Course Title: Evidence and Proof in Litigation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Evidence and Proof in Litigation

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

JUST2270

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017

JUST2270

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2015

JUST2272

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2014

JUST2272

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2015

Course Coordinator: Michele Ruyters

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99252537

Course Coordinator Email: michele.ruyters@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Nil. 


Course Description

In this course you will be introduced to some of the issues that arise from applying the rules of evidence in legal proceedings with particular emphasis on how those rules apply in the criminal law jurisdiction. You will study the rules and principles of evidence, and the role and use of evidence in trials. You will also consider the conduct of a ‘fair trial’ and evidentiary law reform


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On successful completion of the course, you will be able to:


a) Describe the fundamental principles and concepts relating to the law of evidence;
b) Identify some of the processes of the rules of evidence in criminal and civil jurisdictions;
c) Explain rules of evidence through the use of case law and statute law;
d) Break down factual problems into component parts, and apply the rules of evidence through the use of case law and statute law in the practice of problem solving;
e) Apply legal research techniques in relation to the law of evidence;
f) Outline theoretical and practical criticisms of the rules of evidence.
 


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

  • Critical analysis and problem solving
  • Communication


Overview of Learning Activities

This course is generally delivered in a face-to-face mode with a blend of learning activities, which include lectures, seminars, problem solving, guest speakers presentations, case studies, videos, online activities, and student lead discussions. The course may be delivered online.


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. There is generally a prescribed text for this course.


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the learning outcomes of this course and on your development against the program capabilities. Assessment may include examinations, tests and quizzes, group work, presentations, moot courts and role playing, problem solving tasks, and essay writing. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.
 

  • If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
  • A student charter http://www.rmit.edu.au/about/studentcharter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
  • Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic#assessment