JST312 Criminal Law and Investigation Management (8)

The effective management of investigations is a forensic exercise governed by criminal law and actioned through informed practice. This subject focuses on investigation management practices that are utilised broadly across all areas of criminal law. These include crime scene control and exhibit management, victim care and preparation of the evidence for presentation at court. The subject examines these and other current management issues within the law of homicide, drug trafficking, sexual assault and property offences.


Session 1 (30)
Manly Campus
Session 2 (60)
Manly Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JST312. 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 (Investigations) students only

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to effectively manage investigations of homicide, drug trafficking, sexual assault and property offences, through the application of informed practice and within the principles of law;
  • be able to utilise investigation management practices broadly across all areas of criminal law encountered by front line investigators;
  • be able to apply sound management decisions to investigations based on current research and good practice; 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:
  • Management issues
  • Crime scene management
  • Media access
  • Officer welfare
  • Expert assistance
  • Illicit substance
  • Intelligence input
  • Sexual assault
  • Victim care
  • Interagency co-operation
  • Witness support
  • Team debrief
  • Court preparation
  • Case screening
  • Community liaison

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of JST312 in Session 2 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 - essay
Assessment item 2 - essay.
Forum discussion board responses

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.