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Questioning for Investigators LAW473



Please note, this unit is only available to students approved for study in the Investigative Practice specialisation of R4C Bachelor of Arts with Professional Honours. For further information, please contact


Building on questioning skills developed in Investigation for Frontline Officers, this unit examines protocols for and approaches to interviewing witnesses and suspects in a range of investigative contexts. The questioning and interviewing techniques are explored within the context of serious or complex crimes, and the legislative and procedural requirements for interviews and interviewers are explored in depth.


Unit name Questioning for Investigators
Unit code LAW473
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Discipline Law

Dr Helen Cockburn

Teaching staff

Dr Helen Cockburn; Dr Rebecca Bradfield; Teaching team of Centre for Investigative Interviewing, Deakin University

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Detail requirements of legislation and relevant protocols for the interviewing of witnesses and suspects in Tasmania
  2. Apply appropriate questioning techniques to obtain accurate accounts in relation to serious or complex crimes
  3. Develop and implement strategies to overcome false or misleading information obtained during interviews
  4. Evaluate the investigative relevance and value of information gathered



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $835.00 2020: $1,729.00 091105

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LAW477 Investigation for Frontline Officers


Teaching Pattern



Online scenarios and legislation: a set of multiple choice quizzes, short answer questions, and scenario responses relating to key legislative and departmental requirements related to investigations (40%);

Simulated interviews: 1x suspect interview and 1x witness interview with both witnesses and suspects, including analysis and review of the interview (60%)

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