units

ATS3473

Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2015 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2015 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Ruth McFarlane

Synopsis

This unit demystifies the process of offender profiling by examining the theoretical bases underlying approaches to profiling, listing the functions of profiling outlining and contrasting methods used, and evaluating the validity of these. The long history of profiling will be explored, and the sensationalism of popular media depictions of profilers and profiling methods will be investigated.

Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. describe in depth the history of offender profiling
  2. use theoretical perspectives as an explanatory structure to outline approaches to profiling
  3. describe and evaluate critically methods of profiling
  4. appreciate the requirement that approaches to profiling be scientifically evaluated
  5. critique the different functions of profiling
  6. prepare a profile according to specific criteria based on information provided
  7. evaluate the limits of profiling.

Assessment

Within semester assessment: 50%
Exam: 50%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)

Prerequisites

ATS1283 and ATS1284 or equivalent

Prohibitions

ATS2473, CRJ2003, CRJ3003