This course introduces you to the Australian legal system and the skills required to study law. This course will involve three modules: foundational legal skills and institutions, case law and legislation. You will study legal institutions and method to develop critical skills in finding, interpreting and applying the key sources of law: legislation and common law. You will also start to develop your legal writing and referencing skills which will be crucial for your study of law.
|Lecture – On campus lecture - 1 hour in weeks 1-6 and 8-13.||1hr||Week 1||12 times|
|Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On campus and/or online tutorial - 2 hours in weeks 1 - 6, 8, 10-13||2hrs||Week 1||11 times|
Legal Problem Solving
Doctrine of Precedent
100 Level (Introductory)
|Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to...||Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...|
|1||Explain fundamental concepts underpinning the Australian legal system, its history and operation.||Knowledgeable|
|2||Locate, read, analyse and interpret legislation and cases and apply the relevant rules of law to a simple problem.||
|3||Apply skills of critical thinking to consider particular issues in the operation of the legal system.||
Creative and critical thinker
|4||Analyse a research question to determine the legal materials you need; locate those materials using appropriate techniques and correctly cite sources.||
|5||Use written skills to communicate legal concepts effectively using correct spelling and grammar.||Empowered|
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Enrolled in any Law Program or AR013
Standard Grading (GRD)
|High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).|
This course will include early review that provides formative feedback on academic progress. In weeks 3 & 4, you will have an opportunity to learn and practise using legal research databases which will assist you with the knowledge you need to complete Task 1 .
|Delivery mode||Task No.||Assessment Product||Individual or Group||Weighting %||What is the duration / length?||When should I submit?||Where should I submit it?|
6 page limit on template provided
|Week 5||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check|
|Week 10||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check|
|All||3||Examination - Centrally Scheduled||Individual||40%||
|Exam Period||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check|
|All - Assessment Task 1:Research Task|
The goal of this task is to set conduct research into case law and legislation pertaining to a legal problem.
Research plan on template provided
|All - Assessment Task 2:Problem Solving Task|
The goal of this assignment is to develop your ability to analyse, synthesise and interpret legal sources and apply legal knowledge to a legal problem.
Written legal advice
|All - Assessment Task 3:Final examination|
The goal of the examination is to assess your understanding of the legal concepts that have been introduced in this course, as well as your ability to apply that understanding to hypothetical fact situations.
|Product:||Examination - Centrally Scheduled|
A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.
Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.
Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.
|Required||R CREYKE; D HAMER; P O?MARA; B SMITH; T TAYLOR.||2020||LAYING DOWN THE LAW, 11TH EDITION.||11th ed||LexisNexis|
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