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.

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LCR3901 - Crime Research and Methods

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Conduct a research project including collection and analysis of research data within ethical and practical constraints;  
  2. Synthesise literature, data and experience in the interpreting research findings;  
  3. Exemplify a scholarly approach to develop a concise, clearly structured research report.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Project Prepare a project plan 10%
Test Test 20%
Review Provide a project progress report 10%
Research Paper Provide a 2,500 word research paper 60%

Required reading

Research Methods for Criminal Justice
Dantzker, M (2018)
Jones & Bartlet, USA

Students will be required to undertake their own literature review appropriate to their chosen research project.

Where to next?

As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following courses. Refer to the course page for information on how to apply for the course.

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