Course Title: Professional Skills and Responsibility

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Skills and Responsibility

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


650T Vocational Business Education


Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Callie Harvey

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5772

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 80.05.23

Course Coordinator Availability: Please check with course coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The course provides you with the skills and knowledge you will need for working in legal practice. You will develop workplace skills to initiate a client file, take instructions, communicate and negotiate with third parties, manage client files, engage in research, draft letters and legal documents, engage in legal analysis and problem solving and apply the professional code of conduct in the legal industry.
This course includes a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience.
This course also provides you with a capstone experience, which will give you the opportunity to integrate, critically reflect on and consolidate what you have learnt in your program.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


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

  1. Initiate the client file, take instructions and communicate with the client and third parties to provide required legal information.
  2. Identify and apply legal ethics and practice principles in the conduct of client files.
  3. Manage client files in accordance with legal, professional and organisational requirements.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the office and trust accounting principles applicable to working in a legal practice.
  5. Apply the principles of good legal writing in preparation of legal correspondence and drafting legal documents.
  6. Develop oral and analytical skills required in interviewing and negotiation

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

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.