DC4002 - Crime and Investigation

What will I learn on this module?

This module introduces student officers to criminal investigations and police processes. The module covers the various stages of the law enforcement process, from the legislation/guidance underpinning information and intelligence to the provision of materials for disclosure by the Crown Prosecution Service. In doing so the module examines broad themes such as how information and intelligence held by other agencies can help police operations to specific ones such as things to consider when responding to an incident. It necessarily covers the fundamental principles, legislation and powers related to such activities as well as the police processes that are derived from these.

The core of the module provides a detailed examination of the processes involved in conduct investigations. Unsurprisingly, this section of the module considers the appropriate approaches and/or processes for both responding to and attending incidents as well as gathering and managing evidence/information and carrying out investigations at the crime scene and elsewhere. In doing so it examines the nature and management of evidence and its use within court process.

In addition, the module considers police ethics and how the police support the vulnerable, victims and witnesses but also the responsibilities and procedures for detaining and escorting suspects to and once within custody. It also explores processes surrounding the building of effective case files such as the securing of evidence and the management of exhibits. It also considers the data protection and the general management of management of information and intelligence

CoP PCDA Curriculum:

Week One and Two
Criminal Justice: 3.1; 4.1-4.2; 7.1-7.8; 8.1-8.2; 9.1-9.4; 11.1-11.13; 12.1-12.5; 12.6-12.9; 13.1-13.5
Conducting Investigations: 9.1-9.11

Week Two and Three
Victims and Witness: 1.1-1.3; 2.1-2.5; 3.1-3.5; 4.1-4.5; 5.1-5.4-5.6; 6.1-6.7; 7.1-7.3; 8.1-8.7
Vulnerability and Risk: 7.1-7.2; 9.1; 9.3-9.5
Public Protection: 5.1; 5.7
Criminal Justice: 1.1-1.5; 4.1-4.2; 5.1-5.2; 5.5; 6.1-6.3; 7.4; 8.1-8.2; 10.1-10.4; 10a; 11.10; 12.5
Conducting Investigations: 1.1-1.10; 2.9; 2.11; 2.17; 3.1-3.7; 3.10-3.12; 3.15; 4.1-4.4; 5.1-5.6; 6.1-6.8; 7.1-7.16; 7.18-7.20; 8.1-8.7; 8a; 9.1-9.4: 9.6-9.7
Leadership and Teamwork: 1.1-1.3; 2.1-2.3
Decision Making and Discretion: 6.5
Communication Skills: 1.1-1.9; 1.6; 7.11
Managing Conflict: 2.1; 2.3-2.5

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

How will I learn on this module?

This is a dynamic module that will draw upon a wide range of teaching techniques in order to enrich your learning experience. Delivery will include lecture and seminar sessions delivered by subject matter experts; practical exercises and the assessment process will help you to apply academic knowledge to real-world situations. These, along with your independent study for the module, will include:

• Research rich lecture components – drawing upon the most relevant empirical materials.
• An opportunity to conduct and observe victim, witness and suspect interviews,
• An opportunity for you to read and independently engage with scholarly and policy perspectives identified in the electronic reading list.
• Guest speakers including academics and practitioners in the field.
• An opportunity for you to work collaboratively with your peers.

The module will also be supported by several online platforms e.g. the VLE (which will include the module outline and assessment requirements); electronic reading lists; and blogs/podcasts to communicate key information/ tutor advice.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

This module will contribute to your subject specific knowledge of policing and intellectual and professional skills while enabling you to develop critical knowledge of important matters that can inform professional practice. Lectures will introduce you to the main information and debates, which will then be further explored by you through independent study and critical discussion within seminars, activities and engagement with tutors. The module eLearning Portal (Blackboard Ultra) site contains a module handbook outlining the content of the module. Lecture slides, digital lecture recordings, podcasts and seminar exercises will also be made available on Blackboard Ultra. Formative feedback will be provided on knowledge and understanding of module content as well as a number of opportunities to engage with the method of assessment used in the module.

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:
1. Examine fundamental principles, legislation and powers related to conducting investigations.
2. Understand and operate within relevant legislation/guidance underpinning information and intelligence in policing.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Apply best practice when conducting an investigation
4. Understand and apply the processes for building effective case files and managing exhibits

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Conduct effective ethical and professional interviews, employing differing approaches according to the investigation

How will I be assessed?

The summative assessment will involve two parts:

Students will be required to produce a portfolio (a case file of evidence). This can include a variety of submissions be they written, visual or oral recordings. It will test the module learning outcomes on intellectual/professional skills and abilities as well as those on personal values and attributes (50%). MLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
An on-line examination which will assess the learning outcomes relating to knowledge and understanding (50%). MLOs 1, 2

Opportunities for formative assessment will consist of feedback on practical role plays and mock interviews.





Module abstract

The aim of the module is to help the police apprentice understand how and why the police carry out criminal investigations in the way they do. The module covers the various stages of the law enforcement process, from the use of intelligence to arrest and charge people to the provision of evidence at court.

The core of the module focuses on how the police conduct investigations. It necessarily covers the various stages of the investigative process including attending an incident, interviewing witnesses, detaining, interviewing and charging suspects, building case files and managing evidence in court. It also considers police ethics how the police support the vulnerable, victims and witnesses and the general use of information and intelligence.

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 2022

Fee Information

Module Information

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

Our Campus based courses starting in 2022 and 2023 will be delivered on-campus with supporting online learning content. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to adjust the delivery of our education accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

On-campus contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with any additional restrictions, which may be imposed by the Government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors. This could potentially mean increased or fully online delivery, should such restrictions on in-person contact time be required.


Current, Relevant and Inspiring

We continuously review and improve course content in consultation with our students and employers. To make sure we can inform you of any changes to your course register for updates on the course page.

Your Learning Experience find out about our distinctive approach at 

Admissions Terms and Conditions - northumbria.ac.uk/terms
Fees and Funding - northumbria.ac.uk/fees
Admissions Policy - northumbria.ac.uk/adpolicy
Admissions Complaints Policy - northumbria.ac.uk/complaints