CRIM311 Independent Study in Criminology

Updated: 25 October 2018
Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites 36cp including CRIM344 and CRIM301 and permission of the head of school
Co-requisites None
Restrictions None
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Natalie Thomas (
Unit Description

This unit provides students with an opportunity to pursue independent advanced study on a topic of their interest in criminology. The unit is an ideal preparation for honours, but is open to all students who meet the unit pre-requisites. The objectives are threefold. The first is to provide students with an opportunity to develop their skills in working independently; the second is to develop skills in organising, researching and writing to enable students to articulate a researchable problem in criminology; third is to provide students with an opportunity to explore and develop a problem or issue in criminology that is of interest to them. Enrolment is subject to pre-arranged supervisory consent from an academic staff member and approval by the unit coordinator.

Materials No text required
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Literature Review 80% 5000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Research Topic Proposal 20% 1000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. develop and implement a research proposal for a study in a substantive area of criminology;
  2. demonstrate skills in identifying and researching relevant literature and documents, including theoretical and empirical research and policy documents;
  3. work independently and in consultation with an academic supervisor;
  4. describe, explain and select appropriate methodological approach and sampling strategy and design data collection instrument(s) for a specified research project; and
  5. understand and apply principles of ethical research.