DC6015 - Evidence Based Policing Dissertation

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What will I learn on this module?

You will apply academic knowledge and research skills to practical challenges in contemporary policing. You will pursue an independent project researching a selected topic that is relevant to Durham Constabulary. Throughout this period you will identify, understand, and interpret information about the selected topic; organise that information in order to arrive at and answer a focused research question; and make appropriate use of theory and methodology. You will understand ethical considerations in relation to conducting research. In addressing the topic you will demonstrate understanding of the overall strategic context of policing and professional practice. An important part of the project will be for you to identify potential interventions or applied strategies to address challenges identified in relation to the selected topic. To communicate research outcomes effectively you will be required to provide an executive summary based on your study. The evidence based research project is an integral element forming part of the End Point Assessment.

PCDA CoP curriculum:
Understanding the Police Constable Role (Advanced): 1.1-1.4; 2.1-2.3; 3.1
Evidence-Based Policing/Problem Solving/Research Skills: 1.1-1.6; 2.1-2.9; 3.1

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

How will I learn on this module?

On this module you will be supported to learn in three key ways:
i) You will attend classroom based lectures, seminars, and workshops that will enhance your knowledge and understanding of the practices and principles of conducting research
ii) You will be allocated a dissertation supervisor who will support you through the process of completing your dissertation
iii) You will also work independently on your dissertation, searching out relevant literature, resources, information and data.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported throughout your dissertation by tutors through interactive lectures and seminars with regular opportunities for question and answer sessions and group tutorials during the completion of your research project. In addition, you will be able to access one-to-one tutorials with your dissertation supervisor who will guide you through the research process and will support you in the completion of the ethical scrutiny and dissertation. You will be able to arrange supervision session via email or telephone.

In addition to your intellectual development, you will receive support from your peers in the classroom, from your module tutor and your dissertation supervisor throughout the module.

If you have any further or specific learning needs then do discuss this with the module leader at the earliest opportunity.

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 extensive knowledge of a particular topic (including an analytical understanding relevant theory and concepts) related to theory and practice of professional policing.


Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
By the end of the module you should be able to:
2. Develop and demonstrate rigorous and robust research skills, including an understanding of ethics in social research.
3. Develop an ability to understand, evaluate and critique the research of scholars of professional policing.

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

By the end of the module you should have developed the ability to:
4. Take responsibility for independent learning and enquiry and understand the importance of professionalism and ethics in policing research

How will I be assessed?

Summative assessment

There are two components to the summative assessment of this dissertation module:

• A dissertation proposal – 2,000 words (20%). MLO 2, 3
• Dissertation – 8,000 words (80%). MLO 1, 2, 3, 4

Assessment Criteria and Grade-Related Criteria will be made available to you to support you in completing assessments, including End Point Assessment grading criteria. Grade-Related Descriptors are descriptions of the level of skills, knowledge and/or attributes that you need to demonstrate in order achieve a certain grade or mark in an assessment, providing a mechanism by which the quality of an assessment can be measured and placed within the overall set of marks.

Formative Assessment
Opportunities for discussion and assistance on an agreed and selected amount of draft work.

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

You will apply academic knowledge and research skills to practical challenges in contemporary policing. You will pursue an independent project researching a selected topic that is relevant to Durham Constabulary. Throughout this period you will identify, understand, and interpret information about the selected topic; organise that information in order to arrive at and answer a focused research question; and make appropriate use of theory and methodology. You will understand ethical considerations in relation to conducting research. In addressing the topic you will demonstrate understanding of the overall strategic context of policing and professional practice. An important part of the project will be for you to identify potential interventions or applied strategies to address challenges identified in relation to the selected topic. To communicate research outcomes effectively you will be required to provide an executive summary based on your study.

Course info

Credits 40

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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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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