JST409 Investigations Principles (8)

This subject enables students to review the investigative process and to develop their understanding and skills of investigation.  Topics covered include: investigative frameworks and powers; investigation methodologies and support; operational practices; reports and evidence; investigation outcomes and recovery procedures.

Furthermore, the subject will consider the procedures and techniques involved with managing investigative activities, particularly having regard to the relevant legal and organisational frameworks including organisational mission statements and objectives. It will introduce legal responsibilities of managers, relationships with key stakeholders, case management models, cost effectiveness and resource allocation.  
The subject is expected to enable students to cover requirements for CLEB accreditation.  
Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Manly Campus
Session 2 (60)
Manly Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JST409. 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

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical an operational concepts and financial crime methodologies relevant to the investigative process
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding and knowledge of the procedures followed by investigators and other stakeholders and challenges arising in these
  • be able to think critically about the ethical dimensions of investigative functions and how these can impact on processes and procedures.


This subject will cover the following topics:

Part A - Investigation Framework

  • Defining the legal and operational framework of an investigation;
  • Investigating complaints of fraud or other acts of misconduct;
  • Conducting interviews and taking statements; and
  • Compiling a report/brief of evidence and finalise judicial proceedings.

Part B - Investigation Managment

  • principles of management and planning;
  • management responsibilities;
  • case management and objective-setting;
  • private/public sector investigations - the relationship; and
  •  investigations and the courts.


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.