Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedBerwick Second semester 2012 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2012 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr George Vandoorn


Previously coded PSS3718


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


Major assignment (2500 words): 50%Examination (2 hours): 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr George Vandoorn

Contact hours

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

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Psychological studies
Criminal justice


48 points of study in any discipline