Course Title: Formulate and Apply Crime Prevention Strategies

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: JUST5151

Course Title: Formulate and Apply Crime Prevention Strategies

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6077 - Advanced Diploma of Justice

Course Contact : Georgy Dumas

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254203

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Tony Trevan

Phone: +(61 3) 9925 4512


Nominal Hours: 54

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

VBQU367 Work in a Legal Environment
VBQU368 Apply Investigative Processes in a Justice Environment
VBQU391 Criminology

Course Description

This course supports the attainment of skills and knowledge required for job roles that involve planning and developing approaches to identifying and developing strategies to prevent crime.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBQU382 Formulate and Apply Crime Prevention Strategies


01. Investigate crime prevention practices within a State and Commonwealth context

Performance Criteria:

1.1 The role of crime prevention and crime prevention practices
within a State and Commonwealth are investigated. 
1.2 Current criminal justice policy is evaluated in relation to crime
prevention within a political and economic environment.


02. Analyse the key developmental and early intervention approaches to crime in Australia

Performance Criteria:

2.1 The main risk factors associated with criminality are
2.2 Risk factors which act as a pathway to criminal behaviour are
2.3 The relationship between biological factors and environmental
factors within the context of early intervention and crime
prevention are examined.
2.4 The links between the risk factors, causal pathways and criminal
behaviour are analysed.
2.5 The main factors associated with antisocial and criminal
behaviour are evaluated.
2.6 The concept of ‘developmental prevention’ as a key prospective
factor in crime prevention is examined.
2.7 Pre and postnatal theories and their contribution to the
prevention of crime are analysed.
2.8 Key strategies in crime prevention policy and programs are


03. Examine State, local and Commonwealth agencies involvement in crime prevention

Performance Criteria:

3.1 The main aims and functions of Commonwealth, State, Local
Government and NGO’s agencies involved with crime
prevention and crime prevention policy are investigated
3.2 Strategies, tools and techniques formulated by the
Commonwealth, State, Local Government and NGO’s agencies
in relation to situational crime prevention are analysed. 
3.3 Partnerships formulated by State, local and Commonwealth
agencies in implementing crime prevention strategies are


04. Analyse the trends, patterns and incidence of crime in Victoria and Australia

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Crime mapping and revictimisation surveys are evaluated.
4.2 An analysis on links between offenders and socio-demographic
factors is undertaken to identify developmental and early
invention approaches to crime in Australia.
4.3 The crime patterns, victimization, revictimisation data and crime
prevention data are analysed and appraised.


05. Formulate opportunity reduction strategies and technology for crime prevention and control

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Technologies of surveillance and detection are developed.
5.2 Target-hardening approaches to crime prevention are
5.3 Opportunity reduction techniques in preventing and controlling
crimes are investigated.
5.4 Planning and architectural design with situational crime
prevention approaches are formulated and applied.
5.5 The principles of crime prevention through environmental design
are analysed.

Learning Outcomes

See Elements.

Details of Learning Activities

Students will participate in a variety of teaching methods including: Online learning, class discussion, group/individual work on projects, audio-visual presentations, field excursions where applicable, on site visits, and interaction with individuals and groups within the criminal justice area.  

Teaching Schedule

Week One: Workshop 1 -Introduction and Overview of subject, including online learning and discussion board assessment tasks.

Week Two- Week 8: Online discussions and tasks around crime prevention.

Mid-Semester Break- 27th-31 August - No classes

Week Nine: Workshop 2- Field Visit to Bundoora Campus
Week Ten- Week Thirteen: Online discussions and tasks around crime prevention.

Week Fourteen: Progressive knowledge test -2, Learning Outcomes 4-5.

Week Fifteen: Crime Prevention Literature Review (Due 17th October)

Week Sixteen: Progressive knowledge Test -3

Week Seventeen: Online discussion on the impact of Victorian Police Crime Prevention strategies.

Week Eighteen: Workshop 3 -Crime Prevention Test

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Learning Resources
The University Library provides extensive services, facilities and study space as well as comprehensive collections of books, periodicals and other course related materials, such as DVD’s, magazines, slides, films etc. Computer laboratories with access to a wide range of desktop publishing software are also available. The library also has an expanding virtual collection of electronic resources and networks, including product data, e-books, electronic journals and newspapers, web based tutorials, online reference and document delivery services etc., all of which are accessible on campus, and off campus 24 hours per day. More information on library resources and services can be found at: 

The Study and Learning Centre provides free learning and academic development advice to all RMIT students. For information on their services and support, please visit the website 

Overview of Assessment

Assessment methods include: research assignments, field trips, class presentations, project work.

Assessment Tasks

There are 3 different assessable tasks in this subject, they are as follows:
1. Online participation and completion of assigned knowledge tests (30%).
2. Crime Prevention Literature Review (40%).
3. Crime Prevention Test (30%).

Assessment Matrix

The assessment has been designed to cover all Learning Outcomes and will be graded in accordance with RMIT’s Mark Table 7 which is as follows:
HD 80-100
DI 70-79
CR 60-69
PA 50-59
NN 0-49

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 font style Aerial or Times New Roman.

Other Information

Extensions will not be granted by teachers or Administrative staff.

In accordance with RMIT policy, students 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.
Students 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
Academic integrity means honesty and responsibility in scholarship through respecting the work of others whilst having the freedom to build new insights, new knowledge and ideas. RMIT University upholds the values of academic integrity as fundamental to the scholarship undertaken by all members of its community. Whenever you refer to another person’s research or ideas (either by directly quoting or paraphrasing them) you must acknowledge your source.
If you are even in doubt about how to properly cite a reference, consult your lecturer or the academic integrity website:
The RMIT library provides tools to assist with your referencing
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.
For further information, please see the RMIT Plagiarism Policy –;ID=sg4yfqzod48g1 – and the RMIT Student Discipline Statute and Regulations -;ID=11jgnnjgg70y
Plagiarism Software
The originality verification software Turnitin may be used in this course. For details, see:

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