Course Title: Apply research techniques within justice contexts

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6124 Advanced Diploma of Justice

Course Title: Apply research techniques within justice contexts

Portfolio: DSC Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 60

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365T Global, Urban and Social Studies


Term1 2014,
Term1 2015,
Term1 2016,
Term1 2017

Course Contact: Irene Pagliarella, Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4581

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

In this course you will develop the skills and knowledge required to apply research methodologies appropriate to specific justice context/s.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Successful completion of, or demonstrated equivalence to, the following units of competency:

VU20861 Apply criminal law within justice environments
VU20862 Work with family violence contexts within justice environments
VU20863 Work with culturally diverse clients within justice environments
VU20864 Work with conflict resolution and mediation processes within justice environments
VU20865 Apply management and leadership within justice environments

And ONE of the following electives:

LGACOM406A Investigate alleged breaches of legislation and prepare documentation
CHCAOD402B Work effectively in the alcohol and other drugs sector

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VU20851 Apply research techniques within justice contexts


1. Determine requirements for research within justice contexts

2. Conduct research

Methodology suitable to purpose is determined and resources attained

Literature is critically analysed

Instruments are developed, assessed for usability and validated in consultation with relevant people

Ethics and legal requirements are identified and addressed

3. Critically analyse and report findings


Research findings and results are reviewed against research proposal objectives


Research outcomes are critically analysed, recommendations and conclusions developed and documented


Research outcomes are documented and presented according to organisational and referencing requirements


Efficacy of research methodology is reviewed to inform future practice

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Conduct research including development of a research proposal, collecting and maintaining data, critically analysing and reporting findings
  • Review efficacy of research methodology
  • Provide evidence of knowledge of methodologies, ethical and legal requirements for research conducted within justice environments

Overview of Assessment

Assessments may incorporate a variety of methods including role plays, observations, lectures, tutorials, class discussion, reports, simulated scenarios, and audio-visual presentations.


Assessment Type

Word limit or equivalent

Assessment (Formative)

Range of in-class formative assessments linked to Summative Assessments


Assessment Two

Written Ethics Application

2500 words

Assessment Three

Literature Review

2500 words

Assessment Four

Observational Research Report

2500 words










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