Course Title: Legal Research Project

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Legal Research Project

Credit Points: 12

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

LAW1040

City Campus

Postgraduate

660H Graduate School of Business and Law

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2011,
Spring2011,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Spring2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Spring2015,
PGRDFlex16,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Spring2017

Course Coordinator: Annegret Kaempf

Course Coordinator Phone: email contact

Course Coordinator Email: annegret.kaempf@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: Building 13

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study
040015 - Introduction to the Australian Legal System and Legal Methods
 


Course Description

The Legal Research Project will require you to research and write a substantial research paper on a topic approved by the course co-ordinator. The course gives you the opportunity to engage with a substantive area of law and plan, research and write a paper that is relevant to current legal issues. The course will require you to undertake research of a postgraduate standard and further develop your skills in legal methodology.

Course Objectives

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • CLO1: Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the legal issues under an area of the law chosen by the student in consultation with the lecturer.
  • CLO2: Critically evaluate the law relating to the area chosen.
  • CLO3: Demonstrate the intellectual and practical skills needed to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, legal methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions and identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues.
  • CLO4: Design and plan a project, including development and testing of research questions, and obtaining and assimilating scholarly material from a range of sources to produce a substantial contribution to research.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of legal methodology
  2. Critically evaluate an area of the law chosen by the student in consultation with the lecturer.
  3. Demonstrate the intellectual and practical skills needed to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, legal methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions and identify, research, evaluate and synthesise relevant factual, legal and policy issues.
  4. Design and plan a project, including development and testing of research questions, and obtaining and assimilating scholarly material from a range of sources to produce a substantial contribution to research.


Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will be encouraged to be an active learner. Your learning will be supported through various in-class and online activities comprising individual and group work. These may include quizzes; assignments; prescribed readings; sourcing, researching and analysing specific information; solving problems; conducting presentations; producing written work and collaborating with peers on set tasks or projects.


Overview of Learning Resources

In addition to the prescribed and recommended materials set out below, students will be advised of additional articles, websites, online video and other materials.

A detailed myRMIT/Canvas site is available to students enrolled in this unit. This site features topic notes, videos, a detailed reading guide and materials about Australian administrative law. It also provides information of a practical nature concerning the practical assessment tasks. The myRMIT/Canvas site also features access to the full unit information document, details of assessment and interactive discussion boards. Students will also have access to RMIT’s e-library databases.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. If you require assistance with the RMIT library facilities contact the Business Liaison Librarian for your school. Contact details for Business Liaison Librarians are located online on the RMIT Library website.


Overview of Assessment

The assessment tasks, their weighting and the course learning outcomes to which they are aligned are as follows:

Assessment Task 1: 10%
Linked CLOs: 1

Assessment Task 2: 10%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4

Assessment Task 3: 80%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.