Course Title: Introduction to Legal Method

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Legal Method

Credit Points: 12.00


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

LAW2538

City Campus

Undergraduate

650T Vocational Business Education

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Robyn Lang

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1565

Course Coordinator Email: robyn.lang@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 80.05.018


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Nil


Course Description

This course provides you with detailed knowledge of the concepts of law and the Australian Legal system along with the necessary skills to research legal information. You will examine the sources of law; evaluate the concepts underlying the application of the law and the various methods to conduct effective legal research.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

CLO1: Identify the sources of law in Australia and classify the various areas of law.

CLO2: Demonstrate an understanding of the structure and function of state and federal parliaments and how the Constitution divides and restricts law making powers.

CLO3:

Identify the essential features of the Australian legal system and compare and contrast the laws they make.

CLO4:

Demonstrate an understanding of the rules of statutory interpretation and the doctrine of precedent. CLO5:

Use legal research methodologies to locate, evaluate and apply secondary sources, case law and legislation using both online and paper based resources.

CLO6:

Demonstrate professional legal writing skills, including an understanding of the use and preparation of legal research material.

 

Map each CLO against one or more PLOs

 

CLO1

CLO2

CLO3

CLO4

CLO5

CLO6

CLO7

CLO8

PLO1

x

x

x

x

x

 

 

 

PLO2

x

x

x

x

x

 

 

 

PLO3

 

 

x

x

x

 

 

 

PLO4

 

 

 

x

x

 

 

 

PLO5

 

 

 

 

x

x

 

 

PLO6

 

 

 

 

x

x

 

 

PLO7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PLO8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please note: Undergraduate Collective PLOs in the table below. Not all PLOs are achieved in a single course.

PLO1

Apply a broad theoretical and technical knowledge of legal principles and concepts in diverse legal service contexts.

PLO2

Independently apply legal theoretical and technical knowledge to provide specialist and professional advice as a paralegal to a range of audiences.

PLO3

Critically analyse and evaluate information to provide effective solutions and assistance to existing and potential legal service clients..

PLO4

Apply reasoned judgements to solve problems in a variety of legal practice contexts with reference to ethical, regulatory and global perspectives.

PLO5

Reflect on performance feedback to identify and action strategies for improvement.

PLO6

Communicate business legal information and concepts to professionals and non-professionals in diverse contexts.

PLO7

Apply an adaptive and collaborative approach to working with others in a variety of business and professional contexts

PLO8

Apply, and integrate professional theory with practice in authentic Work Integrated Learning (WIL) contexts. **


Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning will be supported through various in-class and online activities. It is structured as a Lecture/Workshop methodology that provides an overview of the core knowledge required, and a guide to further reading and application of that knowledge, including the use of relevant quantitative techniques and associated computer software to inform responsive, evidence-based decision-making. Workshop sessions provide an opportunity for the investigation of relevant business problems and practical applications, including lecturer-designed exercises and discussion questions. Visits to various courts and proceedings will require you to reflect on your experiences.


Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources are available online through MyRMIT Studies\Blackboard. The lecture notes and workshop notes are posted on Blackboard.

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 and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.


Overview of Assessment

Assessment Task 1: Reflections 20%

Assessment Task 2: Legal Research assignment 30%

Assessment Task 3: End of semester exam 50%

 

 

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

 

Assessment

 

Course Learning Outcomes

CLO1

CLO2

CLO3

CLO4

CLO5

CL06

CLO7

CLO8

Task 1

x

x

x

x

 

 

 

 

Task 2

x

 

 

 

x

x

 

 

Task 3

x

x

x

x

x

x

 

 

Other

 

 

x

 

 

x