Course Title: Apply Policing Principles and Practices in a Justice Environment

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: JUST5148

Course Title: Apply Policing Principles and Practices in a Justice Environment

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6077 - Advanced Diploma of Justice

Course Contact : Tony Trevan

Course Contact Phone: +(61 3) 9925 4512

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Georgy Dumas

Phone: +(61 3) 9925 4203


Nominal Hours: 54

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

There are no Pre-requisites for this course

Course Description

This course describes the knowledge and skills required to identify and apply the structure, function and role of Policing in Victoria within the Criminal Justice Community.  It also includes the investigation and implementation of appropriate Policing strategies and processes to deal with drugs and intoxicated persons, cultural diversity, and to work with people with special needs and psychological disorders.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBQU379 Apply Policing Principles and Practices in a Justice Environment


01 Investigate the history and role of Policing in Australia

Performance Criteria:

1.1 The function and structure of early policing in Australia is
1.2 Sir Robert Peel’s impact on policing is examined.
1.3 The objectives of a modern police organisation are analysed.
1.4 Formation of the Victorian and Australian Police Forces is


02 Analyse the role of Police in society

Performance Criteria:

2.1 The role of the police in the enforcement of State and
Commonwealth laws is identified.
2.2 The “Office of Constable” concept and the function of the police
in the criminal justice system are examined.
2.3 An analysis on the objectives of policing is undertaken to assess
the proactive and reactive principles.
2.4 The ethical responsibilities and duties of sworn members are


03 Investigate Ethics and Accountability for Police

Performance Criteria:

3.1 The term “ethical behaviour” in the policing context is defined.
3.2 The consequences of unethical political behaviour are
3.3 An analysis is conducted to investigate the concept of
accountability and its impact on policing.
3.4 Accountability issues in policing are examined.
3.5 An analysis is undertaken to investigate the impact of the police
lack of accountability and ethical standards on a community.
3.6 The historical development related to the separation of powers
is examined, and its impact on current policing practices and
procedures is investigated.


04 Anlayse the Police organization and its relationship with Government

Performance Criteria:

4.1 The police organisation and its relationship with government are
4.2 The concept of “chain of command” is examined.
4.3 An analysis is conducted to investigate the relationship between
the government and the police, and the impact of funding on
police organisations.
4.4 Government’s methods of controlling police growth are identified
and evaluated.


05 Analyse the powers of Police in contemporary Australia

Performance Criteria:

5.1 The powers of police to control civilian populations are
5.2 The powers of police to arrest, search and seize are examined.
5.3 The potential for the abuse of police powers is identified.
5.4 An analysis on the controls placed on police in the exercise of
their powers is conducted.


06 Analyse the relationship between Public and Private Policing

Performance Criteria:

6.1 The impact of private policing on communities is investigated.
6.2 The powers of private police are identified.
6.3 The relationship between public and private policing is
6.4 The concept of “user pays” is outlined and its impact on concept
to the traditional relationship between the citizen and the
criminal justice system is analysed.


07 Investigate the concept of Community Policing

Performance Criteria:

7.1 The role of community policing in Australian policing is identified.
7.2 An analysis on community policing is conducted to examine its
usefulness to the community.
7.3 The role of the citizen in community policing is outlined.
7.4 The effectiveness of community policing is evaluated.


08 Analyse the use of Emergency Management Plans and the role of Police in Emergency Management

Performance Criteria:

8.1 The concept of “emergency” is outlined.
8.2 The aims of an Emergency Management Plan are identified.
8.3 The aims of the State Disaster Plan are outlined and its
relationship to the National Emergency Management Plan is
8.4 The concept of “Aid to the Civil Community” is identified and the
amendments to the nearest Defence Force Act, 1903 in 2000
are examined.
8.5 The functions of other government and non government
agencies in Emergency Management are investigated.
8.6 The role of the State Disaster Registration and Inquiry System is

Learning Outcomes

See elements

Details of Learning Activities

Students will participate in a variety of teaching methods including: lectures, tutorials, class discussion, seminar presentations, group/individual work on projects, audio-visual presentations, field excursions where applicable, on site visits, and interaction with individuals and groups within the criminal justice area

Teaching Schedule

Weekly 3 hour classes from the week commencing 2nd of July until the end of October.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Learning Resources
The University Library provides extensive services, facilities and study space as well as comprehensive collections of books, periodicals and other course related materials, such as DVD’s, magazines, slides, films etc. Computer laboratories with access to a wide range of desktop publishing software are also available. The library also has an expanding virtual collection of electronic resources and networks, including product data, e-books, electronic journals and newspapers, web based tutorials, online reference and document delivery services etc., all of which are accessible on campus, and off campus 24 hours per day. More information on library resources and services can be found at: 

The Study and Learning Centre provides free learning and academic development advice to all RMIT students. For information on their services and support, please visit the website

Overview of Assessment

Assesment of this course will include:

  • Active participation in class room and field Case Studies
  • Weekly Journal entries per class topics
  • Group Oral presentation
  • Exam 

Assessment Tasks

Students will be advised of the details of assessment early in the semester

Assessment Matrix

The assessment has been designed to cover all Learning Outcomes and will be graded in accordance with RMIT’s Mark Table 7 which is as follows:
HD 80-100
DI 70-79
CR 60-69
PA 50-59
NN 0-49

All written work must adhere to the following criteria:
1. Written reports, research projects or essays are to demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and familiarity with the prescribed or negotiated topics
2. 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 cogently address the issues raised in the chosen topic in a logical, ordered and organised manner
3. The concepts must be well defined and demonstrate a critical analysis of the chosen topic
4. Written submissions must demonstrate appropriate preparation, reading and research
5. In-text references must follow the APA style of referencing. In addition, you must provide a bibliography with correct and comprehensive details in relation to texts, articles, research reports and other sources that you have used
6. Double or 1.5 spacing and a font size of 10-12 must be used in font style Aerial or Times New Roman.

Other Information

Extensions will not be granted by teachers or Administrative staff.

In accordance with RMIT policy, students may apply for an extension where there have been unexpected or extenuating circumstances, e.g.
• Hospital admission, serious injury, severe asthma, severe anxiety or depression. This does not include minor illness such as a cold, period pain or hay fever.
• Loss or bereavement – e.g. death of a close family member, family/relationship breakdown.
• Hardship/trauma – e.g. victim of crime, sudden loss of income or employment, severe disruption to domestic arrangements.
Students must keep a copy of their assessment until the graded submission has been returned or marks have been posted.

All email communications will be sent to your RMIT student email address.

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. An application for extension of time must be lodged with your tutor or the course coordinator as early as possible, and no later than one working day before the due date for submission.
You can apply for extension using the University’s Extension Application Form – – or by emailing your course coordinator or tutor directly.
An extension of up to seven calendar days may be granted if good reason can be demonstrated. Include supporting evidence (such as medical certificates) with your application.
Extensions beyond seven calendar days cannot be granted by course coordinators, tutors or the School. To apply for an extension of time greater than seven calendar days you must lodge an application for Special Consideration.
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:
Penalties for Late Submission
If you have not been granted an extension or special consideration, late submission will be penalised as follows:
Assessment tasks submitted after the due date of submission shall receive a penalty of five per cent of the grades available for that assessment per day for each working day late.
No assessment task shall be accepted more than three weeks after the due date.
Assessment Appeals
If you believe your assessment result or final result is wrong please contact the course coordinator and provide the reason why you think your result is incorrect. Valid reasons for seeking a review of results include:
• You believe an error has occurred in the calculation of the grade; or,

• You believe the assessment did not comply with criteria published in the Course Guide; or,

• You believe the assessment did not comply with University Policies on Assessment (i.e. an error in process has occurred).

• Full details of the procedure (including appeals procedure) can be located at this RMIT site:
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:
• 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;
• Closely paraphrasing sentences, paragraphs, ideas or themes without proper citation;
• Piecing together text from one or more sources and adding only linking sentences;
• Copying or submitting whole or parts of computer files without acknowledging their source;
• Copying designs or works of art and submitting them as your original work;
• Copying a whole or any part of another student’s work; and
• Submitting work as your own that someone else has done for you.
• 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 Discipline Statute and Regulations -;ID=11jgnnjgg70y
Plagiarism Software
The originality verification software Turnitin may be used in this course. For details, see:

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