Module title: Evidence

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: LAW09122
Module leader: Lesley-Anne Barnes Macfarlane
School The Business School
Subject area group: Accountancy Finance and Law
Prerequisites

Scottish Legal System and Criminal Law at SCQF Level 7 or equivalent

2019/0, 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: Lesley-Anne Barnes Macfarlane
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
LOs 1-4 Lectures are used to provide a knowledge base for students while tutorials and independent study enable students to reinforce their learning through legal research using a wide range of sources, including online materials. The written coursework assessment involves presentation of a mock legal case in a problem about Evidence and Criminal Law. The assessment requires students to demonstrate their knowledge of the law and capacity to present legal arguments in written form in accordance with normal legal practice. The written examination performs the same role but over a wider area of topics. The examination is two hours in duration to take account of the complexity of the subject and to give students the chance to demonstrate their knowledge.
LOs 1-4 Key employability skills/ PDP/ scholarship skills: these are embedded and assessed. As regards research and information retrieval, students are expected to research from a variety of legal resources a selected area of law from the range of topics within the module and to come to a balanced and informed view of that area. As regards communication, promoting accuracy in expression and the importance of legal communication skills and are assessed through the presentation and the examination. This is of paramount importance to later practice within the legal profession.
LOs 1-4 Assessment (formative and summative): tutorials problems can be answered by students individually or in groups and feedback is given in tutorials. Summative assessment occurs generally in week 8 with the written coursework allowing students to present solutions to a ‘real-life’ evidential problem.
Supporting equality and diversity: key materials are available through the VLE (please speak to module leader if extra support required).


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


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Essay 40 1 - 4 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 60 1 - 4 14/15 HOURS= 2.00, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Introduction to the Law of Evidence. This will include:
- overview of terminology and contemporary issues in field of Evidence
- examination of relevance
- consideration of burden(s) of proof and presumptions
- evaluating the standard of proof
- critical examination of the sufficiency and admissibility of evidence
- analysing the miscellaneous evidential areas of civil evidence, witnesses and appeals.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1 Critically evaluate the Law of Evidence throughout the range of courts operating within the Scottish legal system.
LO2: Apply knowledge creatively to complex situations in order to provide arguable solutions to problems.
LO3: Construct and present relevant argument in written and oral form.
LO4: Undertake independent research in areas of evidence not previously studied

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Core - RAITT, FIONA (2013) EVIDENCE - PRINCIPLES,POLICY AND PRACTICE: SWEET & MAXWELL, 2nd ed. - ISBN: 9780414018327
Core - ROSS ML & CHALMERS J (2015) WALKER AND WALKER: THE LAW OF EVIDENCE IN SCOTLAND: BLOOMSBURY, 4th ed. - ISBN: 978178043574
Recommended - AUCHIE D (2014) LAW BASICS - EVIDENCE (STUDENT STUDY GUIDE): W GREEN, 4th ed. - ISBN: 0414019296
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