School: Arts and Humanities

This unit information may be updated and amended immediately prior to semester. To ensure you have the correct outline, please check it again at the beginning of semester.

  • Unit Title

    Psychology and Criminal Justice
  • Unit Code

    CRI2115
  • Year

    2017
  • Enrolment Period

    1
  • Version

    1
  • Credit Points

    15
  • Full Year Unit

    N
  • Mode of Delivery

    On Campus
    Online
  • Unit Co-ordinator

    A/Prof Pamela Jayne HENRY

Description

This unit examines ways that psychological principles may be applied to legal matters. In particular, the unit focuses on how psychological theory informs the three stages of the criminal justice system: the investigatory, the evidentiary and the dispositional stages. In addition, the way that knowledge of psychology underpins decision making in police investigations and court procedures is introduced.

Equivalent Rule

Unit was previously coded JUS1106
Unit was previously coded CRI1105

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Critically discuss the psychological factors associated with eyewitness testimony.
  2. Apply appropriate referencing skills to produce an APA formatted document.
  3. Demonstrate creativity, as well as advanced English language proficiency and communication skills.
  4. Critically analyse theoretical advances in psychology, research methodology and the application of these to the criminal justice system.
  5. Describe and discuss the variables affecting eyewitness testimony, factors contributing to false memories, methods of investigative interviewing, techniques in interviewing children, factors affecting jury decision making, and principles of sentencing.

Unit Content

  1. Variables affecting eyewitness testimony.
  2. Factors contributing to false memories.
  3. Methods of investigative interviewing.
  4. Methods of detecting deception.
  5. Techniques in interviewing children.
  6. Factors affecting jury decision making.
  7. Principles of sentencing.

Teaching and Learning Processes

Seminars and online activities

Assessment

GS1 GRADING SCHEMA 1 Used for standard coursework units

Students please note: The marks and grades received by students on assessments may be subject to further moderation. All marks and grades are to be considered provisional until endorsed by the relevant Board of Examiners.

ON CAMPUS
TypeDescriptionValue
Essay1500 word essay50%
ExaminationEnd of semester exam50%
ONLINE
TypeDescriptionValue
Essay1500 word essay50%
ExaminationEnd of semester exam50%

Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website.

Academic Misconduct

Edith Cowan University has firm rules governing academic misconduct and there are substantial penalties that can be applied to students who are found in breach of these rules. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • plagiarism;
  • unauthorised collaboration;
  • cheating in examinations;
  • theft of other students’ work;

Additionally, any material submitted for assessment purposes must be work that has not been submitted previously, by any person, for any other unit at ECU or elsewhere.

The ECU rules and policies governing all academic activities, including misconduct, can be accessed through the ECU website.

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School: Arts and Humanities

This unit information may be updated and amended immediately prior to semester. To ensure you have the correct outline, please check it again at the beginning of semester.

  • Unit Title

    Psychology and Criminal Justice
  • Unit Code

    CRI2115
  • Year

    2017
  • Enrolment Period

    2
  • Version

    1
  • Credit Points

    15
  • Full Year Unit

    N
  • Mode of Delivery

    On Campus
    Online
  • Unit Co-ordinator

    A/Prof Pamela Jayne HENRY

Description

This unit examines ways that psychological principles may be applied to legal matters. In particular, the unit focuses on how psychological theory informs the three stages of the criminal justice system: the investigatory, the evidentiary and the dispositional stages. In addition, the way that knowledge of psychology underpins decision making in police investigations and court procedures is introduced.

Equivalent Rule

Unit was previously coded JUS1106
Unit was previously coded CRI1105

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Critically discuss the psychological factors associated with eyewitness testimony.
  2. Apply appropriate referencing skills to produce an APA formatted document.
  3. Demonstrate creativity, as well as advanced English language proficiency and communication skills.
  4. Critically analyse theoretical advances in psychology, research methodology and the application of these to the criminal justice system.
  5. Describe and discuss the variables affecting eyewitness testimony, factors contributing to false memories, methods of investigative interviewing, techniques in interviewing children, factors affecting jury decision making, and principles of sentencing.

Unit Content

  1. Variables affecting eyewitness testimony.
  2. Factors contributing to false memories.
  3. Methods of investigative interviewing.
  4. Methods of detecting deception.
  5. Techniques in interviewing children.
  6. Factors affecting jury decision making.
  7. Principles of sentencing.

Teaching and Learning Processes

Seminars and online activities

Assessment

GS1 GRADING SCHEMA 1 Used for standard coursework units

Students please note: The marks and grades received by students on assessments may be subject to further moderation. All marks and grades are to be considered provisional until endorsed by the relevant Board of Examiners.

ON CAMPUS
TypeDescriptionValue
Essay1500 word essay50%
ExaminationEnd of semester exam50%
ONLINE
TypeDescriptionValue
Essay1500 word essay50%
ExaminationEnd of semester exam50%

Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website.

Academic Misconduct

Edith Cowan University has firm rules governing academic misconduct and there are substantial penalties that can be applied to students who are found in breach of these rules. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • plagiarism;
  • unauthorised collaboration;
  • cheating in examinations;
  • theft of other students’ work;

Additionally, any material submitted for assessment purposes must be work that has not been submitted previously, by any person, for any other unit at ECU or elsewhere.

The ECU rules and policies governing all academic activities, including misconduct, can be accessed through the ECU website.

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