Course Title: Identify and interpret compliance requirements

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

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

Alana Ryan  building 80 level 5

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


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
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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

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Delivered in conjunction with BSBCMM501A Identify and interpret compliance requirements; BSBLED503A Maintain and enhance profesional practice

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.
 4 Workshops as per the teaching schedule. The nominal hours associated with this are a guide only and represent the total teaching time and student effort required to successfully complete the course. This may include not only scheduled classes but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.
The week by week classes as per the teaching schedule below and assessments, including due dates, are subject to variation. Class teachers will to keep as close as practicable to that set out in this Part B Statement.

Course requirements: students consult timetable and are expected to attend all scheduled classes
Course support documents: see RMIT Blackboard
Student Induction: conducted prior to commencement of classes or during the first class and will cover the following: Blackboard, Overview of assessment requirements including Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfers, Grading, Plagiarism, Appeals,Extensions,Feedback,Privacy, Submission requirements, Resubmission policy, Where to get support, Student responsibilities

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


Week 2 Tuesday, 6pm - 9pm

Room 108.09.06 in Building 108



Identify and interpret compliance requirements


Week 6 Tuesday, 6pm - 9pm

Room 108.09.07 in Building 108

3Develop and nurture relationships


Week 9 Tuesday, 6pm - 9pm

Room 80.04.021 in Building 80




Maintain and enhance professional practice


Week 14 Tuesday, 6pm - 9pm

Room 80.04.021 in Building 80






Week 16, 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

Students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of competency to be deemed competent.
A range of assessment methods are used to assess practical skills and knowledge, for example:
* tests and examinations in formal settings
* assignments, projects and case study analysis
* direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence
* review of authenticated documents from the workplace or training environment
* demonstration of techniques
* Class presentation

Critical aspects of assessment
Evidence of the following is essential:

Evidence of the ability to:
• document processes used to identify, analyse and interpret organisational compliance requirements
• apply knowledge of elements of compliance programs and related management systems

Assessment completion requirements

Assessment descriptions

Assessment submission requirements

Assessment tasks need to be submitted via Blackboard unless otherwise advised.

You should:

* Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date. If your performance in the assessment is affected by unexpected circumstances, you should consider applying for Special Consideration. Information on the process and application forms is available at;ID=ls0ydfokry9rz website.
* 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 a cover sheet that includes a declaration and statement of authorship. You must complete, sign and submit a cover sheet with all work you submit for assessment, whether individual or group work. On the cover sheet you declare that the work you are presenting for assessment is your own work. An assignment cover sheet for submission of work for assessment is available on blackboard.
* Each page of your assessment should include footer with your name, student number, the title of the assessment, unit code and title and page numbers. For example, Julie Macpherson, 324567, Task 2, OHS2345C Ensure safe workplace, Page 1 of 10.

Marking Guide

Vocational Education and Training (VET) is based on current industry needs and the focus on preparing you for the workplace. Because VET courses are informed by practical application of knowledge and skills, they are based on a system known as ‘competency based training’ (CBT). So when you are assessed in VET it is about whether you are competent to do the job, as well as having a firm grasp on the knowledge and skills required to do that job, as opposed to traditional curriculum based education settings that are often based on knowledge retention.

You need to demonstrate you are competent in each element of the unit of competency you are studying.

You will receive feedback on each assessment task that will inform you whether you are competent or not and how well you are performing. Once competent in all elements of the unit you receive a competency grading.

Please refer to the Final Grades table below.

Marking Guide

After achieving competency we then grade your performance in the unit; this gives you the opportunity to have the level of your performance formally recognized against industry standards and employability skills.

The grading is according to the following criteria:


We are looking for a high level of ability to complete all tasks independently as per the specifications as well as demonstrating a high level of initiative in your approach to developing and maintaining an OHS system.


We are looking for depth of understanding of the key concepts and knowledge required in managing an OHS system. You should be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of all applicable OHS legislative requirements in all the assessment tasks.


We are looking for appropriate use of technology to assist in presenting all tasks clearly and suitable for the intended audience. You also need to show an understanding of the kinds of problems that can arise in managing OHS systems and how these might be addressed.


We expect to see ongoing uploading of information into Pebble Pad that is relevant to the unit, full utilisation of Pebble Pad and Blackboard as per course requirements and timely submission of all required assessment tasks.


We expect to see contributions to relevant discussions and scheduled Collaborate sessions. In addition your tasks should demonstrate a very good understanding of strategies for a collaborative approach to OHS management in the workplace.
Final Grades table:
CHD Competent 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

Further information regarding the application of the grading criteria will be provided by your teacher.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

Elements                                                                                                                                                                             AssessmentAssessmentAssessment
1. Clarify the scope of operations   
2. Identify compliance requirements   
3. Interpret, analyse and prioritise identified compliance requirements   
4. Document compliance requirements   

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