CR6015 - 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 you will experience during a period of 10-15 weeks of Specialised Supported Deployment that follows

on from this module. 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 curriculum learning outcomes:


Week 3:

Understanding the Police Constable Role (Advanced); 1.1 - 3.1

Evidence-Based Policing/Problem Solving/Research Skills; 1.1-3.1

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 as you work

through the period of the Specialised Supported Deployment

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 through the period of the Specialised Supported

Deployment and will support you in the completion of the ethical scrutiny and dissertation. You will be able to arrange supervision session via

email, telephone or via a tutorials list on your supervisor’s door.


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. You will 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. You will develop and demonstrate rigorous and robust research skills, including an understanding of ethics in social research. 3. You will 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. You will be able to 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%). • Dissertation – 8,000 words (80%). 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. Opportunities for formative assessment on this module include: * Feedback on submission of A4 bullet point draft of dissertation proposal. * Feedback on submission of equivalent to two draft chapters of dissertation.

Pre-requisite(s)

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Co-requisite(s)

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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 you will experience during a period of 10-15 weeks of Specialised Supported Deployment that follows

on from this module. 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

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start March 2021 or March 2022

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