Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Amanda Davies

 Dr Amanda Davies

Med, BA, GCUL&T, GDipAd

Profile

Amanda Davies is a lecturer who has been with CSU on a full-time basis since 2005. Her particular area of expertise is communication (police/citizen interactions). More recently Amanda has focused on the development, utilization and evaluation of simulation for developing policing knowledge and skills. In 2009 Amanda received a Vice Chancellor Award for Teaching Excellence and an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for Teaching. During 2008 an 2009 Amanda presented two co-authored papers receiving awards for outstanding paper. Amanda completed her PhD in 2013 and is undertaking research in the utilization of simulation in police training.

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At CSU Amanda has undertaken the following teaching and co-ordination roles:

Subjects taught:

  • PPP102: Investigation & Communication in Policing 1
  • PPP105: Investigation & Communication in Policing 2
  • PPP113: Communication in Policing
  • PPP115 Police Crime and Society
  • PPP123: Professional Ethics
  • PPP252: Ethical values and leader

Subjects  Co-ordinated:

  • PPP102: Investigation & Communication in Policing 1
  • PPP105: Investigation & Communication in Policing 2
  • PPP113: Communication in Policing
  • PPP115 Police Crime and Society
  • PPP123: Professional Ethics
  • PPP252: Ethical values and leadership

Higher Degree Supervision/Marking

  • Masters candidate supervision for the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security
  • Masters thesis marking for the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security

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Research

2017 - current

Evaluation of the implementation of NSW Police Force Body-worn Video Cameras Phase Two Deployment (funded by NSW Police Force Major Events and Incidents Command) 

This research project follows on from the Phase One evaluation and is designed to report on the impact of the implementation of Body-worn video cameras by NSW Police Officers in their operational duties.

Exploring strategies to support Indigenous applicants and officers for the New South Wales Police Force (funded by the NSW Police Force Aboriginal Programs Unit)

This research project is designed to identify barriers for Indigenous applicants to the New South Wales Police Force and their retention and/or progression.

Evaluation of the New South Wales Police Force Young Leaders Program (funded by the NSW Police Force Leadership Programs Unit)

This research project is designed to identify the impact on the development of leadership skills for NSW Police Officers attending the Young Leaders Program

2015 - 2017

Evaluation of the NSW Police Force Active Armed Offender Training Program (funded by NSW Police Force) 

 Research funded by NSW Police Force Weapons and Tactics Division

 This research:

  • Evaluation of the impact of the level of preparedness of NSWPF officers after AAO training; and

  • Evaluation of the curriculum alignment with assessment

2015 - 2016

Evaluation of the NSW Police Force Take the Lead Leadership Program (funded by NSW Police Force) 

Research funded by NSW Police Force Senior Leadership Executive, Education and Training Command

  • Evaluation of the impact of the training on NSWPF officers' leadership competence after training

  • Evaluation of the curriculum alignment with assessment; and

  • Evaluation of the adequacy of the technology supported simulation based learning exercises in the training program

2015 - 2016

Evaluation of the implementation of Body-worn Video Cameras Phase One Deployment (funded by NSW Police Force) 

Research funded by NSW Police Force Public Order and Major Events Command to evaluate the impact of the Body-worn video use by NSW Police Officers.

  • The research report recommendations have been adopted by the NSW Police Force for implementation in the Phase Two deployment;

  • The research report has been presented to the New South Wales Government Treasury Gateway Committee in support of the application for funding of the Phase Two deployment;

  • The research report has been presented to the Victorian Parliament (by the Victorian Police) in support of the deployment of Body-worn video cameras for Victorian Police Officers.

2015

Development and evaluation of a Self-Assessment Rubric for Simulation based learning exercise programs (funded by NSW Police Force) 

Research project in collaboration with the NSW Police Force Simulated Operations Unit, Education and Training Command, Sydney.

  • This project resulted from recommendations presented in my Doctoral thesis.

  • The research project was awarded a Best from around the Globe prize at the Simulation Australia Conference which funded the author to present the paper at the USA I/ITSEC Conference, the world's largest simulation conference.

2015

Evaluation of the Pre-attestation phases of the Associate Degree in Policing Practice for preparing Probationary Constables for operational duty (funded by School of Policing)

Report prepared for: Principal, NSW Police Force Academy, Head of School of Policing Studies and School of Policing Courses Committee

This research project reported on the design and delivery of the pre-attestation Associate Degree in Policing Practice curriculum and included the view point of the probationary constables, field based supervisors and NSW Police Force management.

2015

Evaluation of the Pre-attestation phases of the Associate Degree in Policing Practice teaching staff feedback on teaching/curriculum 201515 funded by School of Policing)

Report prepared for: Principal, NSW Police Force Academy, Head of School of Policing Studies and School of Policing Courses Committee.

This research project reported on the design and delivery of the pre-attestation Associate Degree in Policing Practice curriculum from the teaching staff perspective.

2014   

Evaluation of the IPROWD (Preparation program for Indigenous NSW Police Force applicants) Curriculum (funded by NSW Police Force) 

This research project reported on the adequacy of the IPROWD curriculum and delivery in preparing students for the study of the Associated Degree in Policing Practice and the NSW Police Force probationary constable operational duties.

2013 - 2014

Evaluation of NSW Police Force Integrated Tactical Skill curriculum

What impact on tactical option decision making skills for recruit police officers is achieved through an integrated police tactical skill training approach.

This research project reported on the adequacy of an integrated tactical option decision making skills curriculum for supporting student learning.

2009 - 2013

Doctorate Thesis (funded by Charles Sturt University and NSW Police Force)

The impact of simulation-based learning exercises on the development of decision-making skills and professional identity in operational policing

This research project:

  • reported on the impact of Hydra-Minerva Simulation exercises within a Incident Command and Control training program for Superintendent level NSW Police Force Officers; and

  • reported on the impact of virtual shoot/don't shoot decision making simulation exercises (VirTra) for supporting NSW Police Recruit officer training.

2011

Evaluation of a Weapons and Tactics Firearms Training Peer Support Pilot Programme (funded by NSW Police Force)

This research project reported on the implementation of a Peer Support Training program for teaching Firearm skills to NSW Police Force recruit students.

2009

Evaluation of the NSWPF Hydra/Minerva Incident Command and Control Simulation Exercise

This research project was a pilot for the research to be conducted for my Doctoral Thesis.

The research reported on the impact of the simulation based exercise for transferring learning from the classroom to operational practice.

2008   

Re-useable learning objects: What is their impact on learning outcomes? A Charles Sturt University Scholarship in Teaching funded project

The research project report:

  • Achieved an ASCILITE Best Paper Award

  • Presented in the Charles Sturt University Vice-Chancellors report to Senate

  • Adopted by the Charles Sturt University Educational Design Unit as an exemplar for distance education course design

2006   

Evaluation of the Associated Degree in Policing Practice for preparing NSW Police Recruits for operational practice

(A member of the Associate Degree in Policing Practice review team, reporting on the level of adequacy of the curriculum in developing students for their operational policing duties)

The research informed the continuous improvement process for the Associate Degree in Policing Practice.

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Publications

Journal Articles

  • Davies, A. (2015).  Shoot Don't Shoot what are the influences? The police recruit perspective. Policing and Society An international Journal of Research and Policy. Taylor & Francis. DOI: 10.1080/10439463.2015.1077835. pp. 1-14
  • Davies, A. (2015) Incident Command Decision Making: Perception vs Reality. Australasian Policing A Journal of professional practice and research. Vol 7, Number 1.
  • Davies, A. (2015) Beyond the Tick and Flick: An Approach to Identifying the Realised Value of Simulation Exercises in Educating for the Future. International Journal of Innovation and Research in Educational Sciences. Vol2, Issue 3. pp. 116-119.
  • Davies, A. (2015) The Hidden Advantage in shoot/don't shoot simulation exercises for the police recruit training. Salus, 3, 1, 16-31.
  • Davies, A. & Kelly, A. (2014) Talking the talk: Developing a student centred approach for teaching communication skills for operational policing. Salus Journal, Vol 3, No 2, November 2014.
  • Davies, A., & Dalgarno, B. (2009) Learning fire investigation the clean way: the virtual experience, Australian Journal of Educational Technology, Vol 25, Number 1, 2009.

Doctoral Thesis

  • Davies, A. (2013) What is the impact of simulation-based learning exercises on the development of decision-making skills and professional identity in operational policing. Doctoral Thesis , Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, AUS.

Book Chapters

  • Davies, A. (2013). Using simulations in Police Education. In J. Higgs, D. Sheehan, J. Baldry Currens, W. Letts & G Jensen (Eds.) Realising Exemplary Practice-Based Education (pp.239-247). Rotterdam, ND: Sense Publishers.
  • Davies, A. (2012). A Leap of faith: Embedding e-Simulation in an Associate Degree in Policing. In C. Nygaard, N. Courtney and E. Leigh (Eds). Simulations, Games and Role Play in University Education (pp.223-239). Faringdon, UK: Libri Publishing.
  • Davies, A., & Roberts, K. (2011). Communications in Policing. In P. Birch & V. Herrington (Eds). Policing in Practice (pp.) Sydney, AUS: McMillan.

Sole Authored Books

  • Davies, A. (2010) The impact of re-useable learning objects in education. Saarbrucken, GR: Lambert Academic Publishing.
  • Davies, A. (2005). Working in Hospitality Operations. Croydon, AUS: Tertiary Press.

Co-authored Books

  • Davies, A., McLean, D., & Watson, A. (2004) Customers and Colleagues. Croydon, AUS: Tertiary Press.
  • Davies, A., Krau, F., Braham, B., Ellyard, S., & Allanson, J. (2003). Communication for Business. North Ryde, AUS: McGraw-Hill.

Conference Presentations & Conference Proceedings Papers

  • Davies, A. (2017) Listen to the voices from the field: A model for evaluating simulation based learning exercises. Conference Proceedings Australasian Simulation Congress, ICC, Sydney Australia. August - September 2017.
  • Davies, A. & Sargent, H. (2015). Reflecting and Gaining Wisdom: A self assessment rubric for optimizing simulation based learning
  • Davies, A. & Lynch, H. (2015). Spiralling up professionalism: An integrated model for higher education. 1st International Conference on Higher Education Advances, Valencia, Spain.
  • 2015 Davies, A. Beyond the walls:Evidence based research – what does it tell us about simulation based learning for operational policing? ANZ Officer Safety and Skills Conference, Sydney, March 2015.
  • 2014 Davies, A. " Simulation based learning environments", CSUed 2014  Albury, Australia.
  • 2014 Davies, A. & Lynch, H. Imagineering for police recruit education: a case study. CSUed 2014 Albury.
  • 2014 Davies, A. "The Associate Degree in Policing Practice and integrated curriculum and assessment model" Education for Practice Institute, Homebush, Sydney.
  • 2013 Davies, A., & Ferguson, D. Police recruit education in 2014 and beyond: Rethinking curriculum design and delivery in police recruit education. Presentation at Policing and Security in Practice: Then, Now and Into the Future. Sydney, AUS.
  • 2010 National Curriculum Quality Assurance Forum, Melbourne " The role of virtual reality in connecting students to their profession". Melbourne, AUS.
  • Davies, A. (2010). Lessons From The Field: Exploring The Impact Of Debriefing Simulation Exercises, Conference Proceedings SimTect 2010. Brisbane, Australia.
  • Davies, A., & Nixon, J. (2010). Making it real- from the street to the online classroom in police education: what is the impact on student learning? Paper presented at the ASCILITE Conference: Curriculum, technology and transformation for an unknown future. Sydney, AUS.
  • Davies, A., & Dalgarno, B. (2009) Learning fire investigation the clean way: the virtual experience, Australian Journal of Educational Technology, Vol 25, Number 1, 2009.
  • Davies, A. (2009). Tactile Elements: Their Role in Fire Investigation Virtual Training, Conference paper, SimTect 2009, Adelaide June, 2009.

Reports

  • Davies, A. (2015). Report on the Evaluation of the Pre-attestation phases of the Associate Degree in Policing Practice or preparing Probationary Constables for operational duty. Charles Sturt University, Goulburn.
  • Davies, A. (2015). Report on the Associate Degree in Policing Practice Pre-attestation teaching staff feedback on teaching/curriculum 201515. Charles Sturt University, Goulburn.
  • Davies, A. (2014). IPROWD Training program curriculum evaluation. Prepared for NSW Police Force, Aboriginal Programs Unit.
  • Davies, A. (2014) Report on the evaluation of the impact on tactical option decision making skills for recruit police officers through an integrated police tactical skill training delivery program. NSW Police Academy, Goulburn.
  • Davies, A., & McDonald, M. (2011) Report on the PPP126 WTTU Firearms Training Peer Support Program. NSW Police Academy, Goulburn.
  • Davies, A. (2009). Report on the NSW Police Force Minerva Public Order Simulation Operation May, 2009.

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