Course Title: Evidence Law

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Evidence Law

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


650T Vocational Business Education


Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Theresa Lyford

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925444

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 80, Level 5

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course provides you with detailed knowledge of the law of evidence and procedure as it applies in civil and criminal trials. You will examine the theory underpinning the law of evidence, how evidence is adduced in trials, why evidence may be admissible or inadmissible, and develop the understanding of what should be included in a brief to counsel.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


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

  1. Analyse the concept and nature of evidence when a given set of case file materials and legal case to prove.
  2. Recognise the general principles and rules of evidence and in particular the rules as they apply to the conduct of a civil and criminal trial.
  3. Analyse the framework of statutory and common law rules which provide the basis for the exclusion, and inclusion, of evidence.
  4. Determine and evaluate the provisions of Victorian and Commonwealth legislation applicable in evidence law.
  5. Demonstrate skills in legal research and writing, critical analysis, legal problem solving, advocacy, client presentation and communication

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will be encouraged to be an active learner. Your learning will be supported through various in-class and online activities comprising individual and group work. These may include quizzes; assignments; prescribed readings; sourcing, researching and analysing specific information; solving problems; conducting presentations; producing written work and collaborating with peers on set tasks or projects.

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through MyRMIT Studies\Canvas. The lecture notes and workshop notes are posted on Canvas.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. If you require assistance with the RMIT Library facilities contact the Business Liaison Librarian for your school. Contact details for Business Liaison Librarians are located online on the RMIT library website.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period. 

Overview of Assessment

The assessment alignment list below shows the assessment tasks against the learning outcomes they develop.

Assessment Task 1: 20%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4

Assessment Task 2: 40%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Assessment Task 3: 40%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.