Course Title: Identify and interpret compliance requirements

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: JUST5197C

Course Title: Identify and interpret compliance requirements

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5292 - Diploma of Legal Services

Course Contact : Robyn Lang

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925-1565

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Bernadine McNamara, Sessional Teacher


Nominal Hours: 20

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 performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to identify and interpret the range of internal and external compliance requirements and obligations that must be fulfilled by an organisation. 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.

If you are undertaking this course in Melbourne from semester 2, 2012 onwards your teacher will advise you if you require access to a computer for the course. It is recommended that you have access to a mobile computing device to allow greater flexibility in terms of where you can work on campus outside class times.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBCOM501B Identify and interpret compliance requirements


4. Document compliance requirements

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Organise and document outcomes of the identification and interpretation activities
4.2. Prepare and communicate reports of relevant compliance requirements and assessment of implications to relevant personnel performing specific compliance management functions


1. Clarify the scope of operations

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Identify and review the relevant range of operations and the sphere of business arrangements of the organisation
1.2. Conduct an analysis of the operations and business arrangements of the organisation and identify the functions, products and services that may be subject to compliance requirements
1.3. Develop and document work activity plans for determining relevant compliance requirements
1.4. Obtain approval of plans from relevant organisational personnel


2. Identify compliance requirements

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Conduct a search of information on internal and external compliance requirements using appropriate search resources, including relevant Australian and international standards
2.2. Ensure the search of compliance requirements scans across all relevant jurisdictions of laws, regulations, and industry and organisational codes and standards and identify pertinent compliance requirements
2.3. Progressively review information collected in terms of its relevance to the organisation's operations, services and products
2.4. Organise and store gathered information on relevant compliance requirements in an appropriate format for further analysis


3. Interpret, analyse and prioritise identified compliance requirements

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Review and interpret collected information in terms of its relevance to the organisation's functions, services and products
3.2. Discuss and clarify with relevant internal or external personnel ambiguities, uncertainties and problems experienced in interpreting identified compliance information
3.3. Identify, analyse and prioritise relevant compliance requirements in terms of critical implications for the organisation and risks and consequence of possible breaches
3.4. Group pertinent compliance requirements into those that are critical and central to the organisation's operations, those that are important in some circumstances but are not central to the organisation's operations, and those that are pertinent but are incidental to the organisation's operations

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

From this unit (one of three comprising the course Professional Practice) students will acquire an understanding of legislative compliance obligations relevant to legal firms.  The focus will be on professional conduct rules, occupational health and safety, and privacy.   The second workshop in the course will be dedicated to this unit and will involve discussion of issues and participation by students.  Extensive use will be made of RMIT’s online learning environment (Blackboard) to provide extra reading material, links to video resources and administer an assessment of learning. 

The teacher will be contactable by email in between workshops and will be able to respond to queries from students. Announcements will also be posted on Blackboard by the teacher.

Students will need to bring a laptop to workshops and to have basic computer literacy skills.

Teaching Schedule

The five workshops in Professional Practice are spaced out across the semester, as shown in the table below. Each workshop is scheduled to last three hours with a break in the middle. Workshops 1 and 5 are mandatory due to orientation and the examination respectively.




Orientation and introduction to the Diploma of Legal Services


Thursday 28 June 2012, 6pm - 9pm

Room 108.09.06 in Building 108



Identify and interpret compliance requirements


Thursday 5 July 2012, 6pm - 9pm

Room 108.09.07 in Building 108

3Develop and nurture relationships


Thursday 2 August, 6pm - 9pm

Room 80.04.021 in Building 80




Maintain and enhance professional practice


Thursday 6 September, 6pm - 9pm

Room 80.04.021 in Building 80






Thursday 4 October, 6pm - 9pm

Room 80.04.021 in Building 80


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Materials will be supplied.


Other Resources

These will be provided in the first set of materials.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including in-class exercises, problem-solving exercises, assignments, group or individual projects, presentations and written or practical tests, as well as homework activities.

Other activities may be workplace-based or simulate work practices. These may include the production of technical requirements documents, direct observation of workplace practices and the presentation of a portfolio of evidence. This portfolio may include documents, photographs, video and/or audio files.

Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met. Students will be provided with feedback throughout the course to check their progress.

Assessment Tasks

There will be three assessment tasks for Professional Practice, all competency-based, that is, no percentage mark will attach to any of the assessment tasks. To be competent in these competencies you must pass all three assessments. If any assessment is not competent you will be given an opportunity to resubmit but the maximum grade will be CAG. The grade awarded for competency based assessment are:

CHD Competency with High Distinction

CDI Competent with Distinction

CC Competent with Credit

CAG Competency achieved - Graded

NYC Not Yet competent

DNS Did not submit for assessment


First, there will be an assignment addressing material studied in workshop 2. The assignment, which will be available on Blackboard the day of the second workshop, will contain some short answer questions and a question requiring a longer answer based on online research.

Second, there will be an online quiz following workshop 3, addressing material studied for that workshop.

Third, there will be a two hour test conducted in workshop 5 which will address all the material studied in the course. The test will be open book and sample test questions will be provided prior to workshop 5.

Assessment Matrix

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