Course Title: Apply legal principles in family law matters

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: JUST5199C

Course Title: Apply legal principles in family law matters

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

Judy Dredge level 5 building 80 445 Swanston St Melbourne   9925 1565

Nominal Hours: 60

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 apply legal principles in family law matters. It is relevant to marriage dissolution; property settlement; maintenance, contact and residence; counselling and mediation; and the appeals process. 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.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBLEG510A Apply legal principles in family law matters


4. Prepare and despatch documentation

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Organise self and others with respect to file documentation and administration in accordance with organisation's policies and procedures
4.2. Obtain and forward relevant background documentation to designated person for review
4.3. Prepare and present relevant documents to designated individual for review and sign-off


1. Identify laws related to family law

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Source legislation, regulations and policies relevant to family law
1.2. Interpret key legal principles as they apply to family law matters


2. Apply principles of family laws in relation to marriage dissolution, property settlement and dealing with minors

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Identify and apply steps involved in marriage dissolution
2.2. Establish facts about proposed dissolution and client interests
2.3. Determine if agreement has been reached before filing on all issues regarding property, support and parenting


3. Identify and prepare appropriate costing documentation

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Identify legislative and regulatory requirements for costing legal services
3.2. Determine types of costs that apply
3.3. Prepare relevant costing documenta parenting tion according to organisation's policies and procedures

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Classes of hours per week for weeks 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

WeekDate                                    Topic                                                                                         ElementAssessment
1 Workshop 1     25 July Identify laws related to family law 

 Competent/Not yet competent



2 Workshop 2       22 August Apply principles of family laws in relation to marriage dissolution, property settlement and dealing with minors 




3 Workshop 3     12 September Identify and prepare appropriate costing documentation 




4 Workshop 4     17 October Prepare and despatch documentation 


Final Test

take home and submit


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

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

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:

Assessment completion requirements

You are required to complete 3 tasks. To pass this course students must attempt assessments as required which are graded upon submission by the class assessor. Grading is weighted so that a mark of 50% is a passing grade.
Evidence that learning outcomes have been achieved will be gathered from:
Assessment 1 Assignment
Assessment 2  Test
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

Assessment Matrix

Element                                                                                                                                            AssessmentAssessmentAssessment
1. Identify laws related to family law   
2. Apply principles of family laws in relation to marriage dissolution, property settlement and dealing with minors   
3. Identify and prepare appropriate costing documentation   
4. Prepare and despatch documentation   

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