DC5003 - Digital Policing and Counter Terrorism

What will I learn on this module?

The module examines the relationship between Internet-based digital technologies, and their criminal exploitation. You will be provided with a thorough introduction to basic principles and technologies in modern computing networks as well as the theory underpinning the communication architecture in these modern networks. You will examine the legislation and processes appropriate to the investigation of internet-related crime at a local and national level, including risk posted by counter terrorism, and the issues in respect of working with investigative partners.

This module will also allow students to also gain a more detailed and in-depth understanding of counter terrorism, the forms terrorism may take, and the appropriate response to it.

CoP PCDA Learning Outcomes:
Digital Policing; 1.1-1,2; 2.1-2.2; 3.1; 3.2a; 4.1a
Counter Terrorism: 1.1-1.8; 2.1; 3.1-3.5

To include reflection on Decision Making and Discretion: 5.1-5.3 (covered in full in leadership and communication module).

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 blended-learning sessions, practical seminar sessions and guided learning. Topics will normally be introduced via a blended-learning approach 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 blended-learning 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. Develop an understanding of the fundamental concepts of networking and Internet-based technologies.
2. Develop an understanding of the relationship between advances in Internet-based technologies, and their criminal exploitation, including by counter-terrorist groups.
3. Demonstrate knowledge of the key legal issues of internet-related crime.

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

4. Evaluate the legal, ethical and social implications of internet-related crimes.

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

5. Ability to present investigative findings to expected standards.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment will take place via exercises and questions in seminar sessions. Feedback will be provided throughout the module from the teaching team both on an individual basis and as part of your group.

In groups of 4, the student officers will review and critically discuss anonymised past cases of Facebook stalking, on-line fraud, social media trolling etc. on Red sigma, reflecting on the previous investigation and identifying possible new lines/methods of investigation. The group will then produce and present a 15-min presentation covering their findings and reflections. The assessment will assess MLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. (100% weighting).

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

The module examines the relationship between Internet-based and digital technologies and their criminal exploitation, including the impact of counter terrorism. You will be provided with a thorough introduction to basic principles and technologies in modern computer networks as well as the theory underpinning the communication architecture in modern networks. You will study the legislation and processes appropriate to the investigation of internet-related crime at a local and national level and the issues in respect of working with investigative partners. Topics will normally be introduced via a blended learning approach, and explored through practical exercises and guided learning activities You will be assessed via a practical assessment and an online exam focusing upon internet-related crimes.

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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