Course Title: Criminal Behaviour Analysis

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Criminal Behaviour Analysis

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Dr Gemma Hamilton

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 9924

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 37. Floor 04

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced Pre-requisite Courses

For undergraduate students:
Successful completion of SOCU2119 Criminological Theory before you commence this course.

Note: it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course.
For your information go to RMIT Course Requisites webpage.

Course Description

In this course you will learn about understanding criminal behaviour – the causes of offending, its effect and the ways in which society defines, understands and responds to violent crime and offenders. You will develop an understanding of crime through the lens of offenders. You will be introduced to a range of serious violent crimes such as homicide, serial killing, intimate partner homicide, sexual offending and domestic violence and learn about offender profiling and crime scene analysis. You will consider the intersections between gender, age, race and social class and the issues and challenges faced in understanding criminal behaviour. In this course, you will explore and seek to theoretically explain the causes, assessment and treatment of criminal behaviour, violence prediction and risk assessment and the way the criminal justice system responds to serious violent offenders. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

This course provides the capstone experience for students in the Bachelor of Criminology and Psychology. In this course you will integrate and synthesise your knowledge across both criminology and psychology, connect theory to practice, and demonstrate your holistic achievement of the program learning outcomes.?  

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:   

PLO1: Apply theory and principles of Criminology and the criminal justice system  to your professional practice or further study 

PLO2: Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on  key concepts and contemporary issues within Criminology in local and international contexts. 

PLO3: Apply logical, critical and creative thinking to effectively solve a range of Criminological problems or issues associated with crime management and the justice system 

PLO4: Work independently and collaborate effectively with others  in a range of professional roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural  

social and ethical sensitivity  in response  to criminological issues   

PLO5: Communicate effectively using appropriate formats, media and styles to diverse audiences in Criminology and the criminal justice sector 

PLO6: Design and conduct of criminological research projects, and apply of evidence-based research to develop solutions to criminological problems 

PLO7: Reflect on the experience of personal and professional practice in international and cross-cultural settings, and act responsibly, ethically and with integrity

Course Learning Outcomes 

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Critically assess frameworks for understanding criminal behaviour
  2. Classify and describe the different categories of serious violent crime
  3. Identify methodological issues related to criminal behaviour analysis
  4. Critically reflect on risk and dangerousness assessment and treatment of offenders
  5. Debate contemporary issues relating to criminal behaviour and offending

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is delivered through a blend of learning activities, which may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, case studies, videos and student led discussions. The course may be delivered online in modules. 

Overview of Learning Resources

Resources will be available through the Canvas student portal, myRMIT, and RMIT Library resources. You will have the opportunity to contribute collectively to class resources by sharing your own research findings and sources with your peers. 

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

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. 

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Task 1:Crime Profile, 40% CLO1-CLO4

Assessment Task 2: Presentation, 20%, CLO 1-CLO5 (this is an individual presentation that can be submitted online if you don't want to present in front of class)

Assessment Task 3: Essay, 40%, CLO1-CLO5

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.