Course Outline

LAW304 Civil Procedure

Course Coordinator:Leon Harris ( School:School of Law and Society

2023Semester 2

UniSC Sunshine Coast

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


This course provides you with an introduction to the procedural rules that govern how civil litigation is conducted in the courts. The course contains an overview of the entire body of rules of civil procedure ranging from commencement of proceedings, to defining issues for trial, to enforcement of judgments. There is particular emphasis upon case management procedures adopted by courts and the various alternative dispute resolution mechanisms that are used to assist people to resolve civil disputes without recourse to a contested hearing and judgment by a court.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Online Learning Materials 1.5hrs Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On campus tutorial 2hrs Week 2 12 times
Seminar – Seminar in Weeks 1 and 13 1hr Week 1 2 times

Course Topics

  • An overview of civil litigation and its processes
  • Jurisdiction
  • Commencing proceedings (Claim and Statement of Claim)
  • Service
  • Responding to a Claim (Defence and Notice of Intention to Defend)
  • Pleadings
  • Parties and causes of action
  • Discovery (Disclosure, interrogatories, trial evidence procedures)
  • Interlocutory procedures (Injunctions and settlement)
  • Trial and appeal processes
  • Costs
  • Enforcement.

What level is this course?

300 Level (Graduate)

Demonstrating coherence and breadth or depth of knowledge and skills. Independent application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Meeting professional requirements and AQF descriptors for the degree. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory or developing knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally undertaken in the third or fourth full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

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 the process for the resolution of civil disputes in Queensland through the courts and via alternative dispute resolution means. Knowledgeable
2 Analyse a civil procedure problem and apply the relevant rules to suggest an appropriate solution. Knowledgeable
3 Draft, using the appropriate drafting technique, a range of court documents that are compliant with the relevant law Empowered
4 Use written skills to effective communicate and engage with civil procedure concepts Empowered

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


LAW102 and enrolled in any Law Program


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

​Early feedback on progress will be enabled through discussion of students’ responses to hypothetical scenarios during tutorials. These collaborative environments allow students to practice their own role as advocate – not only on behalf of their imagined client, but through the practice of professional skills like mediation and negotiation. ​ 

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Quiz/zes Individual 15%
45 minutes
Week 4 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 2 Written Piece Individual 35%
1800 words
Week 11 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3 Examination - Centrally Scheduled Individual 50%
4 hours
Exam Period Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Short Answer Quiz
To demonstrate your understanding of key concepts and principles concerning the resolution of civil disputes through means other than litigation.
Product: Quiz/zes
This tasks requires you to respond to questions related to prescribed readings in Weeks 1-3 of the course. In doing so, it requires you to reflect on the relationship and tension between civil trial process and alternative dispute resolution practices. 

This is a written task, which is to be completed via an online short answer quiz.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Knowledge of laws and procedures used to resolve legal disputes
Use of argument and analysis to critique legal processes
1 2
Use of academic writing, as demonstrated through succinct, logical, persuasive and clear language
Accurate comprehension of academic and legal arguments
1 2
All - Assessment Task 2:Legal documents
To demonstrate your understanding of key concepts of civil procedure and your skills of legal drafting.
Product: Written Piece
This is an individual assessment which requires students to address a legal problem by drafting the appropriate legal documents. Thee documents must be drafted to comply with the law and in an appropriate format.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Demonstration of knowledge and understanding of civil procedure
Ability to explain and apply the relevant process for the resolution of a given civil dispute
1 2
Ability to draft a relevant legal document using the appropriate rules and in accordance with the relevant law
Use of professional, accurate and appropriate written language
All - Assessment Task 3:Final examination
To demonstrate your understanding of the concepts and principles studied throughout this course and your capacity to apply that understanding to a given fact scenario that mirrors the exigencies of legal practice.
Product: Examination - Centrally Scheduled
Answers to unseen questions completed in an online examination, to be completed and submitted within 4 hours through the submission point on the course site.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Knowledge of the relevant rules and principles governing the resolution of civil disputes in Queensland
your ability to apply that knowledge to a given problem scenario to devise an appropriate resolution to that problem in a tight frame
your ability to communicate clearly and effectively

Directed study hours

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. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

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.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher

Specific requirements

You will need to have access to the following legislation:  

Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 1999 (Qld) 

Civil Proceedings Act 2011 (Qld) 

Service and Execution of Process Act 1992 (Cth) 

Jurisdiction of Courts (Cross-Vesting) Act 1987 (Cth) 

Jurisdiction of Courts (Cross-Vesting) Act 1987 (Qld)

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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