Management and Leadership in Policing Organisations

robManagement & Leadership in Policing Organisations:  The Robert Gordon University: Dr Rob Smith

 The aims of this module are to:

The aims of this module are to enable student to (1) assess and analyse the roles that leaders and managers play in formulating, implementing and evaluating strategy in the police service; and (2) to apply the principles and techniques of strategic management in this context.

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Critically appraise the role and function of leaders and managers in formulating, implementing and evaluating strategy in the police service.
  2. Demonstrate a critical understanding and identify the key features of the strategic management process
  3. Demonstrate a critical understanding and identify the key features of the strategic management process
  4. Evaluate the impact of strategic decision-making on the management of the police service
  5. Engage in critical reflection of management and leadership in policing organisations.

The primary method of teaching the module is via distance learning. The module demands preparation in advance by students and their active participation in seminars and on-line discussions.  Intellectual skills will be practiced and demonstrated through these active learning processes. Preparation for classes is directed by detailed reading lists distributed to students at the start of each module.

Knowledge and understanding will be supported by directed study of  a range of academic, policy and practical sources  (such as research monographs, edited collections, journal articles and research reports)  and by the essay.

Summative assessment of knowledge and understanding takes place primarily through the 6,000 word assignment which is submitted at completion of the module.

The assignment assesses the use of a wide range of relevant material, the ability to summarise this material effectively and, the ability to construct and defend a coherent academic argument.