Security and Crime Science (2018)

Crime Science uses evidence-based information together with scientific approaches and methods to reduce crime and threats to security. Security and Crime Science is a multidisciplinary subject and draws upon such subjects as Computer Science, Geographic Information Systems, Political Studies, Population Studies, Psychology, and Statistics.


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  • Prescriptions for the PGDip(SCS) and MSCS

    The compulsory papers for the Master of Security and Crime Science degree are ISCS501, ISCS502, IRSST505, MAOR518, PSYC544 and the 60 point dissertation ISCS592.

    To complete a PGDip(SCS), students will need to complete 120 points at 500 level consisting of the papers prescribed for the 180 point Master of Security and Crime Science with the exception of the 60 point dissertation.

    Students enrolled in a 180 point Master of Security and Crime Science will take the compulsory papers and another 45 points of papers from those prescribed in the Security and Crime Science entry in the University of Waikato Catalogue of Papers.

    Depending on their previous study, students who have an honours degree or a postgraduate diploma may be given a waiver on 15 points of the compulsory taught papers required for the Master of Security and Crime Science.

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    COMP502Cryptography18A (Hamilton)
    An introduction to cryptographic methods.
    COMP518Cyber Security18A (Hamilton)
    This paper introduces the key topics in the important field of cyber security. It will cover a range of topics relating to defensive security (e.g. malware analysis, social engineering, intrusion detection and prevention), offensive security (e.g. pen testing, Web app security) and preventative security (e.g. cryptography, applied ...
    COMP521Machine Learning Algorithms18A (Hamilton)
    This paper exposes students to more advanced topics in machine learning. Rule induction, numeric prediction, clustering and state-of-the-art ensemble learning methods are among the topics covered.
    COMP532Information Visualisation18B (Hamilton)
    This paper aims to provide an awareness of the potential offered by information visualisation techniques, a familiarity with the underlying concepts, and an understanding and ability to effectively design and apply information visualisations in a given context.
    COMP543Information Management18B (Hamilton)
    One or more special topics in computer science, at an advanced level.
    COMP548Developing Mobile Applications18A (Hamilton)
    This paper covers practical design and implementation of interactive applications for mobile devices such as smartphones and table computers.
    GEOG558Applied Geographic Information Systems for Research and Planning18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
    This paper is designed as an introduction to GIS for graduate students. Students learn about the use of GIS for spatial analysis and cartographic visualisation. Students gain 'hand on' experience with GIS laboratory exercises and undertake a graduate-level GIS project in an application of their choice.
    IRSST505International Security, Strategy and Technology18A (Hamilton)
    This course offers an introduction to Strategic Studies with particular emphasis on how developments in science and technology affect warfare, conflict, and the use of force in international relations.
    IRSST507Cyber Security and Cyber Warfare18B (Hamilton)
    This course examines the poltical, strategic, legal and economic debates around cyber security and cyber warfare. Particular emphasis is placed on how militaries, national security agencies, and law enforcement are adapting to online threats and incorporating cyber in their strategic planning.
    ISCS501Foundations of Security and Crime Science 118A (Hamilton)
    This paper introduces key theories and analytical techniques that support security and crime responses by police, government departments, and industry.
    ISCS502Foundations of Security and Crime Science 218B (Hamilton)
    This paper enables the practical application of Security and Crime Science theories within an operational context by police, Government departments, and industry.
    ISCS592Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
    Students undertake a research dissertation in the subject area of Security and Crime Science.
    MAOR518Maori, Indigeneity and Criminal Justice18A (Hamilton)
    This paper provides a critical analysis of Maori and Indigenous-based practices and criminal justice systems, including the State’s constitutional obligations to its Indigenous citizens, and Maori and Indigenous alternative juridical approaches.
    POPS510Exploratory Spatial Data AnalysisThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
    This paper will not be taught in 2018.
    PSYC517The Social Psychology of Anti-Social Behaviour18B (Hamilton)
    Builds upon undergraduate papers in social psychology to explore a range of anti-social behaviours. Concrete examples will be utilised to apply theory to real-life events, both in New Zealand and internationally.
    PSYC518Family Violence: Research and InterventionsThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
    This paper will not be taught in 2018.
    PSYC544Psychology of Security and Crime Science18B (Hamilton)
    This paper introduce students to key psychological explanations of criminal events and criminality, and emerging topics in psychological crime science.
    PSYC545Special Topic in Psychological and Crime SciencesThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
    This paper will not be taught in 2018.
    PSYC580The Psychology of Criminal Conduct18B (Hamilton)
    Over recent years correctional psychology has been developing into a specialised discipline with strong career paths for clinicians and researchers. This paper is designed to introduce individuals to the theory and practice of psychology applied to the analysis, prevention, assessment, and treatment of criminal behaviour.
    STAT501Quantitative Methods for Security and Crime Science18A (Hamilton)
    This paper considers quantitative techniques that can be used to analyse crime data.
    STAT502Advanced Quantitative Methods for Security and Crime Science18B (Hamilton)
    This paper considers advanced quantitative techniques that can be used to identify and forecast crime event patterns.

2018 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 20 November 2017 4:56pm

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