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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Former School/College

Former School of Law and Justice

Unit aim

Provides students with an introduction to the principles of criminal law which includes a discussion of the application of these principles in respect of major crimes, and the procedures with which these crimes are prosecuted and defended.

Unit content

  1. What is crime and the administration of criminal proceedings?
  2. Initiation of criminal proceedings
  3. Detention after arrest, police questioning, bail and legal aid
  4. The trial, committals and charge negotiations
  5. Sentencing and appeals
  6. Principles of criminal liability
  7. Assault
  8. Property offences
  9. Public order offences
  10. Defences I
  11. Defences II

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 demonstrate knowledge of general principles of criminal responsibility.
2 demonstrate a working knowledge of the process by which charges are brought before the criminal courts and identify the personnel and agencies in the criminal process.
3 apply legal problem solving methodology to resolve legal problems and justify a conclusion.
4 learn and work independently within broad parameters.
5 analyse and report on legal issues in practice.
6 identify the uses and limitations of criminal law in society.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of general principles of criminal responsibility.
    • GA4:
  2. demonstrate a working knowledge of the process by which charges are brought before the criminal courts and identify the personnel and agencies in the criminal process.
    • GA4:
  3. apply legal problem solving methodology to resolve legal problems and justify a conclusion.
    • GA2:
  4. learn and work independently within broad parameters.
    • GA5:
  5. analyse and report on legal issues in practice.
    • GA2:
    • GA4:
  6. identify the uses and limitations of criminal law in society.
    • Not applicable

Prescribed texts

  • John Devereux and Meredith Blake, 2013, Criminal Law in Queensland and Western Australia, 8th, LexisNexis, Australia. ISBN: 9780409331981.
  • Michael Eburn, Roderick Howie Paul Sattler, 2014, Criminal Law and Procedure in NSW, 4th, LexisNexis, Australia. ISBN: 9780409334647.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.