Course Title: Read and interpret a legal document and provide advice

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5324

Course Title: Read and interpret a legal document and provide advice

Portfolio: BUS

Nominal Hours: 80.0

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 Vocational Business Education

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term2 2013,
Term2 2015

Course Contact: Paul Ryan

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99255466

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to read and interpret a legal document and provide advice to a conveyancing client within a range of contexts and environments.

It encompasses defining the nature of the document and identifying applicable legal principles governing the document and its function in the transaction; closely examining and interpreting the document to evaluate whether it protects and meet the needs of the client; advising the client on their rights and obligations under the document and, where necessary, advising on alternative courses of action and obtaining further instructions; attending to signing of the document by the client.

This unit may apply to job roles subject to licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements so Commonwealth, State or Territory requirements should be confirmed with the relevant body.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

FNSCNV502A Read and interpret a legal document and provide advice


1. Define nature of the document

 10. Document advice                   

2. Identify relevant legal principles

3. Identify interests of client

4. Check document for accuracy

5. Examine document

6. Evaluate issues

7. Advise client

8. Clarify instructions

9. Attending to signing the document

Learning Outcomes

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including technical requirements documentation, homework, assignments, group and/or individual projects, in class exercises, written and practical tests, problem solving exercises, presentations, direct observation of actual and simulated work practice, presentation of a portfolio of evidence which may comprise of documents, and/or photographs and/or video and audio files, review of products produced through work based or course activities.

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.