Course Title: Australian Law

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: HUSO5156

Course Title: Australian Law

School: 360T Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3233 - Certificate III in ESL (Further Study)

Course Contact : Baia Tsakouridou

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254488

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Angela Borrelli

Karen Gao

Nominal Hours: 50

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 module aims to familiarise students with the Australian legal system and provides the knowledge and skills required toaccess various aspects of the Australian legal system.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VPAM545 Australian Law


1. Describe the main features of the Australian legal system

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify the main differences between civil and criminal
1.2 Identify the rights and responsibilities of the police in
1.3 Outline the main features of the court system and the role
of each court
1.4 Identify methods of punishment in Australia


2.Describe the process of accessing legal representation.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify key features of the system of legal representation
2.2 Locate legal resources
2.3 Identify the costs of accessing the legal system

Learning Outcomes

Students will have understaning of the features of the Australian legal system and able to describe the process of accessing legal representation.

Details of Learning Activities

You will:
• listen to a range of audio and film and documentary texts
• take part in conversations
• listen and take notes from guest speaker presentations

You are encouraged to read a wide range of texts relevant to the study context. You will:
• read , analyse and review complex texts for research purposes
• read extended personal and imaginative texts
• read opinion texts
• study items in the news every week and compare television and newspaper news.

In a variety of writing activities, you will improve your sentence structure and learn how to use different writing styles. This will include formal letters, course applications, essays, and short reports. You will:
• do a research project based on Australian Law
• take notes from a range of complex texts
• learn to locate and record references used
• learn about research and report writing
• learn to plan, draft and proofread your work.
• become familiar with academic discourse

write a reflective text based on guest speakers on Australian Law
The revision of important grammatical structures will be incorporated into each activity.

Teaching Schedule

Teaching Schedule

Program Dates: Mon 16 July – Fri 30 November 2012

Term Break: Mon 24 September – Sun 7 October 2012

Public holidays: Tue 6 November (Melbourne Cup Day)

Teaching Schedule: This course will be delivered weekly. The times will be outlined in the program delivery plans which are updated each week.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources


There are no set texts in this course, but it is recommended that you bring:

• English-English dictionary (we ask that you do not use a translation dictionary)
• Thesaurus
• Display folder with plastic sleeves
• Highlighter pens
• Notebook or loose leaf paper
• Headphones (use your own or they can be purchased from the Carlton Library very cheaply)
• USB (Memory stick)

Overview of Assessment

You must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of the competencies in order to be deemed competent. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks. You may be assessed by

  • group research project
  • report writing
  • evidence of note taking and research skills

Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks:

Summative assessments:
• Group oral presentation
• Demonstrate critical understanding of extended oral presentations based on several guest speaker who will give presentations on Australian Law    topics that address the elements of this unit.

Formative assessments: ongoing observations, summaries and review of student work

Please note:
Assessments tasks will include other courses (Units of competency) from the program.

All Assessment tasks should be submitted by the deadline. If an extension is required you must ask your teacher for one before the due date.

Assessment Matrix

Assessment Matrix
Each assessment cover sheet clearly outlines the competencies being addressed in the task in relation to performance criteria. The sum of assessment tasks will cover all units and their elements over a range of occasions. You will be given opportunities to demonstrate competency in a variety of ways throughout the program. You are encouraged to discuss any problems or concerns with your teacher or student co-ordinator. An assessment matrix will be available on myRMIT

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