This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to employ legal principles and aspects of criminal law, including criminal procedure, substantive aspects of criminal offences as defined in legislation and at common law, and, to analyse the impact of law reform issues, in order to support the work of a legal office or associated context.
Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit’s learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines.
Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills:
• written communication skills to discuss and document findings
• research and analytical skills to:
• determine relevance of particular sections of the Crime Act to particular offences
• identify, evaluate and debate a wide range of aspects and elements of criminal law
Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge:
• relevant international, Federal, State and local government legislative and statutory requirements, regulations and provisions pertaining to criminal law
• reforms to evidence and criminal procedure in Victoria, with reference to:
• Criminal Procedure Act 2009 (Vic)
• Evidence Act 2008 (Vic)
• Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (Vic) with reference to criminal law issues
• Euthanasia laws
• Assistance available to victims of domestic violence and stalking
• Changes to abortion laws in Victoria, with reference to Abortion Law Reform Act 2008 (Vic)
• General concepts, procedures and elements of criminal law, including:
• the concept of crime and purposes of criminal law in society
• criminal procedures in a criminal matter and possible penalties for a criminal offence
• key elements of criminal offences of murder and manslaughter
• assault and sexual offences
The qualified trainer and assessor will provide teaching and learning materials as required in the form of workbooks produced by Victoria University Polytechnic and/or via the VU Polytechnic e-learning system.
This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):