Introduction to inherent requirements for the Bachelor of Criminology and Justice

The statements below specify the inherent requirements for the Bachelor of Criminology and Justice. Inherent requirements for this course re clustered under 5 domains consisting of ethical behaviour, behavioural stability, legal compliance, communication, and cognition. Many of the activities associated with the professional practice in the area of criminal justice, for example law enforcement and legal work, are time sensitive, where the capacity to perform certain activities within specified time limits is required to reduce or avoid risks to client safety and wellbeing. The safety and wellbeing of you and others is always of paramount importance. The statements below should be read in conjunction with other information, such as the course guide.

What is it like to do this course?

It may be helpful for you to understand what it is like to complete the Bachelor of Criminology and Justice. Further information about the course is available in the course guide and we recommend you familiarise yourself with the information there.

What about when I finish my course?

Successfully completing the course may enable you to work in the criminal justice system as well as to pursue post-graduate study in criminology, law, or related areas. If you are undertaking the Bachelor of Criminology and Justice in order to complete subsequent higher education study it is important to ensure that you are also familiar with the inherent requirements of those courses. As you commence your studies you may also find it helpful to familiarise yourself with any requirements to work in a professional capacity in the criminal justice system to assess your capacity to meet the inherent requirements of such a role following graduation.

Inherent requirement domains

There are five domains of inherent requirements in the Bachelor of Criminology and Justice.
• Ethical behaviour
• Behavioural stability
• Legal compliance
• Communication
• Cognition


Requirements

Ethical behaviour

Inherent requirement statements

  1. Students need to understand and act in ways consistent with the recognised values of society, including abiding by the NCPS Code of Conduct and any relevant codes of conduct applying to field placement settings.
  2. Student demonstrates knowledge of, and engages in, ethical behaviour in practice.
  3. Why is ethical behaviour an inherent requirement?
    Compliance with the recognised ethical values of society facilitates safe, competent interactions and relationships for students and/or the people with whom they engage. This supports the physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of all.
  4. Adjustments offered by ACAP to assist students to meet the ethical behaviour requirement must support the recognised values of society, and adjustments cannot be made where they would result in an ethical breach.
  5. Examples of ways in which ethical behaviour applies to this course
    Being aware of sensitive and confidential material in a field placement setting and adherence to field placement organisational standards and practices.
    Appropriately acknowledging sources in the preparation of written assignments.
Behavioural stability

Inherent requirement statements

  1. Behavioural stability is required to function effectively in a program of study on Criminology and Justice.
  2. Student demonstrates behavioural stability to work constructively in both academic and field placement environments. 
  3. Why is behavioural stability an inherent requirement?
    Behavioural stability is required to work individually and in groups in the both academic and field placement environments. Criminology and Justice students will be required to have behavioural stability to manage their academic responsibilities.
  4. Adjustments offered by ACAP to assist students to meet the behavioural stability requirement must support stable, effective and professional behaviour in academic and field placement settings.
  5. Examples of ways in which behavioural stability applies to this course
    Being receptive and responding appropriately to constructive feedback.
    Coping with own emotions and behaviour effectively and displaying professional conduct in both academic and field placement settings.
Legal compliance

Inherent requirement statements

  1. Legal compliance is necessary for appropriate engagement in a program of study on Criminology and Justice. 
  2. Student demonstrates knowledge of, respect for, and engages in legally compliant behaviour in practice. 
  3. Why should legal compliance be included as an inherent requirement?
    Knowledge, understanding, and compliance with legislative and regulatory requirements are necessary pre-requisite to field placements.
  4. Adjustments offered by ACAP to assist students to meet the legal compliance requirement must be consistent with legislative and regulatory requirements.
  5. Examples of ways legal compliance applies to this course
    Complying with legal requirements necessary to be eligible for specific field placements.
    Within the field placement setting, it is required that students behave in a legally compliant manner.
Communication

Verbal

Inherent requirement statements

  1. Effective verbal communication, in English, is an essential requirement for the Criminology and Justice course.
  2. Student demonstrates:
    Sensitivity to individual and/or cultural differences.
    The ability to understand and respond to verbal communication accurately, appropriately and in a timely manner.
    The ability to provide clear instructions in the context of the situation.
    Timely, clear feedback and reporting. 
  3. Why is verbal communication an inherent requirement?
    Communicating in a way that displays respect and empathy to others and develops trusting relationships.
    Effective interactive communication with peers, academic staff, field placement supervisors and other relevant parties in field placement and academic settings is fundamental to Criminology and Justice study and functionality.
  4. Adjustments offered by ACAP to assist students to meet the verbal communication requirement must address effectiveness, clarity and accuracy issues to ensure safety and appropriate response.
  5. Examples of ways in which verbal communication applies to this course
    Delivering oral presentations with peers.
    Responding appropriately to an information request in the classroom.
    Using appropriate language with staff and clients in a field placement setting.

Non-verbal

Inherent requirement statements

  1. Effective non-verbal communication is fundamental to Criminology and Justice practice and needs to be respectful, clear, attentive, empathetic and non-judgmental.
  2. Student demonstrates:
    The capacity to recognise, interpret and respond appropriately to behavioural cues.
    Consistent and appropriate awareness of own behaviours.
    Sensitivity to individual and/or cultural differences.
  3. Why is non-verbal communication an inherent requirement?
    The ability to understand non-verbal cues assists with building rapport with people and gaining their trust and respect in academic and professional relationships.
    Displaying consistent and appropriate facial expressions, eye contact, being mindful of space, time boundaries and body movements and gestures promotes trust in academic and professional relationships.
    Being sensitive to individual and/or cultural differences displays respect and empathy to others and develops trusting relationships that are essential for effective professional practice.
  4. Adjustments offered by ACAP to assist students to meet the non-verbal communication requirement must enable the recognition, appropriate response or initiation of effective non-verbal communication in a timely and appropriate manner.
  5. Examples of ways in which non-verbal communication applies to this course
    Recognising and responding appropriately in classroom situations.
    Demonstrating awareness of cross-cultural differences in non-verbal communication.

Written

Inherent requirement statements

  1. Effective written communication, in English, is a fundamental Criminology and Justice student responsibility.
  2. Student demonstrates capacity to construct coherent written communication appropriate to the circumstances.
  3. Why is written communication included as an inherent requirement?
    Construction of text-based assessment tasks to reflect the required academic standards are necessary to convey knowledge and understanding of relevant subject matter. 
  4. Adjustments offered by ACAP to assist students to meet the written communication requirement must meet necessary standards of clarity, accuracy and accessibility to ensure effective recording and transmission of information.
  5. Examples of ways in which this inherent requirement applies to this course
    Constructing an essay to academic standards.
    In a field placement setting, undertaking written work to a professional standard, such as file or case notes.
Cognition

This course requires knowledge of theory and the skills of cognition and literacy.

Knowledge and cognitive skills

Inherent requirement statements

  1. Consistent and effective knowledge and cognitive skills must be demonstrated to provide professional and competent Criminology and Justice practice.
  2. Student demonstrates:
    Capacity to locate appropriate and relevant information.
    Ability to process information.
    Ability to integrate and implement knowledge.
  3. Why are knowledge and cognitive skills inherent requirements?
    The study and practice of Criminology and Justice is based on knowledge that must be sourced, understood and applied appropriately .
  4. Adjustments offered by ACAP to assist students to meet the knowledge and cognitive skills requirement must ensure that a clear demonstration of knowledge and cognitive skills is not compromised or impeded.
  5. Examples of ways knowledge and cognitive skills apply to this course
    Displaying the ability to conceptualise and use appropriate knowledge in response to academic assessment items.

Literacy (language)

Inherent requirement statements

  1. Competent literacy skills are essential to Criminology and Justice studies. 
  2. Student demonstrates:
    The ability to acquire information and accurately convey appropriate, effective messages.
    Ability to read and comprehend a range of literature and information.
    The capacity to understand and implement academic conventions to construct written text in an appropriate manner for the intended audience.
  3. Why is literacy (language) an inherent requirement?
    The ability to acquire information and to accurately convey messages is fundamental to Criminology and Justice studies.
    The ability to read, decode, interpret and comprehend multiple sources of information is fundamental to Criminology and Justice studies.
  4. Adjustments offered by ACAP to assist students to meet the literacy (language) requirement must demonstrate a capacity to effectively acquire, comprehend, apply and communicate accurate information.
  5. Examples of ways in which this inherent requirement applies to this course
    Conveying a spoken message accurately and effectively.
    Paraphrasing, summarising and referencing in accordance with appropriate academic conventions.