Course Title: Use legal terminology in order to carry out tasks

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: LAW5715C

Course Title: Use legal terminology in order to carry out tasks

School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5328 - Diploma of Interpreting

Course Contact : Atsuko Taniguchi

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 3973

Course Contact Email:atsuko.taniguchi@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

All the course inquiries must be sent to:  legal.terminology@rmit.edu.au

Atsuko Taniguchi

Bum Lee

Sedat Mulayim

Nominal Hours: 40

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

There are no prerequisites and corequisities

Course Description

This courset describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to understand and use legal terminology in order to undertake tasks. All aspects of legal practice may be subject to a range of legislation, rules, regulations and/or codes of practice relevant to different job roles and jurisdictions.  This course is delivered online.
 


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBLEG305A Use legal terminology in order to carry out tasks

Element:

1. Use appropriate legal terminology in written and oral communication with internal and external parties

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Use appropriate legal terminology in both written and oral communication with internal and external parties
1.2. Spell and pronounce legal terminology correctly and use in appropriate context when completing work tasks
 

Element:

2. Extend understanding of legal terminology

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Identify gaps in knowledge and seek clarification through appropriate source or designated person
2.2. Identify and use abbreviations for commonly used legal terms and associated processes where appropriate
2.3. Ensure questions relating to legal terminology can be answered and terms defined
 


Learning Outcomes


Upon successful completion of the course, students will be expected to demonstrate competent use of appropriate legal terminology in written and oral communication while providing interpreting services to support legal practitioners or in legal settings under supervision by legal practitioners or relevant authorities.  Students are also expected to demonstrate appropriate skills to seek advice or conduct own research to extend their understanding of legal terminology.


Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include online learning activities and quiz, research for information, site visits, E-journal.


Teaching Schedule

Session 1  Orientation and Introduction of the Course
Session 2  Australian Legal System
Session 3  Common Criminal Law Matters 1
Session 4  Common Criminal Law Matters 2
Session 5  Common Criminal Law Matters 3
Session 6  Common Family Law Matters

Assessment task 1: Online quiz for each session 
Assessment task 2: Site visit and E-journal submission (Due by Week 7)

Session 7  Common Tribunal Matters

Session 8   Common Medico-Legal Matters
Session 9   Common Police Interpreting Matters
Session 10 Common Civil Matters and Revision

Assessment task 3: Verbal test (test date/time to be advised)
Assessment task 4: Online test to cover contents in Session 2~10 (test date/time to be advised)
 


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


Other Resources

GUSS Skills Central (http://Gussskillscentral.edu.au/) is a site developed specifically for students in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT. It provides links to a range of resources for supporting student work on assessments and negotiating university studies more generally.


Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks include quiz, oral test and site visit and e-journal and your performance in this unit against the key performance criteria for each element. These assessment tasks and key performance criteria are provided in detail in the course guide Part B.


Assessment Tasks

Students are required to complete the below assignments and assessment. All assessment tasks must be satisfactorily completed to be deemed ’CA: Competent’ in this unit..

Assessment Task 1: Online Quiz for each session
This task will include questions about the content covered in each session on the Blackboard Shell for this unit. They will be multiple-choice questions. Students are expected to answer 80% of the questions correctly for this assessment task to be deemed completed.
Following Performance Criteria in addition to successful demonstration of skills and knowledge will be assessed:
1.1. Use appropriate legal terminology in both written and oral communication with
2.2. Identify and use abbreviations for commonly used legal terms and associated
2.3. Ensure questions relating to legal terminology can be answered and terms defined


Assessment Task 2: Site Visit and E-Journal - Due by Week 7

Site visit to a court or other legal services centres such as Community Legal Centres, Legal Aid Offices, Department of Justice offices etc. You will be asked to undertake a site visit and complete an e-journal about your experience based on the questions to be provided by your instructor. E-journal will have to be submitted on Blackboard. You should observe how people conduct their businesses (Most court hearings are open to public), signs at the venue, any abbreviations, and ask some questions about the service they provide (if you can find an available staff member. Some courts have court network volunteers who may provide information about their services).
Please note that legal sites including courts may have entry conditions or requirements. It is your responsibility to find out these conditions and requirements and comply with such fully.
1.1. Use appropriate legal terminology in both written and oral communication with internal and external parties
2.1. Identify gaps in knowledge and seek clarification through appropriate source or designated person
2.2. Identify and use abbreviations for commonly used legal terms and associated

Assessment Task 3: Oral Test - Due after Session 10. To be advised by the instructor.
This will be done via teleconference or by recording if tested on campus. You will be asked to explain, pronounce and/or site translate common legal terms and processes in English and LOTE. You will need to answer minimum 60% of questions successfully to deemed completed. You will be assessed based on the following criteria:
1.1. Use appropriate legal terminology in both written and oral communication with internal and external parties
1.2. Spell and pronounce legal terminology correctly and use in appropriate context when completing work tasks

Assessment Task 4: Online Test – Due after Session 10. To be advised by the instructor.

This test will cover content from the beginning of the training to the end. The test will be online and you will be asked multiple choice questions. You will need to answer minimum of 60% of questions successfully for this task to be deemed completed.
You will be assessed based on the following criteria:
1.1. Use appropriate legal terminology in both written and oral communication with internal and external parties
2.2. Identify and use abbreviations for commonly used legal terms and associated processes where appropriate
2.3. Ensure questions relating to legal terminology can be answered and terms defined


 


Assessment Matrix

Element:Performance Criteria:Relevant Assessment Task
1. Use appropriate legal terminology in written and oral communication with internal and external parties1.1. Use appropriate legal terminology in both written and oral communication with internal and external partiesAssessment Task 1: Online Quiz
Assessment Task 2: Site Visit and E-Journal
Assessment Task 3: Oral Test
Assessment Task 4: Online Test
 
 1.2. Spell and pronounce legal terminology correctly and use in appropriate context when completing work tasks

 

Assessment Task 3: Oral Test
Assessment Task 4: Online Test 
 

 

2. Extend understanding of legal terminology2.1. Identify gaps in knowledge and seek clarification through appropriate source or designated personAssessment Task 2: Site Visit and E-Journal
 2.2. Identify and use abbreviations for commonly used legal terms and associated processes where appropriateAssessment Task 1: Online Quiz
Assessment Task 2: Site Visit and E-Journal
Assessment Task 4: Online Test
 
 2.3. Ensure questions relating to legal terminology can be answered and terms definedAssessment Task 1: Online Quiz
Assessment Task 4: Online Test
 

Other Information

GRADING INFORMATION

This course uses a competency-based assessment and will be graded as follows:
CA (Competency Achieved)
NYC (Not Yet Competent)
DNS (Did Not Submit)

All competency-based assessment tasks for this course must be completed at the required level (see the elements and key performance criteria for each unit) in order to achieve a CA (Competency Achieved) award.If a student has not completed ALL the assessment tasks or they have completed but some or all are not at the required level, they will be assessed as NYC (Not Yet Competent).

If a student does not submit assessment tasks at all, a DNS result will be entered.
Learning Resources
RMIT Library
The University Library provides extensive services, facilities and study space as well as comprehensive collections of books, periodicals and other course related materials, such as DVD’s, magazines, slides, films etc. Computer laboratories with access to a wide range of desktop publishing software are also available. The library also has an expanding virtual collection of electronic resources and networks, including product data, e-books, electronic journals and newspapers, web based tutorials, online reference and document delivery services etc., all of which are accessible on campus, and off campus 24 hours per day. More information on library resources and services can be found at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library
The Learning Lab is a collection of web-based resources including tip sheets and interactive tutorials on study skills, writing, English language development and maths. Access RMIT’s Learning Lab online via this link: http://www.dlsweb.rmit.edu.au/lsu/

Assessment Tasks : Applying for an Extension
Extension of time for assessment tasks may be granted where circumstances beyond your control prevent submission by the published due date. An application for extension of time must be lodged with your tutor or the course coordinator as early as possible, and no later than one working day before the due date for submission.
You can apply for extension using the University’s Extension Application Form – http://mams.rmit.edu.au/seca86tti4g4z.pdf – or by emailing your course coordinator or tutor directly.
An extension of up to seven calendar days may be granted if good reason can be demonstrated. Include supporting evidence (such as medical certificates) with your application.
Extensions beyond seven calendar days cannot be granted by course coordinators, tutors or the School. To apply for an extension of time greater than seven calendar days you must lodge an application for Special Consideration.
Applying for Special Consideration
If you are seeking an extension of more than seven calendar days (from the original due date) you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form, preferably prior to, but no later than two working days after the official due date. Late applications will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances. For information about Special Consideration and how to apply, see: http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/specialconsideration
Penalties for Late Submission
If you have not been granted an extension or special consideration, late submission will be penalised as follows:
1. Assessment tasks submitted after the due date of submission shall receive a penalty of five per cent of the grades available for that assessment per day for each day late.
2. No assessment task shall be accepted more than three weeks after the due date without special consideration.
Assessment Appeals
If you believe your assessment result or final result is wrong please contact the course coordinator and provide the reason why you think your result is incorrect. Valid reasons for seeking a review of results include:
a) You believe an error has occurred in the calculation of the grade; or,
b) You believe the assessment did not comply with criteria published in the Course Guide; or,
c) You believe the assessment did not comply with University Policies on Assessment (i.e. an error in process has occurred).
Full details of the procedure (including appeals procedure) can be located at this RMIT site: http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic#assessment

Other Relevant Information

Academic Integrity
Academic integrity means honesty and responsibility in scholarship through respecting the work of others whilst having the freedom to build new insights, new knowledge and ideas. RMIT University upholds the values of academic integrity as fundamental to the scholarship undertaken by all members of its community. Whenever you refer to another person’s research or ideas (either by directly quoting or paraphrasing them) you must acknowledge your source.
If you are even in doubt about how to properly cite a reference, consult your lecturer or the academic integrity website: http://www.rmit.edu.au/academicintegrity The RMIT library provides tools to assist with your referencing http://www.rmit.edu.au/library/info-trek/referencing
Plagiarism and Collusion
Plagiarism and collusion constitute extremely serious academic misconduct, and are forms of cheating. You are reminded that cheating, whether by fabrication, falsification of data, or plagiarism, is an offence subject to University disciplinary procedures. Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data, and oral presentations. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. Plagiarism is not acceptable.
Examples of plagiarism include:
Copying sentences or paragraphs word-for-word from one or more sources, whether published or unpublished, which could include but is not limited to books, journals, reports, theses, websites, conference papers, course notes, etc. without proper citation;

Closely paraphrasing sentences, paragraphs, ideas or themes without proper citation;
Piecing together text from one or more sources and adding only linking sentences;
Copying or submitting whole or parts of computer files without acknowledging their source;
Copying designs or works of art and submitting them as your original work;
Copying a whole or any part of another student’s work; and
Submitting work as your own that someone else has done for you.
Enabling Plagiarism: the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work is also an offence.
For further information, please see the RMIT Plagiarism Policy – http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=sg4yfqzod48g1 – and the RMIT Student Discipline Statute and Regulations - http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=11jgnnjgg70y

Plagiarism Software
The originality verification software Turnitin may be used in this course. For details, see: http://www.turnitin.com
Complaints Procedure:
RMIT University is committed to providing a harmonious study and work environment for all students and staff. The University recognises your right to raise concerns about academic, administrative or support services without recrimination and has policies and procedures to assist in the resolution of complaints.
Most issues are resolved at the local level and you are encouraged to take steps to resolve your issue locally. The student complaint procedure details steps to take if your problem is not resolved or you believe the response you received is unreasonable.
Student Complaints Policy: http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies/studentcomplaintspolicy
Student complaints Procedure: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=i1lexipvjt22
Student Complaints Form: http://mams.rmit.edu.au/v4ujvmyojugxz.pdf


 

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