JST310 Information and Investigation (8)

This subject examines a major source of information in investigations - people, who are important sources of information regardless of whether they are witnesses, victims, or suspects. The investigation process, including interviewing and obtaining confessions, is the focus of this subject, though sources of information such as profiling, along with new reflections on intelligence, are also highlighted. The importance of ethics in the context of investigation practice is also reviewed in this subject, though from more of a practical position than theoretical, adding to the broad perspective of investigation that occurs in this subject.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Manly Campus
Session 3 (90)
Manly Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JST310. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security

Enrolment Restrictions

Bachelor of Policing
Bachelor of Policing (Investigations
Bachelor of Border Management
Bachelor of Public Safety and Security
Diploma of Policing Investigations
Diploma of Investigations

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an awareness of the requirements for the reliable gathering of information in the interview situation, and from people in other situations
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the reliability of information and the need to confirm information gathered from people
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the social/psychological pressures that operate in the investigation of crime and particularly in the investigation of sensitive crimes such as rape and child sexual assault
  • be able to identify the requirements for the gathering of intelligence in a policing/law enforcement setting
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the management of informers as sources of information
  • be able to demonstrate an awareness of the ethical and professional issues involved in a policing investigation
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the need to ensure lawful information gathering, thus ensuring that the information obtained is suitable for use in subsequent legal proceedings.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • - Memory
  • - Eye witness evidence
  • - Eye witness identification evidence
  • - Confessions
  • - Statements
  • - Testimony
  • - Offender profiling
  • - Crime profiling
  • - Interviewing skills in a variety of settings
  • - The nature of interrogation
  • - Gathering information from people, intelligence and informers
  • - Ethics and policing


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.