Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Criminal Investigation

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Criminology

DESCRIPTION This study-unit continues to build on the knowledge taught in study-unit CRM1006 Introduction to Criminalistics. CRL1006/7 Criminal Law and Procedure. It aims at introducing the various roles of the major key players in criminal investigations and the laws and procedures that come into play. The importance of evaluating and accessing a crime scene and the policy and decision making required during the investigative process will also be covered within the context of the legal admissibility of evidence.

Students will build on their knowledge of crime and will understand the legal implications related to the investigation of crime. For this reason criminal law and procedure are two very important components that come into play and continuous reference is made to existing case law and real case work.

Study-unit Aims:

- Familiarise students to the general aspects of criminal investigations;
- Prepare the student with the legal and criminal understanding of the intrinsic value of criminal investigations;
- Pose links between the respective criminological theories and other policing strategies that come in place in criminal investigations;
- Provide a clear understanding of the legal implications surrounding criminal investigations and the importance of the disciplined observance of the law throughout the entire process.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Explain the scientific and legal principles in the process of collating evidence;
- Describe the step by step approach that is essentially required;
- Describe the construct of a specific crime type;
- Recognise and choose the adequate investigative approach;
- Describe the tactical, procedural and legal implications;
- Assess the evidential value of the evidence for each particular construct of a crime.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Foster critical thinking skills;
- Adopt various observation skills and preparation of evidence skills to particular scenarios;
- Adopt the structured analytical approach to presenting their investigation;
- Analyse and discuss the investigative process;
- Describe who are the major key players in criminal investigations;
- Identify wrong doings and best practices;
- Describe the role of each stakeholder.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Bennet, W. W. & Hess, K. M. (2001) Criminal Investigation (6th ed.). Belmont: Wadsworth Thomson.
- Brandl, S. G. (2004). Criminal Investigation: An analytical perspective. USA: Allyn & Bacon.
- Lyman, M. D. (2008) Criminal Investigation: The art and the science (5th ed.). New Jersey: Prentice Hill.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Additional Notes: This Study-Unit is only offered to BA (Hons) in Criminology students.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Brian Zahra

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