Module title: Criminal Law

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: LAW07108
Module leader: Duncan Spiers
School The Business School
Subject area group: Accountancy Finance and Law

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

2018/9, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Duncan Spiers
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Lectures are employed to provide a knowledge base for students. Tutorials will include pre-set topics for general discussion, problem-based learning and exercises for students individually and in groups. The coursework will enable students to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the principles underlying criminal liability. The examination will test their knowledge and comprehension of the principles and substantive crimes (LOs 1-6) .
Key employability skills/ PDP/ scholarship skills: these are embedded and assessed. As regards research and information retrieval, students are expected to research using a variety of legal resources a selected problematic area of law within the range of topics in the module and to come to a balanced and informed view of that area; as regards communication, written communication skills, promoting accuracy of expression and the importance of drafting, are assessed in both coursework and examination. This will be of paramount importance to later practice within the legal profession (LO 5,6).
Assessment (formative and summative): formative assessment occurs from time to time, throughout the module, where written answers to selected problem questions may be handed in and marked in order to provide feedback to students on their progress. Summative assessment occurs generally in week 8 with a written assignment. There is also a final examination (LO 1-6).
Research/ teaching linkages: students are expected to keep abreast of recent developments and current literature in the law, to refer to it in their work and to discuss it in tutorials. Detailed feedback on formative assessments in particular will develop research skills and skills of analysis (LO1-6).
Supporting equality and diversity: materials are provided in hard and soft (WebCT) formats, to ensure they are available to all students (LO 1-6).
LOs 1-5 Internationalisation: while essentially this is a module on Scots criminal law, cross border aspects of Scots crimi

Formative Assessment:
On-going formative assessment on student progress will be given during classes

Summative Assessment:
Assessments for this module are reflected in section 17.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 162
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Other 50 1 - 6 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 50 1 - 6 14/15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Sources of criminal law, classification of crimes, principles of actus reus and mens rea; strict liability, inchoate crimes; defences, crimes of dishonesty; crimes against the person; crimes against property and public order; cross border aspects of criminal law

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Identify the sources of the criminal law of Scotland
LO2: Describe and apply the concepts of actus reus and mens rea
LO3: Identify the essential features of a range of substantive crimes.
LO4: Identify cross border aspects of criminal law
LO5: Retrieve up to date information from standard legal information sources
LO6: Develop problem-solving skills and apply relevant legal knowledge in proposing a solution.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Core - JONES & CHRISTIE (2012) CRIMINAL LAW (5TH EDITION, 2012 OR LATEST): W. GREEN, 5th ed. - ISBN: 9780414018341
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