This online Crime Mapping unit offered by Open Universities Australia in partnership with Griffith University takes an in-depth look at crime mapping theory and application. This is the study of collecting data about crime in relation to geographical areas, and then analysing and interpreting it to better understand how this information can be useful in crime prevention, and identifying crime 'hotspots'.
Your learning will focus on three main areas: mapping techniques, spatial theories of crime and interpreting data. Firstly, you will learn about Geographic Information Systems (GIS), the current technique used for mapping crime. Learning this technique is an essential element of developing your hands-on criminology skills.
Secondly, you will consider how crime mapping can be used and which questions we should be asking of it. You will learn about different spatial theories of crime and how these relate to the practical implementation of GIS.
Lastly, you will study how to analyse, present and interpret the data you collect from crime mapping. By evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the different techniques you have learnt, you will be able to identify potential flaws in the data. You will finish the unit with all the skills you need to produce and analyse spatial and temporal crime data in a critical, balanced way.
Assessments will consist of four short assignments covering practical skills.
To enrol in this unit, applicants must be accepted into one of the following courses:
Master of Forensic Mental Health
Master of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Areas of study
In this Crime Mapping unit, the topics you will study include:
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and crime mapping
Spatial theories of crime
Crime and other agency data
Identifying crime hotspots
Measuring crime displacement and diffusion of benefits
Crime map cartography, mapping for analysis vs. mapping for decision-makers
Identifying crime hot-times: GIS and temporal analyses
Moving toward inference in crime mapping, part 1
Moving toward inference in crime mapping, part 2
This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:
Master of Forensic Mental Health, Griffith University
Master of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University
Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
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This Crime Mapping unit will help you develop valuable practical skills relevant to careers in intelligence, policing, and public sector crime prevention work. You will learn to produce and interpret spatial crime analyses, which are vital to understanding and pursuing criminal justice work.
Assessments will be based on developing practical skills such as generating spatial statistics, generating hotspots, identifying crime displacement, and intelligence briefing.
On completion of this unit you should be able to understand the spatial theories of environmental criminology and the techniques used to examine the spatial distributions of crime; use geographic information systems and other tools to produce spatial analyses of crime; and understand the assumptions and limitations of spatial analysis techniques.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Crime Mapping from Griffith University.
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Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.
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If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.
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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!
This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.
Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).
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