Course Title: Support policing processes within justice environment contexts

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: JUST5728

Course Title: Support policing processes within justice environment contexts

School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4323 - Certificate IV in Justice

Course Contact: Irene Pagliarella, Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4581

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Mr Georgy Dumas
P: 9925 4203

Nominal Hours: 40

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

In this course you will develop the skills and knowledge required to support the functions, structures and powers of police and other enforcement and supporting agencies for application to emergency responses within justice contexts.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU20867 Support policing processes within justice environment context


1. Investigate the history and accountability of policing in Australia

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Origins and historical development of the Victorian and Australian police forces are examined.
1.2 Ethical conduct and accountability of police and the impact of policing behaviour on community are investigated and discussed.
1.3 Role of State government in current policing practices and procedures is investigated.



2. Analyse the structural functions and powers of policing in Victoria

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Organisational structure of policing organisations is examined 2.2 Contemporary roles and functions of police and policing in the enforcement of the law and within the criminal justice system are examined. 
2.3 Functions and powers of public, community and private policing are identified and conceptual differences, impact on community ad effectiveness are debated. 



3. Analyse the role of police in an emergency

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Concept of emergency and aims of an emergency management plan are outlined.
3.2 Functions of, and relationships between , governmental and non governmental emergency management agencies are delineated.
3.3 Function of the police and supporting agencies in addressing emeregencies are reviewed.


4. Review own support role in relation to policing practice

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Processes and procedures for dealing with emergency, in preparation for police to take over, are delineated.
4.2 Own role in emergency processes and procedures is determined applied in accordance with organisational and legislative requirements.
4.3 Own performance in applying emeregency processes and procedures is reviewed in consultation with relevant people.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course, you will be able to:
• Apply processes and procedures for initial response to emergencies prior to arrival of police and/or policing agency
• Provide evidence of knowledge of roles and functions of police and emergency services in emergency management
• Provide evidence of knowledge of relevant legislation, provisions, regulatory requirements and standards in the justice context

Details of Learning Activities

Students will participate in a variety of learning activities and include:

• class exercises to review discussions/lectures
• Blog/Wiki or other online discussions and participation
• analysis/critique of relevant reading material
• seminars/workshops
• group activities/projects
• group discussion
• research
• independent project based work
• Simulated and/or practical placement.

Teaching Schedule

Week One: Introduction to Policing and discussion of expected outcomes
Week Two: Origin & history of policing; What is the “Office of Constable”?
The principles of policing attributed to Sir Robert Peel and their influence on contemporary policing
The emergence of formal police organisations
Week Three: Ethical conduct and accountability of police including principle of ‘Protect and serve”
Week Four: Ethical conduct and accountability; ethical challenges in policing
Week Five: Police subcultures
Research project distributed and discussed
Week Six: Group presentations and peer reviews on police ethics and conduct –
Formative assessment 1
Week Seven: Group presentations and peer reviews –
Formative assessment 1
Week Eight: Police powers
Private police v/s public police - debate
Week Nine: No class
Week Ten: Role and functions of police; best practice policing
Week Eleven: Role and function of police; legal systems PSO, AFP and wide variety of criminal and civil justice agencies and services
Week Twelve: Concept of emergency management, legislation, function of police and supporting agencies
Week Thirteen: Emergency Management continued
Formative assessment 2 in class activity
Week Fourteen: Simulated emergency management, including plan, processes and procedures conducted at Procedural Justice Camp
Summative assessment 1
Week Fifteen: Problems arising between citizens and police from the enforcement and non-enforcement of laws, from social changes, and from individual and group police attitudes and practice
Week Fourteen: Research task – Modern police roles and its culture
Week Sixteen- Role of State Government; relationship between Government and non Government Organisations
Week Seventeen: Revision
Week Eighteen: Summative assessment due

NOTE: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain competency.

You are expected to attend all scheduled classes and some classes will have sessions that are compulsory to attend (please see individual course guides). If you cannot attend a class you should advise your RMIT Educator, as RMIT monitors all student attendance.
As a student, competency is demonstrated through both knowledge and practical skills relevant to the course content and within the classroom environment. Engagement with educators and other students is critical to you maximising learning opportunities and achieving satisfactory results. Participation in classroom discussion and activities will allow educators to apply observational assessment during role-plays, exercises and assignments and provide you with feedback.

Absence from class can seriously limit your ability to pass or achieve good results. You may be asked to attend a meeting to explain more than three absences from a subject and enter into a negotiated plan of action with your Educator. This meeting is recommended as an early intervention approach that may possibly identify any underlying issues which may be affecting your attendance and identify support that RMIT may be able to give you.

Clearly, non-attendance at an assessment will result in failure of that assessment. If your academic progress is reviewed, a good class attendance may be helpful in showing evidence of your commitment to your studies in Justice.


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There is no prescribed text for this subject.


All readings and other resources necessary for this course will be available through Blackboard.
GUSS Skills Central ( is a site developed specifically for students in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT. It provides links to a range of resources for supporting student work on assessments and negotiating university studies more generally.

Other Resources

PowerPoint’s for the lectures will may be made available AFTER the class at the discretion of your Educator; however these are not a replacement for attending lectures. Lectures may have additional information, activities or visual material, which will not be available through Blackboard.

It is essential that you access the Blackboard site at least once a week, as announcements and emails are considered an effective means of communication between educators and students.

Overview of Assessment

Assessments may incorporate a variety of methods including case studies, observations, lectures, tutorials, class discussions, practical exercises, audio-visual presentations, and interaction with individuals and/or groups within the criminal justice industry.



Assessment Type

Word limit or equivalent

Assessments (Formative)

Group Oral Presentation


Active participation in simulated emergency management scenario.


Assessment Two

Presentation of Emergency Management Document

1500 words

Assessment hree

Research project on police roles and cultures.

1500 words

Assessment Tasks

All assessment tasks are based on the requirements of the performance criteria, range statements and the assessment guidelines of the course.

Formative assessment 1, will consist of a group presentation and peer review on Victoria Police ethics, conduct and accountability.

Formative assessment 2 will be based on active participation, responses and documentation to a simulated emergency management scenario.

Students will have the opportunity to receive feedback and make adjustments/improvements to the areas they are not competent in as a form of ongoing monitoring of their progress.

Summative assessment One/Task One - A report on Police culture.

Due Date: 29th April 2016

Summative assessment One/Part Two -  (graded) will constitute 50% of the total grade. It involves active participation, responses and the presentation of documentation for an initial response to a simulated emergency management scenario. This will be conducted at the Procedural Justice Camp.
Due Date: 27th May 2016

Summative Assessment Two - Exam

Due Date: 25th May 2016

Comprehensive details of these assessment tasks will be provided to students via blackboard and/or as a class handout in week Two.

Assessment Matrix

This is available via MyRMIT/Studies

The assessments have been designed to cover all Learning Outcomes and will be graded in accordance with RMIT’s Mark Table which is as follows:

Assessment Grading Table
CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved - Graded
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did not Submit for Assessment

Grades which apply to course delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment (not-graded)

CA Competency Achieved
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit For Assessment

Assessment Deadlines

Any due date for any assignment is to be considered a deadline. You can submit work at any time prior to the submission date, but it must be into the Administration office by close of business (5pm) of the day the submission is due.

Assessment Format
A major part of your course requires writing, for essays, research and reports. ALL Justice VE educators will expect you to maintain a high standard of presentation in your writing. These standards include the following:
1. For a CERTIFICATE IV each written assessment task/s – up to 1500 words, 3 academic references and ONE in-text citation per paragraph.
2. A paragraph is usually between 200 – 250 words.
3. A sentence is usually between 20 - 25 words.
4. American Psychological Association (APA) Referencing Style is the EXPECTED referencing style for the school of Criminal Justice (VE).
5. We highly recommend that all students download a copy of the APA Referencing Guide which is available on the Blackboard or purchase a Pocket Guide to APA style from the campus bookshop.
6. APA Referencing system is to be used and all in-text citations must be recorded according to APA standards.
7. An academic reference is a scholarly source (journal articles that are peer reviewed, a published book, an approved government or organisation website etc).
8. Written reports, research projects or essays are to demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and familiarity with the prescribed or negotiated topics
9. It is expected that all submitted work will be well written, with clear and consistent grammar, expression and punctuation. It must be well structured and address the issues raised in the chosen topic in a logical ordered and organised manner.
10. Written submissions must demonstrate appropriate preparation, reading and research.
11. Double or 1.5 spacing and a font size of 10-12 must be used in either Arial or Times Roman. Do not submit double paged assessments.
12. All assignments to be submitted via the Drop Box (Building 37, level 2) and submitted via email to the Advanced Diploma email address to verify submission
Assessments must be submitted by 5pm (close of business).
13. Written assessments will also be submitted with a Turnitin Report attached (as instructed by your Educator).
If you have any difficult with understanding or completing these writing standards, please speak with your Educator or the Program Manager.

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters:

Cover Sheet for Submissions

You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of implications of plagiarism.
Please refer to the following link for on-line submission statements;

Cover sheets do NOT form part of your word limit for written assessment tasks.

Assignment Submissions:

The submission of assessments on the due date is the responsibility solely of the student. Students should not leave assignment preparation until the last minute and must plan their workloads so as to be able to meet advertised or notified deadlines.
If you have not been granted an extension or special consideration, you need to submit any work that has been completed on the due date.
The penalty for assignments submitted late will be 10% of the maximum mark per day late or part thereof.
Weekends and holidays will attract the same penalty as weekdays.
Assignments that are late by 7 days or more will not be marked and will be awarded zero.


It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

Applying for an Extension
Extension of time for assessment tasks may be granted where circumstances beyond your control prevent submission by the published due date. Speak with your teacher or course coordinator regarding applying for an extension.

Applying for Special Consideration
If you are seeking an extension of more than seven calendar days (from the original due date) you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form, preferably prior to, but no later than two working days after the official due date. Late applications will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances. For information about Special Consideration and how to apply, see:

Academic Integrity
Academic integrity means honesty and responsibility in scholarship through respecting the work of others whilst having the freedom to build new insights, new knowledge and ideas. RMIT University upholds the values of academic integrity as fundamental to the scholarship undertaken by all members of its community. Whenever you refer to another person’s research or ideas (either by directly quoting or paraphrasing them) you must acknowledge your source.

If you are even in doubt about how to properly cite a reference, consult your lecturer or the academic integrity website:
The RMIT library provides tools to assist with your referencing

Plagiarism and Collusion

Plagiarism and collusion constitute extremely serious academic misconduct, and are forms of cheating. You are reminded that cheating, whether by fabrication, falsification of data, or plagiarism, is an offence subject to University disciplinary procedures. Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data, and oral presentations. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. Plagiarism is not acceptable.

Examples of plagiarism include:
1. Copying sentences or paragraphs word-for-word from one or more sources, whether published or unpublished, which could include but is not limited to books, journals, reports, theses, websites, conference papers, course notes, etc. without proper citation;
2. Closely paraphrasing sentences, paragraphs, ideas or themes without proper citation;
3. Piecing together text from one or more sources and adding only linking sentences;
4. Copying or submitting whole or parts of computer files without acknowledging their source;
5. Copying designs or works of art and submitting them as your original work;
6. Copying a whole or any part of another student’s work; and
7. Submitting work as your own that someone else has done for you.
8. Enabling Plagiarism: the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work is also an offence.

For further information, please see the RMIT Plagiarism Policy –;ID=sg4yfqzod48g1 – and the RMIT Student Conduct Regulations –;ID=r7a7an6qug93

Plagiarism Software
The originality verification software Turnitin may be used in this course. For details, see:

Complaints Procedure:
RMIT University is committed to providing a harmonious study and work environment for all students and staff. The University recognises your right to raise concerns about academic, administrative or support services without recrimination and has policies and procedures to assist in the resolution of complaints.
Most issues are resolved at the local level and you are encouraged to take steps to resolve your issue locally. The student complaint procedure details steps to take if your problem is not resolved or you believe the response you received is unreasonable.

Student Complaints Policy:
Student complaints Procedure:;ID=i1lexipvjt22
Student Complaints Form:

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