Course Title: Make decisions in a legal context

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5337 Diploma of Conveyancing

Course Title: Make decisions in a legal context

Portfolio: Vocational Education

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.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


650T Vocational Business Education

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term1 2016,
Term1 2017,
Term1 2018

Course Contact: Robert Sheen

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5759

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to make decisions, particularly relating to compliance issues, in a legal context. It is intended to satisfy the requirement for a course of study in commercial law at an introductory or foundation level, covering Australian legal systems and processes.

It applies to individuals who within their area of responsibility use specialised knowledge to make decisions that require consideration of the legal context.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

FNSACC403 Make decisions in a legal context


1. Examine legal context for financial services work

2. Identify compliance requirements

3. Develop procedures to ensure compliance

Learning Outcomes

Overview of Assessment

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

Performance Evidence
Evidence of the ability to:

  • access information on relevant legislation, statutes, regulation and legal judgements
  • draw conclusions, having regard to the facts and relevant law
  • review and assist to develop organisational procedures to meet compliance requirements.

Knowledge Evidence
To complete the unit requirements safely and effectively, you must:

  • identify and explain the key features of Australian legal systems and processes, and the context in which they operate including:
    • basic principles, current statute and common law
    • roles and responsibilities of key organisations
    • constitutional considerations
    • separation of powers
  • basic principles of the law of torts, particularly relating to:
    • negligence
    • negligent misstatement
    • courts and regulatory bodies
  • identify and describe the main features of current legislation and its general impact on business operations in the areas of:
    • consumer law
    • corporations law, including different business organisational structures and regulations for:
      • public and private companies
      • trusts
      • partnerships
      • sole traders
    • property law
    • superannuation law
    • taxation law
  • identify the key decisions in case law and interpret findings.

 Assessment Conditions
Assessment must be conducted in a safe environment where evidence gathered demonstrates consistent performance of typical activities experienced in the accounting field of work and include access to:

  • common office equipment, technology, software and consumables
  • internet
  • relevant legislative and regulatory documentation.             

You are advised that you are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate your assessment work to your teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.

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 so that you can obtain feedback on your understanding of the concepts and issues being discussed.

You should take note of all feedback received and use this information to improve your learning outcomes and final performance in the course. Finally, you can email or arrange an appointment with your teacher to gain more feedback on your progress.