Course Title: Support the management of adult offenders within the Victorian correctional framework

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: JUST5727

Course Title: Support the management of adult offenders within the Victorian correctional framework

School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4323 - Certificate IV in Justice

Course Contact: Irene Pagliarella, Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4581

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Karen Linstrom
Ph: 9925 4597

Nominal Hours: 60

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

In this course you will develop the skills and knowledge required to support the application of legislative and systemic processes in the management of adult offenders in the Victorian correctional framework.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU20871 Support the management of adult offenders within the Victorian correctional framework


1. Review the key features of the Victorian correctional system


Performance Criteria:

1.1 Evolution of punishment in Western society and the correctional system in Victoria are researched
1.2 Current management practices of Victorian prisons including the impact of the Unit Management method of daily management of adult custodial offenders are investigated and reviewed
1.3 Legislative requirements and accountability measures for the Victorian Correctional system are reviewed.


2. Investigate key components of the Victoria correctional system


Performance Criteria:

2.1 Role of Sentence Management Unit is explained
2.2 Processes of Bail, Fines and Community Integration program are examined
2.3 Functions and processes of Community Corrections are evaluated
2.4 Role and functions of the Adult Parole Board are examined


3. Develop professional practice strategies to support management of adult offenders


Performance Criteria:

3.1 Body of theory and debate about current practices related to management and supervision of adult offenders are identified and evaluated
3.2 Models and processes of other Australian and overseas jurisdictions are compared with those of Victoria to inform approach
3.3 Potential benefits and pitfalls of common approaches to offender management are analysed to inform own professional practice
3.4 Communication and assertiveness strategies are identified, evaluated for efficacy and practised
3.5 Feedback on performance is sought from others and used to inform future practice

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements and the following;

  • Develop and practice strategies, including application of legal and compliance requirements, problem‐solving, and communication processes, to support the management of adult offenders across a range of key components of the Victorian correctional system
  • Provide evidence of the knowledge of the evolution of theories and practices in correctional systems that inform contemporary practice and process
  • Provide evidence of knowledge of relevant legislation and regulatory requirements
  • Provide evidence of knowledge of the functions and purpose of the main components of the Victorian correctional framework

Details of Learning Activities

You will participate in a variety of learning activities. They include the following:
In class activities:
• Observations
• Demonstrations
• Lectures
• Presentations
• Class discussions
• Oral and written questioning
• Incursion/guest speakers

Out of class activities:
• Readings
• Case studies
• Excursions
• Observations
• Self quiz/knowledge-based tests/questionnaires
• Facilitated online discussion forums

Teaching Schedule

Week One: Historical, religious and cultural evolution of social control

Week Two: Examination of the “modern” era of punishment and prisons

Week Three: Theories of punishment

Week Four: Sentencing principles for custodial and non-custodial options

Week Five: The Sentence Management Unit and prisoner classification

Week Six: Individual management Planning and the Local Assessment function in prisoner management-case management

Week Seven: Internal disciplinary processes

Week Eight: Community Corrections (Mid-Term Exam covering weeks 1-7)

Week Nine: Community Re-integration

Week Ten: The role and function of the Adult Parole Board

Week Eleven: Bails and Fines

Week Twelve: Specialist skills: The Management of Sex Offenders-(Essay due)

Week Thirteen: The impact of Institutionalisation

Week Fourteen: Mental Health and Intellectual and physical disability

Week Fifteen: Comparison with other Australian Jurisdictions

Week Sixteen: Review of overseas models with the Victorian model (End of term exam covering weeks 8-15)

Week Seventeen: Bringing it all together

Week Eighteen: Prison Visit

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Copies of the following legislation/Acts are required:
• The Victorian Corrections Act 1986
• Corrections Regulations 2009
• Sentencing Act 1991
• Sentencing Regulations 2011
• Serious Sex Offender Monitoring Act 2005
• Serious Sex Offender Monitoring Regulations 2005
• Serious Sex Offender (Detention & Supervision) Act 2009
• Serious Sex Offender (Detention & Supervision) Regulations 2009
• Bail Act 1977
• Mental Health Act 1986
• International Transfer of Prisoners (Victoria) Act 1998
• Interpretation of Legislation Act 1984


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessments may incorporate a variety of methods including case studies, observations, lectures, class discussion, essays and an exam. This will include:

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 the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online:;ID=c15i3ciaq8ca

Assessment Tasks

There are three assessments:

• Assignment 1 & 2 are online tests to demonstrate appropriate knowledge from class discussions, required readings, and relevant legislation/Acts.

• Assignment 3 is a formal report

Assessment Matrix

The assessments have been designed to cover all Learning Outcomes and will be graded in accordance with RMIT’s Mark Table which is as follows:

CHD=Competent with High Distinction
CDI=Competent with Distinction
CC=Competent with Credit
CAG=Competency Achieved - Graded
NYC=Not Yet Competent
DNS=Did not Submit for Assessment

Grades which apply to course delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment (not-graded)

CA=Competency Achieved
NYC=Not Yet Competent
DNS=Did Not Submit For Assessment

Other Information

All written work must adhere to the following criteria:
1. Written reports, research projects or essays are to demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and familiarity with the prescribed or negotiated topics
2. It is expected that all submitted work will be well written, with clear and consistent grammar, expression and punctuation. It must be well structured and cogently address the issues raised in the chosen topic in a logical, ordered and organised manner
3. The concepts must be well defined and demonstrate a critical analysis of the chosen topic
4. Written submissions must demonstrate appropriate preparation, reading and research
5. In-text references must follow the APA style of referencing. In addition, you must provide a bibliography with correct and comprehensive details in relation to texts, articles, research reports and other sources that you have used
6. Double or 1.5 spacing and a font size of 10-12 must be used in either Arial or Times Roman. Do not submit double paged assessments.

In accordance with RMIT policy, you may apply for an extension where there have been unexpected or extenuating circumstances, e.g.
• Hospital admission, serious injury, severe asthma, severe anxiety or depression. This does not include minor illness such as a cold, period pain or hay fever.
• Loss or bereavement – e.g. death of a close family member, family/relationship breakdown.
• Hardship/trauma – e.g. victim of crime, sudden loss of income or employment, severe disruption to domestic arrangements.
You must keep a copy of their assessment until the graded submission has been returned or marks have been posted.

All email communications will be sent to your RMIT student email address.

Applying for an Extension
Extension of time for assessment tasks may be granted where circumstances beyond your control prevent submission by the published due date. An application for extension of time must be lodged with your tutor or the course coordinator as early as possible, and no later than one working day before the due date for submission.
You can apply for extension using the University’s Extension Application Form – – or by emailing your course coordinator or tutor directly.
An extension of up to seven calendar days may be granted if good reason can be demonstrated. Include supporting evidence (such as medical certificates) with your application.
Extensions beyond seven calendar days cannot be granted by course coordinators, tutors or the School. To apply for an extension of time greater than seven calendar days you must lodge an application for Special Consideration.

Applying for Special Consideration
If you are seeking an extension of more than seven calendar days (from the original due date) you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form, preferably prior to, but no later than two working days after the official due date. Late applications will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances. For information about Special Consideration and how to apply, see:

Penalties for Late Submission
If you have not been granted an extension or special consideration, late submission will be penalised as follows:
Assessment tasks submitted after the due date of submission shall receive a penalty of five per cent of the grades available for that assessment per day for each working day late.
No assessment task shall be accepted more than three weeks after the due date.

Assessment Appeals
If you believe your assessment result or final result is wrong please contact the course coordinator and provide the reason why you think your result is incorrect. Valid reasons for seeking a review of results include:
• You believe an error has occurred in the calculation of the grade; or,

• You believe the assessment did not comply with criteria published in the Course Guide; or,

• You believe the assessment did not comply with University Policies on Assessment (i.e. an error in process has occurred).

• Full details of the procedure (including appeals procedure) can be located at this RMIT site:

Academic Integrity
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Plagiarism and Collusion
Plagiarism and collusion constitute extremely serious academic misconduct, and are forms of cheating. You are reminded that cheating, whether by fabrication, falsification of data, or plagiarism, is an offence subject to University disciplinary procedures. Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data, and oral presentations. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. Plagiarism is not acceptable.
Examples of plagiarism include:
• Copying sentences or paragraphs word-for-word from one or more sources, whether published or unpublished, which could include but is not limited to books, journals, reports, theses, websites, conference papers, course notes, etc. without proper citation;
• Closely paraphrasing sentences, paragraphs, ideas or themes without proper citation;
• Piecing together text from one or more sources and adding only linking sentences;
• Copying or submitting whole or parts of computer files without acknowledging their source;
• Copying designs or works of art and submitting them as your original work;
• Copying a whole or any part of another student’s work; and
• Submitting work as your own that someone else has done for you.
• Enabling Plagiarism: the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work is also an offence.
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Plagiarism Software
The originality verification software Turnitin may be used in this course. For details, see:

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