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LAW5606 Advanced Criminal Law B

Semester 2, 2012 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business and Law
School or Department : School of Law
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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Examiner: Eola Barnett
Moderator: Andrew Hemming


Pre-requisite: LAW5605

Other requisites

Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at


This course will build upon the understanding of the fundamental principles of criminal law and procedure acquired in Criminal Law A. Specifically the aim of the course will be to complete the criminal law picture by further exploring criminal law in Queensland. The course will focus on a range of indictable offences against the person that fall principally within the jurisdiction of the District and Supreme courts, and associated excuses and defences. The course will also cover: parties to offences; attempts; double jeopardy; the sentencing of serious violent offenders; and advocacy.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. deconstruct and understand selected Criminal Code (Qld) offences against the person, and a range of criminal law defences and excuses
  2. understand the nature of the party, attempts and double jeopardy provisions in the Criminal Code (Qld)
  3. understand criminal processes and sentencing principles relating to serious violent offenders in Queensland
  4. understand the relationship between criminal offences and case law, and the role of counsel, judge and jury
  5. apply, using appropriate problem solving methodologies, the criminal law to problems on selected offences in order to determine the likely outcome to issues
  6. demonstrate satisfactory written and oral communication skills within an advocacy context
  7. apply methods of legal citation and referencing
  8. locate, through research, and analyse primary law and secondary materials, relevant to topics considered in this course.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Selected fatal offences against the person 11.00
2. Selected non fatal offences against the person 11.00
3. Advocacy skills 11.00
4. Provocation and self defence 11.00
5. Sexual offences and evidentiary matters 11.00
6. Accident and act independent of will 11.00
7. Insanity, diminished responsibility and intoxication 11.00
8. Parties and attempts 11.00
9. Double jeopardy 6.00
10. Sentencing serious violent offenders 6.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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  • Colvin, E & McKechnie, J 2008, Criminal law in Queensland and Western Australia: cases and commentary, 5th edn, LexisNexis Butterworths, Chatswood, New South Wales.
  • Kenny, RG 2008, An introduction to criminal law in Queensland and Western Australia, 7th edn, LexisNexis Butterworths, Chatswood, New South Wales.
  • Shanahan, MJ, Smith, PE & Ryan, S 2010, Carter's criminal law of Queensland, 18th edn, LexisNexis Butterworths, Sydney, New South Wales.
  • LAW5606 course content CD available for purchase from the USQ Bookshop. Note that course content is also available on-line via the USQ Study Desk.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Bronitt, S & McSherry, B 2010, Principles of criminal law, 3rd edn, Thomson Reuters, Rozelle, New South Wales.
  • Burton, K & Mackenzie, G 2006, Butterworths questions and answers: criminal law in Queensland and Western Australia, LexisNexis Butterworths, Chatswood, New South Wales.
  • Douglas, H & Harbidge, S 2010, Criminal process in Queensland, 2nd edn, Lawbook Co, Pyrmont, New South Wales.
  • Australian guide to legal citation (latest edition).
  • LexisNexis concise Australian legal dictionary (latest edition).

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assignments 40.00
Directed Study 50.00
Lectures or Workshops 39.00
Private Study 36.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ADVOCACY EXERCISE 40 40 16 Jul 2012 (see note 1)
WEEKLY QUIZZES 0 0 16 Jul 2012 (see note 2)
EXAMINATION - PART A 20 20 End S2 (see note 3)

  1. Submission dates will vary.
  2. Weekly quizzes will be available weekly through Study Desk. No marks will be entered in Gradebook. Marks and feedback are provided on Study Desk when completing the assessment.
  3. The examination is scheduled to be held in the end-of-semester examination period. Students will be advised of the official examination date for exam (parts A and B) after the timetable has been finalised. The total working time for exam (parts A and B) is 2 hours.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be assessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without prior approval of the examiner, then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks (or grades) obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    This will be an open examination. Candidates may have access to any printed or written material and a calculator during the examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in assignments: Students studying this course as part of a Juris Doctor must use the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC) style. Students who are not enrolled in the Juris Doctor may use either Harvard (AGPS) or the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC) in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. For AGLC style guide enquiries, consult the AGLC manual from the USQ Library's referencing guide at, or contact the Law librarian. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at