The Design of a Professional Practice Module for Security and Crime Science

Thornton, A;

Borrion, H;


The Design of a Professional Practice Module for Security and Crime Science.

Presented at: ISEE 2018: The 7th International Symposium of Engineering Education, London, UK.


Integral to the development of the next generation of problem-solving multi-disciplinary Crime Scientists is the ability to put these skills into practice in the workplace. During the creation of the BSc Security and Crime Science it was decided that a Professional Practice module would allow the students to translate the theoretical and analytical skills they had developed in the classroom into practical project opportunities with employers. Drawing upon the UCL Connected Curriculum framework, in particular the strand promoting students connecting academic learning with workplace learning, a unique module compromising practical skills for employment, time in the workplace and reflective assessments was designed. This paper outlines some of the challenges faced in setting up and running the module, coordination with suitable organisations, providing students with the skills and experiences they need to succeed, and lessons learned for the future running of the course.

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