Gold CoastSession 1Session 1
LismoreSession 1Session 1
OnlineSession 1N/A

Unit description

Provides students with an introduction to the principles of criminal law which includes a discussion of the application of these principles in respect of major crimes, and the procedures with which these crimes are prosecuted and defended.

Unit content

  1. What is crime and the administration of criminal proceedings?
  2. Initiation of criminal proceedings
  3. Detention after arrest, police questioning, bail and legal aid
  4. The trial, committals and charge negotiations
  5. Sentencing and appeals
  6. Principles of criminal liability
  7. Assault
  8. Property offences
  9. Public order offences
  10. Defences I
  11. Defences II

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • John Devereux and Meredith Blake, 2016, Criminal Law in Queensland and Western Australia, 9th edn, LexisNexis, Australia. ISBN: 9780409339796.
  • Michael Eburn, Roderick Howie Paul Sattler, 2016, Criminal Law and Procedure in NSW, 5th edn, LexisNexis, Australia. ISBN: 9780409343762.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (11 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (11 weeks)
Exam: open book50%


Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (11 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (11 weeks)
Exam: open book50%


Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (11 weeks)
Structured online learning 2 hours (11 weeks)
Exam: open book50%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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