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PSYC3312 Introduction to Forensic Psychology

Bachelor Course Unit


One trimester


3rd Year

Credit points:

6 (out of 144)



Mode(s) of delivery:

On-campus and Online Delivery



Unit description

This unit provides an introduction to the specialist area of practice in forensic psychology. Specifically, students will be introduced to how this specialist area of practice fits within the wide domain of psychological practice, as well as being introduced to a number of the core areas of this branch of psychology. This will include areas such as child protection, understanding criminal behaviour psychologically, expert evidence, risk assessment and so on.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit the student will be able to:

  • Conceptualise forensic psychology as a distinct discipline within the wider field of psychology,
  • Identify and conceptualise the core areas of practice within forensic psychology,
  • Identify the core clinical skills of the practice of forensic psychology,
  • Critically evaluate the contemporary issues in the practice of forensic psychology,
  • Be aware of the ethical issues that pertain to the practice of forensic psychology.

Learning and teaching process

This unit comprises 10 weekly three hour lectures and nine weekly one hour tutorials. Attendance at tutorials is compulsory. Attendance at lectures is highly recommended. However, lectures will be captured electronically at the time of delivery and will be available later the same day for downloading of the slide content and the oral presentation.  The lectures will focus on the presentation of didactic and clinical material, whereas the tutorials will involve a variety of student-focused, active, learning activities. Students will be expected to prepare for each lecture/tutorial by completing specified readings and then to participate actively in class activities.  

Assessment Summary

Assessment information provided at the commencement of the unit in the online class space.

Recommended text

For more information regarding recommended texts for specific units, please see the Psychological Sciences Textbook List.

Academic misconduct

Ethical conduct and academic integrity and honesty are fundamental to the mission of ACAP. Academic misconduct will not be tolerated by the college. This includes plagiarism of any nature. It is your responsibility to make sure that you understand what constitutes plagiarism in order to ensure that you do not engage in it. Please refer to the Academic Misconduct Policy for more information.


This unit outline may be updated and amended from time to time. To ensure you have the correct outline please check it throughout the trimester. Your lecturer will advise when there are updates on the site and also when readings are available for class discussion.