|Delivery length / details
|5 x 2 Hour Lectures
|20 x 1 Hour Miscellaneous
|Assessment length / details
|Placement portfolio of skills learnt and completed tasks
|Assessment by module co-ordinator based on information provided by the placement organisation
|Post-placement presentation (10-15 minutes)
|Reflective Placement Report 1,500 words to be submitted end of second semester.
|Resit by submission of Extended Reflective Placement Report 4,000 words
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Work to a set schedule within a criminal justice agency, government or academic environment.
2. Work both independently and as a member of a team.
3. Apply the knowledge gained in the academic studies to a real work situation.
4. Reflect on how they can use their employability skills to improve their academic learning.
5. Assess and reflect on knowledge and experience gained in the placement and build it back in to a piece of academic work.
6. Assess the contribution of their skills training and work experience to their career development.
This module would require students to undergo work placement training in one of the criminal justice agencies to act as a volunteer or in a paid capacity. Following training they would be expected to perform at least an allotted number of hours in volunteer or paid work. They would then return and complete an extended essay as part of their assessment. A small part of their assessment would be an assessment of their performance whilst on the placement and this would be assessed by the placement organisation.
Introductory sections to be taught by University Staff
1. Introduction to criminal justice agency work
2. Introduction to field work and its pitfalls.
Introductory Skills Training Offered by Organisations
Debriefing and reflection
|Application of Number
|Many criminal justice agencies use quantitative research to decide on policy and many also use quantitative issues to measure effectiveness of interventions both generally and on particular individuals.
|Oral communication will be encouraged and developed during interactive seminar discussions and in their interactions with colleagues and/or clients in their work placement. (This part is not assessed) Written skills will be developed through the plan and the mini dissertation.
|Improving own Learning and Performance
|Seminar discussion and feedback on work will allow students to reflect on their own learning. Possibly far more valuable will be the possibility of reflecting on the operation of their discipline in a practical environment and the interaction of the discipline with policy and practice.
|Searches of on-line electronic databases and journals will provide practice in IT skills. Depending on their placements students are also likely to encounter new database collation systems for client information.
|Personal Development and Career planning
|The module is very well placed to enhance student learning in these areas, in fact it is the underlying ethos behind the module.
|In the course of their placement they will have to solve many practical issues which will develop and enhance students critical and practical problem solving skills.
|Research skills will be developed by accessing literature on the aspects of their placement.
|Subject Specific Skills
|The development of subject specific skills will be an aspect for each and every student but the content and breadth of these skills will vary depending on the placement.
|All criminal justice agencies rely on team work so the module will necessarily enhance team working skills.
This module is at CQFW Level 6