Course Title: Prepare and produce complex legal documents

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2010

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 : Janet McDonald

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5134

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 application 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 using MS Word 2003.

Teaching Schedule

Week beginningContentRequirements
Week 1 - 8 FebCourse guide & required text.; Topic A  - D from text 
Week 2 - 15 FebAppendix 1 - V; Topic 1 Working with stylesText
Week 3 - 22 FebTopic 1 Workplace scenario 1 & 2; Topic 2 Working with templates & workplace scenario 3 & 4 Text
Week 4 - 1 Mar Topic 3 Automating templates (Fill-in fields); workplace scenario 5 & 6 Text
Week 5 - 8 Mar Review & Assessment Text & printing credits
Week 6 - 15 Mar Topic 4 Extending your table skills; Workplace scenario 7 & 8 Text
Week 7 - 22 Mar Topic 5 Creating newsletter layouts; Workplace scenario 9 Text
Week 8 - 29 Mar Topic 6 Working with long documents; Workplace scenario 10 & 11 Text
Easter Break 1 April - 7 April  
Week 8 - 5 April Topic 6 Working with long documents; Workplace scenario 10 & 11 Text
Week 9 - 12 April Topic 7 Complex mail merge Text
Week 10 - 19 April Topic 7 Workplace scenario 12 Text
Week 11 - 26 April Review & Assessment Text & printing credits
Week 12 - 3 May Topic 8 Automating repetitive tasks; Workplace scenario 13 Text
Week 13 - 10 May Topic 9 Designing forms; Workplace scenario 14 & 15 Text
Week 14 - 17 May Review & Assessment Text & printing credits
Week 15 - 24 May Review & feedback Text
Week 16 - 31 May Final assessment & Special consideration Text & printing credits
Week 17 - 7 June Practical Placement 
Week 18 - 14 June Practical Placement 
Text & printing credits

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 assessment.

Assessment Tasks

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

Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievements of each element of competency in a flexible manner. 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.

In addition to the assessments, formative feedback is provided to the students throughout the duration of the course.

Students will complete, individually, a portfolio of documents in class worth a total of 50% and a final practical assessment in Week 16 worth 50%.

Assessment Matrix

Element of competencyPortfolio 50%Final assessment
Establish document design and structureYesYes
Develop precedents and macros for document designYesYes
Organise self or others to produce documentsYesYes
Organise self or others to print documentsYesYes
Save file and exit systemYesYes

Other Information

It is expected that each student will devote an equivalent amount of time to private study to competently cope with the course material.

Students will be producing documents throughout the semester which they will use in the Practice Firm and LAW 5109 Practice in a Legal Environment (PILE) in second semester.

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