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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 - 2022


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. Take Home Exam
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 Survey, verbal comments to the UC, email communication to the UC.


Students spoke positively of the availability of the unit notes, podcast and assessment information on the day Moodle went live as it gave students an opportunity to commence their study before week one.


The UC will continue to have all unit materials, podcasts and assessment information available on Moodle the day the unit goes live to give students an opportunity to prepare for the unit before week one.

Feedback from Verbal comments to the UC in Zoom sessions and in email communication to the UC


Students enjoyed the practical aspect of assessment one where they wrote submissions for a bail application as it gave students an insight into legal practice as a criminal lawyer.


The UC will continue to design and implement assessment tasks that have an advocacy component. Given the size of Criminal Law (averaging 150 to 180 students per offering) that is likely to be written submissions in respect of a real-life criminal law scenario which may include a bail application or a sentencing hearing.

Feedback from Survey and email to UC.


Some students questioned the use of a textbook published in 2020 for the offering of this unit in 2021 and that textbook information could be made available before the term commences.


The use of a 2020 textbook in 2021 should not be considered out of date. The law changes almost weekly in most areas of the law, for example, new legislation, amendments to current legislation and new case law. A textbook is a resource to direct the reader to further research. The UC will make sure that the most appropriate textbook that covers as many of the topics studied will be prescribed. The textbook information is available in the unit profile which is published more than one month before the unit goes live. Further, the textbook details are available on Moodle when Moodle goes live, which is two weeks before week one.

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 - Take Home Exam - 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

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

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



Principles of Criminal Law in Queensland and Western Australia 3rd Edition (2020)

Authors: Kelley Burton, Thomas Crofts, Stella Tarrant
Lawbook Co., Australia
Pyrmont Pyrmont , NSW , Australia
ISBN: 9780455242972
Binding: Paperback

IT Resources

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