1  Name of Course Criminal Law I
2 Course Code LAC3103
3 Instructor
4 Rational for the Inclusion of the Course in the Programme                                     LAC3103 is one of the core subjects for SMSU program. Students who are undertaking SMSU program are required to take this subject. This course aims to provide a basic outlines on criminal law and its procedures in Malaysia as provided under the Malaysian Penal Code (Act 574).
5 Semester and Year offered Semester 5 (Year 3)
6 Student Learning Time

Face to face Independent learning Formal Assessment Total
Teacher centered Student Centered Learning Non face to face Revision Assessment Preparation Continuous Assessment Final Exam
Lecture T O

 28

 28  10  10  26  10  5  3

 120

7 Credit Value 3 (120/40 = 3 )
8 Pre-requisite (if any) None
9 Learning outcomes At the end of this course, students are able to:

  1. use and implement all the necessary and relevant terminology, legal maxims, principles and rules in classroom/tutorial discussions as well as during midterm test and final examinations (LO1-CT4-K4);
  2. apply suitable General Defences under Chapter IV of the Malaysian Penal Code to those fact situation by taking into consideration the principles established through relevant decided cases (LO3-PS3-P5); and
  3. compare the law under the Malaysian Penal Code with that of other jurisdictions whenever necessary and relevant in addition to exposed with development and changes in laws as well as matters that has impact on the implementation of criminal law in Malaysia (LO5-TS4-A5).
10 Transferable skills Students should be able to develop good written and interpersonal communication, team work and leadership, problem solving through the process of lectures, tutorials and other activities that the instructor seem suitable.
11 Teaching-Learning and Assessment Strategy Teaching-learning strategy:

The course will be taught through a combination of formal lectures, exercises, group work, using authentic materials, informal activities and various textbooks. Practical experience and collaborative teamwork will be fostered throughout the course. The use of examination and internal reporting assessment will assess the student’s ability to apply theoretical concepts in context.

Assessment strategy:

  • Formative
  • Summative
12 Synopsis The course will deal with the general principles of criminal liability, the characteristic features of the Malaysian Penal Code (Act 574) and its interpretation.  Since our Code is based on the Indian Penal Code of 1860 (Act 45 of 1860), reference to several Indian case will be made. Cases and statutory provisions from other jurisdictions, namely Singapore, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand will also be given for a comparative viewpoint of some areas of the law.  Emphasis is however, placed on the law of Malaysia.

Topics from the first part of the course will include Elements of Crime, Doctrine of Strict Liability, and General Exceptions as provided under Chapter IV of the Malaysian Penal Code.

13 Mode of Delivery Lecture, tutorial, class discussion or presentation.
14 Assessment Methods and Types  

No. Item Percentage
1. Continuous Assessment 40%
2. Final examination 60%
  Total: 100%

 

15 Mapping of the Course Learning Outcome/Module to the Programme Learning Outcomes Refer to attachment
16
Week Topic
1 Introduction to criminal law and Malaysian Penal Code (Act 574)
2-3 The elements of crime and the concept of strict liability
4 Defence of mistake
5-6 Defence of infancy and accident
7-8 Defence of unsoundness of mind
9-10 Defence of necessity
11-13 Defence of duress
14 Private defense

Content Outline and the SLT per Topic

17 Main references 1.  Stanley Yeo, Neil Morgan and Chan Wing Cheong. (2012). Criminal Law in Malaysian and Singapore. Singapore: LexisNexis Publication.

2.  Stanley Yeo. (2005). Criminal Defences in Malaysia & Singapore.  Singapore: LexisNexis Publication.

3.  Molly Cheang. (1990). Criminal Law: Principles of Liability. Kuala Lumpur: Professional (Law) Books Publishers.

Related cases

18 Additional references
  1. Lee Chong Foo, Che Audah Hassan and Mimi Sintia Haji Mohd Bajury. (2012). Introduction to Principles & Liabilities in Criminal Law. 2ND Edition. Kuala Lumpur: LexisNexis Publication.
  2.  Muzaffar Syah Mallow. (2012). The Criminal Law Approach towards the Issue of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace. Industrial Law Journal. lxxv.
  3. Stanley Yeo (2004). The Objective and Subjective Elements of private Defence. [2004] 1 MLJ xcix.
  4. Sornarajah, (1985). Defences to Strict Liability Offences in Singapore and Malaysia. (1985) 27 MLR 1.
  5. Stanley Yeo (1985). The Application of Common Law Defences to the Penal Code in Singapore and Malaysia. In A.J. Harding (ed) The Common Law of Singapore and Malaysia, 1985, 149 –152.

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES, DELIVERY AND ASSESSMENT TEMPLATE

Course Learning Outcomes Compliance to PO Teaching & Learning Activities (TLAs) Assessment Tasks (ATs)
 

PO1

LO1

PO2

LO2

PO3

LO3

PO4

LO4

PO5

LO5

PO6

LO6

PO7

LO7

PO8

LO8

PO9

LO9

   
  K CTPS CS TS EM LL     KK LS    
1-    use and implement all the necessary and relevant terminology, legal maxims, principles and rules in classroom/tutorial discussions as well as during midterm test and final examinations; (LO1-CT4-K4)   3               Classroom lecture and discussion Written test presentation
2-   apply suitable General Defences under Chapter IV of the Malaysian Penal Code to those fact situation by taking into consideration the principles established through relevant decided cases; (LO3-PS3-P5)     3             Lecture, Tutorials and Presentation Instructor evaluation of the presentation
3-    compare the law under the Malaysian Penal Code with that of other jurisdictions whenever necessary and relevant in addition to exposed with development and changes in laws as well as matters that has impact on the implementation of criminal law in Malaysia. (LO5-TS4-A5).         3         Assignments Instructor evaluation of the assignment