Courses & Units

Forensic Psychology PSY312

Hobart, Launceston


This unit will provide an introduction to psychology and law. The progression of lecture topics in this unit will roughly follow the course of an investigation and trial of a criminal case, covering issues such as eyewitness memory; false memories; police interviewing techniques; deception detection; and juror decisions. Throughout the unit, the focus will be on how psychological science can (a) help us understand various aspects of the legal system, and (b) help to improve important processes in policing and courtroom trials.

Note: Psychology students are expected to have completed KHA201 – Research Methods 2. However, non-psychology students who have not completed KHA201 are welcome to enrol in KHA312. Students will require a very basic understanding of quantitative data to enable them to complete KHA312 (e.g., interpreting simple tables of results). Students will not be expected to conduct any statistical analyses or have an understanding of statistics. Please contact the unit coordinators if you have any inquiries about quantitative requirements for this unit, or if you would like to see some examples of the sort of quantitative tasks that students will be asked to complete.


Unit name Forensic Psychology
Unit code PSY312
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Psychological Sciences
Discipline Psychology
Coordinator Associate Professor James (Jim) Sauer
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

* 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 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Illustrate how psychological science promotes understanding of human behaviour and decision making in the legal system, and can contribute to the effective operation of key aspects of the legal system.
  • Use knowledge of relevant psychological theory and empirical research to evaluate the effectiveness of various practices and policies in the legal system.
  • Communicate how theory and evidence from psychology-law research has shaped understanding of behaviour and decision making in the legal system to academic and lay audiences.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
090701 $1,828.00 $858.00 $1,002.00 $2,445.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any College

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

KHA212 or PSY313 OR KHA312


Teaching Pattern

Lecture: 2 hours weekly

Practical: 2 hours weekly

AssessmentFinal Exam (50%)|Psych-law research project (10%)|Presentation (10%)|Essay (30%)
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