CQUniversity Unit Profile
LAWS11060 Criminal Law
Criminal Law
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General Information


LAWS11060 Criminal law provides knowledge of the procedures of and general doctrines of criminal law with emphasis on offences against the person (including murder, manslaughter and assault) and against property (including stealing) as expressed in the Queensland Criminal Code. Selective treatment is given to various defences and to the elements of criminal procedure. This unit together with LAWS13010 Evidence and Proof meets the LPAB requirements for criminal law and procedure.


Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 1
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Corequisite: LAWS11057

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2018


Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%
2. Examination
Weighting: 60%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Feedback from students in zoom sessions and emails.


Students requested the final take home paper include a day over the weekend.


The Law discipline will discuss changing the take home paper to an invigilated exam. This is due to concerns raised by LAC with the use of take home papers in Law degrees. Therefore, it is likely in 2018 a take home paper will not be the final assessment. If a final take home paper remains in Criminal Law in 2018 and depending upon the mapping of this unit to other first year first term units, the unit coordinator will consider releasing the take home paper on a Sunday.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Analyse and explain criminal law offences against the person and against property
  2. Analyse and explain the elements of the criminal offence or defence, and the onus and burden of proof
  3. Research and apply principles of criminal law in Queensland as expressed in legislation and case law to the analysis of criminal law problems
  4. Apply skills in communication, critical legal thinking and reasoning.

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment - 40%
2 - Examination - 60%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
10 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Written Assessment - 40%
2 - Examination - 60%
Textbooks and Resources



Carter's Criminal Law of Queensland

21st Edition (2016)
Authors: Shanahan et al
Lexis Nexis Butterworths
Chatswood Chatswood , NSW , Australia
ISBN: 9780409343663
Binding: Other

Principles of Criminal Law in Queensland and Western Australia

Edition: 2nd Editon (2016)
Authors: Burton et al
Lawbook Co. Thomson Reuters
Sydney Sydney , NSW , Australia
ISBN: 9780455236971
Binding: Other

Additional Textbook Information

In addition to the prescribed text book students are encouraged to purchase a law dictionary. A law dictionary will assist in the understanding of key legal terms in this course and for all law courses studied in the Bachelor of Laws. Further, a law dictionary provides direction for research as terms are referenced with case law and statute. The following law dictionaries are recommended: T.Mann, Australian Law Dictionary, (Oxford University Press) or P.Butt, Lexis Nexis Concise Australian Law Dictionary, (Lexis Nexis)

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Australian Guide to Legal Citation, 3rd ed

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Lance Rundle Unit Coordinator
Week 1 Begin Date: 05 Mar 2018


Introduction to Criminal Law and Skills Topic Sentencing


Burton Chapter 1 and 16

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 12 Mar 2018


Inchoate Liability


Burton Chapter 14 and 15

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 19 Mar 2018


Secondary Liability and Skills Topic Bail


Burton Chapter 15 and Chapter 2 pp 40-48

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 26 Mar 2018




Burton Chapter 4

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 02 Apr 2018


Assault and Sexual Assault


Burton Chapter 5 and 6

Events and Submissions/Topic

Practical Skills Task- Bail Application Due: Week 5 Tuesday (3 Apr 2018) 11:59 pm AEST
Vacation Week Begin Date: 09 Apr 2018



Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 16 Apr 2018


Offences Relating to Property (Stealing and Robbery)


Burton Chapter 7

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 23 Apr 2018


Offences Relating to Property (Burglary, Receiving, Fraud) and Drug Offences


Burton Chapter 7 and 8

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 30 Apr 2018


Defences Mistake


Burton Chapter 13

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 07 May 2018


Defences Self Help and Provocation


Burton Chapter 10 and Chapter 9

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 14 May 2018


Mental Disease Insanity


Burton Chapter 12

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 21 May 2018




Burton Chapter 12

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 28 May 2018


Revision and Skills Topic: Research, Preparation, Legal Reasoning and Writing in Law


See Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 04 Jun 2018



Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 11 Jun 2018



Events and Submissions/Topic

Term Specific Information

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Practical Skills Task- Bail Application

Task Description

You will be presented with a problem scenario, the assessment question will be released on Moodle. You will be required to undertake research of legislation and case law and apply this research to support your legal argument and conclusion. 

Assessment Due Date

Week 5 Tuesday (3 Apr 2018) 11:59 pm AEST

To be uploaded to Moodle via the assessment 1 upload link as a word document

Return Date to Students

Week 9 Friday (11 May 2018)

The assessment with feedback will be returned after all students in this unit, including those with an approved extension, have submitted their assessment.


Assessment Criteria

You will be assessed on your research skills, your ability to reference case law and reference legislation so as to outline your legal argument linking the law to the problem scenario using concise, clear and grammatically correct language. 

Referencing Style


Submission Instructions
To be uploaded on Moodle via the assessment 1 upload link in a word document.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Research and apply principles of criminal law in Queensland as expressed in legislation and case law to the analysis of criminal law problems
  • Apply skills in communication, critical legal thinking and reasoning.

Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy


Complete an invigilated examination

During the examination period, at a CQUniversity examination centre


180 minutes

Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Law dictionaries, Business and Law dictionaries (discipline specific dictionaries) are authorised.
No calculators permitted
Open Book
Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?