Course Title: Forensic Interviewing

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Forensic Interviewing

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Georgina Heydon

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3640

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.04

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

Program Learning Outcomes 

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

  1. Identify and examine contemporary Criminological issues of local and global significance 
  2. Recognise the social and environmental causes and impacts of crime and justice, both independently and in collaboration with others. 
  3. Create effective communications on criminological topics in a range of formats and demonstrate awareness of social and cultural diversity relevant to communicating in criminal justice settings. 
  4. Apply the theory and principles of Criminology to active and outcomes-focused learning. 
  5. Demonstrate logical, critical, and creative thinking to propose solutions to a range of Criminological and criminal justice problems. 

Course Learning Outcomes 

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

  1. Discuss key theoretical underpinnings of interpersonal communication and interviewing 
  2. Identify the factors required to establish an environment conducive to productive interviewing 
  3. Prepare and conduct an interview considering context and other variables 
  4. Evaluate interviews according to a reflective framework. 
  5. Select and apply highly developed interviewing skills 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, 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: Reflection,  30% CLO3- CLO4 

Assessment Task 2: Test, 20%, CLO1- CLO4 

Assessment Task 3: Report, 50%, CLO1- CLO4 

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 manager 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.