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ZUG2010 – Law of evidence

Undergraduate – Unit

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Business and Economics


South Africa

  • First Semester 2018

15 Credits


The principal aim of this module is to provide students with a sound knowledge of the rules and principles of evidence and the opportunity for students to apply those rules and principles as they would in practice. Law of evidence forms part of Formal Law. The module explains the rules of the law of evidence in civil and criminal cases in South Africa. A strategic and integrative approach is followed and explored through the use of appropriate case studies and applied activities to describe Law of Evidence. In addition this module also focus on developing independent research skills, including the use of technology for legal research.


  • Demonstrate a sophisticated interpretation of the Law of Evidence with special reference (but not limited to) to the following aspects:
    • The determination of the issues in a court case;
    • The admissibility of evidential material;
    • The admissibility of illegally obtained evidence;
    • The evaluation of the relevancy of evidence;
    • The application of exclusionary rules.
  • Utilize terms, rules, concepts and principles of the Law of Evidence in problem solving.
  • Demonstrate the ability to critically analyse unfamiliar, concrete and abstract sets of facts from an unfamiliar learning context and to plan and conduct information retrieval from selected resources appropriately.
  • Apply the rules of evidence in the formulation of theory-based and value driven solutions that comply with legal format and conventions.
  • Present creative solutions/information using academic-professional discourse, individually and/or in groups.
  • Have a sound ability to communicate the law, and its application in different factual situations, in writing or orally with reference to the necessary authority.
  • Secure the admissibility of the different sources of evidence.


Within semester assessment: 50%
Examination: 50%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this module is 150 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The module requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.