Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Principles of Evidence
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 10 x 2 Hour Lectures
Lecture 10 x 1 Hour Lectures
Seminar 3 x 2 Hour Seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay  of 1,500 words  40%
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   Unseen exam  of 1,5 hour  60%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  of 1,500 words, if failed  40%
Supplementary Exam 1.5 Hours   Unseen exam  of 1,5 hour, if failed  60%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Identify, explain and analyze main rules/law of evidence.
2. Understand and evaluate the theories, concepts and principles underlying the rules of evidence.
3. Utilize and apply evidentiary rules in practical scenarios.
4. Critically assess and evaluate evidentiary rules and their practical application.
5. Evaluate evidentiary rules in terms of equitable application of justice.


This module aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the rules of evidence, specifically within the criminal process, and their practical application within the courtroom.

Brief description

The law of evidence governs the methods by which matters may be proved within the criminal legal process.


The module considers key concepts of evidence, including but not limited to: burden/standard of proof, character, hearsay, witness testimony, expert evidence, confession evidence, identification, improperly obtained evidence.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
Communication Seminar discussions/activities develop individual and group presentation and oral argument + courtroom scenarios
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 Seminar discussion/preparation and debate
Research skills Research and preparation for seminars and assessments
Subject Specific Skills Reading and understanding legal materials particular to the law of evidence.
Team work Group activities and discussion.


This module is at CQFW Level 6