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LAW3016 : Evidence

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Kevin Crosby
  • Lecturer: Ms Samantha Ryan
  • Owning School: Newcastle Law School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To acquire knowledge and understanding of the substantive law of evidence.

To further develop critical and legal analytical skills.

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction to the Law of Evidence

General principles of admissibility

Witness testimony

Character evidence

Confessions of silence

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture271:0027:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops42:008:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1164:00164:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures establish the framework of knowledge and demonstrate aspects of technique. Seminars allow detailed application of knowledge and technique. The seminars will always require advance preparation. The private study takes the form of directed study following on from lectures and in preparing for seminars. The teaching method promotes knowledge and understanding of the subject matter and allows for the development of the skills of analysis, synthesis, critical judgement and evaluation.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1801A100N/A
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Essay1M1000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination provides an important incentive for students to establish a foundation of knowledge in the subject. The unseen examination tests the demonstration of knowledge and understanding in the context of an application of skills that need development over the whole module. The examination provides a means for testing students' ability to analyse, synthsise, deploy critical judgement and evaluate alternative arguments. The examination format promotes the essential need to show relevance, discernment and the ability to distil an analysis and work to a reasoned conclusion. It also allows candidates to demonstrate intended learning outcomes across a broad range of topics within the syllabus.

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