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Investigation for Frontline Officers LAW477



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 basic investigation and interviewing skills developed through previous training or in the workplace, this unit develops skills that will enable each student to conduct simple investigations on their own. Students will engage with contemporary literature regarding investigative techniques and technologies, intelligence gathering and evaluation, and questioning techniques that minimise errors and enable free narratives. Students will interact with skilled practitioners to discuss and develop understandings of and skills in: searches, written and oral briefings for internal and external audiences, physical evidence management, court file development, and the determination and following of investigative leads.


Unit name Investigation for Frontline Officers
Unit code LAW477
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 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 13/4/2020 31/5/2020

* 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).

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Detail and adhere to requirements of legislation and jurisdictional policies and procedures relating to investigations, including informant management and the interviewing of witnesses and suspects
  2. Conduct interviews and interactions suited to the investigative context with a witness and/or suspect in order to obtain  relevant, accurate and complete accounts and information
  3. Conduct a simple investigation and manage physical evidence
  4. Prepare written and oral investigative reports, records and briefings to appraise appropriate personnel of investigation details



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

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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 (10%);

Simulated interviews: 1x suspect interview and 1x witness interview with both witnesses and suspects, including analysis and review of the interview (30%);

In-field investigation: supervised by Tasmania Police mentor/assessor (60%)

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