JST310 Information and Investigation (8)

Students will study the theories that attempt to explain why crime happens, and how these theories inform frameworks of information gathering and investigative practice. They will plan for the application of the frameworks to both specific investigations and, more broadly, to community policing and crime prevention.

Students will also evaluate and interpret data and statistics relevant to investigative practice. They will learn to identify sources of information (including the public, the witness, the suspect, the informant, the investigative interview, the policing community, the intelligence community, and the forensic community) and will learn strategies for information gathering and exchange that are effective, legal and ethical.

This subject gives students a good foundational knowledge which will be applied more practically in JST313 Investigative Interviewing and JST322 Crime Reduction.


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

Only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Policing, Bachelor of Policing (Investigations), Bachelor of Border Management and the Bachelor of Public Safety and Security.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to research and interpret data relevant to a specific investigation, community policing event or crime prevention objective;
  • be able to apply your knowledge of the theories of criminal behaviour to determine an appropriate policing framework for an investigation, community policing event or crime prevention objective and justify the framework selected with academic evidence;
  • be able to plan an investigation by applying a framework to source relevant information legally and ethically; and
  • be able to demonstrate the communication literacies and digital skills required of a competent criminal justice practitioner.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Memory
  • Eyewitness evidence
  • Eyewitness 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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of JST310 in Session 3 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Assessment item 1
Assessment item 2

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.