Practical Units

Units available in the area of Practical Units, as part of the Bachelor of Criminology and Justice degree.

 

Academic Enhancement
Core unit

This unit teaches you to the necessary skills required to perform successfully at tertiary level.

The transition to tertiary education involves a number of adjustments for every student. These adjustments will include taking more responsibility for learning, managing time, making decisions about current and future life and learning directions, and balancing study, word and social life. This unit will teach you the skills needed to successfully complete your degree, with sessions focusing on: time management and work-life balance; academic writing; essay planning and writing; library and internet research, and; referencing conventions.

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Applied Research
Elective unit

Students will identify a topic that interests them and design a project to investigate their question. They will work in pairs.

Students who have successfully completed Research Methods can apply to complete a research project as an elective unit. They will be provided with an academic staff mentor appropriate to their topic of research. They will complete an ethics process weeks 1-2 and carry out data collection weeks 3-6 during the trimester of enrolment. They will meet with their mentor on a weekly basis and hand up their research report in week 12. The mentor will write a mentor report on the candidates to be completed by week 13.

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Practicum
Core unit

This unit will expose you to a real life working environment within the criminal justice industry.

NCPS will negotiate a practical placement for you with an approved host organisation in the criminal justice, public safety, community welfare or security area. The placement will be based on your own preference, interests or career aspirations. Previous students have completed their placements at a range of organisations such as Victoria Police, law firms, the courts and Department of Human Services, just to name a few.

Your work supervisor will review your performance during your placement and this review, along with a written report on your experiences, will make up your assessment for the unit.

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Research Methods
Core unit

The unit will begin by introducing students to the concept of research. This is important because we live in a world of information with not much analysis. Students will follow the history of research and the move to a broader and inclusive understanding of the relevance of both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Key research projects with a criminal justice/criminology focus will be analysed.

Students will identify a topic that interests them and design a project to investigate their question.

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