module specification

SS8072 - Knowledge-Based Policing 1 (2019/20)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2019/20
Module status DELETED (This module is no longer running)
Module title Knowledge-Based Policing 1
Module level Doctoral (08)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Social Sciences
Total study hours 300
90 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
60 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
150 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   Essay
Running in 2019/20

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Week -

Module summary

 This module considers what knowledge means in relation to policing, security and community safety as a foundation for evidence-based policy making and its practical applications.


 This module covers

strategic and operational intelligence LO1

police organisational planning LO2, LO3

identifying policing knowledge gaps in both policy and practice; LO2, LO3

enhance doctorate writing ability LO4

the conflicts and challenges of intelligence data retention balanced by the need for increasing security measures LO1

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

This module will be delivered as a long-weekend short course comprising lectures and seminars and based on a collaborative process involving individual students' active participation and also independent study.

Taught lectures, presentations  and group discussion and individual reflection study and preparation.

Self directed learning allows students to explore substantive issues for themselves.

Continued support and guidance will be offered during coursework and assessment.

Discussion topics which,besides developing the students, will provide ongoing feedback.

Learning outcomes

 On successful completion of this module, students will be able to

1. Demonstrate an understanding of strategic and operational intelligence in policing and related organisational planning
2. Understand and assess police policy-making
3. Have sufficient knowledge and awareness of major policing problems
4. Undertake the research in law enforcement issues necessary for the thesis of the Professional Doctorate.      

Assessment strategy

The assessment strategy is to enable students to develop a critical awareness of a wide range of relevant issues and the module is assessed by way of a 5000 word essay. The students are encouraged to explore the learning and disseminate how theory is assimilated in a range of contexts.


Identify core and additional reading
Liaise with Library Services to confirm availability of on-line licenses in academic year

Where possible, the most current version of reading materials is used during the delivery of this module.  Comprehensive reading lists are provided to students in their handbooks.  Reading Lists will be updated annually.

The web site: is an excellent source of information for this module.

ACPO, 2005, Guidance on the National Intelligence Model (NCPE)
ACPO, 2006, Practice Advice on Tasking and Co-ordinating (NCPE)
Bayerl, PS Karlović, R Akhgar, B and Markarian, G 2017 Community Policing-a European Perspective (Springer) 
Ekblom, P, 2004, How to police the future: Scanning for scientific and technological innovations which generate potential threas and opportunities in crime, policing and crime reduction. In M Smith and N Tilley (EDS) Crime Science: New approaches to preventing and detecting crime. Cullompton: Willan.
John T & Maguire M, 2004, The National Intelligence Model: Key Lessons From Early Research (Home Office, RDS)
Jones T & Newburn T (eds), 2006, Plural Policing: A Comparative Perspective Routledge)
Newburn T (ed), 2003, Handbook of Policing (Willan)
Ratcliffe J (ed), 2004, Strategic Thinking in Criminal Intelligence (Federation Press) 
HMIC, 2014 Policing in Austerity-rising to the challenge  HMIC Publications)
A James, 2016 Understanding Police Intelligence Work (Policy Press)
Bayerl, PS Karlović, R Akhgar, B and Markarian, 2017 Community Policing-a European Perspective (Springer)