What is Policing?

What is Policing? is a 13-week academic unit that provides key foundational knowledge and skills for students interested in a policing career, people working with police and those wanting to learn about contemporary police practice.


Online: What is Policing? is offered both online to enable flexible study as well as on-campus.


HECS Scholarships may be available for domestic students in 2017*. This unit is offered within the Associate Degree in Arts (R2B) (*conditions apply).


What you will learn

Students will gain a greater understanding of contemporary roles of police officers and policing while building awareness of the day-to-day challenges and activities of a modern police service. Learn from international policing experts and experienced police officers about key policing issues.

  • What is Policing? provides all study materials provided online.
  • There is an expectation of 3.5-4 hours of online class time per week; in addition, there will be reading and assignment preparation tasks to be completed.
  • There are 3 assessment tasks for this unit, and no exams. The assessments involve a combination of multiple-choice online quizzes, case analysis and discussion forum participation.

Please note that while completion of this unit may assist you with any future applications to join a police service, or other occupational groups that work closely with the police, it does not guarantee preferential selection.

Location: Online

Next Intake:
TBA

General Enquiries:
E: ASC.Contact@utas.edu.au
T: +61 3 6226 6365

STUDENT PROFILE

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Nikayla Roach completed our Introduction to Policing unit. She has since successfully completed the Bachelor of Social Sciences (Police Studies) and police training and is now a serving member of the Tasmania Police. (Duration: 1:17)


Fees & Scholarships

HECS (Higher Education Contribution Scheme) scholarships may be available for domestic students** for the What is Policing? unit in 2017.

The HECS scholarship is automatically applied when you enrol in the What is Policing? unit within the Associate Degree in Arts (R2B) but will not show on your invoice, accessible via eStudent.

After completing What is Policing?, the opportunity exists to undertake further units within the Associate Degree in Arts (R2B). After successful completion of What is Policing? you are welcome to apply for credit for this unit towards the Bachelor of Justice Studies in Semester 2 2017.

Additional study in 2017/8 may attract HECS tuition fees, however for Australian citizens these may be deferred under the HECS-HELP Scheme. For further information on HECS-HELP consult the Australian Tax Office (ATO) guidelines.

Students will also be exempt from paying the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) for 2017. This exemption will be automatically applied during the enrolment process. The funds from this fee are normally allocated to the improvement of services and amenities for students of the University for both on-campus and online students.

A requirement for all students receiving a HECS Scholarship for this unit is compulsory completion of the eCAF. The eCAF (electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form) is a government form that is available online through eStudent. Completing the form is a requirement for all students. Instructions for how to complete the eCAF form will be included in the What is Policing? unit content. Also see eCAF Instruction Guide (PDF 531KB).

Should you have any problems submitting your eCAF, please contact us by email ASC.Contact@utas.edu.au, phone +61 3 6226 6365, or the Contact Us online form.

**Domestic students include Australian citizens or students holding Permanent Humanitarian Visas or with Permanent Resident Status. Citizens of countries outside of Australia (excluding New Zealand), are not eligible to study this unit.


Frequently Asked Questions


Who can apply for What is Policing??

What is Policing? is available to Australian citizens; and to NZ citizens, Permanent Residents and Humanitarian Visa Holders provided all studies are on-shore in Australia. You will need to have access to a computer and a reliable internet connection.

Who would benefit from studying What is Policing??

Anyone interested in a career in policing, people working with police, or anyone wanting to learn about contemporary police practices.

Are there any pre-requisites for the unit?

There are no pre-requisites. If you require any further information please see the Admission Requirements.

What are the dates for this unit?

The next offering of What is Policing? is TBA.

When do applications close for this unit?

TBA.

What will I be required to do when studying in this unit?

You should expect to spend approximately 3.5 to 4 hours/week undertaking study in this unit.

On successful completion of this unit you will have:

  • knowledge and understanding of contemporary policing practice in Australia and internationally.
  • introductory knowledge about policing policies, practices and skills to demonstrate an understanding of challenges faced by policing officers in the 21st Century.
  • introductory skills with writing in the form of essays and discussion forums, and conducting and reporting on social observation of policing and security in public spaces.

Is there any face-to-face teaching?

What is Policing? is offered online and on-campus.

Are there exams or assignments?

There are 3 assessment tasks for this unit, and no exams. The assessments involve a combination of multiple-choice online quizzes, case analysis and discussion forum participation.

I don't own a computer; can I still apply for the unit?

If you wish to complete this unit online, you will need to have access to a laptop or desktop computer to complete this unit. You will not be able to submit your assessment tasks via a tablet or phone. If you don't have your own computer, or perhaps someone in your family or a friend has one, you could use a computer at your local library, on campus in student areas, or at the university library.

You also require a reliable internet connection. You should expect to download about 1-2 GB of data each month while studying each unit online.

Do I need to be available online at specific times?

Generally you can complete the unit work in your own time. Please note that content is usually released on a weekly or fortnightly basis. The unit coordinators may choose to present some content in the form of a live web conference. You will be made aware of this via news items during the semester.


How do I apply for admission to What is Policing??

Applications for the next offering will open closer to the commencement date. Please complete an Expression of Interest if you would like to be notified when information about the next intake is released.

If you need any assistance to complete the unit application form, please contact us by email ASC.Contact@utas.edu.au, phone +61 3 6226 6365, or the Contact Us online form

What supporting documents do I need to apply for What is Policing??

If you are required to provide Citizenship documentation (if you have changed citizenship and are now an Australian citizen) or Permanent residency documentation (if you are not an Australian citizen but living under a permanent residency visa in Australia) you can scan and email them to us at ASC.Contact@utas.edu.au.

After you have received your login details you will also be required to submit an eCAF. The eCAF (electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form) is a government form that is available online, after you have received your login details, through eStudent.

What is an eCAF?

The eCAF (electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form) is a government form that is available online through eStudent. Completing this form is a mandatory requirement for all Commonwealth supported students. Instructions for how to complete the eCAF form will be included in the unit content. Also see eCAF Instruction Guide (PDF 531KB).

What is a HECS Scholarship?

The cost of university education is usually shared between the Australian Government and the student, with the student contributing a proportion of the cost and payable to the university. This tuition fee is commonly known as HECS (Higher Education Contribution Scheme).

The University of Tasmania has offered to forgo the student contribution via a HECS Scholarship to approved students studying What is Policing? within the Associate Degree in Arts (R2B) in 2017. This arrangement will be negotiated each year and is only guaranteed for one year at a time. Students will also be exempt from paying the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) for 2017.

Future studies may attract HECS tuition fees; however, for domestic students these may be deferred under the HECS-HELP Scheme. For further information on HECS-HELP consult the Australian Tax Office (ATO) guidelines.

How will I know if my application is successful and if I have received a place in What is Policing??

If you are a new student, once your application to a unit(s) has been assessed, and if you have been successful, you will receive a letter/email from the university with details about your new University of Tasmania student username, email address and password. You will use your username and password to access the course content (through the MyLO online learning platform), as well as eStudent to manage your enrolment details and to submit your eCAF.

Please allow 10 working days for us to process your application however if you have not received an email or letter with your password/login details after 10 days, please contact us by email ASC.Contact@utas.edu.au, phone +61 3 6226 6365, or the Contact Us online form, so that we check your application.

If you are a current or returning UTAS student, you will receive confirmation of your enrolment in the week before the unit starts. You will not receive new login details but will continue using those already assigned to you. If your password has expired you can change this through the MyPassword Service.

What happens if I begin the unit after the official start date?

The What is Policing? unit is delivered fully online. For this reason, you can study flexibly to make up for any time that you may have missed. Please note however that there will be assessment tasks due on certain dates, so please contact us by email ASC.Contact@utas.edu.au, phone +61 3 6226 6365, or the Contact Us online form, to discuss starting the unit late.


How do I get started?

Instruction guides will be available to assist you in the online application and enrolment process. If you have any questions, please contact us by email ASC.Contact@utas.edu.au, phone +61 3 6226 6365, or the Contact Us online form.

I have received a login and password but I can't access MyLO, UTAS email or eStudent, what do I do?

Please contact the UTAS IT Service Desk for assistance: Ph +61 3 6226 1818 (8:30am-6:00pm weekdays and 10:00am-1:00pm weekends and Tasmanian state wide public holidays) or 1300 304 903 (local call charge within Tasmania) or Email: service.desk@utas.edu.au.

I am a previous student and haven't received a username and password, what do I do?

If you have studied with UTAS before, your login details will be the same as they were previously.

If your password has expired you can change this through the MyPassword Service.

If you have forgotten your login details, please contact please contact the UTAS IT Service Desk for assistance: Ph +61 3 6226 1818 (8:30am-6:00pm weekdays and 10:00am-1:00pm weekends and Tasmanian state wide public holidays) or 1300 304 903 (local call charge within Tasmania) or Email: service.desk@utas.edu.au.

What is an eCAF?

The eCAF (electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form) is a government form that is available online through eStudent. Completing the form is a mandatory requirement for all Commonwealth supported students. Instructions for how to complete the eCAF form will be included in the unit content. Also see eCAF Instruction Guide (PDF 531KB).

What is Census date?

Every unit offered by a university has a published census date. Census date is the last day a student can withdraw from a unit without receiving a financial penalty. For withdrawal enquiries after census date, please contact us by email ASC.Contact@utas.edu.au, phone +61 3 6226 6365, or the Contact Us online form.


How do I pass the unit without having final exams?

There will be ongoing assessments throughout the semester. Assessments could include such items as online quizzes composed of multiple-choice and short answer questions (some of which may be time-limited), online discussion forums and/or presenting your research.

What does online learning look like?

Online learning may involve combining online lectures, tutorials, workshops, group work, problem-based learning or practical exercises with other approaches such as:

  • Video-conferencing
  • Resource-based learning (for example using print, video and audio)
  • Independent/group projects
  • Discussion forums

Flexible teaching and learning approaches are:

  • Learner-centred
  • About good teaching and learning practices for all students
  • Less time- and place-dependent than more traditional forms of teaching
  • Ones that increase the learner's responsibility for his or her own learning

Learning modules will be scheduled for release across the semester (often weekly or fortnightly).

When do I receive my unit outline?

A unit outline will be available on the student unit website (MyLO) when study commences in this unit.

What will I be required to do when studying in this unit?

You should expect to spend approximately 3.5 to 4 hours/week undertaking study in this unit.

On successful completion of this unit you will have:

  • knowledge and understanding of contemporary policing practice in Australia and internationally.
  • introductory knowledge about policing policies, practices and skills to demonstrate an understanding of challenges faced by policing officers in the 21st Century.
  • introductory skills with writing in the form of essays and discussion forums, and conducting and reporting on social observation of policing and security in public spaces.

I have started studying this unit and I am struggling to keep up. Where can I get help?

Please contact your lecturer in the first instance.

You may alternatively contact us by email ASC.Contact@utas.edu.au, phone +61 3 6226 6365, or the Contact Us online form and we will be able to assist you with other options.

What happens if I begin the unit after the official start date?

What is Policing? is delivered fully online. For this reason, you can study flexibly to make up for any time that you may have missed. Please note however that there will be assessment tasks due on certain dates, so please contact us by email ASC.Contact@utas.edu.au, phone +61 3 6226 6365, or the Contact Us online form, to discuss starting the unit late.

I have completed my unit. How do I obtain my results?

The official release of results will occur on the date specified in the UTAS calendar. These results will be accessible from 9am on the specified date and are accessible via eStudent.

Can I use my What is Policing? unit result as credit towards a degree?

What is Policing? can only be included as part of the formal requirements for the Bachelor of Justice Studies.

Can I get a copy of my results?

You can access your eStudent account to obtain an informal statement of your results. Further information on academic records and transcripts may be found at Examinations & Results.

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