School Of Social Sciences

Evidence and InvestigationWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 102691.2


Student Contribution Band: 4

Level: 2

Credit Points: 10

Assumed Knowledge
An understanding of the basic criminal law offences in the Crimes and Summary Offences Act and Criminal Code Act (Cwlth), to allow non-Policing students to enrol in this unit as an elective without otherwise having to seek a rule waiver by the specification of a prerequisite unit.

Equivalent Units
400296 - Criminal Investigations

Incompatible Units
101567 - Evidence, Investigations and Police Intelligence

About this Unit
This unit provides an overview of police investigations with a specific focus on understanding the interaction of police powers and the investigative process. The unit will build on knowledge of the common criminal offences covered in the unit ‘Criminal Law for Policing’ and outline the investigative process through scenario-based case studies. The unit will refer to both NSW and Commonwealth legislation, and examine the role of the courts in applying the rules of evidence to determine its reliability to be admitted as evidence at a trial. The unit will examine the impact of technological change and forensic science on the traditional investigative process, and provide students an introduction to research into the organisation, processes and governance of Investigative Units.

1734.3Bachelor of Policing (Leadership Program)CURRENT
1844.2Bachelor of PolicingCURRENT
6044.1Diploma in Social Science (Policing)/Bachelor of PolicingCONTINUING
6044.2Diploma in Social Science (Policing)/Bachelor of PolicingCURRENT

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