Course Title: Prepare and produce complex legal documents

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2009

Course Code: JUST5129C

Course Title: Prepare and produce complex legal documents

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6070 - Advanced Diploma of Business (Legal Practice)

Course Contact : Maryann McNair

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 1564

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 80

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 covers using a range of advanced functions within MS Word to produce complex legal documents.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSALPP401A Prepare and produce complex legal documents


Develop precedents and macros for document design.

Performance Criteria:

Precedents and macros are developed and used to ensure consistency of design and layout

Templates and macros are evaluated and amended to ensure document requirements can be met

Macros are linked as required

Improvements to the structure/design of existing documents are suggested and a review process of suggested improvements is facilitated


Establish document design and structure.

Performance Criteria:

Requirements of the task are identified

Software appropriate to the task is selected

Document design and structure are determined

Document is designed and structured to meet designated criteria

Existing precedent documents are reviewed for appropriateness

Can build new precedents from existing documents


Organise self or others to print documents.

Performance Criteria:

Documents are printed as required

Review of documents is arranged with the designated person/section

Final printing of document is undertaken


Organise self or others to produce documents

Performance Criteria:

Documents are prepared using appropriate and available precedent documents according to a firm's policies and procedures

Relevant data is entered and edited accurately

A range of advanced functions are used to ensure the accurate completion of the task

Documents are checked for spelling, grammar, numeric data and layout

Documents are proofread for accuracy of contents and consistency of layout and style

Modifications are made to meet required specifications


Save file and exit system.

Performance Criteria:

Document is saved and stored in appropriate directory or folder

File is closed and applications programs are exited without loss of data

Back up copies of files are made in accordance with specified procedures if required

Disks/data are filed and stored in accordance with a firm’s policies and procedures

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include class-based discussions and exercises in class and on-line

Teaching Schedule

Week BeginningContent
Week 1- 9 February

Course guide and required text

Topic A - D from text

Week 2- 16 February

Appendix I - V of text

Topic 1 Working with Styles

Week 3- 23 February

Topic 1 Workplace scenario 1 & 2

Topic 2 Working with templates and Workplace scenario 3 & 4

Week 4- 2 MarchTopic 3 Automating templates (fill-in fields) and Workplace scenario 5 & 6
Week 5- 9 MarchASSESSMENT
Week 6- 16 MarchTopic 4 Extending your table skills and Workplace scenario 7 and 8
Week 7- 23 MarchTopic 5 Creating newsletter layouts and Workplace scenario 9
Week 8- 30 MarchTopic 6 Working with long documents and Workplace scenario 10 and 11
Week 9- 6 AprilTopic 7 Complex mail merge


Week 10- 20 AprilTopic 7 Workplace scenario 12
Week 11- 27 AprilASSESSMENT
Week 12- 4 MayTopic 8 Automating repetitive tasks and Workplace scenario 13
Week 13- 11 MayTopic 9 Designing forms and Workplace scenario 14
Week 14- 18 MayASSESSMENT
Week 15- 25 MayReview for final assessment
Week 17- 8 JuneSpecial consideration
Week 18- 15 JuneReview

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

The Tilde Group, Be Competent in Complex Legal Documents Word 2003



Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Students will complete a portfolio of evidence which includes business documents created throughout the program and a final exam.

Assessment Tasks

Students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of a particular competency to be deemed competent

Students will complete, individually, aprotfolio of documents in class worth a total of 50% and a final exam woth 50%

Assessment Matrix

Element of competency
Establish document design and structure
Develop precedents and macros for document design
Organise self or others to produce documents
Organise self or others to print documents
Save, file and exit system

Other Information

It is expected that each student will devote an equivalent amount of time to private study in order to achieve competency.

Students will be producing documents throughout the semester which they will use in the Practice Firm Learning Environment (PILE) in second semester.

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