LAW1114 - Criminal law 1 - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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




Bronwyn Naylor

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)
  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


This unit was previously coded LAW3301. This unit is only offered to students commencing in 2015 and beyond.


The unit introduces the general doctrines, principles and aims of the criminal law and criminal justice system, introduces the roles of civil and criminal laws in relation to harms to the person, and examines the law relating to fatal and non-fatal offences against people. It analyses sentencing and access to compensation for victims of crime.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. critically evaluate the purpose and scope of criminal laws with reference to theories of criminal justice and broader theoretical and comparative perspectives
  2. research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues and effectively communicate the results
  3. recognise and reflect on the professional responsibilities of lawyers to justice and to the community
  4. select, analyse, interpret and apply criminal law doctrines and principles to generate appropriate responses to simulated legal problems
  5. communicate and present criminal law ideas effectively and persuasively to specified audiences in a format appropriate to criminal law practice
  6. work effectively in a group and manage their own learning including time management and organisational skills.


  1. Case analysis and report (1500 words): 30%
  2. Oral presentation/ plea making exercise (collaborative project with one or more colleagues conducted in tutorials): 10%
  3. Written report on plea making exercise (500 words): 10%
  4. Two-hour exam : 50%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)


For students enrolled in the LLB (Hons) course from 2015: LAW1111