Course Title: Introduction to Criminal Justice System

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2009

Course Code: LAW5161

Course Title: Introduction to Criminal Justice System

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6077 - Advanced Diploma of Justice

Course Contact : Patrick Prescott

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254512

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 68

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

There are no pre-requisites for this course.

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to enable students to develop a working knowledge of the criminal justice system

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBQM389 Introduction to Criminal Justice System

Learning Outcomes

See Elements. 

Details of Learning Activities

Students will participate in a variety of teaching methods including: lectures, tutorials, class discussion, seminar presentations, 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: Introduction
Week Two: The Role of the Police

Week Three: The Role of Courts

Week Four: Labour Day Holiday

Week Five: Court Visits

Week Six: The Role of Juries

Week Seven: The Role of Corrections. Court Reports due

Week Eight: Justice Camp-Moot Court

Week Nine: Semester Break

Week Ten: Therapeutic Jurisprudence/ Specialist Courts

Week Eleven: Visit to NJC (TBC)

Week Twelve: The Innocence Project

Week Thirteen: Victims Web Quest. Presentation draft to be finalised and up-loaded to Learning Hub for approval (no class this week)

Week Fourteen: Presentations

Week Fifteen: Presentations

Week Sixteen: Revision

Week Seventeen: Public Holiday

Week Eighteen: Exam, Overview and Evaluation

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessments will incorporate a variety of methods including one or more of the following: research assignment, written test, case studies, presentation, project, and role play scenarios.

Assessment Tasks

As above

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
Any assignment marked with a score of 40-49% will be passed to another grader for moderation. If the second grader gives a higher score, then that mark will prevail. If the second marker confirms the original findings, then the original score prevails.

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