module specification

SC5004 - Knowledge in Policing (2019/20)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2019/20
Module status DELETED (This module is no longer running)
Module title Knowledge in Policing
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Social Sciences
Total study hours 300
210 hours Guided independent study
90 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 0%   Assessment Scenario workbook
Coursework 100%   Essay 1500 words
Unseen Examination 0% 70 One hour unseen exam
Running in 2019/20

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
No instances running in the year

Module summary

Deliver some of the practical knowledge and skills needed to become a police officer.
Critically evaluate the academic and open source data relating to the ten areas of generic policing covered.
Explore the operational challenges and ethical dilemmas inherent in generic police operations.


The assessment units are as follows:
1. Apply an Evidence Base LO1,LO2,LO3
2. Provide support to victims, witnesses and vulnerable persons LO1,LO2,LO3
3. Manage conflict situations LO1,LO2,LO3 
4. Use powers to deal with suspects LO1,LO2,LO3
5. Conduct Police searches LO1,LO2,LO3
6. Handle information and Intelligence LO1,LO2,LO3
7. Provide an initial response to policing incidents LO1,LO2,LO3
8. Conduct investigations LO1,LO2,LO3  
9. Interview victims, informants and witnesses LO1,LO2,LO3
10. Interview suspects LO1,LO2,LO3

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Teaching sessions consist of a series of lectures and seminar group sessions in which students are encouraged to explore the practical, legislative and ethical complexities of generic policing and its management.  Students draw upon recent case studies and examine actual operational scenarios.  Module materials will be made available on Blackboard and opportunities for personal development planning are provided in seminar contexts. Students will have access to and will be required to study through the College of Policing online learning platform NCALT, which will consist of reference material, e learning modules and a multi choice question bank.

Learning outcomes

There are over 700 learning objectives set for this module by the College of Policing, all of which are tested in the MCQ Exam and assessment scenario booklet. These will be available for students to view with the module guide and timetable on web learn; they are also available on the College of Policing online learning platform (NCALT), which is accessible by students on the course.
By the end of the module students will be able to
1.Demonstrate a knowledge of all mandatory units for CKP
2. Evidence knowledge of ethical, professional and procedural standards when responding to a wide range of policing incidents
3 Reflect on and evaluate literature that is impacting upon the delivery of contemporary policing.

Assessment strategy

There are 3 components of assessment

1. An Assessment Scenario workbook to be completed as the course progresses and relevant material is covered in lectures and private study. This is a pass or fail assessment as set by the College of Policing.

2.  A final one-hour unseen exam will be a multiple -choice test, questions are taken from the approved College of Policing question bank and in accordance with their subject weighting.  Under College of Policing requirements, the exam must be passed with a mark of at least 70% in order for this overall component to be passed.

3.   An essay of 1500 words will be used to assess knowledge and analysis of a specific policing issue.



N.B. For this module all learning materials are provided by the College of Policing and are available via their online learning platform NCALT which is made available only to students taking the module. Some additional materials are listed which are optional. In addition students will examine current policing issues as they arise.

Bryant, R. & Bryant, S. (Eds). (2016) Blackstone’s Handbook for Policing Students. Oxford: University Press.
Connor, P. Johnston, D, Hutton, G. & McKinnon, G. (2013) Blackstone’s Policing Manuals Four Volume Set: Oxford: University Press.
Rogers, C. Lewis, R. John, T. & Reid (2011) Police Work. Principles and Practice. Abingdon: Routledge.


College of Policing