Course Title: Forensic Psychology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Forensic Psychology

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

BESC1429

City Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

BESC1429

City Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2018

BESC1432

City Campus

Postgraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015

Course Coordinator: Dr Eunro Lee

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7610

Course Coordinator Email: eunro.lee@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 201.03.014B


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)

OR

 

 


Course Description

This course will expose you to a range of issues relating to forensic psychology. You will consider a variety of aspects of relationships between psychology and law. In psychology of law enforcement you will consider psychological profiling and police stress; the psychology of the legal system including mental impairment, expert and eyewitness testimony, jury dynamics and victims of crime. You will also review the psychology of offenders in the course topics. The psychology of corrections will be discussed considering psychological interventions with offenders in conjunction with contemporary justice and jurisprudence perspectives.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP154 Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology):

  • PLO 1:  Understand appropriate and relevant fundamental and applied evidence based knowledge and undertake lifelong learning to improve personal and professional practice 
  • PLO 2: Demonstrate a capacity to employ a variety of approaches and procedures to research to permit judgements and decisions to be supported by appropriate evidence that places practice within a global and local context.
  • PLO 3:  Applies knowledge to diagnose and solve problems in a wide range of diverse situations, with an ability to work independently or with others and incorporate the analysis of evidence based scientific literature to solve psychological problems.
  • PLO 6: develop collaborative partnerships with colleagues, other professionals and the community that build on the capacity of others and develop open and flexible relationships that adapt to evolving needs and aspirations.


On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Compare and contrast approaches of psychology, psychiatry and law in the area of forensics
  2. Describe the legal aspects of some major psycho-legal issues which must be demonstrated in court.
  3. Identify issues related to some investigation and assessment issues in forensic psychology
  4. Explain implications for management in the legal system of some major psychological disorders.
  5. Relate psychological theories of aetiology and psychological approaches to management of selected offender groups.
  6. Critically evaluate the contribution of psychology to criminal justice at investigative, judicial, and correctional levels.


Overview of Learning Activities

This course is offered in an adult-learning model as a series of two-hour seminars on key topics facilitated by RMIT staff. Each student will be required to attend these two-hour seminars. These sessions will be delivered using a variety of techniques. Students can therefore expect multimedia delivery strategies that will include video, overhead presentations, demonstrations, lectures, and small group discussions. Tutorial activities provide you with an opportunity to engage in applications of theoretical and conceptual material and also support your assignment. Students will be required to complete preparatory reading and contribute to these sessions in the form of role play, discussion, critical appraisal, and problem solving activities. Lecture outlines, readings, and tutorial resources will be available via the MyRMIT Studies website.

Teacher Guided Hours: 28 per semester

Learner Directed Hours: 42 per semester


Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources. Material chosen may be digitally available to you. Lecture material will be delivered via Lectopia, Discussion Board interaction and Blackboard Collaborate workshops. Practice learning activities will be provided in a variety of ways, including simulated learning activities. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A Library Subject Guide is available at http://rmit.libguides.com/psychology.


Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Case Study - Forensic Psychology Applications

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLO 3

Assessment Task 2: Essay

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 3: Exam

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

 

Note: Postgraduates are expected to demonstrate advanced conceptual knowledge and application in written responses as specified in assessment rubrics. http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment