• Class Number 4528
  • Term Code 3230
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Neil Smith
    • Neil Smith
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 21/02/2022
  • Class End Date 27/05/2022
  • Census Date 31/03/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 28/02/2022
SELT Survey Results

While criminology covers a broad range of subject areas from detecting and identifying crime, responding to crime, through to preventing crime, policing is one of the few activities that includes all aspects of criminology.  Police identify and detect crime, they are the first-line responders to crime, and are often involved with the prevention of crime.  

This course will introduce students to the foundations of policing.  First, the course provides an overview of operational policing examining the origins and functions of contemporary policing and their influences on policing in Australia.  It examines areas such as operational policing approaches, policing diverse communities, investigations, and the dangers of policing.  The second part of the course examines the emerging critical issues in policing such as technology in policing, police use of force, and policing terrorism and active shooters.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the broad functions, structures, and purposes of policing;
  2. explain key theoretical and practical issues in policing;
  3. apply operational policing approaches to crime problems; and
  4. use theory and understandings to analyse policing approaches.

Field Trips

Consultation is occurring with the Australian Federal Police to deliver practical opportunities with the AFP which may include access to AFP facilities - to be confirmed. Details will be provided via Wattle as the information becomes available.

Additional Course Costs

Some additional costs may be incurred by students to access the AFP field trips.

The required reading may be an additional cost to students.

Required Resources

Birch, P., Kennedy, M., & Kruger, E. (Eds.). (2020). Australian Policing: Critical Issues in 21st Century Police Practice (1st ed.). Routledge.

Additional readings will be provided via Wattle. If students wish to access material to aid study, recommended texts include:

  • Newburn, T. (2013). Criminology (2nd ed.). Routledge. Chapter 26.
  • Findlay, M., Odgers, S., Yeo, S. M. H., & Kirby, M. D. (2014). Australian criminal justice (5th ed.). Oxford University Press.
  • Broadhurst, R. & Davies, S. E. (2012). Policing in context: An introduction to police work in Australia. Melbourne: Oxford University Press
  • Drew, J. & Prenzler, T. (2012). Contemporary police practice. Melbourne: Oxford University Press

Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.

ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Students are required to use the American Psychological Association 7th edition (APA 7) referencing requirements.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Welcome, house keeping, introduction to Policing, history and in Context Neil Smith
2 Operational Policing Approaches and Restorative Policing Neil Smith and Guest Lecturer, Professor Meredith Rossner
3 Crime Prevention and Emerging Technologies in Policing - Online Quiz 1 Neil Smith and Guest Lecturer, Brendan Rook - Online Quiz 1
4 Investigative interviewing Pre-recorded by Guest Lecturer, Brendan Rook
5 Managing Major Criminal Investigations and criminal databases Neil Smith and Guest Lecturer, Dr Adam Masters
6 Australian Federal Police, recruitment and diversity, training, health and wellbeing (TBC) Neil Smith and Guest Lecturer, AFP (TBC)
7 Corruption and Ethics - Online Quiz 2 Neil Smith and Guest Lecturer, Brendan Rook, Online Quiz 2
8 No lecture ANZAC day - Essay Due Neil Smith - Essay Due
9 International Policing and Policing Transnational and Organised Crime Neil Smith and Guest Lecturer, Dr Adam Masters
10 Policing and the Media, COVID and Policing Diverse Communities Neil Smith
11 Police Use of Force and the Dangers of Policing Neil Smith and Guest Lecturer, Dr Kelly Hines
12 Revision, Online Quiz 3 Neil Smith, Online Quiz 3

Tutorial Registration

Tutorials begin in Week 1. Tutorials will be open for enrolment at 9am on 7 February 2021. Most tutorials will delivered face to face COVID permitting and are limited to 20 students each. There will be online tutorials to support students needing remote/virtual access. Additional tutorials will be added as necessary.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Learning Outcomes
Quizzes 15 % * 1, 3, 4
Written Assessment 45 % 29/04/2022 1, 2, 3, 4
Final Exam 40 % * 1, 2, 3, 4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Consultation is occurring with the AFP about practical opportunities - which are expected to be available in weeks 9, 10 or 11. These opportunities will be confirmed on Wattle - with students being encouraged to attend.


Final exam will be held during the official exam period. Date, time, and location provided by central examination office closer to the time.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4


There are three online quizzes throughout the semester. Each Quiz is worth 5% each towards the overall grade for the course. The online quizzes each contain 10 multiple choice questions that cover lecture content and the weekly required readings. This first quiz covers the lecture content and required readings for weeks 1 to 3 inclusive. This second quiz covers the lecture content and required readings for weeks 4 to 6 inclusive. This third quiz covers the lecture content and required readings for weeks 7 to 11 inclusive. The quiz will open Monday morning and close Friday night. The quiz is not timed - however, students have until the due date/time to complete the quiz. Take-home exam policies apply.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 45 %
Due Date: 29/04/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Written Assessment

Students are to select one policing topic from six topics from areas covered in the course. The assessment is worth 45% towards the overall grade for the course with a word limit of 2000 words. Further details about the assessment and the rubric will be provided on the course website.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 40 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Final Exam

The final examination will be held during the formal final examination period. The exam will be worth 40% of the overall grade and will be four 500 word short essays from ten topics from areas covered in the course. The exam will evaluate students' understanding of policing theory and their ability to apply a critical theoretical lens to contemporary criminological problems.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Neil Smith

Research Interests

Neil is a Visiting Fellow at the ANU. Neil teaches and undertakes research into regulation and regulatory theory (including prudential regulation), the Australian Criminal Justice System, Criminology, and Policing. Neil leads research into missing persons. Neil is also Vice-President and Board Member of Rowing ACT, and volunteer company Secretary for the Canberra Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation. In 2021, Neil was awarded the Secretary's Award from the Secretary of the Treasury for professional, resilient collaboration across Treasury and the Australian Public Service. Neil has developed an expertise in the prudential regulation of private health insurance, life insurance and general insurance. Including as Special Counsel of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority and General Counsel of the then Private Health Insurance Administration Council. Neil has experience in corporate governance and regulation (prudential regulation), administrative law, constitutional law and statutory interpretation and drafting. Neil also enjoys volunteering including as a mentor and as a rowing coach (including juniors, masters, high performance and people with special needs), Neil believes it is fundamentally important to give to our community.

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