Course Title: Criminal Law Investigation and Procedure

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Criminal Law Investigation and Procedure

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities. 

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Please read the Student website for additional requirements of in-person attendance: https://www.rmit.edu.au/covid/coming-to-campus.

Please check your Canvas course shell closer to when the course starts to see if this course requires mandatory in-person attendance. The delivery method of the course might have to change quickly in response to changes in the local state/national directive regarding in-person course attendance. 


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

HWSS2119

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2011

HWSS2119

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Internet

Summer2015,
Summer2018,
Spring2019,
Summer2022

HWSS2120

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2011

HWSS2120

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Summer2015

HWSS2120

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Internet

Summer2018,
Spring2019,
Summer2022

Course Coordinator: Dr. Brianna Chesser

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 399259238

Course Coordinator Email: brianna.chesser@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: Building 37, Floor 4 Room 20

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None.


Course Description

In this course, you will learn and apply the principles and elements of state and federal laws relating to criminal investigation and procedure. In particular, you will consider the powers of investigators and statutory investigative regimes, discretion to initiate prosecution, the discretion to initiate prosecution, how criminal proceedings are commenced, the nature of bail, the process of hearings including appeals. You will consider the application of these principles in the context of the substantive criminal law.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • CLO 1: Recognise some of the important processes of the criminal law with focus on the balance between the rights of the individual and the state
  • CLO 2: Critically assess laws relating to investigation and procedure 
  • CLO 3: Demonstrate your problem solving skills by applying laws relating to investigation and procedure to hypothetical fact situations
  • CLO 4: Critique recent reforms and the context of reform in the area of criminal procedure
  • CLO 5: Demonstrate legal research techniques.


 


In this course, you will develop the following graduate capabilities:

  • Critical analysis and problem solving
  • Communication
  • Effective management and use of information


Overview of Learning Activities

This course is generally delivered online using a series of modules.  When the course is delivered in face-to-face mode, learning activities include lectures, seminars, tutorials, case studies, problem solving exercises, videos, and student lead discussions. 


Overview of Learning Resources

A textbook or case book may be prescribed for this course. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.


Overview of Assessment


Assessment will include:

1) Quizzes 20% assesses CLOs 1,2

2) Case Study 30% (1200 words) assesses CLOs 2,3

3) Research Essay 50% (1800 words) assesses CLOs 1,2,4,5.