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Graduate Certificate of Security Studies and Criminology

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Faculty:
Faculty of Arts
Award:
Graduate Certificate of Security Studies and Criminology (GradCertSecStudCr)
Admission Requirement:
• Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification (or recognised equivalent) in any field or three years work experience in a relevant field at a relevant level
Required Supporting Documents:
• CV, Academic transcript, copy of degrees
• Reference letter from employer (if applicable)
• Statement of motivation
English Language Proficiency:
Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent
Study Mode:
Full-time, Part-time
Attendance Mode:
Internal, External
Candidature Length:
Full-time: 0.5 years
Commencement:
North Ryde — Session 1 (February)
North Ryde — Session 2 (July)
External — Session 1 (February)
External — Session 2 (July)
Volume of Learning:
Equivalent to 0.5 years
General requirements:
Minimum number of credit points at 800 level or above 16
Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below

In order to graduate students must ensure that they have satisfied all of the general requirements of the award.

Specific minimum requirements:

Credit points

800 level

Required
4
Critical Thought and Research Design (4)
 
Required
12cp from
 
Terrorism (4)
 
 
Cyber Terrorism and Information Warfare (4)
 
 
History of Intelligence (4)
 
 
Internship (4)
 
 
Cyber Crime (4)
 
 
International Policing and Counter Terrorism (4)
 
 
Intelligence: Theory and Practice (4)
 
 
Intelligence Analysis Platforms (4)
 
 
Supervised Project in Security Studies (4)
 
 
Geopolitics and Geostrategy (4)
 
 
Transnational Security (4)
 
 
The Crimes of the Powerful (4)
 
 
Advanced Criminology Theory (4)
 
12
Special Topic in Security Studies (4)
 

TOTAL CREDIT POINTS REQUIRED FOR THIS PROGRAM

16
AQF Level Level 8 Graduate Certificate
CRICOS Code 095111G
Overview and Aims of the Program This program develops students’ understanding of the different dimensions of security issues and criminology. All units are provided through the Department of Security Studies and Criminology and focus on synthesising the latest developments in security studies and criminology. They provide an in-depth understanding of theoretical and practical issues at a global, regional and national level.
Graduate Capabilities

The Graduate Capabilities Framework articulates the fundamentals that underpin all of Macquarie’s academic programs. It expresses these as follows:

Cognitive capabilities
(K) discipline specific knowledge and skills
(T) critical, analytical and integrative thinking
(P) problem solving and research capability
(I) creative and innovative


Interpersonal or social capabilities
(C) effective communication
(E) engaged and ethical local and global citizens
(A) socially and environmentally active and responsible

Personal capabilities
(J) capable of professional and personal judgement and initiative
(L) commitment to continuous learning

Program Learning Outcomes By the end of this program students will be be able to:

1. Demonstrate good understanding of concepts and theories in the field of security studies and criminology.
2. Understand and critically apply the leading research methods and methodologies in the field of security studies and criminology
3. Develop advanced critical thinking and analytical skills to find solutions to complex problems.
4. Apply disciplinary knowledge to critically analyse and explain real world security and criminology issues.
5. Apply ethically and socially informed judgement to the development and implementation of security and criminology policies.
6. Communicate disciplinary knowledge to professional and academic audiences.
The number of PLOs that a program should have is not specified. As a guide, between eight and twelve PLOs would be a reasonable number.
PLOs are made publicly available and so will be read by a wide audience. When writing PLOs it is useful to ask "is this written in a way which would be intelligible, accessible and meaningful to our students and prospective students?". Generally speaking, learning outcomes should be expressed in a form that includes action verbs, describing something your students can actually do, and can be assessed to have successfully done, like "identify", "describe" or "differentiate".
The AQF asks that PLOs should address the areas of Knowledge and Understanding, Skills and Capabilities, and the Application of Knowledge and Skills. It isn't necessary for each PLO to be classified under one of these headings. However it is important for the overall collection of PLOs for a program to clearly address all of these factors.
Each program learning outcome should be mapped to the graduate capabilities it fosters, using the standard letter codes given.
Learning and Teaching Methods The program develops students’ discipline-specific knowledge in the field of security studies and criminology, as well as a range of analytic, evaluative and communications skills. It then directs them to critically apply their knowledge to real world security and criminology issues.

Students will develop a range of communication skills. This includes academic writing skills, presentation skills and report and policy based writing. This reflects a pedagogical approach where theoretical knowledge and research is informed by contemporary experience in order to inform evaluation of security- and criminology-related decisions and policies.

Most units involve lecture and discussion classes, or seminars. Most of the units use a blended learning/flipped classroom approach providing students with additional opportunities to apply their knowledge and skills to case studies and debates around existing security and criminology issues and policies.
Assessment The Program Learning Outcomes are tested and assessed during the program using a combination of coursework assignments, academic essays, quizzes, oral presentations, group work,
as well as policy briefs. Throughout the program students are given formative assessments and feedback on their progress.
Recognition of Prior Learning

Macquarie University may recognise prior formal, informal and non-formal learning for the purpose of granting credit towards, or admission into, a program. The recognition of these forms of learning is enabled by the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy (see www.mq.edu.au/policy) and its associated Procedures and Guidelines. The RPL pages contain information on how to apply, links to registers, and the approval processes for recognising prior learning for entry or credit.


Information can be found at: https://mq.edu.au/rpl

Support for Learning

Macquarie University aspires to be an inclusive and supportive community of learners where all students are given the opportunity to meet their academic and personal goals. The University offers a comprehensive range of free and accessible student support services which include academic advice, counselling and psychological services, advocacy services and welfare advice, careers and employment, disability services and academic skills workshops amongst others. There is also a bulk billing medical service located on campus.

Further information can be found at www.students.mq.edu.au/support/

Campus Wellbeing contact details:
Phone: +61 2 9850 7497
Email: campuswellbeing@mq.edu.au
www.students.mq.edu.au/support/wellbeing

Program Standards and Quality

The program is subject to an ongoing comprehensive process of quality review in accordance with a pre-determined schedule that complies with the Higher Education Standards Framework. The review is overseen by Macquarie University's peak academic governance body, the Academic Senate and takes into account feedback received from students, staff and external stakeholders.

Graduate Destinations and Employability Graduates will be equipped to work in a range of government, non-government and private employment, including:
• Department of Defence
• Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
• Law Enforcement and Police
• Australian Border Force
• International/Regional organizations
• Think tanks and policy advising.
• Media
• Defence and security related business and industry
• International Non-Government Organisations
Assessment Regulations

This program is subject to Macquarie University regulations, including but not limited to those specified in the Assessment Policy, Academic Honesty Policy, the Final Examination Policy and relevant University Rules. For all approved University policies, procedures, guidelines and schedules visit www.mq.edu.au/policy.

Accreditation This is an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) accredited qualification.

Inherent requirements are the essential components of a course or program necessary for a student to successfully achieve the core learning outcomes of a course or program. Students must meet the inherent requirements to complete their Macquarie University course or program.

Inherent requirements for Macquarie University programs fall under the following categories:

Physical: The physical inherent requirement is to have the physical capabilities to safely and effectively perform the activities necessary to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

Cognition: The inherent requirement for cognition is possessing the intellectual, conceptual, integrative and quantitative capabilities to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

Communication: The inherent requirement for communication is the capacity to communicate information, thoughts and ideas through a variety of mediums and with a range of audiences.

Behavioural: The behavioural inherent requirement is the capacity to sustain appropriate behaviour over the duration of units of study to engage in activities necessary to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

For more information see https://students.mq.edu.au/study/my-study-program/inherent-requirements



2019 Unit Information

When offered:
S1 Day
Prerequisites:
Permission of Executive Dean of Faculty
Corequisites:
None
NCCWs:
HSC Chinese, CHN113, CHN148