module specification

SC5008 - Policing in Practice (2021/22)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2021/22
Module title Policing in Practice
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 40%   An essay of 2000 words
Unseen Examination 60%   A two-hour unseen exam with a choice of questions from which 2 must be answered
Running in 2021/22
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year North Thursday Morning

Module summary

This module will deliver some practical knowledge and skills needed to become a police officer. It will critically evaluate the academic and open source data relating to the ten areas of generic policing covered. It will also explore the operational challenges and ethical dilemmas inherent in generic police operations.


The syllabus of the module will involve the importance of applying an evidence base to policing practice. This will look at a number of areas such as providing support to victims, witnesses and vulnerable persons; managing conflict situations; using powers to deal with suspects; conduct police searches; the handling of information and Intelligence; providing an initial response to policing incidents; conducting investigations; interviewing victims, informants and witnesses; and interviewing suspects  LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5

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.

Learning outcomes

The module learning outcomes are to
1. Demonstrate a knowledge of a number of areas of policing practice
2. Understand police procedures in a number of different scenarios
3. Demonstrate a broader understanding of the wider literature regarding the implementation of basic policing tasks.
4. Reflect on and evaluate literature that is impacting upon the delivery of contemporary policing
5. Demonstrate knowledge of the impact of diversity on modern policing

Assessment strategy

There are 2 components of assessment
1.   An essay of 2000 words will be used to assess knowledge and analysis of a specific policing issue.
2.  A two-hour unseen exam will be a multiple-choice test based on a number of different questions.


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.