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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

SOCM031: Evidence-Based Policing

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following themes over one or more weeks:

Evidence-Based Policing –the history of evidence-based practice and the evolution of EBP from medicine

Implementing EBP –complications with implementation and organizational change

EBP in specific policing topics –look at how research has informed practice in specific areas (e.g. hotspot policing)

Use of Police Data –how do the police collect data, how can data be used for research purposes

Developing EBP research questions –how do you make question into a research question

Group projects using police data –students will be put in groups to create research questions and analyze police data to create research projects

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities2211 x 2-hour seminars (lecturer’s explanations, student participation and discussion)
Guided Independent Study24Reading assignments and preparing for the seminars
Guided Independent Study30Preparing seminar presentation
Guided independent study20Additional reading/research
Guided independent study54Preparation for and completion of essay

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).