Course Title: Apply investigative processes within justice environments

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: JUST5710

Course Title: Apply investigative processes within justice environments

School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6124 - Advanced Diploma of 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

Nominal Hours: 80

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

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

Course Description

In this course you will develop the skills and knowledge required to apply appropriate and relevant investigative skills and procedure to conduct investigations, gather, record, assess and present evidence in a court of competent jurisdiction.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU20852 Apply investigative processes within justice environments


1. Identify and apply responsibilities and legal obligations of investigative role within justice contexts

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Role, principles and responsibilities of an investigator in a justice environment are analysed 1.2 Legal boundaries and operational requirements of a criminal investigation are delineated and applied 1.3 Laws relating to obtaining information and the methods of gathering evidence are analysed and applied


2. Identify and apply evidence procedures

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Legal requirements and procedures at crime/events scenes are identified and applied 2.2 Physical and forensic evidence and their requirements are identified, collected, recorded, assessed and prepared for court 2.3 Legal requirements of comprehensive statement taking, note taking and conducting and recording an interview are identified, examined and applied 2.4 Law relating to admissibility of evidence is examined and applied and a brief of evidence that complies with current legal requirements is developed and presented


3. Investigate and apply the legal process of presenting a case for prosecution

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Methods used to bring a person before a court of competent jurisdiction are examined and applied 3.2 Court procedure involved in a hearing are analysed and applied 3.3 Function and responsibilities, including ethical duties, of persons and parties involved in criminal hearing are identified 3.4 Moot court is conducted, in consultation with relevant people, to check and evaluate determined skills, knowledge, attitudes and functions required for presenting prepared case for prosecution 3.5 Lessons learned are used to inform final preparation of case for prosecution


4. Apply sentencing principles to presenting a plea

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Five sentencing principles are critically analysed 4.2 Matters in mitigation are applied to a plea 4.3 Plea is developed, based on relevant sentencing principles and matters in mitigation, and evaluated in consultation with relevant people

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course, you will be able to:
• Apply legal, ethical and operational requirements to investigate, gather evidence and prepare a case for prosecution within the Victorian criminal justice system
• Apply legal, ethical and operational requirements to prepare a plea within the Victorian criminal justice system
• Provide the evidence of knowledge of Victorian judicial, ethical and legal requirements of evidence gathering, recording, assessment of physical evidence and interviewing, including taking of notes and statements
• Provide the evidence of knowledge of Victorian judicial, ethical and legal requirements of criminal court procedures, preparation of prosecution cases and pleas
• Provide the evidence of knowledge of Victorian judicial, ethical and legal requirements of sentencing in Victoria

Details of Learning Activities

Students will participate in a variety of learning activities, both in class and out of class.

In Class Activities Will Incorporate

  • Simulated workplace scenarios, practical demonstrations and role-plays that identify with professional practice within the justice system
  • Individual oral and written questioning, and student-led group discussions and/or presentations, will exemplify your contextualizing of the class topics, and validate your learning of key procedures, protocols and associated role responsibilities.

Out of Class Activities Will Incorporate

  • Readings, researching case studies, completing remaining in class activities, and preparing for in class group presentations
  • A Justice Camp

Teaching Schedule

Session One

  • Introduction to course and expectations
  • Course guide issued and discussed
  • Unit competencies & requirements discussed
  • Formative/summative Assessments, matrix, etc., explained
  • Confirmation of course important dates
  • Required skills and knowledge
  • Pre-test conducted

Session Two

  • Sentencing Act, principles and application
  • Judicial, ethical and legal requirements of sentencing in Victoria
  • Sentencing Advisory Council
  • Mitigating factor/s affecting sentencing
  • Develop & evaluate pleas

Summative Assessment (Task 1) instruction issued and discussed with students


Session Three

  • Principles, rules and types of investigation
  • Responsibilities in an investigation
  • Role, responsibilities and attributes of an investigator
  • Professional ethics in investigation


Session Four

 Formative Assessment TWO and feedback

  • Summary of previous session
  • Planning an investigation and contingencies
  • Operational requirements
  • Legal boundaries of an investigation

Summative Assessment Task 3 issued and discussed

With students


Session Five

  • Summary of previous session
  • Australian Government Investigation Standard (AGIS)
  • Risk Management
  • Court forms


Session Six

  • Summary of previous session
  • Introduction to brief of evidence
  • Criminal procedural law
  • Laws relating to obtaining information


Session Seven

 Formative Assessment THREE and feedback

  • Summary of previous session
  • Investigation Techniques
  • Law relating to investigations


Session Eight

  • Summary of previous session
  • Evidence
  • Types of evidence
  • Evidence & corroboration
  • Rules of evidence
  • Admissibility of evidence


Session Nine

Formative assessment FOUR and feedback

  • Summary of previous session
  • Notes and its value
    • Observation and description workshop
    • Action learning – photofit
    • Practical exercise


Session Ten

  • Summary of previous session
  • Statements
  • Types of statement (confessional/witness/informant)
  • Taking statements
  • Practical workshop

 “How to take statement “ DVD


Session Eleven

Formative assessment FIVE and feedback

  • Summary of previous session
  • Interview and types
  • Questioning persons
  • Conducting and recording interviews
  • Rights of person (s464 CA1958)


Session Twelve

  • Conduct an interview – Practical workshop



Session Thirteen

Formative Assessment SIX and feedback

  • Methods of gathering evidence – Questioning, search & seizure, eye witness information, scientific/forensic and others
  • Ethical requirements when gathering evidence
  • Protection of Human Rights
  • Human Rights legislation


Session Fourteen

  • Summary of previous session
  • Brief of evidence
  • Documentations
  • Notice to appear


Session fifteen

Formative assessment SEVEN and feedback

  • Summary of previous session
  • Physical evidence and their requirements
  • Fingerprints/footprints procedure
  • Relevant legislation


Session sixteen


  • Summary of previous session
  • Physical evidence procedure
  • Physical evidence workshop


Session seventeen

Formative assessment EIGHTH and feedback

  • Summary of previous session
  • Forensic evidence and their requirements
  • Forensic procedures
  • Relevant legislation


Session eighteen

  • Summary of previous session
  • Forensic Evidence – Practical workshop


 Session nineteen

Formative assessment NINE and feedback

  • Summary of previous session
  • Arrest, search and seizure
  • Methods used to bring person to court
  • Charge sheets, filing of charge sheets, summons and related judicial documentation
  • Brief of evidence


Session twenty

  • Summary of previous session
  • Jurisdiction of courts
  • Hearing and appeals
  • Function & responsibilities & ethical duties of parties at court
  • Brief of evidence


Session twenty-one

Formative assessment TEN and feedback

  • Summary of previous session
  • Format for giving evidence
  • Stages of evidence
  • Psychology of witnesses
  • Pleas
  • Use of contemporaneous notes


Session twenty-two

 Intensive Training Bundoora

  • Summary of previous session
  • Introduction to crime scene/events/
  • Victims/informant/witnesses
  • Just outcomes
  • Coroners court
  • Containment
  • Preventing contamination


Session twenty-three

  • Summary of previous session
  • Moot court preparation
  • Camp preparation


Session twenty – four

Intensive Training - Bundoora

  • Summary of previous session
  • Crime scene legal requirement
  • Crime scene procedures
  • Crimes scene practical
  • Simulated crime scene
  • Action at crime scene


Session twenty five Week 13

  • Attend camp and manage crime scene
  • Gather live evidence
  • Prepare for court
  • Give evidence

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessments may incorporate a variety of methods including lecturers, tutorials, role-plays, practical exercises, case studies, observations, audio visual presentations, excursions, camp activities and interaction with individuals and groups in class and within the justice system.

Assessment Tasks

Formative Assessment Tasks

There are ten (10) formative assessment (ungraded) tasks delivered in the classroom and consist of short answer questions on the performance criteria of the applicable elements.  Candidates will receive immediate feedback and remedial training as a form of ongoing monitoring of their progress.  Weaknesses, strengths and LLN issues will be discussed collectively or with individual candidate as appropriate

Summative Assessment Tasks

Individual Research project on Principles of Sentencing (Graded summative assessment)

Task 1 - Candidates are required to provide a written report relating to the five principles of sentencing and the factors to be taken in consideration in mitigating and presenting a plea.  Separate instruction will be supplied to candidates on session two, week three.  This task will count towards 10% of the overall grade for this course.

Task 2 – Crime scene investigation (group based) and giving evidence (Graded summative assessment)

  • Candidates are required to attend a simulated exercise in crime scene investigation, including secure the crime scene to prevent contamination, gather evidence, and prepare statement for Court and giving evidence in a Moot court set-up.  This task is group based and counts towards 20% of the overall grade for the semester.

Task 3 - Prosecution case preparation (group based)(Graded summative assessment)

  • Candidates are required to submit a criminal brief of evidence for prosecution using case study provided.  In preparing the prosecution case, the group based candidates are to apply legal, ethical and Victorian judicial requirements including relevant legislation and requirements as to the admissibility of evidence.  Separate instructions are supplied to the group/candidate at a suitable time during the semester.  This task counts towards 35% of the overall grade for the semester.

Task 4 – Individual Written assessment (Graded summative assessment)

  • Candidates are required to individually and successfully complete a knowledge written assessment.  This relates to materials presented during formal lectures on legal, ethical and operational requirements of investigations, criminal court procedures, preparation and preparation of prosecution cases including relevant legislation, judicial policies, court procedures and sentencing in Victoria.  This task counts towards 35% of the overall grade for the semester.

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:



Competent with High Distinction


Competent with Distinction


Competent with Credit


Competency Achieved - Graded


Not Yet Competent


Did not Submit for Assessment

Other Information

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achieve program learning outcomes
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Depending on your program of study, inherent requirements may include:
verbal and non-verbal communication skills
reading, writing and number skills
concentration, memory and problem solving
mental wellness and behavioural stability
vision, hearing, touch and smell
physical skills, such as gross and fine motor skills.
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  • Submitting work as your own that someone else has done for you.
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Plagiarism Software

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