Evidence

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 12 weeks
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Awarded by: RMIT University
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

This online Evidence unit provided by Open Universities Australia and RMIT University will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the laws of evidence in relation to court proceedings, judicial processes and the roles and responsibilities of all parties involved.

On completion of this unit you have a full understanding the rules regarding the admissibility of evidence, and be able to source and appropriately identify evidence that is relevant to your cases. This is an important skill for those wishing to work in both criminal and civil litigation.

Furthermore, you will attain skills in analysing evidence and understand the ways in which evidence law may have an impact on such processes. Through this unit you will gain excellent insight into how evidence is used and gain a solid practical basis to build on if you wish to pursue a career as a lawyer or paralegal.

Eligibility

To be eligible to enrol in this unit, you must:

  • Have successfully completed the unit, Introduction to the Australian Legal System and Legal Methods

AND

  • Be accepted into the Juris Doctor course

Areas of study

In this Evidence unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Introduction
  • Adducing evidence
  • Relevance, admissibility and discretions
  • Hearsay evidence
  • Opinion evidence
  • Admissions
  • Tendency and coincidence evidence
  • Credibility and character evidence
  • Privileges
  • Unreliable evidence and warnings

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following course:

  • Juris Doctor, RMIT University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

This unit will give you a solid foundation in understanding and applying the rules of evidence. This knowledge and the attached skills are essential for a career in civil or criminal practice and may also be transferable across a range of other career paths in the legal sector.

This unit will also provide an excellent starting point for those wishing to pursue a career as an evidence specialist, as a deeper understanding of the laws of admissibility is extremely important in this field. Furthermore, this unit is also suitable for those wishing to pursue an academic career in legal research or drafting.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Evidence from RMIT University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUAs full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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