DC9617 - Advanced Professional Policing

What will I learn on this module?

Students will examine key aspects of leadership and communication within the context of contemporary policing. The module builds upon the notions of ‘the profession’, and ‘professional policing’, with ideas about ‘leadership’, ‘coaching’ and ‘mentoring’ and applies them to the contemporary police organisation and those working within it. Students will also examine the ideas of ‘work-based’ and ‘standardised’ assessment and the relationship of these to professional standards within the police service. Students will consider the role of communication in contemporary policing. Communication is not only important to leadership, coaching and mentoring it is a vital aspect of contemporary policing society and so the module also examines media strategy and engagement and the police’s use of social media.

CoP PCDA curriculum learning outcomes:
Leadership and Team Working 1.1-1.6
1 Review key principles of leadership in relation to policing and employ appropriate leadership skills as a police constable
Introduction to Coaching, Mentoring and Assessment 1-1-1.6; 2.1-2.2; 3.1-3.7; 4.1-4.3
1 Explain the skills required to deliver coaching and mentoring support and how these activities can promote professional development
2 Explore how learning from coaching and mentoring sessions can be applied in the workplace
3 Examine the principles of work-based assessment within policing
4 Understand the principles and practices of standardising assessment within the police service in order to ensure that consistent, professional standards are maintained
Communication skills 1-4; 2.1-2.3; 3.1-3.3
1 Use social media as a means of informing and engaging with the community and promoting policing initiatives
2 Understand the principles and processes of an effective communication strategy
3 Know how to deal effectively with the media in a policing context

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. The aim is to use interactive presentations, speakers from relevant police departments, tutor-guided and independent student learning, along with student presentations and formative assessments. Students 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?

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.

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) Understand the principles and practices of work-based assessment within policing

2) Appreciate the importance and applicability of coaching and mentoring to a professional police organisation and the skills required to deliver them

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3) Know key principles of police leadership and employ appropriate leadership skills as a police constable

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

4) Know how to deal effectively with traditional media and how to use social media for policing purposes

How will I be assessed?

Learning outcomes 1, 2 and 3 will be assessed in an essay of approximately 1,500 words.

Learning outcomes 4 will be assessed by an individual oral presentation of no more than 10 minutes focusing upon a topic related to dealing with the media.





Module abstract

There are two main aspects to the module. One involves the ideas and role of leadership, coaching and mentoring within a contemporary police service. This leads to an examination of professional standards within the police service and the use of ‘work-based’ and ‘standardised’ assessment. The other part considers the role of communication in contemporary policing not only within the police organisation but to the police service. Unsurprisingly, the module examines working with the traditional mass media strategy, as well as the police’s use of social media.

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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