Course Title: Principles of Evidence B

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Principles of Evidence B

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban & Social Studies


Sem 2 2014


City Campus


365H Global, Urban & Social Studies


Sem 2 2014

Course Coordinator: Michele Ruyters

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 2537

Course Coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course, you will learn about the application of the rules of evidence in legal proceedings and the operation of evidentiary principles and concepts in practical contexts. You will consider the use of technologies in court rooms, and the rules, and processes of evidence and procedure in international criminal law contexts.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


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

a) Identify the rules of evidence and their application in criminal and civil proceedings;
b) Extend your problem solving and analytical skills through the application of case and statute law to set problems;
c) Carry out some of the processes related to the tender of evidence and apply the rules of evidence in practice;
d) Evaluate the function and use of court room technologies;
e) Explain rules of evidence and procedures operating in international contexts;
f) Debate areas of possible reform or areas of future initiatives;
g) Explain some of the criticisms of the way the rules of evidence operate in practice.

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.
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