• Class Number 3734
  • Term Code 3430
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Helen Taylor
    • Dr Helen Taylor
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 19/02/2024
  • Class End Date 24/05/2024
  • Census Date 05/04/2024
  • Last Date to Enrol 26/02/2024
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 (AFP) to deliver practical opportunities with the AFP which may include access to AFP facilities - to be confirmed. Details will be provided via Wattle and in class as the information becomes available.

Additional Course Costs

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

Required Resources

There are no required resources for this course. Required readings will be available on the course Wattle page.

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). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

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
2 Operational policing approaches and restorative policing
3 Emerging technologies in policing Online Quiz 1
4 Investigative interviewing Pre-recorded lecture (LABOR DAY PUBLIC HOLIDAY)
5 Managing major criminal investigations
6 Professionalisation of police and police forensics
7 Corruption and ethics Online Quiz 2
8 Police and diverse communities Essay due this week
9 Police use of force and the dangers of policing
10 AFP field trip TBC
11 Future challenges Online Quiz 3
12 Revision Details of take home exam provided this week

Tutorial Registration

Tutorials begin in Week 1. Tutorials will be open for enrolment at 9am on 5 February 2024. Most tutorials will delivered face to face and are limited to 20 students each. There will be two online tutorials to support students needing remote/virtual access. Additional tutorials will be added as necessary.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Quizzes 15 % 1, 3, 4
Written Assessment 45 % 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 Integrity 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 Academic Skills 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.


Students are strongly encouraged to attend the lecture and tutorial each week. Students are also expected to engage in group discussions and to pose thoughtful questions to the guest lecturers throughout the course.


Final exam will be held during the official exam period.

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 10 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 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Written Assessment

Students are to select one policing topic from five topics from areas covered in the course. The assessment is worth 40% towards the overall grade for the course with a word limit of 2000 words (excluding references). Further details about the assessment, including the five topics 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 45% 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 a range of policing topics as well as their ability to apply a critical theoretical lens to contemporary criminological problems.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

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

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted 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).

Dr Helen Taylor

Research Interests

Dr Helen Taylor is a lecturer in criminology. Her research interests include prison policy, restorative justice, justice reinvestment, crime and technology and terrorism studies.

Dr Helen Taylor

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Dr Helen Taylor

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