Courses & Units

Investigative Practice LAW478



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 develops skills, knowledge and understandings that will enable students to work within an investigative unit, and to take the lead in criminal investigations. Students will: explore contemporary techniques and technologies; discuss and analyse communication needs within and across investigations, units, and organisations; analyse ethical and legislative expectations and requirements for investigators and approaches to gathering intelligence and evidence; and assess risks to personnel, the organisation, the community, and the investigation itself.


Unit name Investigative Practice
Unit code LAW478
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
Discipline Law

Dr Caroline Spiranovic

Teaching staff

'UTAS trainers Kate Cashman and Caroline Spiranovic and Teaching team of Centre for Investigative Interviewing, Griffith 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 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021

* 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. Lead investigations which will withstand scrutiny and are ethical and lawful
  2. Describe and apply approaches to maintaining situational awareness beyond individual investigations
  3. Prepare written and oral investigative reports, records, and briefings to appraise appropriate people of investigation details
  4. Reflect on your role as an investigator within the criminal justice system
  5. Maintain and promote a safe working environment for you, your team, related personnel, and the public during criminal investigations


Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
091105 $1,812.00 $850.00 not applicable $1,812.50

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Teaching Pattern



Online scenarios and legislation (15%); Supervised in-field investigations (60%);

Self-reflection about the role and responsibilities of an investigator (25%)

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