CR5018 - Evidence Based Policing: Practices and Pitfalls

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What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will learn how evidence and scientific analysis can be applied to contemporary policing. Constraints and limitations of research into policing are analysed, as well as successful contributions, in order that you will develop a rounded critical perspective. The ‘what works’ approach to policing and criminal justice is explored and you will understand how different methodologies can be applied to particular challenges. You will learn how to conduct systematic literature reviews and critically evaluate available evidence. Transferring evidence into policing practice is a challenge and the module assessment will help you understand these problems and to develop effective strategies to apply research findings in practice.

CoP pre-join curriculum learning outcomes:
Evidence Based Policing: 2, 4, 7

How will I learn on this module?

The module aims to further develop your skills and knowledge of evidence and science in policing through applied lectures, group discussion and debate, as well as independent learning. Weekly lectures will frame the discussion of each area of the syllabus. Teaching will employ the use of a set of key policing tasks that will be worked through and revisited throughout the lecture and seminar workshop programme. The learning experience on this module will outline methodological strategies that might be applied to these tasks and will contribute to the development of Evidence Based Policing. Lectures will introduce methodological theory, applied policy and practice and will stimulate and provoke your thinking. Seminars will follow a more student-led, workshop format. For each seminar workshop you are likely to engage in work as part of a discussion group to understand ‘what works’ in response to particular case studies. You will also have space to develop your own thinking and position in relation to the potential and limitations associated with Evidence Based Policing. The seminar workshops are tailored to the learning preferences of the students on the module each year and these are determined in consultation with you and your cohort in the first weeks. Further development of your confidence in synthesising, explaining and discussing information from a range of sources is also a key aim of the approach taken in this module and is developed by the assessment task that requires the development of a portfolio presentation.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Developing your ability to reflect on sources of data, the design of methods to applied policing tasks is central to this module. The module encourages you to make appropriate connections between theory, research, policy and practice in terms of policing, partner agencies and the wider criminal justice system. As part of your intellectual development, you will receive support from your peers in the classroom and from the module tutor/s throughout the module. Support outside the classroom includes additional academic support via 1-1 tutorial support opportunities that we encourage you to take up with the module tutor/s.

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. Demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the history and application of EBP.

2. Demonstrate your ability to identify, and apply different methodological strategies in relation to different policing challenges.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
By the end of the module you should be able to:
3. Demonstrate understanding of a range of research methods that can inform Evidence Based Policing.

4. Demonstrate your skills in the creation of a portfolio and communication powers through the creation of a product to apply EBP to practice

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

By the end of the module you should have developed the ability to:

5. Enhance your ability to analyse research studies in terms of their methodology and design.

How will I be assessed?

Summative assessment

You will prepare a 3000-word portfolio outlining evidence gathered in response to an agreed case study area, 70% weighting.

In addition, you will provide a 500-word briefing note and infographic designed to convey the emergent implementation messages to a practitioner audience, 30% weighting.


Assessment Criteria and Grade-Related Criteria will be made available to you to support you in completing assessments. 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.

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

In this module you will learn how the development of research and scientific analysis can develop Evidence Based Policing and the benefits and limitations associated with this. You will learn how to conduct systematic literature reviews and critically evaluate available evidence. Quantitative and qualitative research techniques are introduced, including survey design and implementation, research interviews, data analysis, sampling, and data processing. Practical matters relating to the conduct of research are addressed in terms of planning and selecting different methodologies for specific types of research question, the ethics of research and presentation of data.

In this module you will learn how the development of research and scientific analysis can develop Evidence Based Policing and the benefits and limitations associated with this. You will learn how to conduct systematic literature reviews and critically evaluate available evidence. Quantitative and qualitative research techniques are introduced, including survey design and implementation, research interviews, data analysis, sampling, and data processing. Practical matters relating to the conduct of research are addressed in terms of planning and selecting different methodologies for specific types of research question, the ethics of research and presentation of data.

What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will learn how evidence and scientific analysis can be applied to contemporary policing. Constraints and limitations of research into policing are analysed, as well as successful contributions, in order that you will develop a rounded critical perspective. The ‘what works’ approach to policing and criminal justice is explored and you will understand how different methodologies can be applied to particular challenges. You will learn how to conduct systematic literature reviews and critically evaluate available evidence. Transferring evidence into policing practice is a challenge and the module assessment will help you understand these problems and to develop effective strategies to apply research findings in practice.

CoP pre-join curriculum learning outcomes:
Evidence Based Policing: 2, 4, 7

Course info

UCAS Code LL44

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time

Department Social Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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