DC4003 - Introduction to Policing

What will I learn on this module?

This year long module opens with a week-long induction to the PCDA programme that combines an introduction to your police force and to the university. To prepare you for your role as a police constable you will undertake sessions in key topics including understanding the role of the police constable, valuing difference and inclusion, maintaining professional standards, digital policing, communication skills, criminology and crime prevention, information and intelligence, wellbeing and resilience. The university induction prepares you for the academic learning components of the programme through a learning resource introduction, academic learning and research skills sessions, guidance on how to make the best use of available technology within your learning, and overall confidence building in becoming a work-based learner. Structured around problem-based scenarios appropriate to the role of the police constable, week two furthers your understanding of the police constable role and introduces the criminal justice process, response policing, leadership and team working, vulnerability and risk

CoP PCDA curriculum learning outcomes (content):

Week One Induction
Understanding the Police Constable Role: 1.1-1.5; 2.1-2.4; 4.1-4.3; 5.1-5.4; 6.1-6.2; 7.1
Research Method and Skills: 1.1-2.5; 3.1-6.3
Maintaining Professional Standards: 1.1-4.5
Valuing Difference and Inclusion: 1.1
Digital Policing: 2.1-3.2a
Communication Skills:1.1-2.4
Wellbeing and Resilience: 1.1-1.6 (Oscar Kilo)
Criminology and Crime Prevention: 1.1-3.2

Week Two Introduction to Scenario
Understanding the Police Constable Role: 3.1-3.7; 7.4F
Vulnerability and Risk: 10.1-10.3; 11.1
Response Policing: 1.1-1.11; 2.1-2.5; 3.1-3.4; 4.1-4.3 (3.2; 4.1; 4.3 light touch)
Criminal Justice: 5.1
Leadership and Team Working: 1.1-1.3; 2.1-2.4
Information and Intelligence: 2.1-2.2
Victim and Witnesses 2.4, 4.1

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

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through a series of different delivery styles which will include traditional taught lectures to cover theoretical / procedural aspects
of the curriculum, supplemented with seminar, workshop, and online blended learning sessions where you will be a more active learner, making connections between theory / procedure in practice.

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 criminological and legal theory, and procedural policy and legislation underpinning the role and responsibilities of the police constable; the wider police organisation and criminal justice system; and the delivery of a professional police service in local communities. All lecture, seminar, workshop, and online blended learning material will be available on the University’s eLearning Portal, supplemented with guidance on further reading relevant to the subjects. Opportunities for formative assessment and feedback will help you to prepare for summative assessment. Written and oral summative 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:

1. You will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key concepts relating to policing, the role and responsibilities of the police constable, and the wider police organisation.

Intellectual/Professional skills & abilities:

2. You will demonstrate the ability to work as part of a team and deliver academic material in a range of formats.
3. You will demonstrate the ability to work as part of a team and communicate in a range of contexts relevant to the professional role of police constable.
4. You will demonstrate knowledge of the relationship between criminology, law, leadership, policing, and the administration of criminal justice.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

5. You will understand the importance of professionalism in policing in line with the Durham Constabulary Force Vision and the Durham Difference, the delivery of a police service in local communities which will inspires confidence in their communities and victims by protecting neighbourhoods tackling criminals and solving problems.

How will I be assessed?

You will be summatively assessed on this module through three components.

Assessed Component One: Attendance during induction sessions in week one (Pass/Fail). MLO 1, 5

Assessed Component Two:
A 10-minute Group Presentation (50%) MLO 1, 2, 3, 4

Assessed Component Three:
A 1,000-word Written Assessment (50%). MLO 1, 2, 3, 4

Opportunities for formative assessment and feedback include:

• Group presentation
• Draft essay plan





Module abstract

This year long module introduces you to the PCDA programme, Durham Police, Northumbria University, and the role and practice of a police constable. You develop knowledge and understanding, of the police officer role, in addition to key skills essential for academic learning. Topics include valuing difference and inclusion, maintaining professional standards, personal safety training, discretion, decision making,
communication skills, wellbeing, resilience, leadership and team-working.

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

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