DC5001 - Leadership and Communication

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What will I learn on this module?

This multi-faceted module considers aspects of the police organisation, decision-making and risk, communication, team work and cohesion, professional standards and accountability, information and intelligence, and builds upon ideas touched upon in year 1. It covers abstract ideas - such as risk - as well as practical issues - such as how circumstances and culture can influence decision-making process and how the police use the national decision model. It also examines key practices that influence how an organisation operates such as team work, communication, and culture. The latter constitutes a key bridge to the other aspects of the module namely, the development and nature of professional standards and contemporary external accountability mechanisms such as Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services and the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

CoP PCDA Curriculum:
Maintaining Professional Standards:1.1-1.2; 2.1; 3.1-3.3; 4.1-4.1; 5.1-5.2; 6.1-6.3
Decision Making and Discretion: 1.1-1.4; 2.1; 3.1-3.3; 4.1-4.2; 5.1-5.3
Communication Skills: 1.1-1.3; 2.1-2.3; 3.1-3.2; 4.1-4.2
Wellbeing and Resilience: 1.1-1.2; 2.1-2.2
Leadership and Team-working: 1.1-1.3; 2.1-2.3; 3.1-3.3
Information and Intelligence: 1.1-1.5; 2.1-2.4; 3.1-3.6; 4.1-4.5

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

How will I learn on this module?

Topics will normally be introduced in lectures and explored through blended learning involving a variety of classroom based and on-line activities. These could include interactive presentations, speakers from relevant police departments, tutor-guided and independent student learning, along with student presentations and formative assessments. You will be encouraged to develop independent learning skills.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Students will be supported through a variety of means including classroom participation and discussion. 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 or verbal assessment feedback will be used to enable students to understand how they performed and how these aspects can be improved in subsequent assessments. The university library offers support for all students through its catalogue and an Ask4Help online service

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. Analyse policies, procedures that have been created to reduce the possibility of professional malpractice and increase community confidence in the police.
2. Understand how numerous variables influence decision-making process in the police.


Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
By the end of the module you should be able to:

3. Understand, evaluate and apply aspects of communication and leadership theory and deliver appropriate and effective presentations to an audience.


Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
By the end of the module you should be able to:

4. Examine why inter-personal conflict can occur within police and develop strategies to enhance individual and team performance.

How will I be assessed?

Summative Assessment
The written two-hour exam will evaluate the learning outcomes 1 and 2.

A group presentation on team work and leadership, five minutes per presenter, will be used to assess learning outcomes 3 and 4.

Formative Assessment
Opportunities for formative assessment include revision sessions for exam, submission of one side of A4 draft presentation.

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

The resilience of any policing organisation depends how it operates and how it is perceived. This module examines factors that have affected police practice and perception in recent years including decision-making by the police organisation and by individual officers. In doing so, it covers abstract ideas -such as risk - as well as practical issues - such as how circumstances and culture can influence decision-making process, team work, information and intelligence, and communication. The notion of culture constitutes a key bridge to the other aspects of the module namely, the development and nature of professional standards and contemporary external accountability mechanisms such as Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services and the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

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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