|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Exam||1.5 Hours Unseen Exam||50%|
|Semester Assessment||Essay (1,500 words)||50%|
|Supplementary Exam||1.5 Hours Unseen exam||50%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Essay (1,500 words)||50%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Recognize and explain the fundamental principles which underlie the criminal law, and analyse their relevance and application to specific criminal offences and defences.
2. Identify and analyse the elements which form the basis of criminal liability, namely the conduct and the mental elements, and the exceptions to these.
3. Demonstrate a basic understanding of each relevant constituent element of major offences and defences - both in legislation and in the common law - and apply them to factual situations in order to solve problems.
4. Evaluate and analyse the scope of the criminal law, its current problems, and options for reform proposed in particular by the Law Commission.
5. Construct preliminary arguments on the basis of relevant law and evidence, in order to develop basic skills in reading, understanding and applying the relevant legal texts (be it cases or legislation) to legal problems.
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number|
|Communication||The module will develop students’ written communication skills by way of the examination. In addition, student will develop their oral communication skills through individual and group responses to set work on the seminars.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Seminar participation and exam preparation develop different aspects of academic research, from understanding and referencing sources through the dissemination of ideas to others orally, and developing written communication skills.|
|Information Technology||Library and research skills are fundamental to preparation for seminars and assessed work.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||Recommended topic for any considering working in criminal practice/criminal justice system.|
|Problem solving||The module will develop students’ problem-solving skills in a number of ways. Students will be required to analyse a range of sources and texts in order to answer problem-solving questions in the seminars; and in their examination.|
|Research skills||Students are expected to research and synthesize a range of academic source material in preparing for their seminars and for their examination.|
|Subject Specific Skills||Legal research: use of legal databases as a resource for statute and case law. Reading primary sources in the way of cases and legislation. Problem solving exercises in seminars will assist in examination problem-solving style questions, and, more widely, in the legal profession.|
|Team work||The seminars will include problem-solving and group discussions which will provide opportunities for students to develop team-working skills and discuss their thoughts with the rest of the class.|
This module is at CQFW Level 4