module specification

SS8072 - Knowledge-Based Policing 1 (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18, but may be subject to modification
Module title Knowledge-Based Policing 1
Module level Doctoral (08)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Social Sciences
Total study hours 300
264 hours Guided independent study
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 50%   Groupwork in house module
Coursework 50%   Individual assignment
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North - Not applicable

Module summary

This module introduces the concept of knowledge-based policing,

This module is taught in blocks, dates for 14-15 are Friday pm 26 to 28 September 2014

Prior learning requirements

Completion of  Research Methods I and/or Research Methods II and   Police and Society

Module aims

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.It deals with certain interrelated fundamental crime problems and enhances,updates, and advances knowledge in police deaing with these problems.


Current operational problems in UK policing
Comparative solutions to such problems in foreign police forces.
Current international crime trends

This module looks at applying enhanced knowledge to policing problems to combat them,and also in applying this knowledge effect change within operational policing and long term police policy

Interactive discussion and group assignment(s) by the students during the module follow each specialist guest/expert lecture input

Consultation and feedback has been and is sought from students on the necessary balance between police practitioner input and academic input (see simple questionnaires) and it appears to date that he balance has been achieved, although the course lecturing team are not complacent and are continuously assessing the balance

Learning and teaching

Lectures and seminars and based on a collaborative process involving students' active participation. Lectures are used to provide students with a framework of information about the nature and context of research into policing, security and community safety in order to build on skills acquired during the research Methods 1 module. Where relevant, guest speakers will be invited to provide students with an overall learning strategy that is coherent, varied, stimulating, academically rigourous while remaining practically relevant.

A principal curriculum aspect of this module is maintaining a balance between police practitioners giving guest/expert lecturing input and academic expertise

Self directed learning allows students to explore substantive issues for themselves. Continued support and guidance will be offered during coursework and assessment. The self directed learning areas and tasks are designed,where possible,to coincide with the chosen thesis area of the student.In this way the studetn will be pursuing the module tasls and at the same timeadvance research on his/her chosen thesis.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will,

be introduced to the in-depth concept of knowledge based policing,

have acquired an understanding of strategic and operational intelligence and organisational planning in policing, (and as such have enhanced knowledge of intelligence led policing,)
be adequately equipped  and enhanced with sufficient knowledge and awareness of major policing problems to enhance report compiling ability,
be enabled then to commence, compile and complete the research necessary for the thesis of the Professional Doctorate

Assessment strategy

Group assignment during the module
and a 5,000 word individual assignment, the supervised research of which is started during the weekend module individually and is completed during term.


Ekblom, P (2000) The Conjunction of Criminal Opportunity-a tool for clear joined up thinking about commnity safety and crime reduction inS Ballantyneet al Secure Foundations;Issues in Crime Prevention Crime Reduction and Community Safety London IPPR

Pease, K (1999), The effects of street lighing upon crime in K Painter and NTilley (eds) Surveillance and Crime Control Guilderland NY

Brown, S (ed) (2008) The Longer Arm of the Law-combatting International Crime Routledge-Cavenidish London and New York

Shearer, IA (1971) Extradition in International Law Manchester University Press

Radcliffe, J H (2004), Strategic Thinking in Criminal Intelligence Federation Press Sydney