Course Components

Teaching and Assessments

The subjects studied in Sessions 1 and 2 of the Associate Degree in Policing Practice are taught through an integrated approach to learning, reflective of their content application in the field of policing. The curriculum in the ADPP is delivered through a variety of methods including attending lectures/tutorials (both large groups and small), undertaking group work and self directed study/research, studying via on-line activities, role plays and undertaking a placement at a police station.

The assessment structure adopts a mix of multiple choice exams, simulated policing practical assessments, short subject specific reports and physical skills testing. Individual assessment items reflect the integrated learning approach of the curriculum delivery which provides the fundamental academic learning coupled with the physical skills development to support the role of an operational probationary police constable. Students are required to successfully meet all assessment criteria for each session of study in order to progress to the following session.

The study is full-time, therefore in addition to participating in class activities there is an expectation that private study will as a minimum replicate the number of hours spent in class, e.g. 20 hours in class will involve as a minimum 20 hours private study.

Physical and medical assessments

While at the Police Academy, the NSW Police Force assesses students' physical fitness and during Session 2, all students must pass a medical review provided by the NSW Police Academy. Students must be physical fit to cope with the rigours for training and operational policing.

Practical Experience

The entire ADPP and additional NSW Police Force training is focused on the practical application of the applied skills, knowledge and behaviour necessary for the modern policing professional. Subjects in law, policy and procedures, customer service and communication, ethical practice and decision making, officer safety, and investigative practice and practical scenarios are designed and integrated to simulate events that occur during routine police duties.

Activities in communication, police radio, physical fitness, police tactical options training, and arms and appointments (handcuffs, baton, electronic control device) training provide students with the opportunity to engage in practical aspects of policing.

Field Placement

Field placement forms an integral part of the ADPP. You will undertake a field experience placement with the NSW Police Force that provides an insight into the practical application of the theoretical foundations of the course. The placement, which is arranged by the NSW Police Academy, is situated as close as possible to your requested location and requires 40 hours (approximately one week) to complete. On campus full-time students will undertake the placement between Session 1 and 2 of the course. Distance education students undertake the field placement as a one-week block during Session 1b of the course. Your performance, conduct and behaviour during your field placement contributes to your professional suitability to progress in the ADPP.

For information on the fitness assessments and physical fitness requirements during the ADPP, see Fitness.

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