Fundamentals of Criminal Law Process

FBS80002 12.5 Credit Points Online


  • One semester

Contact hours

  • 12 hours Face to face

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning. For Online unit delivery, learning is conducted exclusively online.

2024 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

29 Jul 24 - 27 Oct 24

3 Dec 24

Last self enrolment:
11 Aug 24

31 Aug 24

Last withdraw without fail:
13 Sep 24

Aims and objectives

This unit provides students with the background training in legal systems and processes that is necessary when working in forensic settings. The unit will equip students with fundamental knowledge about legal process to allow them to operate effectively as practitioners in the forensic field.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Discuss the role of different types of witness (fact compared with expert).
2. Discuss and critically appraise the law in relation to competence/capacity.
3. Demonstrate advanced knowledge, and evaluate the pros and cons of, the principles of sentencing.
4. Interpret local legislative provisions as they relate to mentally ill offenders.

Courses with unit

GC-FBS Graduate Certificate in Forensic Behavioural Science,
GC-FMHN Graduate Certificate in Forensic Mental Health Nursing, GD-FMHN Graduate Diploma of Forensic Mental Health Nursing, GD-FBS Graduate Diploma of Forensic Behavioural Science.
MA-FBS Master of Forensic Behavioural Science
GC-SFARM Graduate Certificate in Specialist Forensic Assessment and Risk Management