Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3072: Aspects of Evidence

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Aims

The module is directed towards critical analysis of the exclusionary rules of evidence, of particular relevance to criminal trials. It aims (a) to provide you with an understanding of the adversarial trial structure and its impact on the content of the law of evidence, particularly in the context of the criminal trial; (b) to familiarise you with the content of some of the key exclusionary rules; (c) encourage you to identify and debate current issues within the law of evidence with confidence; and (d) to apply the legal rules and principles within a critical framework.

You will be expected to work independently and as a group. You are encouraged to learn from each other as well as from the tutor and to present what you have done orally in a suitably confident and coherent manner. Feedback will be given on formative assessments.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. demonstrate detailed knowledge of the law relating to the selected rules of evidence a range of major concepts such as hearsay, relevance, admissibility and probative value, to its application
2. demonstrate ability to select, integrate and present coherently and reflectively, orally and in writing, relevant law and legal/theoretical arguments
Discipline-Specific Skills3. demonstrate ability to apply legal knowledge to a problem/ case study and to suggest a conclusion supported by relevant arguments
4. demonstrate ability to integrate and assess information from primary and secondary legal sources using appropriate interpretative techniques
Personal and Key Skills5. demonstrate ability to interact effectively and proactively within a team/learning group, to share information and ideas, and to manage conflict communicate and engage in debate effectively and accurately, orally and in writing, in a manner appropriate to the discipline/ different contexts
6. demonstrate effective and accurate oral communication skills in a manner appropriate to the discipline / different contexts