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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 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.

Monash University

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Assoc. Prof. David Baker; Dr Alistair Harkness


Not offered in 2016


This unit requires students to engage in a significant piece of reading and research and write a dissertation of 18,000 words on a topic of their choosing in consultation with their assigned supervisor who is a member of academic staff.


Upon completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. Review a specific body of research in the field of Criminal Justice and Criminology and demonstrate a command of that literature
  2. Identify and develop key research questions
  3. Develop and implement an empirical research project in the field of Criminal Justice and Criminology
  4. Critically investigate a key issue in Criminal Justice and Criminology
  5. Critically write up research findings
  6. Construct a critical argument that is sustained by empirical data
  7. Construct a cumulative argument across an 18,000 word research project
  8. Undertake independent research with supervisory consultation.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)


Distinction average in 48 points at 4th level taken as part of the Master of Criminal Justice program.