Course Title: Criminal Behaviour Analysis

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Criminal Behaviour Analysis

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Dr Larissa Sandy

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3773

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.04

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study  

You should have satisfactorily completed SOCU2119 Criminological Theory before you commence this course. Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course. Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. 

Course Description

In this course you will learn about understanding criminal behaviour – the causes of offending, its effect and the ways in which society defines, understands and responds to violent crime and offenders. You will develop an understanding of crime through the lens of offenders. You will be introduced to a range of serious violent crimes such as homicide, serial killing, intimate partner homicide, sexual offending and domestic violence and be learn about offender profiling and crime scene analysis. You will consider the intersections between gender, indigeneity and social class and the issues and challenges faced in understanding criminal behaviour. In this course, you will explore and seek to theoretically explain the causes, assessment and treatment of criminal behaviour, violence prediction and risk assessment and the way the criminal justice system responds to serious violent offenders. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

This course provides the capstone experience for students in the Bachelor of Criminology and Psychology. In this course you will integrate and synthesise your knowledge across both criminology and psychology, connect theory to practice, and demonstrate your holistic achievement of the program learning outcomes.  

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes: 

  1. Identify and examine contemporary Criminological issues of local and global significance
  2. Recognise the social and environmental causes and impacts of crime and justice, both independently and in collaboration with others. 
  3. Create effective communications on criminological topics in a range of formats and demonstrate awareness of social and cultural diversity relevant to communicating in criminal justice settings. 
  4. Apply the theory and principles of Criminology to active and outcomes-focused learning. 
  5. Demonstrate logical, critical, and creative thinking to propose solutions to a range of Criminological and criminal justice problems. 

Course Learning Outcomes 

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Critically assess frameworks for understanding criminal behaviour 
  2. Classify and describe the different categories of serious violent crime 
  3. Identify methodological issues related to criminal behaviour analysis 
  4. Critically reflect on risk and dangerousness assessment and treatment of offenders 
  5. Debate contemporary issues relating to criminal behaviour and offending. 

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is delivered in a face-to-face mode with a blend of learning activities, which may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, case studies, videos and student led discussions. The course may be delivered online in modules. 

Overview of Learning Resources

Resources will be available through the Canvas student portal, myRMIT, and RMIT Library resources. You will have the opportunity to contribute collectively to class resources by sharing your own research findings and sources with your peers. 

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. 

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Task 1:Case Study,  30% CLO1- CLO4 

Assessment Task 2: Essay, 40%, CLO1- CLO5 

Assessment Task 3: Poster, 30%, CLO1- CLO5 

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.