Courses & Units

Advanced Police Operational Command HSP405



Please note, this unit is only available to students approved for study in the Public Sector Leadership & Management specialisation of R4C Bachelor of Arts with Professional Honours. For further information, please contact


Critical incidents and emergencies are often dynamic in nature, requiring operational commanders to develop and adapt response plans as incidents and emergencies unfold over time. Police leaders are responsible for commanding the policing response at critical incidents and emergencies within the constraints of relevant legislation, Victoria Police policies and accepted practices. This unit engages students in the higher order decision making skills and capabilities required of operational policing in an increasingly complex social, cultural and economic environment. Police work collaboratively with stakeholders and other emergency management agencies to build resilient communities and respond appropriately when required through command, control and coordination principles. Students will engage with assignment work grounded in critical reflection and decision making around policing critical incidents in ways that will synthesise their performance and the issues facing police today.


Unit name Advanced Police Operational Command
Unit code HSP405
Credit points 25
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Policing and Emergency Management
Teaching staff

Dr Angela Dwyer

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 Off-Campus Domestic
Hobart Semester 2 Off-Campus Domestic
Hobart Spring school (extended) Off-Campus Domestic


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 13/4/2020 31/5/2020
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020
Spring school (extended) 26/10/2020 18/11/2020 21/12/2020 14/2/2021

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2020.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Field of Education
1 2020: $1,671.00 091105

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

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Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



Teaching Pattern

In-house residential, 1 x 1 hour lecture weekly


Assessment Task 1: Scenario Response Essay 50%;
Assessment Task 2: Incident Action Plan (Hurdle Task – required to pass unit, but
Assessment Task 3: Operational Briefing (Hurdle Task – required to pass unit, but
Assessment Task 4: Critical Incident Hypothetical (Hurdle Task – required to pass unit,
but unweighted);
Assessment Task 5: Critical Analysis of Police Response 50%

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