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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedClayton Second semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Angela Williams


The unit covers four themes: Introduction to the Criminal Justice System and Sexual Offences; Medico legal Documentation; Rules of Evidence; Giving Evidence and Advocacy Techniques.
Designed to give nursing students knowledge of the legal system (in particular the criminal justice system), the unit examines the hierarchy of the legal system and the courts. The importance of providing objective and informative opinion evidence to the court and an understanding of the boundaries of being an expert witness is also covered. The moot court allows students to practice skills and gain confidence in the plan of the courtroom and a site visit demonstrates and the process and procedures of a trial.


Upon completion of this unit the student will be able to:

  1. Understand the basics of the legal system and be able to locate appropriate law in relation to their professional duties;
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the general principles of the laws of evidence, in particular the rules around opinion evidence;
  3. Understand the role of the expert witness;
  4. Prepare a medico legal report; and
  5. Utilize techniques necessary for managing evidence in chief, cross examination and re examination.


Workbook Activities (30%)
Case Studies (30%)
Presentation and Residential participation (10%)
Assignment (10%)

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Angela Williams

Off-campus attendance requirements

Compulsory 3 day workshop each semester.