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LAW3016 : Evidence

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr K 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
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion601:0060:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00Face to face weekly lecture.
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials131:0013:00A combination of short recordings of lecture material and text published on Canvas each week.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching51:005:00Face to face seminars, geared up towards helping students develop the skills needed to do
Guided Independent StudySkills practice40:151:00Multiple choice quizzes to allow students to self-test understanding of factual content
Guided Independent StudySkills practice40:302:00Four thirty-minute discussion board activities relating to specific prompts
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops21:002:00Q&A sessions taking place towards the end of the year to allow students to ask questions
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1071:00107:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures and Canvas quizzes enable students to develop their substantive knowledge base regarding the law of evidence, as well as introducing them to criticisms of the state of the law. Individual and group activities assist students in the development of their problem-solving skills, and of their skills in constructing a tightly focused answer: all such tasks require students’ work to be relatively short, and this will require focus on their part in order to complete the activities to a high standard. These tasks will introduce a formative assessment to the module. Individual and group activities, when combined with larger group seminar discussions, are designed to enhance students’ ability to analyse, synthesis, evaluate and offer critical judgements regarding the current state of the law of evidence.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M100One question. (part A, 2250 words). Students required to include a critical commentary (part B, 750 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment regime will give students an opportunity to demonstrate the intended knowledge and skill outcomes associated with this module. A balance is struck between demonstrating doctrinal skill and critical ability, by requiring students to complete an essay question and a problem question, and by requiring them to include a critical commentary in their problem question answer.

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