Evidence - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment - Memo of Advice (25%) , Open Book Invigilated Exam (50%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 4,080.00

This unit examines legal issues arising from the application of the rules of evidence, and considers the introduction of uniform evidence laws in Australia, with a particular focus on Victoria. The unit includes a moot where students engage with advocacy skills, work in teams and reflect on legal practice.

This unit requires students to participate in mock trials in Melbourne. Dates will be advised after enrolment, but generally will only consist of one weekend.

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

  1. Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the fundamental doctrines and principles that underpin the operation of the law of evidence and the ethical issues of advocacy
  2. Analyse and research complex problems relating to the law of evidence, using sophisticated cognitive and creative skills, and generate appropriate responses
  3. Show effective, appropriate and persuasive collaboration and communication skills for legal and non-legal audiences through engagement with an advocacy simulation
  4. Demonstrate self-management skills in a professional context and reflect on and assess your own capabilities and performance, and make use of feedback as appropriate, to support personal and professional development.
  • Assignment — Memo of Advice (25%)
  • Open Book Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Roleplay — Moot Court (25%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

  • Additional materials
  • Broadband access
  • Some on campus attendance

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

2Adducing Evidence
3Relevance, Admissibility and Discretions
4Hearsay Evidence
5Opinion Evidence
7Tendency and Coincidence Evidence
8Credibility and Character Evidence
10Unreliable Evidence and Warnings

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This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Uniform Evidence Law: C&M 5e

    By:Miiko Kumar, Stephen Odgers SC

    ISBN: 9780455235837


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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