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LAWS11-214: Criminal Law and Procedure A September 2017 [Standard]

General information

Criminal Law and Procedure A is a compulsory subject in the Bachelor of Laws program offered by the Faculty of Law. Students enrolled in this subject will learn about criminal offences (including fatal and non-fatal offences against the person, and offences against property) as well as criminal defences (including such defences as accident, mistake, self-defence, provocation, and insanity). Upon completion of the subject, students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of criminal law and their ability to engage in legal reasoning by discussing and solving complex legal problems orally and in writing.


Academic unit:Faculty of Law
Subject code:LAWS11-214
Subject title:Criminal Law and Procedure A
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:September 2017
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly Lecture
  • Tutorial: x11 (Total hours: 11) - Weekly Tutorial
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 84) - Recommended Study Hours


Prescribed resources:
  • Colvin, McKechnie, O'Leary (2015). Criminal Law in Queensland and Western Australia. 7th, Australia: Lexis Nexis Butterworths
After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.
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Enrolment requirements

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There are no co-requisites.

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This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

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At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Apply the Criminal Law of Queensland to factual scenarios encompassing various offences (including homicide, offences against the person and offences against property), defences (including self-defence, provocation, mistake and intoxication) and modes of liability.
  2. Recognise the principles that underpin the law.
  3. Synthesise legislation and common law (case law) to compose legal argument, in the context of the Queensland Criminal Law.
  4. Present basic submissions and arguments in a courtroom setting.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
*Class Participation Tutorial participation 15% Ongoing 1, 2, 3.
*Competency Test Advocacy exercise 15% Week 6 4.
Paper-based Examination (Open) End of semester examination 70% Final Examination Period 1, 2, 3.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Accessibility and Inclusion Support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

Ch 1 Introduction to Criminal Law; Ch 2 Acts and Omissions; Duties to Act and Breach of Duty; Ch 3 Causation of Death

Ch 3 Murder: Intention and its Proof; Constructive Murder; Manslaughter: Intentional Violence and the Defence of; Ch 4 Accident; Criminal Negligence; Duties to Act and Breach of Duty

Ch 5 Assault based offences and injury based offences

Ch 6 Rape; Sexual Assault; Indecent Acts; Indecent Treatment of Children; UCK

Ch 7 Stealing; Fraud; Receiving; Robbery; Offences Respecting Premises

Ch 8 State Drug Offences: Parties; Aiding; Counselling and Procuring; Ch 20 Common Purpose

Ch 10, Ch 11, Ch 12, Ch 13 Types of Defence; Reverse Evidentiary Burdens; Lack of Will and Involuntariness; Accident; Intention; Mistake of Fact; Mistake of Law

Ch 14 Defensive Force: Self-defence; Defence of Other; Defence of Property

Ch 15 Provocation: the Defence to Murder; the Defence to Assault

Ch 16 Compulsion; Emergency; Medical Necessity; Ch 21 Immature Age

Ch 17 Insanity; Automatism; Diminished Responsibility; Ch 18 Intoxication

Ch 19 Attempts; Conspiracy

Approved on: Jul 14, 2017. Edition: 2.2