Course Outline

CRM204 Applied Crime Prevention

Course Coordinator:Timothy Prenzler ( School:School of Law and Society

2023Semester 2

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?


Applied Crime Prevention examines a range of traditional and innovative strategies designed to reduce crime. The focus of the course is on 'what works' and successful case studies, but it includes attention to ineffective strategies and unintended consequences. The course provides opportunities for students to investigate select areas of crime prevention theory and application, including in the security management field.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – For consumption before tutorials 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Tutorial 2hrs Week 1 13 times
Learning materials – For consumption before tutorials 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Tutorial 2hrs Week 1 13 times

Course Topics

Best practice standards; policing, punishment and incapacitation; corrections, therapies and reintegration; developmental and community approaches; situational prevention; Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design; security management principles; physical security; case studies; the security industry

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 Summarise, analyse and evaluate governmental and community-based approaches to crime prevention. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
2 Communicate principles of situational crime prevention, CPTED and security management as they relate to real world settings. Knowledgeable
3 Apply principles of situational crime prevention, CPTED and security management in a real environment. Empowered
4 Summarise key themes of effective situationally-focused crime prevention. Knowledgeable
5 Critical thinking and analysis of diverse sources of information Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
6 Effective written communication including logically structured work and appropriate referencing Empowered

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



Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Introduction to Criminology. Theories of crime. Standard academic, report writing and PPT presentation skills.

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

Tutorials will include formative 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 Quiz/zes Individual 45%
150 minutes
Refer to Format Online Test (Quiz)
All 2 Oral Individual 15%
10 minutes
Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) In Class
All 3 Case Study Individual 40%
2000 words
Week 11 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Quizzes
To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of governmental, community-based and situational approaches to crime prevention. The quiz in week 6 will also provide early feedback to assist you in your assessment management strategies for the remainder of the course.
Product: Quiz/zes
Online multi-choice in weeks 6 and 13
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Summation and evaluation of different governmental and community-based
approaches to crime prevention
Apply principles of situational crime prevention, CPTED and security management in a real environment
All - Assessment Task 2:Tutorial presentation (Oral)
Students share in-depth learning of one case study.
Product: Oral
Submit: Weeks 3 - 13.

Formal 10-minute presentation with Powerpoint slides either in tutorial (on campus students) or at Canvas/Zoom (online students). Details will be provided early in the course.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Ability to analyse and summarise a topic in a presentation format
5 6
Communication of key points to a peer audience through commentary on a PPT presentation
Communicate SCP, CPTED and security management principles as they relate to real settings
All - Assessment Task 3:Applied case study
To apply knowledge and understanding of the content of Block B of the course: situationally based crime prevention methods, focused on risk assessment and security management processes, through a practical case study.
Product: Case Study
Case study report format. The report should include an executive summary, description of site and functions, identification of threats and vulnerabilities, assessment of security strengths and weaknesses, and recommendations for improvement. Further details will be provided early in the course.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Quality of risk assessment
Integration of course concepts (including situational crime prevention, CPTED and security management, and case study elements)
3 4
Application of security management principles (with reference to SCP and CPTED) to real world settings
2 3
Reader-friendliness of report format
2 6

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 Tim Prenzler 0 Understanding Crime Prevention n/a n/a

Specific requirements

Students will need to access a business, institution or other location to conduct their security risk assessment. Details will be provided early in the course.

How are risks managed in this course?

Risk assessments have been performed for all field activities and a low level of health and safety risk exists. Some risks concerns may include working in an unknown environment as well as slip and trip hazards. 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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