Course Title: Criminal Law

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Criminal Law

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


650T Vocational Business Education


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Callie Harvey

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5772

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 80, Level 5

Course Coordinator Availability: Please check with course coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course provides you with knowledge and skills relating to criminal law and procedure and particularly the substantive law relating to indictable offences. Matters examined include the elements of homicide and other offences against the person, theft and other property offences, general defences, attempts to commit crime, the law relating to where there is more than one participant in a crime and crimes of absolute or strict liability. Law reform issues will be evaluated.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


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

  1. Apply the procedures involved in a criminal prosecution and the penalties which may be applied by a court.
  2. Analyse and apply the law regarding matters the prosecution must prove for a person to be convicted of certain offences and the law relating to general defences
  3. Analyse and apply the law relating to attempts to commit an offence.
  4. Analyse and apply the law relating to circumstances where the commission of the offence involves the participation of more than one person.
  5. Analyse and apply the law relating to circumstances in which a particular state of mind is not an element of the offence.

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/Canvas. In addition to topic notes; assessment details and a study schedule you may also be provided with links to relevant online information; readings; audio and video clips and communication tools to facilitate collaboration with your peers and to share information.
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 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
Assessment Task 2: 30%
Linked CLOs: 2
Examination: 50%
Linked CLOs: 2, 3, 4, 5

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.