Course Title: Forensic Interviewing

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Forensic Interviewing

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies



Course Coordinator: Dr Gemma Hamilton

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9924

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Through this course you will explore the appropriate processes of client interviewing within the criminal justice system, and identify different points where referral or additional professional help is needed. You will consider techniques and skills necessary for appropriate interviewing and subsequent reporting to agencies such as courts, institutions, and internal classificatory and management meetings. You can expect to develop highly proficient interviewing skills.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon Successful completion of this course you will be able to:
• Discuss key theoretical underpinnings of interpersonal communication and interviewing;
• Identify the factors required to establish an environment conducive to productive interviewing;
• Prepare and conduct an interview considering context and other variables; and
• Evaluate interviews according to a reflective framework. Select and apply highly developed interviewing skills to a wide variety of situations.

Highly developed interviewing skills which can be applied to a wide variety of situations.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is delivered in a face-to-face mode with a blend of learning activities, such as interactive workshop exercises, role-plays, problem solving, presentations, guest speakers, videos, online media, student lead discussions, as well as independent research and written work.


Overview of Learning Resources

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

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes.

Assessment may include online quizzes, essay writing and observation of a formal client interview.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.