Spring 2019 - CRIM 485 D100

Professional Development - Criminal Justice Practice (1)

Class Number: 7476

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA

  • Prerequisites:

    Permission of the school, and minimum 90 units and CGPA of 2.75. Applicants must be declared Criminology majors.



Workplace skills and ethical issues confronting the professional in the criminal justice system are examined, including: communication and conflict resolution; confidentiality, conflict of interest; professionalism and professional ethics; team work and time management. Completion of this course does not guarantee admission to Field Placement. Students with credit for CRIM 369 may not take this course for further credit.


Upon completion of this course, students will have: •An understanding of professionalism and professional ethics including, but not limited to, confidentiality, conflict of interest and professional judgment and decision-making; • Demonstrate the familiarity with the importance of team work, team building, and positive workplace relationships; • describe and critically analyze effective listening, constructive feedback, and response styles; •apply understanding of professional presentation through resume writing, applications, cover letters, and email etiquette, and interviewing skills; • develop and refine oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills; and • describe and critically assess responses to conflict, working with multiple stakeholders and time management.

Please Note: CRIM 485 is a mandatory pre-requisite for the field practice courses CRIM 486/488 (part time field placement) and CRIM 487/89 (full time field placement)


  • Completion of module exercises Pass/Fail%
  • Contribution to discussions online Pass/Fail%
  • Resume and Cover Letter Pass/Fail%
  • Role Play Interview Pass/Fail%



1.      Online readings assigned through Canvas

2.      Field practice manual (available online)

Department Undergraduate Notes:

ATTENTION: STUDENTS WITH A DISABILITY: Please contact the Centre for Students with Disabilities, (MBC 1250 or Phone 778-782-3112) if you need or require assistance, not your individual instructors.  

  • N.B.: Students are reminded that attendance in the first week of classes is important. However, there are no tutorials in the first week.
  • ON CAMPUS COURSES ONLY: Assignments not submitted to the Professor/T.A. during class/office hours must be placed in the security box behind the General Office (ASSC 10125), or submitted as per Professor’s instructions for courses taking place at Surrey Campus. The assignment drop-off box is emptied Monday to Friday at 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. only and the contents are date stamped accordingly. No other department’s date stamp will apply (e.g. Library/Campus Security) and the School of Criminology is not responsible for assignments submitted any other way (e.g. slid under office doors). The University does NOT accept assignments by fax. 
  • A student must complete ALL aspects of a course (including assignments, exams, class participation, presentations, chat room components of Distance Education courses and other), otherwise he/she will receive a grade of N. 
  • E-mail policy for on campus courses only: The School of Criminology STRONGLY DISCOURAGES the use of e-mail in lieu of office hour visits. Criminology advises its instructional staff that they are NOT required to respond to student e-mails and that students wishing to confer with them should do so in person during scheduled meeting times.
  • The University has formal policies regarding intellectual dishonesty and grade appeals which may be obtained from the General Office of the School of Criminology.
  • Under GP18, the University has policies and procedures which respond to our obligations under the BC Human Rights Code to provide a harassment and discrimination free environment for the students, staff and faculty of this institution.  Members of this community have an affirmative obligation to safeguard the human rights of others.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html