Course Title: Apply foundation legal principles

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: JUST5724

Course Title: Apply foundation legal principles

School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4323 - Certificate IV in Justice

Course Contact: Irene Pagliarella, Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4581

Course Contact Email:

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Nominal Hours: 70

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

In this course you will develop the skills and knowledge required to apply various aspects of law and jurisdiction processes and procedures relevant to working within the Victorian criminal justice system. You will be provided an introduction to the Victorian and Australian legal system including the Constitution; legislative and law making bodies; adjudication and enforcement.       

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU20868 Apply foundation legal principles


1. Investigate the origins and the sources of State and Federal law and their application to the Victorian Justice environment.



Performance Criteria:

1.1 Australian law prior to federation is delineated

1.2 Federal and State Constitutional powers and their limitations are identified.

1.3 Law making through Parliament, the Courts and subordinate authorities are investigated.

1.4 Main aims and elements of administrative, civil, criminal law, and their application to the Victorian justice environment are explored.


2. Explore the function, operation and jurisdiction of Victorian Courts and Tribunals within the Australian Court system


Performance Criteria:


2.1 Structure and jurisdiction of the Victorian courts and tribunals are delineated.

2.2 Process of civil and criminal actions and appeals, including the functions and responsibilities of the parties involved are identified.

2.3 Different approaches and applications to statutory interpretation are analysed, evaluated and applied to legal matters.

2.4 Therapeutic justice principles, within a court framework, are examined.


3. Explore the role of Administrative law in the Victorian Justice system.


Performance Criteria:

3.1 Principles of natural justice are analysed.

3.2 Grounds on which an administrative decision/action may be reviewed or challenged in the courts and tribunals are examined.

3.3 Legislative and common law provisions relating to the judicial review by the courts and tribunals are examined.


4. Identify and apply appropriate elements of the Victorian legal system to current/potential Justice Environment job roles.


Performance Criteria:

4.1 Application of the law, its functions and processes within current/potential justice environment job roles is delineated and practiced.

4.2 Skills, knowledge and attitudes appropriate for conducting job role within legal contexts are determined and applied.

4.3 Etiquette and protocols for attendance/appearance at courts and tribunals is researched and practiced.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements and also;

• Provide the application of law, functions and processes of the Victorian legal system relevant to current/potential justice environment job roles
• Demonstrate the application of correct etiquette and protocols for attendance/appearance at Victorian courts and/or tribunals
• Apply the knowledge of powers and functions of law, law courts and sub‐ ordinate authorities of the civil, criminal and administrative components of the Victorian legal system

Details of Learning Activities

n class activities will incorporate:
Face to face lectures, simulated workplace scenarios, practical demonstrations and role-plays that identify with professional practice within the criminal justice system
· Individual oral and written questioning, and student-led group discussions and/or presentations, will exemplify your contextualizing of the class topics, and validate your learning of the key principles for the foundations of legal principles and their applications in the context of  justice workplace settings
Out of class activities will Incorporate
· Readings, researching case studies, completing remaining in class activities, and preparing for in class group presentations/discussions

In addition to the classroom experience, students have the opportunity to attend the ‘Justice Safety Support and Procedural Camp’ which is designed to assist in the transition to tertiary studies. The camp also provides experiential learning opportunities through simulated activities in Court processes, procedures and etiquettes and Emergency Management Procedures.

Scheduled classes are held at the camp while developing team skills through a range of engaging, interactive and practical activities that are challenging and designed to develop students’ knowledge of the foundation of legal principles.

Teaching Schedule

  • Session One                                                               
  • Pre-course test & feedback
  • Introduction to Course and expectation
  • Course guide & Checklist issued and discussed
  • Statutory Interpretations (definitions)
  • Natural Justice principles
  • Session Two                                                               
  • Issue Summative Assessment (Part 1A) instructions to students and discuss requirements.
  • Australian law & its origin
  • Types & sources of law
  • Summary & Indictable offences
  • Constitutional powers & limitations – Commonwealth & StateSession Three                                                            

Formative assessment ONE & feedback


  • Session 3:
  • State Constitution
  • Commonwealth & State Parliament structure/functions
  • Federal & State system of government
  • Separation of Power
  • Session Four 


  • Law making through the Parliament and Statutory Authorities
  • Read and understand Acts of Parliament
  • Contents of an Act of Parliament
  • Statutory Interpretation


  • Session Five                                                                                                                                           Formative assessment TWO & feedback
  • Structure and jurisdiction of Victorian Courts and Tribunals
  • Applicable & relevant legislation
  • Coroner’s Court
  • Session Six                                                                 

Issue Summative Assessment (Part 1B) instructions to students and discuss requirements

  • Due Process
  • Common Law
  • Law making through the courts
  • Case law practical

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT ONE (Part A) (Graded) Deadline 16 March 2017 @ 4.30pm


  • Session Seven 

       Formative assessment THREE & feedback

  • Aims and elements of Administrative law and its applications
  • Grounds for review or challenge in court
  • Legislative and common law provisions       
  • Therapeutic Justice
  • Application of the law


  • Session Eight                                                             
  • Therapeutic Justice
  • Application of the law     


  • Session Nine  


Formative assessment FOUR & feedback

  • Aims and elements of civil law and its applications to the Victorian Justice environment
  • Process of civil action and appeals
  • Functions and responsibilities of parties involved
  •  Session 10


Formative assessment FIVE & feedback

  • Aims and elements of criminal law and its applications
  • Functions and responsibilities of parties involved


SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT ONE (Part B) (Graded). Deadline 4 May 17 @ 4.30 pm    


  • Session Eleven                                                       
  • Process of criminal action and appeals
  • Common law and statutory requirements and responsibilities 
  • Session Twelve                                                      

Formative assessment SIX & feedback

  • Process of criminal action and appeals (cont.)
  • Arrest and search powers
  • Practical workshop
  • Camp briefing and preparation
  • Session Thirteen                                                   
  • Justice Safety, Support and Procedural (JSSP) Camp conducted at an approved location
  • Simulation and practical exercises in Court Procedures;
  • Court etiquette and protocols
  • Moot court practical

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT TWO (Graded)                                                                                                  


  • Session Fourteen                                                     

Formative assessment SEVEN & feedback

  1. Application of appropriate elements of Victorian legal system to job roles in justice
  2. Application of the law (action learning
  • Session Fifteen                                                       
  • Application of appropriate skills, knowledge and attitudes for conducting job roles in the legal context  (action learning)


  • Session Sixteen                                                        

Revision of course material SATURDAY 10 JUNE 2017Session Seventeen  


  • Session Seventeen                                                                                              


14 June 2016

Witten final written examination


Every care has been taken to develop this lesson plan however matters outside the author’s control such as availability of resources, classroom, teacher, or other pressing matters may affect the scheduled delivery of this course as above. Every attempt will be made to inform students of any change as soon as practicable


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Overview of Assessment

Assessments may incorporate a variety of methods including quizzes, case studies, observations, lectures, tutorials, class discussion, group/individual training workshops, audio-visual presentations, formative writing and exams.

 Formative Assessments (Ungraded fortnightly formative assessments)

Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate the application of knowledge and understanding of legal principles, processes and procedures relevant to working in the justice system through ungraded fortnightly formative assessments.  Students will receive immediate feedback after the formative assessments and remedial training as appropriate.

 Summative Assessments:

A research project on Natural Justice (Graded summative assessment)

Moot Court simulated exercise (Graded summative assessment)

Short answer questions on application of the law, function and processes of the legal system, powers and functions of law and subordinate authorities

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.


A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online:;ID=c15i3ciaq8ca 

Assessment Tasks

There are seven (7) formative assessment (ungraded) tasks delivered in the classroom and consist of short answer questions on the performance criteria of the applicable elements. Candidates will receive immediate feedback and remedial training as a form of ongoing monitoring of their progress. Weaknesses, strengths and LLN issues will be discussed collectively or with individual candidate as appropriate.

·       Task 1 - Research Project (Graded summative assessment)

  • Candidates are required to provide a written report on each of the topic of Natural Justice (Part A) and Judicial review (Part B). Separate instructions will be issued to candidates at a suitable time at the beginning of the semester. This task is graded at 40%, is in two parts, and counts towards 20% each of the overall grade for this course.

·       Task 2 - Moot Court simulated exercise (Graded summative assessment)

  • Candidates are required to provide evidence of active participation in the application of correct etiquette and protocols for attendance/appearance at Victorian Courts/tribunals and functions of law courts. This Moot Court task will be conducted at a suitable location and will counts towards 15% of the overall grade for this course. A separate instruction for the assessment will be provided to students·       Task 3 - Written assignment (Graded summative assessment)
  • Candidates are required to complete a written assessment comprising of short answer questions relating to materials presented during formal lectures on relevant legislation, application of the law, function and processes of the Victorian legal system, knowledge of powers and functions of law and subordinate authorities. Separate instructions for the assessment will be supplied to candidates.  This task counts for 45% of the final grade. 


Assessment Matrix

Graded results are summative assessments and will be recorded as either:
CHD - Competent High Distinction;
CDI - Competent with Distinction,
CC - Competent with Credit;
CAG - Competency Achieved-Graded;
NYC - Not Yet Competent; or
DNS - Did Not Submit for Assessment.
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reading, writing and number skills
concentration, memory and problem solving
mental wellness and behavioural stability
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physical skills, such as gross and fine motor skills.
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  1. a) You believe an error has occurred in the calculation of the grade; or,
  2. b) You believe the assessment did not comply with criteria published in the Course Guide; or,
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  • Submitting work as your own that someone else has done for you.
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Plagiarism Software

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