Course Title: Research legal information using primary sources

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C4292

Course Title: Research legal information using primary sources

Portfolio: BUS

Nominal Hours: 40.0

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 TAFE Business

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face or Internet or Workplace

Course Contact: Kathie Nickson

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5852

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to work under supervision researching primary sources of legal information, locating relevant information and writing up a basic summary.
A range of legislation, rules, regulations and codes of practice may apply to this unit at the time of endorsement, depending on job roles and jurisdictions.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

There are no pre-requisites.

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

BSBRES404A Research legal information using primary sources


1. Receive and process request for information

2. Identify information sources

3. Prepare to extract information

4. Ensure information meets request

5. Compose report or correspondence

6. Prepare to format report or correspondence

7. Finalise report or correspondence

Learning Outcomes

Overview of Assessment

Assessment must ensure access to:
• an actual workplace or simulated environment
• appropriate legislation and regulations relevant to common legal matters
• workplace manuals and reference materials, such as company policies, procedural manuals and checklists
• list of relevant sources of documentation and sample forms
• background information on courts, their jurisdiction and behavioural requirements
• appropriate technology, such as computers with relevant software
• appropriate texts and people with expert knowledge, such as legal practitioners
• appropriate legislation and regulations relevant to common legal matters.

A range of assessment methods should be used to assess practical skills and knowledge. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:
• analysis of responses to case studies and scenarios
• observation of role plays
• direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence and third-party workplace reports of on-the-job performance by the candidate
• review of report or correspondence compiled in response to client request and its formatting