Course Title: Read and interpret a legal document and provide advice

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5337 Diploma of Conveyancing

Course Title: Read and interpret a legal document and provide advice

Portfolio: BUS Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 80

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.

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

LAW5727C

City Campus

TAFE

650T Vocational Business Education

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term2 2016,
Term2 2017

Course Contact: Robert Sheen

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5759

Course Contact Email: robert.sheen@rmit.edu.au



Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to read and interpret a legal document and provide advice to a conveyancing client within a range of contexts and environments. It encompasses defining the nature and function of the document in the transaction and advising the client about their rights, obligations and alternative courses of action, if required.

It applies to individuals who apply specialised knowledge and pay close attention to detail when interpreting and analysing complex legal documentation and providing advice to others.

Work functions in the occupational areas where this unit may be used are subject to regulatory requirements. Refer to the relevant regulator for specific guidance on requirements.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None



National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

BSBCNV502 Read and interpret a legal document and provide advice

Elements:

1 Define nature of document

10 Document advice

2 Identify relevant legal principles

3 Identify interests of client

4 Check document for accuracy

5 Examine document

6 Evaluate issues

7 Advise client

8 Clarify instructions

9 Attending to signing the document


Learning Outcomes


Overview of Assessment

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

Performance Evidence
Evidence of the ability to:

  • review and interpret legal documents correctly and explain meanings and implications to clients
  • compare legal requirements with client instructions
  • prepare relevant, accurate and timely written and/or verbal advice to clients
  • oversee a legal document signing
  • maintain accurate and thorough records.

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

  • identify and explain key business principles and law applicable to reading and interpreting legal documents and transactions, including legislative and general law (common law and equity) principles
  • identify and explain types of:
    • transactions for personal, business or real estate conveyancing
    • contracts and other documents used in conveyancing
  • identify and explain key current legislative, regulatory and industry practices, procedures and services
  • identify and describe key insurance requirements relevant to a conveyancing transaction
  • explain, using simple vocabulary, a range of:
    • words, phrases and terms of conditions
    • professional and industry terminology
    • particular words or terms that could cause problems (e.g. shall/may/must/will)
  • identify and describe key policies, procedures and business requirements of the practice
  • identify and apply relevant consumer protection compliance
  • identify, describe and apply rules and procedures:
    • precedents and statutory forms
    • construction and interpretation of documents.

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

  • common office equipment, technology, software and consumables
  • suitable assessment records showing the preparation of a variety of legal documents to support a conveyancing transaction.                  

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
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.