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ASSESSMENT QUESTIONNorrie, in his case comment, ‘The Coroners and Justice Act 2009 – partial defences to murder (1) Loss of control” [Norrie. A, The Coroners andJustice Act 2009 – partial defences to murder (1) Loss of control”, 2010. 4. 275-289 Crim L.R. 2010. 4. 275-289], analyses and criticallyevaluates the defence of loss of control.Briefly identify the key arguments advanced by Norrie in his analysis of this defence and, giving reasons, discuss whether Norrie’s criticalevaluation of the defence is persuasively argued.ASSESSMENT CRITERIACONTENT Identification of Issues – Students should demonstrate the ability accurately to identify the legal issues discussed in the article(s). Explanation of the Law – Students should demonstrate the ability accurately to explain the law being discussed in the article(s),referring to relevant legal authority including case-law, to support their explanation. Identification of the key aspects of the analysis of the cases and of the main arguments put forward in the article – Students shoulddemonstrate the ability to identify the key points Norrie makes in his analysis of the issues and identify and explain the most important casesdiscussed in the article Evaluation of the arguments/criticisms advanced in the article – Students should discuss how persuasively Norrie’s criticisms/reasonsfor advancing the potential defences are argued. For example if the article puts forward a particular criticism of a decision or of a judicialstatement, is this criticism clearly argued, has it been made in balanced way taking into account any counter arguments?Assessment criteria continue on following pagePRESENTATIONWe will be assessing you in the following areas: Structure – Make sure your structure is clear, logical and easy to follow. Clarity and appropriateness of expression – This is an essential part of developing your writing skills whilst at university. Thisarticle evaluation is an academic piece of writing and so should not be written in a journalistic or “chatty” style but in standard English;avoiding slang and abbreviations such as “they’d” and “wouldn’t”. However, this does not mean that you have to write long, complex sentences oruse complex vocabulary for the sake of it. Clarity and accuracy of expression is what we are looking for, including the accurate use of legalterms. . Write in full sentences which are grammatically correct. Read your work aloud to yourself for sense and fluency. Conciseness – Linked to the criteria above, do not feel that you should use long, complicated sentences: shorter, more direct ones areoften better. Avoid “waffle” and make sure you stick to the point. Consider carefully the value and relevance of each point that you make anduse your word county wisely. Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation – Check your work very carefully and do so more than once before submitting it. Computer spell checksdo not always spot mistakes, especially is the wrong word is used e.g. there/their. Pay attention to detail. You should be able to eliminatespelling mistakes and careless errors from your work. A series of errors will indicate a lack of attention to detail and will result in a lowermark. First class marks will not be available for work that is not accurately and fluently written. Correct use of academic referencing conventions – All legal authorities and other source material should be properly cited using OSCOLAand a bibliography included in the required format. Not only should you reference all the material that you consider, you should also includeall the material you have read in the course of your research in your bibliography and this must be divided into primary and secondary sources.All material must be fully reference i.e text books should be referred to by name, author, publisher and edition; journal articles should bereferred to by title, author, journal title and volume number and/or page reference and cases should be referred to by title, year and full casecitation for the judgement of the most senior court that has given judgement in the case.

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