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PSS3718 - Forensic Psychology

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Dr Catherine Haigh


Gippsland First semester 2007 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2007 (Off-campus)


Forensic psychology deals with the application of psychological principles to problems of law enforcement and the courts. This unit includes areas such as eyewitness and expert testimony, jury selection and decision-making, screening and training of police, handling of situations such as hostage taking and suicide threats, and the construction of personal profiles of criminals.


On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. evaluate the role of research and theory in the advancement of knowledge within the field of forensic psychology;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of how the theoretical foundations of areas such as memory and decision making processes can be applied for forensic purposes;
  3. communicate their own and others research ideas effectively in written and verbal reports


Report (1250 words): 30%
Short-answer assignment (1250 words): 30%
Examination (2 hours): 40%

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour laboratory) per week


48 points of study in any discipline including SCY2817 or COG1112 or equivalent