JST540 Independent Knowledge Integration: Theory and Professional Practice (8)

This capstone subject is a core subject taken in the final session of the Masters program. It is designed to capitalise on the knowledge and skills acquired by the masters coursework student. The subject provides students with an the opportunity to showcase their learning across their course, reflect on their research, knowledge, and professional practice. Students will learn creative, cognitive, and reflective techniques, hypothesis testing, utilising global literacies and communication of ideas.


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

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: JST540. 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

As a capstone Masters subject students must be enrolled in their final session of a relevant Masters program with the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security to complete this subject.

Students enrolling in EMG506 and, EMG505, or JST530 and JST531 are restricted from undertaking this subject

Assumed Knowledge

Students will have completed all other Masters coursework subjects prior to commencing this subject.

Incompatible Subjects

EMG505, EMG506, JST530, JST531

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate a knowledge of recent developments in law enforcement, security and/or financial crime regulation issues in a professional context;
  • be able to demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills with creativity and initiative to new situations in either financial crime control, law enforcement or security;
  • be able to synthesize learning from across the course, through using critical reflection to contribute to professional practice;
  • be able to demonstrate technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice;
  • be able to interpret and transmit knowledge, skills and ideas using global literacies to specialist and non-specialist audiences to provide insight, leadership and influence stakeholders; and
  • be able to research and apply established theories to business organisations, law enforcement and/or security contexts.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Cognitive creativity
  • Strategic thinking
  • Refection techniques
  • Global literacy law enforcement and security
  • Constructing hypotheses
  • Research methods - qualitative - quantitative
  • Proposal development
  • Communication - presenting ideas

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of JST540 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 %
Mind map
Reflective writing
Research proposal

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.