LAWS13021 - Criminal Law in Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Criminal Law in Practice is delivered via intensive mode. This unit will build on your existing knowledge of criminal law with an emphasis on developing practical oral and written communication skills designed to assist you in the practice of criminal law. You will complete advocacy based assessment tasks that will require you to present legal argument, orally, via the use of zoom. You will analyse fundamental aspects of criminal law and apply the law using a practical methodology. In this unit you will study practical topics relating to specific criminal law issues including police powers and responsibilities in arrest and questioning, applying for bail, the registry committal and committal hearing process, procedures to ensure a fair trial, the role of the jury and verdict, sentencing of youth offenders and adult offenders and the appeals process to the District Court of Queensland, the Queensland Court of Appeal and the High Court of Australia.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisites: 48 credit points of law units including LAWS11060 and

Co-requisite LAWS13010 

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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2023

Term 1 - 2023 Profile

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical Assessment 40%
2. Written Assessment 60%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 75.86% response rate.

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.

Source: Have your say survey, email communication to UC and student verbal feedback to the the UC in zoom sessions.
Students commended the practical assessment tasks.
This unit will continue to teach, practice and assess practical skills in criminal law advocacy.
Action Taken
Each assessment task was based on a real-life criminal law scenario. Students were required to participate in oral and written advocacy assessment tasks where they were given instant oral feedback on their advocacy. This model of the assessment task and feedback received positive feedback from students as building their knowledge and advocacy skills in criminal law.
Source: Email communication to UC, feedback from students in zoom classes and face to face interaction with students.
Students recommended the unit be delivered via intensive mode.
The unit profile has been amended to state that this unit will be delivered via intensive mode.
Action Taken
The unit profile was amended to state that Criminal Law in Practice would be delivered via intensive mode in 2021. The amendment in the unit profile ensured students were aware before they enrolled that the unit was delivered via intensive mode.
Source: Survey, email correspondence with the UC and in class.
Students commended the availability of the unit materials, podcasts and assessment tasks two weeks before the unit went live on Moodle.
The UC will continue to have all unit materials, podcasts and the first assessment task available for students to access on the day Moodle goes live.
Action Taken
Source: Survey, email correspondence from students to the UC.
Students commended the practical based advocacy assessment tasks.
The UC will continue to develop assessment tasks that are based on real-life criminal law scenarios with the objective of developing and refining advocacy skills that are necessary to prepare students for legal practice.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Research and apply principles of criminal law from legislation, rules and case law to the analysis of practical criminal law scenarios
  2. Demonstrate persuasive written and oral communication skills in response to practical criminal law scenarios
  3. Apply critical legal thinking, analytical reasoning and professional judgment that demonstrate an in-depth understanding of criminal law issues.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Written Assessment