental illness, intellectual disability, illiteracy, drug dependence, cultural and religious factors, Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders), false confessions, and miscarriages of justice. The residential school will include practical skills training in interviewing techniques and feature an authentic assessment: an interview with a suspect (an actor) in which you will devise your own interviewing strategy. It will feature engaged teaching and learning, with real-world content, designed to prepare you to work with community based organisations, or in private practice.
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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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Each 6-credit Postgraduate 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.
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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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