Course Outline

CRM201 Criminal Profiling & Intelligence

Course Coordinator:Kelly Hine ( School:School of Law and Society

2023Semester 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 You can do this course without coming onto campus.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


This course exposes students to the role of criminal profiling and investigative analysis within the Criminal Justice System. Attention is given to multidisciplinary approaches and processes involved in criminal profiling and intelligence-led investigation, including crime scene analysis and victimology, to infer motive and characteristics of the perpetrator. Crime examples are used to illustrate the application of these processes from investigation through to corrections. 

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
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 & Intelligence
  • Current Approaches to Criminal Profiling
  • Profiling the Offender: Offender Background and Characteristics
  • Profiling the Offence: Crime Scene and Offence Analysis
  • Profiling the Victim: Forensic Victimology
  • Offender MO, Signature and Linkage Analysis
  • Inferring Motive: Offender Typologies
  • Serial Cases: Investigating Crime Patterns
  • Intelligence-led investigations: Part 1
  • Intelligence-led investigations: Part 2
  • Profiling on Trial: Expert Testimony, Eyewitness Testimony and Investigative Relevance 

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 the role of profiling and intelligence in the criminal justice system, including key components and processes. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
2 Apply profiling techniques to real case examples. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
3 Use your analytical skills to construct a basic criminal profile. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
4 Debate key ethical and practice challenges associated with criminal profiling and intelligence. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
5 Apply scholarly writing, research and reference practice. 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”.


Not applicable


Not applicable


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 Written Piece Individual 35%
1500 words
Week 6 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 2 Written Piece Individual 40%
2500 words
Week 10 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3 Examination - Centrally Scheduled Individual 25%
2 hours
Exam Period Online Submission
All - Assessment Task 1:Case Study Development
The goal of this assessment is to provide opportunities for you to learn basic profiling techniques and apply these to case examples.
Product: Written Piece
The written piece will contain key elements of the criminal profile relevant to the case study.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
You will be assessed on the accuracy of your report, your application of relevant knowledge, critical thinking and analysis, and effective communication skills.
2 3
All - Assessment Task 2:Written Criminal Profile
The goal of this assessment task is to allow you to synthesise and apply your knowledge and skills developed during the course to construct a written case profile report on a selected case study. In your report, you will be required to demonstrate your ability to research, analyse and apply the key profiling processes to produce your case formulation.
Product: Written Piece
This task will require you to use basic assessment and case formulation skills to write a formal criminal profile report on an assigned case study. You are required to draw on literature to support your methods and formulation.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
You will be assessed on the accuracy of your case report, your application of relevant knowledge, critical thinking and analysis, and effective communication skills
2 3 5
All - Assessment Task 3:Exam
In this task, you will demonstrate your knowledge of the course concepts in response to examination questions.
Product: Examination - Centrally Scheduled
Online exam
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Correct answers to examination questions
1 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

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Required Brent E. Turvey 2012 Criminal Profiling 4th ed Elsevier

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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