Theories of Crime Analysis

Theories of Crime Analysis

  1. Module Title: Theories of Crime Analysis
  2. Module Prefix/Number: CRJ 405
  3. Credit Hours: Three (3)
  4. Description: This course will give the basics necessary for the understanding of crime analysis, which is the application of analytical methods to crime date collected for use in criminal investigation, trend analysis and other law enforcement requirements. It will cover topics such as criminal justice system, criminal behavior and fundamentals of crime analysis. Students will learn about the tools used by Crime Analysts, such as applied research methods, critical thinking, qualitative analysis, inferential statistics and crime mapping.
  5. Student Learning Outcomes:
    Learning outcomes
    The learner will:
    Assessment criteria
    The learner can:
    1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of crime analysis, and an understanding of issues relating to crime analysis and Environmental Criminology. 1.1 Understand the important concepts and theories relating to crime analysis and Environmental Criminology.

    1.2 Explain the causes of crime and the issues surrounding them.

    2. Synthesize information on all facets or dimensions of crime justice system and crime analysis.



    2.1 Identify different perspectives on criminal justice, including policing methods, strategies and information collection.

    2.2 Describe the relationship between different characteristics, analyze crime statistic, and evaluate crime mapping.

    3. Analyze and reflect on issues regarding crime data collection and crime analysis.


    3.1 Understand major methods of crime reporting and data collection.

    3.2 Evaluate the issues and understand the limitations of different crime reporting methods and crime analysis.

  6. Grading Scale: Your letter grade in this course will be determined by calculating your score on all assignments and exams as a percentage of the total possible score, on a standard grading scale:
    Your Letter Grade Your Score as % of Total
    A 90–100
    B 80-89
    C 70-79
    D 60-69
    F 0-59


    The assessment consists of one essay assignment.

  7. Course Outline
    • Crime, Criminal Justice System & Criminology
    • Crime Analysis
    • Social Disorganization Theory & Environmental Criminology
    • Strategic & Tactical Crime Analysis
    • Problem Identification
    • Data Collection & Analysis
    • Time & Spatial Elements in Crime Analysis
    • Crime Mapping
    • Predictive Techniques

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