Assessment 1 Instructions
Scoping Exercise – Due Date – Mon 28 March 2016 at 11.59 pm (all late assignments will
have their marks for this assessment adjusted according to Faculty of Arts/Education
5-10 Minute (or 5 slide) video presentation – 20 Marks
This Unit requires you to select a transnational, cross-national / comparative or international
crime problem from the range of potential topics identified in Modules 1 and 2 that are
elaborated on in Global Criminology and other related source material, and from your own
interest in either of these areas. In other words, the topic you select for Assessment 1
becomes the basis for your larger and more detailed research in Assessments 2-3. As such, it
would be wise for all of you to look at the outline of all three assessment requirements in
the ACR301 Unit Guide, when planning your response to this Assessment.
Once you have selected a potential transnational, cross national / comparative or
international crime problem to focus on, you are required to prepare and submit a 5-10
minute audio or audio visual presentation equivalent to 800 words, involving 4-5
powerpoint or keynote slides that ‘scope’ or outline in initial terms:
a) the general nature of the problem you are examining;
b) how it happens and why it raises particular issues or problems for the administration
c) one or two examples that illustrate the ‘scope’ of the problem you have chosen and
some of the key dilemmas it raises for justice administration;
d) a summary of any additional issues that emerge from the literature you have found
in your preliminary research; and
e) the issues and approach you hope to adopt in building your current knowledge and
research on the topic for Assessments 2-3.
You should not take any examples you have from any of the recommended texts (use this as
a guide to find other examples, otherwise it is a little too easy). If you are unclear about the
types of sources you should use in ‘scoping’ your topic, please post these on the Assessment
1 discussion thread in the CloudDeakin site.
We have created a rubric in the ACR301 site that allocates a maximum of five marks under
each of the following criteria:
a) Viability of the topic – this covers the degree to which your topic is relevant to the
Unit content in Modules 1 and 2, and will have enough information available for you
to build on for Assessments 2-3;
b) Relevance of issues covered and illustrative examples – this covers how you describe
issues associated with the problem and any individual case studies or issues to
‘illustrate’ the problems on the topic you have selected;
c) Quality of presentation – including audibility, visibility of slides, presentation style;
d) Overall quality – including staying within the stipulated time/word/slide length, the
level of ‘interest’ your presentation generates, and how you intend to build your
research and understanding of the topic in Assessments 2-3.
The rubric will be open when the dropbox is formally opened in Week 2.
You are advised to ensure that all links you provide to external sites for accessing your
presentation are working, and that the platform you are using for the presentation is
compatible with both pc and Mac computers. You are also advised that audio recording in
powerpoint could take up to an hour or more to upload into the dropbox because of the file
sizes this program produces.
Students are advised to read the following instructions on how to use Deakin Air -
and to raise any further questions about technological issues or the instructions for this
assessment, in the Questions about Assessment 1 discussion thread.