Course Title: Civil Procedure and Dispute Resolution

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Civil Procedure and Dispute Resolution

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


650T Vocational Business Education


Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Callie Harvey

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5772

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 80, Level 5

Course Coordinator Availability: Please check with course coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course provides you with knowledge and skills relevant to the major steps in litigation using the rules of the courts of Victoria and in particular rules of civil proceedings in the Supreme Court. The major steps in litigation which are examined include pleadings, ways of obtaining information from other parties and preparation for trial. You will also analyse the forms of alternative dispute resolution.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


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

  1. Identify and apply the structure and respective civil jurisdictions of Victorian and Federal courts and the history and sources of the law and practice relating to civil procedure.
  2. Identify the circumstances under which a summary judgement may be obtained
  3. Identify and apply law and practices to situations where there is more than one plaintiff or defendant, and where a defendant makes a claim against the plaintiff or another person
  4. Analyse and apply the procedures used to obtain information from other parties in a case, and the process of preparing for a final hearing
  5. Identify and explain the process of enforcing court orders.
  6. Analyse and apply ethical considerations regarding litigation, the law relating to legal costs, and methods of resolving disputes outside of the court system.

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

Various learning resources are available online through myRMIT/Canvas. In addition to topic notes; assessment details and a study schedule you may also be provided with links to relevant online information; readings; audio and video clips and communication tools to facilitate collaboration with your peers and to share information.
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.
Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment alignment list below shows the assessment tasks against the learning outcomes they develop.

Assessment Task 1: 20%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2
Assessment Task 2: 30%
Linked CLOs: 2
Examination: 50%
Linked CLOs: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

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.