DC4001 - Technology and Policing

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What will I learn on this module?

You will be given a more detailed introduction to the prevalence of technology and devices in modern society and their effect on policing, including the use of technology to undertake fraud and how it can be exploited by various terrorist organisations. You will be introduced to the principles of digital crimes and digital forensics from both a theoretical and technical perspective provided in contextual setting for digital forensics by an examination of the criminal justice system within England and Wales. You will be introduced to the basic philosophy and concepts of digital forensics, in particular the role of digital evidence and the basic techniques associated with gathering, preserving and presenting digital evidence. You will be guided in developing a critical and analytical approach to problem solving, the application of computer fundamentals and principles to digital evidence, an examination of the consequences of actions, the need to protect evidential integrity, and the need to document all actions. You will also be provided with an introduction to the particular legal, professional and ethical issues likely to face digital forensic examinations, such as legal requirements in the gathering, preservation and presentation of digital evidence so that it will be admissible in a court of law.

CoP PCDA Curriculum

Digital Policing: 1.1-1.4; 2.2-2.3; 4.2; 5.1-5.3; 6.3-6.6; 7.1 B, C, E, F; 7.2
Counter Terrorism: 1.1-1.5; 2.1-2.2; 3.1-3.2; 4.1-4.2; 5.1-5.4; 6.1-6.3; 7.1-7.5
Conducting Investigations: 2.14
Victims and Witnesses: 5.2

The full CoP National Policing curriculum will be accessible to module tutors on the module Blackboard Site.

How will I learn on this module?

The module includes a combination of methods to support learning, including lectures, practical seminar sessions and guided learning. Topics will normally be introduced in lectures and explored through practical exercises (helping you develop the practical skills needed) and guided learning activities. You will be encouraged to develop independent learning skills. The university library offers support for all students through its catalogue and an Ask4Help online service.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported through active participation and discussion during seminars and workshops. These offer a unique opportunity to fully understand the theory underpinning the principles and practices of a thorough and effective police investigation. All lecture, seminar and workshop material will be available on the University’s eLearning Portal, supplemented with guidance on further reading relevant to the subjects. Written assessment feedback will also be provided to allow you to understand how you performed and how you can build on this performance in subsequent assessments within your programme.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the module you should be able to:
1. Acquire knowledge of the legislation underpinning digital investigations, digital evidence, digital fraud, and terrorism.
2. Acquire the necessary knowledge and understanding underpinning the relevance of core concepts around a range of digital crimes and associated legislation.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
By the end of the module you should be able to:
3. Identify findings obtained from digital
investigations and apply appropriate procedural principles to that evidence.
4. Appreciate the ethical, legal, social and professional responsibilities required of practitioners in these disciplines.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Enhance your knowledge and understanding of key principles of digital investigation including necessary knowledge to carry out lawful, safe and effective digital policing tasks in a variety of situations.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment
Short MCQ quiz via elp. Feedback via
Blackboard.

Summative assessment
2 hour online exam. Feedback will be via Blackboard with mark and exam solutions. MLO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

You will be given a rounded introduction to prevalence of technology and devices in modern society and their effect on policing, including the use of technology to undertake fraud and how it can be exploited by various terrorist organisations. You will be introduced to the principles of digital crimes and digital forensics from both a theoretical and technical perspective provided in contextual setting for digital forensics by an examination of the criminal justice system within England and Wales. You will be guided through and provided feedback on exercises during the timetabled sessions as well as attending a series of lectures and seminars covering core teaching topics. You will be assessed via a 2-hour closed book exam using both open response and multi choice
questions.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 Years Full Time

Department Social Sciences

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start August 2021

Fee Information

Module Information

All information on this course page is accurate at the time of viewing.

Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of online and face to face teaching due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Students will be required to attend campus as far as restrictions allow. Contact time will increase as restrictions ease, or decrease, potentially to a full online offer, should restrictions increase.

Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.

 

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