Course Title: Criminal Law

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6070

Course Title: Criminal Law

Portfolio: BUS

Nominal Hours: 51.0

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


650T TAFE Business


Term1 2008,
Term1 2009,
Term1 2010

Course Contact: Doug Cole

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5424

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This module covers concept of crime, criminal procedure, homicides, assault, sexual offences, defences, participation in crime and attempts, property offences, strict liability offences.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

LAW5040 Legal Process [VBM898]

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VBM909 Criminal Law

Learning Outcomes

1. Analyse, assess and define the concept of crime and analyse the purposes of criminal law in society.
2. Outline the pre-trial and trial procedures in a criminal matter and discuss the possible penalties for a criminal offence.
3. Analyse the key elements of the criminal offences of murder and manslaughter, and assess the available defences to such prosecutions.
4. Determine and assess the elements of offences against the person other than homicide.
5. Evaluate and assess the available defences to particular offences.
6. Analyse the law relating to the types of participation in crime and attempts.
7. Analyse and evaluate the various elements to the criminal offence of theft, and discuss the available statutory defences.
8. Determine the elements of the crimes of obtaining property by deception, obtaining a financial advantage by deception robbery, burglary and blackmail as defined by the Crimes Act
9. Analyse and assess the key elements required for strict and absolute liability offences.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will consist of written tests.