• Class Number 3946
  • Term Code 3330
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In-Person and Online
    • Gabriel T.W. Wong
    • Gabriel T.W. Wong
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 20/02/2023
  • Class End Date 26/05/2023
  • Census Date 31/03/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
SELT Survey Results

Evidence-based policy development has emerged as key foundation of private enterprise and public service. Whether you're a policy officer, program manager or senior executive, understanding research and the research process is critical to innovation and improvement. In this course, students will gain an insight into how criminologists undertake research on policy related crime and punishment issues in Australia. Through a series of online and in-class exercises students will develop an understanding and the practical skills necessary to critique criminological research and implement a variety of methodological techniques.


This course is weighted towards understanding criminological research design, methods and evidence. An expert opinion or an appeal to “common sense” are often used for the basis of certain believes and behaviours. Experience in policymaking, however, implies that we must rely on evidence derived from robust research for effective and defensible decision-making. Skills in understanding and using research evidence are powerful for the exploration of substantiative research questions in social policy and criminology. Such skills are also highly sought after by employers in both the public and private sectors.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. understand the basic principles and practices that underpin social science research;
  2. understand the problems that arise in real world research on criminal justice topics;
  3. think critically about data and the methodologies used to collate and analyse data;
  4. source data and interpret information appropriately; and
  5. communicate research findings effectively.

Required Resources

There are no prescribed texts for this course. Set readings will be provided via Wattle. If students wish to access a book to aid study, recommended texts include: 

·        Davies, P. & Francis, P. (2018). Doing criminological research, 1st ed. London: SAGE Publications Ltd.

·        Maxfield, M., and Babbie, E. (2008) Research methods for criminal justice and criminology, 5th ed. ed. Wadsworth Pub. Co, Belmont, CA.

·        Maxfield, M., and Babbie, E. (2011) Research methods for criminal justice and criminology, 6th ed. ed. Wadsworth Pub. Co, Belmont, CA.

Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.

ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Course Introduction: Why do we need criminological research?
2 Common measures in criminological research (I)
3 Common measures in criminological research (II)
4 Criminological research ethics: Key principles
5 Criminological research ethics: Practical issues
6 Mid-term quiz Mid-term quiz; Research proposal
7 Common analytic methods in criminological research
8 Evaluation of justice and crime prevention interventions
9 Economic analyses and its application in criminological research
10 Practical concerns and challenges in criminological research – Sampling
11 Practical concerns and challenges in criminological research – Analysis
12 Advancement and the future of criminological research + Summary Research report; Research reflection; Online exam

Tutorial Registration

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date
Research proposal and ethics application 15 % 31/03/2023
Mid-term quiz 20 % 28/03/2023
Research report 25 % 26/05/2023
Research reflection 10 % 02/06/2023
Online exam 30 % 05/06/2023

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines , which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 31/03/2023
Learning Outcomes: 

Research proposal and ethics application

Word limit - 1500 words

•All groups (group of 4 or 5) should be formed in Week 2 within your tutorial.

•Develop a plan to collect data ethically on some criminological variables and other demographic variables

Late submission permitted.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 28/03/2023
Learning Outcomes: 

Mid-term quiz

10 multiple choice questions

•Covers topics from Week 1 to 5.

•Open book. 

Late submission not permitted.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 26/05/2023
Learning Outcomes: 

Research report

Word limit - 2500 words

•The research results should be discussed and presented as an academic journal article. 

•Background (introduction and context), Method, Results, and Discussion.

Late submission permitted.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 02/06/2023
Learning Outcomes: 

Research reflection

Word limit - 1000 words

A reflection on the research experience.

?Late submission permitted.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 05/06/2023
Learning Outcomes: 

Online exam

15 multiple choice questions

•Covers topics from Week 1 to 12.

•Open book. 

Late submission not permitted.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Gabriel T.W. Wong

Research Interests

Dr Wong has been a Lecturer at the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods (CSRM) since July 2018, having completed his PhD at the School of Crime and Criminal Justice, Griffith University in 2018. His research at the ANU has focused on the multidisciplinary methods to extend the knowledge and evidence base in the areas of crime prevention (especially, future crime and security), estimation of the harms of crime (e.g., costs of crime and crime multipliers) and examination of prevention programs’ return on investment. Dr Wong has been involved in a wide range of research projects which vary in their: scale – from local community level intervention which facilitates released prison inmates’ reintegration into the society to nation-wide evaluation of the collective impact of coalitions of NGOs, schools and governmental units in providing services to enhance child wellbeing; data sources – from collection of primary survey data to the use of longitudinal linked administrative data; and methods – from economic analysis to machine learning techniques. The variety and importance of journals within which he publishes reflect their international character and interdisciplinary nature, bringing together some excellent scholars from crime science, public policy, economics, computer science and mathematics.

Gabriel T.W. Wong

By Appointment
Gabriel T.W. Wong

Research Interests

Gabriel T.W. Wong

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