Course Title: Prepare legal documents

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2020

Course Code: LAW5729C

Course Title: Prepare legal documents

Important Information:

This course is co-delivered with Read and Interpret a legal document (Law 5727C)

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6164 - Advanced Diploma of Conveyancing

Course Contact: Callie Harvey

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99255772

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Joseph Detering 

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.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to prepare legal documents to support a conveyancing transaction on behalf of a client.

It applies to individuals who use organisational skills to analyse and prepare legal documents suitable for purpose.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBCNV504 Prepare legal documents


1 Determine legal nature and relevance of documents

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Interpret the legal nature of the document 1.2 Determine the structure, function and significance of the document in the conveyancing transaction 1.3 Interpret and apply statutory and general law principles governing the document and its function in the conveyancing transaction


2 Prepare legal document

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify and apply rules governing construction and interpretation of contracts and other legal documents 2.2 Identify and apply rules for use of precedents, standard form contracts, and statutory forms 2.3 Use principles of legal drafting, including the use of plain language, to prepare the document


3 Review document against client s needs

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Interpret and draft terms essential to protect the client's interests 3.2 Rectify any lack of conformity with the client's instructions


4 Check document for accuracy

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Check parties, property information and factual details for accuracy 4.2 Check annexures to the document for accuracy and relevance 4.3 Correct gaps, lack of certainty or ambiguity in language 4.4 Review and rectify non-compliance with legal principles within the document

Learning Outcomes


Performance evidence

Evidence of the ability to:

  • prepare legal documents that:
  • comply with legislative requirements
  • meet client needs
  • are accurate and checked for errors, inconsistencies and omissions.


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:

  • identify and explain key business principles and law applicable to drafting legal documents relevant to conveyancing transactions, including legislative and general law (common law and equity) requirements
  • identify and discuss consumer protection compliance in drafting documents for conveyancing transactions
  • discuss current definitions of conflict of interest within legislation and the industry
  • identify and explain key current legislative, regulatory and industry practices, procedures and services
  • define and explain a range of:
  • legal terms using simple vocabulary
  • key professional and industry terminology
  • words or terms relevant to drafting legal documents for conveyancing transactions
  • explain the policies, procedures and business requirements of the practice
  • explain key rules and procedures for:
  • use of precedents and statutory forms
  • construction and interpretation of documents
  • compare and contrast types of:
  • contracts and other legal documents relevant to conveyancing transactions
  • transactions for personal, business or real estate conveyancing.

Details of Learning Activities

This semester we will be learning remotely through Collaborate Ultra Sessions.

A range of learning activities are planned for this course including self-paced and discussion activities.

The self-paced activities will be delivered through various technology platforms and may include your contribution to wikis and discussion threads, reflective journals, quizzes and interactive sessions.

The collaborative activities will include group discussions, group problem-solving activities and opportunities to practice your skills in a simulated/real workplace environment. We expect you to participate and contribute in all scheduled learning activities.

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.

This course guide contains information that describes course aspects that don’t change and are locked in well ahead of the semester. Any information that differs due to changes of delivery is a consequence of COVID-19. Your course coordinator will advise you as to the correct details via Canvas.


Teaching Schedule

This course is comprised of two co-delivered and co-assessed competencies: 

BSBCNV502 Read and Interpret a Legal Document
BSBCNV504 Prepare Legal Documents

Induction Session

Prior to training commencement a program level induction session will be conducted that comprises the following:

  • Program overview and requirements
  • MyRMIT/Canvas
  • Overview of assessment requirements
  • Pre-Training Review including:
    • Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfers
    • Assessment of current skills and knowledge
  • Competency/Grading Criteria
  • Plagiarism
  • Appeals
  • Extensions
  • Feedback
  • Privacy
  • Submission requirements
  • Resubmission policy
  • Where to get support
  • Student responsibilities 

The Teaching Schedule for this course is as follows.

Please note that this schedule is subject to change.

Course Schedule: Read and analyse legal documents and Prepare legal documents, Semester 2, 2020




Week 1

July 6

Development of multiple ownership: company share, stratum titles, strata & cluster titles


Week 2

July 13

Subdivision process


Week 3

July 20

Selling lots on a plan of subdivision S. 32 requirements


Week 4

July 27

Selling lots on a plan of subdivision Contract  requirements

Assessment 1 due

Week 5

August 3

General and Special conditions


Week 6

August 10

Owners’ Corporation part 1


Week 7

August  17

Owners’ Corporation part 2


Week 8

August 24

Stamp Duty and Land Tax;   GST  & CGT

 Assessment 2 due

Mid-Semester Break

Week 9

September 7

Industry presentations – joint class Joanne and Paul


Week 10

September  14

Finish GST; Investigating Title and exceptional parties.


Week 11

September  21

Sale of Business part 1 


Week 12

September 28

Sale of Business, Part 2


Week 13

October 5

Sale of Business, Part 3 and Revision


Week 14

October 12


Assessment 3 due

Week 15

October 19




Week 16

October 26



Week 17

November 2

Grade Entry



Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Online learning materials can be accessed by going into the RMIT website's Online Learning Hub.

The online learning materials listed include:

  • Course outlines
  • Power point Presentations
  • Supporting Reading material
  • Industry relevant articles
  • Activities.


Overview of Assessment

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:

  • common office equipment technology, software and consumables and resources
  • internet
  • relevant legislation 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 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.

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.

Assessment Tasks

In order to achieve competency in this unit, you must satisfactorily complete the criteria for each of the three assessments in this course.


Assessment Task 1: Online Assessment

Due: Week 4

This assessment task allows you to demonstrate your knowledge on reading and interpreting legal documents.  

Assessment Task 2:Practical Assignment

Due: 11:59PM Sunday 25 August 2020

This practical assessment will allow you to demonstrate your ability to read and interpret a legal document and provide advice to a conveyancing client.


Assessment Task 3: Practical Assignment

Due: 11:59PM Sunday 13 October 2020

This practical assessment will allow you to demonstrate your ability to prepare legal documents to support a conveyancing transaction on behalf of a client.


Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix that maps all the assessments is available on CANVAS.

Other Information

Submission Requirements

  • 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.


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.


Penalties for Late Submission 

Late submissions of assignments without special consideration or extension will automatically be considered a re-submission (see above).


Extensions, Special Consideration and Adjustment to Assessments


Extensions are available for unforeseen circumstances of a short-term nature.

An application form must be submitted to the school at least one working day before the due date of the assessment.

Extensions can be approved for a maximum of one week (seven calendar days) past the due date for an assessment. (Where students need an extension exceeding one week they must instead apply for special consideration.)


Special consideration:

Special consideration is available for unexpected circumstances outside students’ control. These include but are not limited to: unexpected short-term ill health, and unavoidable family, work, cultural or religious commitments.

An application for special consideration is made in advance of an assessment wherever possible but will normally be accepted within five working days after the assessment date

For more information, see the Special Consideration page of the RMIT website.


Adjustments to Assessment:

RMIT provides several adjustments to assessment for students experiencing ongoing or long-term circumstances. Find the right one for your circumstances here.


Changes to the Assessment Scheme

Where a change to assessment approved by the Dean/head of school changes an assessment due date, students will be given at least five working days’ notice of the new due date.



You can expect to receive marks and feedback on in-course assessment work in time to improve your performance in related assessment tasks later in the course.


Academic Integrity and Misconduct

Students demonstrate academic integrity in their assessment practices by:

  • engaging with assessment activities in an honest way;
  • providing accountability for the authorship and originality of work submitted;
  • acknowledging the work of others and the re-use of original work.

Academic misconduct is addressed in accordance with the Student conduct policy

Assessment involving research with human participants, their information or their tissue, or animal subjects is carried out in accordance with the Staff ethics and integrity policy.

For further information see the Academic Integrity website.


Review and Appeal

A student may request a review of an assessment result or appeal a final course grade in accordance with the Conduct of assessment and appeals section of the Assessment Processes.


Grade Criteria

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

The following grades are available for this course.

Vocational education grades:

CA - Competency Achieved

NYC - Not Yet Competent

DNS - Did Not Submit for assessment


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