DC6014 - Advanced Professional Development

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What will I learn on this module?

This year long module is focused around the five specialist areas of policing determined by the College of Policing and reflected in the PCDA core curriculum (Response Policing; Policing Communities; Policing the Roads; Information and Intelligence; Conducting Investigations to include PIP level 2). During this module you undertake an extended period of operational practice, punctuated by additional periods of classroom based learning on related modules. While the majority of time in the workplace will be spent on general deployment, you will complete a work based attachment in an area of specialism. This module encompasses two elements of the End Point Assessment.

CoP PCDA curriculum learning outcomes (content):
• Information and Intelligence: 1.1-1.4; 2.1-2.6; 3.1; 4.1-4.6
• Response Policing:1.1-1.8; 2.1-2.3; 3.1-3.5
• Policing Communities: 1.1-1.7; 2.1-2.4; 3.1-3.2
• Policing the Roads: 1.1-1.2
• Conducting investigations: 1.1-1.17; 2.1-2.6; 3.1-3.7; 4.1; 5.1-5.7; 6.1-6.4
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 main learning strategy utilised throughout the module is work based learning; learning that is derived from doing a job of work and taking on a role in the workplace (general and specialist operational police deployment). In addition to this you will learn through a series of different classroom based delivery styles which will include traditional taught lectures to cover theoretical / procedural aspects of the curriculum, supplemented with seminar and workshop 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?

During the classroom based weeks you will be supported through active participation and discussion during seminars and workshops. These offer a unique opportunity to fully understand the criminological, legal, and business theory, and procedural policy and legislation underpinning five specialist policing areas including response policing; policing communities; policing the roads; information and intelligence; conducting investigations (including PIP level 2).

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. 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.

During the specialist attachment you will be supported in the work place by the wider Durham Constabulary team which you will be working alongside.

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 this module you should have developed the ability to:

1. Demonstrate critical and analytical reflection around police decision making in a range of complicated professional situations.
2. Demonstrate advanced levels of knowledge and understanding around police powers, legislation, criminal procedure, police officer autonomy and discretion.
3. Demonstrate critical and analytical understanding of issues around police governance and accountability structures.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
By the end of this module you should have developed the ability to:

4. Demonstrate competence in delivering lawful, ethical, safe and effective front-line policing in a specific professional area of police practice.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
By the end of this module you should have developed the ability to:

5. Demonstrate complex thinking around police knowledge and practice, including the ability to contextualise this in an evidence based policing framework.

How will I be assessed?

You will be summatively assessed on this module through four pieces of work.

Assessed Component One: Satisfactory completion of an attachment to a specialist policing department (Pass/Fail). (IPS4).

Assessed Component Two: A 2,500-word reflective journal detailing the learning undertaken during the specialist attachment. The journal should include some reflection on the learning and practice experiences gained throughout the PCDA, a reflective review of progress to date, and insight into future policing career aspirations (50%). (KU1, KU2, KU3)

Assessed Component Three (an integral part of the End Point Assessment): An individual presentation and discussion.

The oral presentation will focus upon the completion of the evidence-based research project and will last 30 minutes. The presentation should include critical analysis and reflection on the foundation provided by operational competence; the application of higher-level skills, knowledge and behaviours to the role of police constable; how the findings from the research project could be synthesised into operational practice, with some demonstration of key learning points including improvements or adjustments to own or others working practices.

The panel discussion takes place between the student officer, academic staff, police trainers, and the Independent Assessor. It will focus on how the student officer’s acquisition of academic and professional knowledge, skills, and behaviour throughout the duration of the programme underpins their work as an operational police constable. The discussion should last 30-40 minutes (50%). (KU2, IPS4, PVA5).

Assessed Component Four (an integral part of the End Point Assessment): A professional discussion with an Independent Assessor based upon the student officers’ OCP (Pass/Fail). (KU1, KU2, IPS4, PVA5).

All assessment criteria will be made available to you at the start of the module, this will include End Point Assessment grading criteria.


Opportunities for formative assessment and feedback include:

• Ongoing feedback on performance during specialist attachment.
• Submission of A4 bullet point draft of reflective journal.
• Submission of A4 bullet point draft of EPA oral presentation.

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

This year long module is focused around the five specialist areas of policing determined by the College of Policing and reflected in the PCDA core curriculum (Response Policing; Policing Communities; Policing the Roads; Information and Intelligence; Conducting Investigations to include PIP level 2). During this module you undertake an extended period of operational practice, punctuated by additional periods of classroom based learning on related modules. While the majority of time in the workplace will be spent on general deployment, you will complete a 15-week work based attachment on your chosen area of specialism. This module encompasses two elements of the End Point Assessment.

Course info

Credits 60

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

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Module Information

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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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