Course Title: Identify and apply the legal framework

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2020

Course Code: LAW5745C

Course Title: Identify and apply the legal framework

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4386 - Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation

Course Contact: Ms Vicki Mesiti

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5425

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 60

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

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to research legal systems and jurisdictions within Australia.   It applies to individuals who use well-developed research skills to analyse and evaluate information from a variety of sources to provide support in a range of legal service settings.   No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBLEG413 Identify and apply the legal framework


1. Identify sources of law

Performance Criteria:

<p>&amp;lt;div&gt;1.1 Identify main institutions of government in Australia&amp;lt;/div&gt;&amp;lt;div&gt; &amp;lt;/div&gt;&amp;lt;div&gt;1.2 Research sources of Australian law&amp;lt;/div&gt;&amp;lt;div&gt; &amp;lt;/div&gt;&amp;lt;div&gt;1.3 Assess rules for resolving conflicts of laws&amp;lt;/div&gt;</p>


2. Identify and analyse relationships between the Federal and the states and territories governments

Performance Criteria:

<p>&amp;lt;div&gt;2.1 Identify legislative powers of Australian Federal Government and limits of that power&amp;lt;/div&gt;&amp;lt;div&gt; &amp;lt;/div&gt;&amp;lt;div&gt;2.2 Analyse legislative powers of states and territories&amp;lt;/div&gt;&amp;lt;div&gt; &amp;lt;/div&gt;&amp;lt;div&gt;2.3 Evaluate relationship between legislative powers of the Federal Government and state and territory governments&amp;lt;/div&gt;</p>


3. Differentiate between civil and criminal proceedings

Performance Criteria:

<p>&amp;lt;div&gt;3.1 Identify and examine differences in law and procedures between civil and criminal proceedings&amp;lt;/div&gt;&amp;lt;div&gt; &amp;lt;/div&gt;&amp;lt;div&gt;3.2 Analyse findings and determine which court would hear particular cases&amp;lt;/div&gt;</p>


4. Examine elements of adversary trial system

Performance Criteria:

<div>4.1 Identify main features of adversary system of trial</div><div> </div><div>4.2 Evaluate these features and determine how they apply in the legal environment</div>


5. Examine elements of precedent

Performance Criteria:

<p>&amp;lt;div&gt;5.1 Identify main features of principles of precedent&amp;lt;/div&gt;&amp;lt;div&gt; &amp;lt;/div&gt;&amp;lt;div&gt;5.2 Analyse how precedent is applied in the legal environment&amp;lt;/div&gt;&amp;lt;div&gt; &amp;lt;/div&gt;&amp;lt;div&gt;5.3 Examine and document outcomes of precedent&amp;lt;/div&gt;</p>


6. Examine legislation

Performance Criteria:

<p>6.1 Examine principles for reading and interpreting legislation</p><p>6.2 Apply principles for reading and interpreting legislation in the legal environment</p>

Learning Outcomes

  At successful completion of this course you should be able to:   •        Describe the structures and sources of Australian law. •        Evaluate the effect of a range of legal problems and determine appropriate responses for organisations through relevant strategies. •        Develop reasoned viewpoints, draw conclusions, and make recommendations after interpreting, analysing, and evaluating legal issues.


Details of Learning Activities

A range of learning activities are planned for this course including self-paced, collaborative classroom and work based learning (WIL) activities.   The self-paced activities will be delivered through various technology platforms and include your contribution to wikis and discussion threads, reflective journals, quizzes and interactive sessions.   The collaborative classroom based activities will include group discussion, group problem solving activities and opportunities to practice your skills in a simulated/real workplace environment which include relevant field trips. We expect you to participate and contribute in all scheduled learning activities.

Remote Learning

This course will be delivered via our existing learning management system, Canvas.  This means that, for the foreseeable future, there will be no face-to-face classes in any of the units for which you are enrolled.

Classes in each of your units will still take place in their normal scheduled time-slots, but instead of being conducted in a face-to-face mode, your teachers will utilise the Collaborate Ultra platform to deliver ‘live’ online classes.  These classes delivered online will not only provide you with the required learning materials for those sessions, but they will also enable interactions with your teachers and fellow students via forums or discussion boards.

Teaching Schedule

Introduction to the Legal Process 

Semester 2: 2020




Readings and Activities



Week 1


Introduction to course-

Rules and Laws 

Understanding the Nature of Conflict

Reading: Introduction to the Australian Legal System Manual 1 p4 -Canvas Course Resources

Activity: Consolidation- Exploring the legal context from personal experience and discussion

 Assessment Tasks 1 and 2 available online via Canvas-Assignments Tab


Week 2


Legal Research Skills

Distinguishing Criminal Cases and Civil Disputes

Types of Conflict


Manual 2 P4-14

Activity: Research tasks

Begin character profiles Bogabilla case study

Library Workshop 2nd session- "Legal Research Skills"



Week 3


Sources of Australian Law-Parliament

Reading: The Legislative Process p6 Manual See Canvas Course Resources

Visit to Parliament House

Introductory exercises "Parliament in context"

Video-parliamentary process

Continue character profiles-Bogabilla case study



Week 4


Sources of Australian Law-The Constitution

Reading:  Evolution of Parliament in Australia: Manual p3-5 See Canvas Course Resources

Activity: Consolidation questions

Continue character profiles-Bogabilla case study



Week 5


The Adversary System of Trial

Precedent- inc Statutory Interpretation

Research-Finding Case Law


Reading: The Adversary System  Manual 2 p2 See Canvas Course Resources

Visit to Victoria Police Museum

Film The Adversary System Consolidation questions

Continue character profiles -Bogabilla case study



Week 6


The Australian Court Hierarchy-Federal Courts

Reading:Manual 1 p21-24 See Canvas Course Resources

Activity: Consolidation questions

Continue character profiles- Bogabilla case study




Week 7


The Australian Court System-State Courts

 Reading:Manual 1 p15-21

Activity: Consolidation questions

Criminal Justice Program Guest Speakers

Continue character profiles- Bogabilla case study

Activity: Assessment preparation



Week 8


The Australian Court System-State Courts

Reading: Manual 1 p15-21 See Canvas Course Resources

Activity: Assessment preparation




Mid semester break: 31st August-4th September April


Week 9


Court Processes- Criminal and Civil Proceedings

Reading: Manual 2 p18-30 See Canvas Course Resources

Court Visits

Activity: Consolidation questions

Assessment 1 Folio due

Feedback will be available in or before week 10. If required re-submission for this assessment is due by the end of week 11.


Week 10


Nature of conflict 2-conflict theory

Reading: Reading: p34-38 Manual 2 -See Canvas Course Resources

Activity: Case studies and Consolidation questions



Week 11


Nature of conflict 2-communication and problem solving strategies; dealing with difficult situations and people

Reading: Manual 2 p48-52 -See Canvas Resources

Activity: Case studies and consolidation questions

Visit to Specialist Court



Week 12


Conflict in the legal context: Alternative Dispute Resolution


Using Mediation to Resolve Conflict

Reading: p34-38 Manual 2 -See Canvas Course Resources

Activity: Case Studies, MDA video and Consolidation questions



Week 13


Research and Presentation Skills

Assessment Preparation




Week 14


Research and Presentation Skills

Assessment Preparation


Week 15




 Assessment Task 2 Submission


 Assessment Task 2 - Presentation  due


Week 16


Week 17



Re-submission period


Re-submission period


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

All learning resources are available within Canvas.  Resources include reading materials, videos and activities.  There are Collaborate Ultra (webinar) sessions and online discussion boards.

All resources are available in the Canvas LMS.

Online learning materials can be accessed by going into the RMIT web sites Online Learning Hub.


The online learning materials listed include:

• Course outline • PowerPoint Presentations  • Course Reading Manuals  • Supporting Reading material  • Industry relevant articles  • Various learning activities • Relevant legal websites 

It is recommended that you have a pen and a notebook to take notes and a device separate from a smart phone for use in all your classes.

Overview of Assessment

In order to achieve competency in this unit, you must provide:

Performance Evidence   Evidence of the ability to:   • explain differences between Australian law making institutions • identify appropriate institutions to hear civil versus criminal proceedings • explain how adversarial system of trial operates • explain application and outcomes of principles of precedent • read and interpret legislation.   Note: If a specific volume or frequency is not stated, then evidence must be provided at least once.   Knowledge Evidence   To complete the unit requirements safely and effectively, the individual must:   • list institutions and main features of the Australian legal system • identify legal terminology in relation to areas of practice of law and relevant legal processes • outline methods used to identify appropriate information about sources of Australian law • list scope of responsibilities in context of legal framework.   Assessment Conditions   Assessment must be conducted in a safe environment where evidence gathered demonstrates consistent performance of typical activities experienced in the legal services administration field of work and include access to:   • office equipment and resources • legislation and regulations relevant to common legal matters • people with expert knowledge.   Feedback    Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions. You are encouraged to ask and answer questions during class time and online sessions to obtain feedback on your understanding of the concepts and issues being discussed. You can also email or arrange an appointment with your teacher to gain further feedback on your progress.    You should take note of all feedback received and use this information to improve your learning outcomes and final performance in the course. 

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1 - Folio (written report) Due Date:  Week 9, 07/09/2020


The aim of this assessment is for you to investigate the Australian legal system using primary and secondary sources and apply relevant principles of law.   You will need to produce a legal research report encompassing folio tasks which clearly address the issues raised and reference all important legal materials.

Feedback for this assessment will be provided in or before week 11.  

Assessment Task 2 - Presentation (Multimedia & Oral Presentation) Due Date: Week 15 , 19/10/2020

Legal regulation and conflict resolution is a very important part of business and other organisations. You must prepare a presentation explaining to prospective new members of an organisation why an understanding of the law is essential for a successful business or organisation while evaluating possible legal problems and appropriate responses through conflict management.  You are welcome to research an area of future professional interest. 

Feedback for this assessment will be provided in week 16.  

You must successfully complete all assessments to be deemed competent in this course.

Assessment Matrix


Name of Assessment Task

Method of Assessment


Performance Criteria

Foundation Skills

Performance Evidence

Knowledge Evidence

Assessment Conditions



Written Report

E1 PC 1.2

E2 PC 2.3

E3 PC 3.1

E4 PC 4.1 4.2

E5 PC 5.2

E6 6.1 6.2








Oral Presentation

E1 PC 1.1 1.3

E2 PC 2.1-2.2

E5 PC 5.1 5.3



Other Information

Submission Requirements


You should:


  • Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date. 
  • Always retain a copy of your assessment tasks. (hard copy and soft copy)
  • When you submit work for assessment at RMIT University you need to use the Assessment task document that includes a declaration and statement of authorship.
  • Each page of your assessment should include a footer with your name, student number, the title of the assessment, unit code and title and page numbers.

Late Submission Procedures

You are required to submit assessment items and/or ensure performance based assessment is completed by the due dates.

If you are prevented from submitting an assessment item on time, by circumstances outside your control, you may apply in advance to your teacher for an extension to the due date of up to seven calendar days.

More Information:

Where an extension of greater than seven days is needed, you must apply for Special Consideration.  You must submit your application within five working days after your assessment date or due date.

More Information:

Resubmissions (VET Programs):

If you are found to be unsuccessful (Not satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) in a Course Assessment Task you will be allowed one resubmission.  Your teacher will provide feedback regarding what you need to do to improve and will set a new deadline for the resubmission. 

If you are still not meeting the assessment requirements you must apply to your Program Manager in writing outlining the steps you will take to demonstrate competence in your course. Your submission will be considered by the Program Team and you will be advised of the outcome as soon as possible.

Adjustments to Assessment

In certain circumstances students may be eligible for an assessment adjustment. For more information about the circumstances under which the assessment arrangements might be granted please access the following website:


Final Results


You must demonstrate that you have all the required skills/knowledge/elements in the unit of competency you are studying.


You will receive feedback on each assessment task that will inform you about your progress and how well you are performing.


The following grades are available for this course:



Competency Achieved



Not Yet Competent



Did Not Submit for Assessment

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