KV4003 - Digital Policing

What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will develop an understanding of how technology may be used in everyday policing to support the development of an effective digital policing capability. This is followed by an introduction to concepts of digital technology and common digital technology crimes, in particular the prevalence of digital technology and the basic techniques associated with gathering, preserving and presenting digital evidence

You will be taught the appropriate initial response to a crime scene involving digital technology and how to undertake a thorough and conscientious examination of a crime scene for digital evidence and recognise the importance to protect evidential integrity and the need to document all actions. You will also be provided with an introduction to particular legislation and offences associated with digital technology ensuring it will be admissible in a court of law.

In the context of digital policing you will gain an understand of the principles and practices of effective team-working.

Finally what actions and advice can be given to an individual who is vulnerable to internet-facilitated crime will be discussed as well as the provision of support to victims of internet-facilitated crime.


PCDA curriculum learning outcomes:

Week 31-32:
Digital Policing: 1.1-1.6; 2.2-2.3; 4.2; 5.1-5.3; 6.3-6.6; 7.1-7.2
Conducting Investigations: 2.14
Victims and Witnesses: 5.2-5.3

How will I learn on this module?

The module includes a combination of methods to support learning, including lectures, practical seminar sessions, guided learning supported were appropriate by relevant cases studies. Topics will normally be introduced in the classroom and explored through theoretic and practical exercises (helping you develop the 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 classes. These offer a unique opportunity to fully understand the theory underpinning the principles and practices of a thorough and effective police investigation. All taught 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:
1. Understand the prevalence and impact of technology in modern society.
2. Acquire an understanding of the core concepts which underpin the disciplines of digital forensics and the necessary knowledge and understanding of the relevant computer crime and law.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Identify findings obtained from digital forensic investigations and apply appropriate procedural principles to that evidence.
4. Appreciate the ethical, legal and professional responsibilities required of practitioners in these disciplines

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Communicate and present written investigative findings in such ways that they meet the expected standards.

How will I be assessed?

You will receive formative feedback throughout the module from the teaching team both on an individual basis and as part of your group.

Summative assessment will be:
An online exam – multiple choice and short answer questions worth 100%.

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

The module begins by outlining how technology may be used in everyday policing to support the development of an effective digital policing capability. This is followed by an introduction to concepts of digital technology and common digital technology crimes, in particular the prevalence of digital technology and the basic techniques associated with gathering, preserving and presenting digital evidence

You will be taught the appropriate initial response to a crime scene involving digital technology and how to undertake a thorough and conscientious examination of a crime scene for digital evidence and recognise the importance to protect evidential integrity and the need to document all actions. You will also be provided with an introduction to particular legislation and offences associated with digital technology ensuring it will be admissible in a court of law.

Finally, what actions and advice can be given to an individual who is vulnerable to internet-facilitated crime will be discussed as well as the provision of support to victims of internet-facilitated crime.

You will be guided through and provided feedback on exercises during the timetabled sessions as well as attending a series of lectures and seminars covering core teaching topics. In addition, Blackboard (electronic learning portal) will be used to provide extensive supporting material which can be accessed outside of the teaching schedule.

You will engage in research based and research tutored forms of learning and will be expected to individually research problems to support your own investigation and findings.

You will benefit from technology-enhanced learning, including video and feedback opportunities to build your skills, knowledge and understanding.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Fee Information

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