JST311 Evidence and Investigation (8)


This subject considers the process of transforming information into the stipulative reality known as evidence. Using recent case studies and court decisions from a number of differing jurisdictions, the subject examines in detail the ethical and legal complexities of the gathering and presenting evidence. The student is challenged to ensure that evidence is gathered in a manner which avoids common pitfalls often experienced by investigators. Emphasis is placed on the need to locate all the facts in an investigation, both inculpatory and exculpatory.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
DistanceManly Campus
Session 3
DistanceManly Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JST311
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLAustralian Graduate School of Policing and Security

Enrolment restrictions

Bachelor of Policing (Investigations) students only.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to demonstrate a critical awareness of the centrality of ethics in the investigation of criminal matters
- be able to demonstrate an understanding of the contribution of ethical investigation standards to the professionalisation of the investigation profession
- be able to identify and explain the the legal restraints on evidence collection and use within the student's own jurisdiction
- be able to identify and explain the lawful facilitation of evidence collection and use within the student's own jurisdiction
- be able to demonstrate an understanding of the maintenance of evidence integrity from crime scene to forensic resolution


The subject will cover the following topics:
-Evidence and the trial process relating to investigations.
-The necessity of evidence gathering, thoroughness and ethics in investigations.
-Arrests, confessions and public policy.
-Limitations of expert witnesses.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.