Course Outline

CRM201 Criminal Profiling & Intelligence

Course Coordinator:Kelly Hine (khine@usc.edu.au) School:School of Law and Society

2024Semester 1

UniSC Sunshine Coast

UniSC Moreton Bay

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

Online

Online You can do this course without coming onto campus.

Please go to usc.edu.au for up to date information on the
teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?

Description

Criminal profiling is a useful tool to understanding criminal behaviour and motivations. This course provides students with an understanding of criminal profiling and intelligence-led investigations. Students will critically examine the different types of criminal profiling and learn about intelligence-led practices including intelligence-led policing, risk assessments, and best practices for preventing repeat offenders. Through case studies and practical exercises, students will apply their knowledge and develop their profiling and intelligence skills.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Asynchronous online learning material 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Face-to-face tutorials 2hrs Week 1 13 times
Online
Learning materials – Asynchronous online learning materials 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Live online tutorials 2hrs Week 1 13 times

Course Topics

Example topics include:

  • Introduction to Criminal Profiling 
  • Current Approaches to Criminal Profiling
  • Profiling Place and Crime Scenes
  • Profiling Victims
  • Profiling Offenders
  • Profilers
  • Case linkage
  • Intelligence
  • Intelligence-Led Policing
  • Intelligence-Led Courts and Corrections
  • Recidivism and Prevention
  • (all topics may contain mature content)

What level is this course?

200 Level (Developing)

Building on and expanding the scope of introductory knowledge and skills, developing breadth or depth and applying knowledge and skills in a new context. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally, undertaken in the second or third full-time year of an undergraduate programs.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Explain and critique criminal profiling and intelligence approaches and practices Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
Empowered
Ethical
Engaged
2 Debate ethical and practice challenges associated with criminal profiling and intelligence Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
Empowered
Ethical
Engaged
3 Apply scholarly writing, research, and reference practice Ethical
4 Develop and support their own arguments using evidence-based research and critical analysis Knowledgeable
Empowered
Ethical

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.

Pre-requisites

Not applicable

Co-requisites

Not applicable

Anti-requisites

Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

Tutorial/learning materials will include quizzes for early feedback.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Case Study Individual 35%
1250 words
Week 6 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 2 Case Study Individual 40%
2000 words
Week 11 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3 Examination - Centrally Scheduled Individual 25%
1.5 hours
Exam Period Online Test (Quiz)
All - Assessment Task 1:Victimology Report
Goal:
The goal of this assessment is for students to demonstrate their understanding of criminal profiling
Product: Case Study
Format:
Written report
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Students will be assessed on their knowledge of profiling, strength of their arguments, and application of scholarly writing and practice
1 2 3 4
All - Assessment Task 2:Intelligence Report
Goal:
The goal of this assessment task is for students to demonstrate their understanding of intelligence, develop and support their own arguments using evidence-based research, and apply scholarly writing and practice.
Product: Case Study
Format:
Written report
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Students will be assessed on their knowledge of intelligence, strength of their arguments, and application of scholarly research, writing, and practice
1 2 3 4
All - Assessment Task 3:Exam
Goal:
In this task, you will demonstrate your knowledge of the course concepts.
Product: Examination - Centrally Scheduled
Format:
Online exam
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Correct answers to examination questions
1 2 4

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

Specific requirements

Not applicable

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct.

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.

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The SafeUSC Specialist Service is a Student Wellbeing service that provides free and confidential support to students who may have experienced or observed behaviour that could cause fear, offence or trauma. To contact the service call 07 5430 1226 or email studentwellbeing@usc.edu.au.

Study help

For help with course-specific advice, for example what information to include in your assessment, you should first contact your tutor, then your course coordinator, if needed.

If you require additional assistance, the Learning Advisers are trained professionals who are ready to help you develop a wide range of academic skills. Visit the Learning Advisers web page for more information, or contact Student Central for further assistance: +61 7 5430 2890 or studentcentral@usc.edu.au.

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