Courses & Units

Detective Portfolio LAW476



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


This unit is based in the workplace and supports students to become investigators at the level of a Detective.

Over a twelve-month period, students will collect evidence to demonstrate their attainment of each Intended Learning Outcome and associated criteria, listed below.


Unit name Detective Portfolio
Unit code LAW476
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Discipline Law

Dr Helen Cockburn

Teaching staff

Tasmania Police teaching and supervisory team

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Full Year Period Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Full Year Period 24/2/2020 15/4/2020 22/6/2020 18/10/2020

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2020.

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Resolve complex incidents through investigation
  2. Build and manage relationships with victims, informants, colleagues, and suspects during investigative and judicial processes
  3. Synthesise and summarise relevant information, and work collaboratively with the Department of Police Prosecutions (DPP), to develop court files to support a prosecution with admissible evidence
  4. Conduct interviews and interactions with a variety of witnesses and suspects in order to obtain relevant, accurate and complete accounts and information to support a range of investigations
  5. Evaluate and leverage opportunities to communicate and engage with organisations, the media, and the community to further investigations and/or maintain safety



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

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

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2 x Progress reports at 4 months and 8 months leading to portfolio of in-field work (100%).

Over a twelve-month period, students will collect evidence to demonstrate their attainment of each Intended Learning Outcome and associated criteria, listed below.

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