DAVID GAME COLLEGE BTEC RQF HNC/D ASSESSMENT BRIEF CourseHND Public ServicesAcademic Year2020-2021Unit Number & Unit TitleUnit 7: Law & Legal SystemsAssignment AuthorJack AdamsAssessorsJack AdamsAssignment TitleThe Criminal Justice System: England & WalesDate issuedJanuary 2021IV Name and DateAssessment sub-board 6/1/2021Formative Submission DeadlineSummative Submission DeadlineGroupDeadlineGroupDeadlineALL GROUPS25/02/2021ALL GROUPS09/04/2021 Good Academic Practice DGHE considers an act of academic misconduct when a student attempts to benefit either for themselves or for another person by unfair or improper methods, regardless of it being intentional or unintentional. Examples include: • Purchasing work and presenting it as your own. • Plagiarism is passing off someone else’s work as your own such as: o Using quotes without the use of quotation marks. o Using images produced by another person without acknowledgement. o Using data or ideas without acknowledgement. o Copying another person’s work. o Getting someone to help you write parts of your submission as if it were your own. • Collusion is when two or more students working together without prior authorisation from the academic member of staff concerned (e.g. programme leader, lecturer etc.) to produce the same or similar piece of work and then attempting to present this entirely as their own individual submission. It is important that you are clear about what you need to do for each assignment and how you can do it. If you are not sure about any rules regarding academic writing and referencing, guidance is available from many DGHE sources including Moodle, our Library and Study Skills Support teams and from your module leaders/personal tutor. ASSIGNMENT BRIEF AND GUIDANCE Purpose of this assessmentThe assignment is designed to test students’ understanding of the criminal justice system in England and Wales and the importance of criminal justice policy. ScenarioIn November 2020, the Guardian ran a story headlined “Criminal Justice System is ‘on its knees’, says top English Lawyer” (Bowcott, 2020). The article [see reference below] suggests that the victims are penalised more than offenders due to delivering reduced prison terms and long delays in trials reaching court meaning some potential perpetrators of serious crimes such as rape are released on bail. A few reasons have been put forward to explain these points such as cuts to funding and the Covid-19 pandemic. As a Law and Legal Systems scholar, you have been assigned the task of reviewing the English Criminal Justice System to explain how the criminal justice system works, measure its effectiveness during Covid-19 and put forward policy recommendations where necessary. References: Bowcott, O. (2020) Criminal Justice System is ‘on its knees’, says top English Lawyer [online]. The Guardian. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/law/2020/nov/19/criminal-justice-system-is-on-its-knees-says-top-english-lawyer [Accessed 20/11/2020].Task 1Write an essay that discusses the idea that the English Criminal Justice System is ‘on its knees’. Themes for discussion in this essay might include: Different types and principles of law that exist in the jurisdiction of England & Wales; How crimes are dealt with by English courts including the right to appeal; The role of various stakeholders involved in the criminal justice process; How the effectiveness of the criminal justice process can be measured during the Covid-19 pandemic and how it can be improved.This provides evidence for ALL learning outcomes. Word count: 2,500 (+ / – 10%)Submission FormatThis essay should be submitted by Friday 9 April 2021. It should be written using 1.5 line spacing and font size 12.You are required to introduce your essay as well as provide a conclusion. All work must be supported with research and referenced using the Harvard referencing system. Use appropriate case studies, organisational examples and academic theory to support your findings.You are not required to include an executive summary, a table of contents or an abstract for this assignment.You should submit your assignment to the relevant ‘Essay’ submission point on Moodle.Your Moodle has a very useful section on Essays and how to write them. You can locate this in your study skills tile, under Academic Genres. Link: https://moodle.dghe.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=608 Formative TaskYou have an opportunity to receive some formative feedback on this report by submitting a 1,000 word draft to the relevant ‘Formative task’ submission point on Moodle by Thursday 25 February 2021. This task will not be graded but will contain useful feedback. The current Assignment Brief covers the following Learning Outcomes Grading CriteriaLearning OutcomesPassMeritDistinctionTask No.EvidenceLO1 Describe the main types and principles of law.P1 Describe the types of law in the English Legal System.P2 Explain the main principles relating to criminal law.M1 Evaluate the type and principles of law that apply to a particular offence.LO1 and LO2D1 Demonstrate how the criminal justice system works by critically analysing how a particular criminal offence would be dealt with.Task 01Task 01LO2 Explain the structure and workings of criminal courts.P3 Explain the structure of the Magistrates and Crown Courts.P4 Explain the route for appeal in the criminal court structure.M2 Analyse the structures of the Magistrates and Crown Courts for criminal proceedings.LO3 Explore the functions, roles and responsibilities of the public services and related organisations involved in delivering the criminal justice processP5 Describe the role and responsibilities of a range of public services and related organisations involved in the criminal justice process.M3 Explore how organisations involved in the criminal justice process work together, giving specific examples.LO3 and LO4D2 Evaluate the effectiveness of the public services and related organisations within the criminal justice system at reducing reoffending, using a specific case example.LO4 Assess the effectiveness of the criminal justice process in reducing reoffending.P6 Outline the different ways effectiveness of the criminal justice process can be measured. P7 Explain how performance data can help to measure the effectiveness of the criminal justice process.M4 Explore the different ways of measuring the effectiveness of the criminal justice process. Student Achievements and Assessor FeedbackStudent achievement and Assessor feedback for both formative and summative submissions will be recorded within Grademark Turnitin via Moodle and will be available for students to view as notified on Turnitin. Please use exclusively the grade classification below.Assessment Grading ScaleGrade Classification Numeric Value (on Grademark) Grade Listed As Distinction 75 D Merit 65 M Pass 45 P Unclassified/ Referred 35 U Alleged Academic Misconduct 0 SP Student submission and declarationThe following declaration will be inserted in the Turnitin link for both formative and summative submissions: ‘I certify that by submitting the work for this assessment on Moodle (and via Turnitin) it is my own work and all research sources are fully acknowledged using the Harvard system of references. I certify that there are no personal or mitigating circumstances that have affected my work.’By submitting such document, you acknowledge that your work is your own, and abides by the DGHE code of conduct, and Pearson regulations.Please note that in case of academic malpractice DGHE reserves the right to decline to accept the work for assessment purposes, and/or conduct an investigation, which might result in an oral presentation, oral or written exam, or any other appropriate form of examination. Further information can be found in the academic integrity and misconduct policy, the assessment policy, and the student handbook. Understanding what a command verb isYour assignment will always have a series of questions or points that you will need to address. The first step in successfully addressing your assignment questions is by understanding what your lecturer wants from you, and this means understanding the command verb of the question.What is a command verb? This is constituted by an imperative verb that gives you a specific instruction.What are the common command verbs your assignment has and what they mean? The following is not a complete list however, it can help you to understand what is expected of you.Explain = to describe a situation in detail or present relevant facts. E.g. To say it’s a chair, it’s descriptive but not explanatory, to say it’s a wooden chair, made of mango woods, that has four legs, and an arm rest, is to explain.Assess = to evaluate the relevance of something. E.g. To say Brexit is an important event in the UK, is factual but not evaluative. To say that the impact of Brexit on the automotive industry is yet to be determined, but a likely estimate situates a loss of manufacturing plants, and consequently jobs in the UK, is evaluative.Compare = to measure how similar or different something is. E.g. To say that surrealism is different from cubism, is to state a fact. However, to state that while both movements are considered modern art, cubism popularised by Picasso, breaks down the subject matter and reassembles it in an abstract form, while surrealism, popularised by Salvador Dali, focuses on the subconscious mind and portrays everyday objects in a unfamiliar setting.Analyse = to examine something in detail. E.g. To say that the UK judicial system is complex is too simple however, to say that the UK judicial system is complex due to historical reasons, and that has led to separate jurisdictions with one system for England and Wales, another for Scotland, and another for Northern Ireland. In England Wales at the lower instance you have the magistrate courts and tribunals, followed by the crown court, and the county court, high court and court of appeal (detailing what are the key functions for each of these and how the interrelate with one another, and for the other judiciary systems, and finalising with the UK Supreme Court is to analyse a subject).Don’t forget you can always refer to your lecturer for other verbs not included here or your study skills tutor.
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