BSc Policing and Criminal Investigation
There will be four modules and a dissertation to complete during this level 6 course. The module content will be delivered in the classroom by tutors as well as guest speakers. Pre-reading of module content is required as well as self-study to understand the module subject matter. Group work and presentations will also be required. For every 10 credits, students should engage with around 100 notional hours of learning. This will be approximately 30% direct learning contact, 70% independent student learning.
Major Crime Enquiries (Level 6, 20 credits, compulsory) The module will build on previous learning to expose students to criminal investigations at the highest level. At the end of the module, they will be familiar with law, practice and procedure on homicide, and with the complex processes used to bring such inquiries to a successful conclusion. In addition they will have examined the roles and responsibilities of the first officer attending a major crime scene and various other functions up to and including that of the Senior Investigating Officer. (Essay 50%, Examination 50%)
Fraud (Level 6, 20 credits, compulsory) To develop skills in statutory interpretation and to render students able to apply the law of fraud offences contained within the Fraud Act, Theft Acts (plus common law conspiracy to defraud) and Forgery and Counterfeiting Act to practical problems. Students will be aware of, and understand, the existence of other related legislation and academic research within the field of Fraud and will be introduced to the world of banking, commerce and advertising. (Essay 50%, Examination 50%)
Investigating Exploitation (Level 6, 20 credits, compulsory) This module is designed to expose students to the complexities of investigating criminal offences committed against vulnerable people, how police and other agencies work closely together and the challenges of securing convictions against offenders. (Essay 100%)
Counter-Terrorism (Level 6, 20 credits, compulsory) Develop within students an understanding of police approaches and a critical appreciation of the historical roots of terrorism and counter-terrorism strategies within a UK setting. Students will develop critical understandings of the UK’s Counter Terrorism Strategy and legislative framework together with practical issues concerned with countering terrorism. Students will explore understandings of policing partnership arrangements and organisational structures directed at countering terrorism in the UK and address the complex challenges of multi-agency approaches. (Essay 100%)
Dissertation (Level 6, 40 credits, compulsory) This module provides a valuable opportunity for students to carry out an in-depth study of a topic or issue based in, or closely allied to, the syllabuses of Policing and Criminal Investigation modules by independent study. This module will allow for students to develop their ability to understand and define clearly a problem or area for further study; develop the ability to extract relevant material from a literature survey and to design and undertake an original investigation using acceptable research methodologies. It will allow students to develop the ability to present, analyse and interpret results; and the ability to present a coherent, critical account of the work and how it relates to that of others; develop time management skills; achieve a measure of independence; integrate different aspects of the course. Students will undertake an in-depth review of the literature on the approved topic, examining and evaluating literature from primary and secondary sources. (Essay - 10,000 words, 100%)