Course Title: Analyse and evaluate concepts and principles of criminal law

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6141 Advanced Diploma of Legal Practice

Course Title: Analyse and evaluate concepts and principles of criminal law

Portfolio: BUS Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

LAW5722

City Campus

TAFE

650T Vocational Business Education

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term2 2016,
Term1 2017,
Term2 2017

Course Contact: Robert Sheen

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5759

Course Contact Email: robert.sheen@rmit.edu.au



Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to employ legal principles and aspects of criminal law, including criminal procedure, substantive aspects of criminal offences as defined in legislation and at common law, and, to evaluate the impact of law reform issues, in order to support the work of a legal office or associated context.

This unit supports the work of personnel engaged in the operation of a legal office, legal aid provider, government department or associated justice contexts within public and/or corporate sectors.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None



National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VU21641 Analyse and evaluate concepts and principles of criminal law

Elements:

1.Analyse the concept of crime and assess the purposes of criminal law within society

2.Outline and apply the pre-trial and trial procedures in a criminal matter and discuss the possible penalties for a criminal offence

3.Analyse and apply the key elements of the criminal offences of murder and manslaughter, and assess the available defences to such prosecutions

4.Determine and apply the elements of offences against the person other than homicide

5.Evaluate and apply the available defences to particular offences

6.Analyse and apply the law relating to the types of participation in crime and attempts

7.Analyse and apply the various elements to the criminal offence of theft, and discuss the available statutory defences

8.Determine and apply the elements of crimes of obtaining property as defined by the Crimes Act

9.Analyse and apply the key elements required for strict and absolute liability offences


Learning Outcomes


 


Overview of Assessment

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

In order to demonstrate competency in this unit, you must provide evidence of:

• the ability to explain the concept of crime and criminal law in society
• knowledge of Criminal Law relating to criminal procedures, substantive aspects of criminal offences as defined in legislation, and law reforms
• investigating criminal procedures and the possible penalties for a criminal offence
• analysing elements of criminal offences of manslaughter and murder
• assessing the available defences to particular offences
• analysing the key elements required for strict and absolute liability offences
• knowledge of applications of relevant sections of the Crimes Act in a range of case study materials

Context for assessment

Assessment must ensure:

• activities are related to a legal practice context
• activities are related to laws, regulations and procedures currently operating across the jurisdictions relevant to this qualification

You are advised that you are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate your assessment work to your teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.
 

Feedback

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions. You are encouraged to ask and answer questions during class time and online sessions so that you can obtain feedback on your understanding of the concepts and issues being discussed.

You should take note of all feedback received and use this information to improve your learning effectiveness and final performance in the course.

Finally, you can email or arrange an appointment with your teacher to gain more feedback on your progress.