The research project is the capstone unit of the criminology degree.  Students will work in small teams to collaboratively undertake the research project planned in Crime Research and Methods. They will implement that planned project by collecting, analysing and interpreting the data and writing a final report on the findings. The project will be conducted as per VU ethics requirements. The group will provide and present a research report and peer review of each group member's contribution

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LCR3901 - Crime Research and Methods

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Carry out a systematic literature review on a well-defined topic  
  2. Collaborate effectively to conduct a group research project including collection and analysis of research data within ethical and practical constraints  
  3. Synthesise literature, data and experience in the interpreting research findings  
  4. Exemplify a scholarly approach and develop a concise, clearly structured research report  
  5. Analyse and present findings to peers and provide constructive peer feedback  


Assessment type Description Grade
Exercise Prepare an ethical group research proposal 15%
Presentation Present the findings of the group research project 30%
Research Paper Provide a 5,000 word group research paper 50%
Review Undertake a peer review of each members contribution to the group 5%
Each individual's final mark will be determined by the lecturer considering the peer review.

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