Course Title: Apply legal principles in criminal law matters

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: JUST5200C

Course Title: Apply legal principles in criminal law matters

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5292 - Diploma of Legal Services

Course Contact : Kathie Nickson

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925-5852

Course Contact Email:kathie.nickson@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

TINA POPA

Sessional Lecturer

E-mail: tina.popa@rmit.edu.au

Nominal Hours: 60

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.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

None

Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to apply legal principles and carry out administrative tasks associated with criminal law matters. A range of legislation, rules, regulations and codes of practice may apply to this unit at the time of endorsement, depending on job roles and jurisdictions.This unit defines the competency required to identify the needs of a business or business process and quantify those needs into technical requirements that will enable the business or process to meet expectation.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBLEG511A Apply legal principles in criminal law matters

Element:

1. Identify laws related to criminal law

Performance Criteria:

1.1.Source legislation, regulations and policies relevant to criminal law
1.2. Interpret key legal principles as they apply to criminal law matters
 

Element:

2. Enhance professional practice through application of relevant principles of criminal law

Performance Criteria:

2.1.Identify different criminal matters, defences, types of hearings, criminal jurisdictions and types of courts and explain relationships between them
2.2. Receive call from client or police and communicate details of client charge and bail status to legal practitioner
 

Element:

3. Draft and process documents involved in criminal law matters

Performance Criteria:

3.1.Prepare letters and other documents for legal practitioner for review and sign-off according to organisation's policies and procedures
3.2.Determine types of costs in accordance with legislative and regulatory requirements for costing legal services
3.3.Ensure documents are despatched according to instructions
3.4.Facilitate liaison and communication between the parties
3.5.Maintain files, noting critical dates and reminders
 


Learning Outcomes



Details of Learning Activities

In undertaking this course, students will acquire skills and knowledge required to apply legal principles and carry out administrative tasks associated with criminal law matters. 4 workshops will be conducted throughout the semester which will provide the students with all necessary materials in order for them to undertake independent study between workshops. Throughout the semester, extensive use will be made of RMIT’s online learning environment (Blackboard) to provide additional reading material for each topic together with tutorial questions to test the students’ progress and understanding.

The first 3 workshops are aimed at providing the students with the material in order to gain an understanding of the fundamental principles of criminal law. The material is delivered through PowerPoint lecture slides and supplemented by further reading material on Blackboard.

Skills and knowledge are further expanded through class discussions, practical case studies and examples, and class exercises.


Teaching Schedule

The 4 workshops are spread out through the semester as shown below. Each workshop isscheduled to last 3 hours with a break in the middle. Workshops 1 and 4 are mandatory due to orientation and the examination respectively.

WorkshopDateAreas of Study
15 July 2012

• General Principles of Criminal Law
• Criminal procedure and sentencing
• The elements of murder
• Self-defence in relation to homicide
 

22 August 2012•Manslaughter and other unlawful killings
• Assault and related crimes
• Sexual offences
• Property offences
 
36 September 2012• Attempts and participants in crime
• General defences
• Mental impairment and intoxication
• Offences of strict liability and mistake
 
44 October 2012FINAL EXAM IN CLASS


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Waller L, Williams C. R. (eds), Waller and Williams Criminal Law Text and Cases, Butterworths 11th Edition.

There will be readings and support materials provided for each topic via the Blackboard site for this course. The prescribed text can be used to supplement the information provided online via Blackboard.


References

Crimes Act 1958 (Vic)


Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including in-class exercises, problem-solving exercises, assignments, group or individual projects, presentations and written or practical tests, as well as homework activities.

Other activities may be workplace-based or simulate work practices. These may include the production of technical requirements documents, direct observation of workplace practices and the presentation of a portfolio of evidence. This portfolio may include documents, photographs, video and/or audio files.

Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met. Students will be provided with feedback throughout the course to check their progress.
 


Assessment Tasks

You are required to complete 3 pieces of assessment:

Task 1 - Multiple Choice Test

Short answer multiple choice test to be submitted on-line.

Test will made available on 6 August 2012 online via Blackboard and it must be submitted by 8 August 2012 online via Blackboard.


Task 2 - Hypothetical Case Study

Preparation of documents in relation to a hypothetical scenario relating to a client who has been charged with an indictable offence.

Task 2 will be made available online on 20 August 2012 and it is to be submitted online by 13 September 2012.


Task 3 - Final Test

The Final Test is open book and to be held in class on 4 October 2012. The final exam involves problem solving of hypothetical criminal law scenarios where the student is required to provide an answer with reference to relevant legislation and case law.


Assessment Matrix

ElementPerformance CriteriaAssessment
1.Identify laws related to criminal law

1.1.Source legislation, regulations and policies relevant to criminal law


1.2. Interpret key legal principles as they apply to criminal law matters
 

1.1 Short answer/multiple choice test to be submitted online. To cover sources of criminal law, types of criminal matters, types of hearings, jurisdiction (assessment task 1)


1.2 Final in class test (assessment task 3)
 

2.Enhance professional practice through application of relevant principles of criminal law

2.1.Identify different criminal matters, defences, types of hearings, criminal jurisdictions and types of courts and explain relationships between them


2.2. Receive call from client or police and communicate details of client charge and bail status to legal practitioner
 

2.1 Short answer/multiple choice test and final test (assessment tasks 1 and 3)


2.2 Hypothetical scenario in relation to a client who has been charged with an indictable offence requiring relevant advice (assessment task 2)
 

3.Draft and process documents involved in criminal law matters

3.1.Prepare letters and other documents for legal practitioner for review and sign-off according to organisation’s policies and procedures


3.2.Determine types of costs in accordance with legislative and regulatory requirements for costing legal services


3.3.Ensure documents are despatched according to instructions


3.4.Facilitate liaison and communication between the parties


3.5.Maintain files, noting critical dates and reminders
 

3.1 Hypothetical scenario as above requiring preparation of relevant documentation (assessment task 2)


3.2 Hypothetical scenario as above requiring advice regarding costs (assessment task 2)
 

3.3 Hypothetical scenario as above requiring advice regarding costs (assessment task 2)
 

3.4 Hypothetical scenario as above requiring advice regarding costs (assessment task 2)
 

3.5 Hypothetical scenario as above requiring advice regarding costs (assessment task 2)
 

Other Information

Marking Guide

You need to demonstrate you are competent in each element of the unit of competency you are studying.

You will receive feedback on each assessment task that will inform you whether you are comptenent or not and how well you are performing. Once competent in all elements of the unit you receive a competency grading.

Please refer to the Final Grades schedule below:

CHD   Competent with High Distinction
CDI     Competent with Distinction
CC      Competent with Credit
CAG   Competency Achieved – Graded
NYC    Not Yet Competent
DNS   Did Not Submit for assessment
 

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