Course Title: Prepare and produce complex legal documents

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: JUST5176C

Course Title: Prepare and produce complex legal documents

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6106 - Advanced Diploma of Legal Practice

Course Contact : Doug Gourlay

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5944

Course Contact Email:doug.gourlay@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher : Inna Kazakevich
Contact Email: inna.kazakevich@rmit.edu.au

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

None

Course Description

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to use either a range of advanced functions within at least one software package or to integrate functions from at least two software packages, to produce complex legal documents.

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.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBLEG401A Prepare and produce complex legal documents

Element:

1 Establish document design and structure

Performance Criteria:

1.2 Software appropriate to the task is selected
1.3 Document design and structure are determined
1.4 Document is designed and structured to meet designated criteria
1.5 Existing precedent documents are reviewed for appropriateness
1.6 Can build new precedents from existing documents
 

Element:

4 Organise self or others to print documents

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Documents are printed as required
4.2 Review of documents is arranged with the designated person/section
4.3 Final printing of document is undertaken
 

Element:

2 Develop precedents and macros for document design

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Precedents and macros are developed and used to ensure consistency of design and layout
2.2 Templates and macros are evaluated and amended to ensure document requirements can be met
2.3 Macros are linked as required
2.4 Improvements to the structure/design of existing documents are suggested and a review process of suggested improvements is facilitated

Element:

3 Organise self or others to produce documents

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Documents are prepared using appropriate and available precedent documents according to a firm’s policies and procedures
3.2 Relevant data is entered and edited accurately
3.3 A range of advanced functions are used to ensure the accurate completion of the task
3.4 Documents are checked for spelling, grammar numeric data and layout
3.5 Documents are proofread for accuracy of contents and consistency of layout and style
3.6 Modifications are made to meet required specifications

Element:

5 Save file and exit system

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Document is saved and stored in appropriate directory or folder
5.2 File is closed and applications programs are exited without loss of data
5.3 Back up copies of files are made in accordance with specified procedures if required
5.4 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 exercises, demonstrations and observations in order to develop competency including the underpinning skills and knowledge. Formative feedback is provided to the students throughout the duration of the course.
Some learning activities will include a self-directed learning approach. Self-directed learning refers to organized teacher-directed learning activities that you will undertake independently, either as individuals or with other students. We expect you to participate and contribute in all scheduled learning activities.


Teaching Schedule

This course is clustered with OFFC5196C Develop keyboarding speed and accuracy (BSBITU307A) course.

Week BeginningTopicAssessment

Week 1 

 6 July
 


Prepare and Produce Complex legal Docs

Introduction, Course Guide Blackboard; Competency & Employability Skills , Assessment

Blackboard  - outline, assessments, time schedule, book

Online Research: Knowledge of legislation, rules, regulations, codes of practice and policies and procedures relevant to the workplace.
Assignment

Topic 1 – Working With Styles
Task: Read information, follow instructions and complete all exercises from pages 1-16

Develop keyboarding speed and accuracy
Introduction; Blackboard; Competency & Employability Skills; Use safe work practices; Check accuracy
 
Introduction to Typing Master program
Task:
* Complete Lesson 1 exercises
* Record Keyboarding progress logbook
Prepare and Produce Complex legal Docs exercises - Check accuracy         

 

 Assignment ( handout submit to teacher)

Week 2

 13 July

Prepare and Produce Complex legal Docs
Topic 2 Working with templates

Task: Read information, follow instructions and complete all exercises from pages 17- 30
Develop keyboarding speed and accuracy

All elements of competency & Required knowledge
Task:
* Complete Lesson 2 exercises
* Record Keyboarding progress logbook
Prepare and Produce Complex legal Docs exercises - Check accuracy

 

 
 

Week 3 

20 July

Prepare and Produce Complex legal Docs

Topic 1 – Working With Styles
Topic 2 - Working with templates
Assessment: Portfolio document 1

 
Develop keyboarding speed and accuracy
All elements of competency & Required knowledge
Task:
* Complete Lesson 3 exercises
* Record Keyboarding progress logbook

Assessment: Portfolio document 1
Complete and submit to Blackboard 
Week 4
27 July


Prepare and Produce Complex legal Docs
Topic 3 Automating templates

Task: Read information, follow instructions and complete all exercises from pages 33-36

Topic 4 Extending your table skills

Task: Read information, follow instructions and complete all exercises from pages 39-50
Develop keyboarding speed and accuracy

All elements of competency & Required knowledge
Task:
* Complete Lesson 4 exercises
* Record Keyboarding progress logbook
Prepare and Produce Complex legal Docs exercises - Check accuracy

 

 

Week 5
3 August 
 


Prepare and Produce Complex legal Docs

Topic 4 Extending your table skills ( continue)

Develop keyboarding speed and accuracy

All elements of competency & Required knowledge
Task:
* Complete Lesson 5 exercises
* Record Keyboarding progress logbook
Prepare and Produce Complex legal Docs exercises - Check accuracy

 
Week 6
10 August

Prepare and Produce Complex legal Docs

Assessment: Portfolio document 2

Topic 5 Creating newsletter layouts
Task: Read information, follow instructions and complete all exercises from pages 55 -64
Develop keyboarding speed and accuracy
All elements of competency & Required knowledge
Task:
* Complete Lesson 6 exercises
* Record Keyboarding progress logbook
Prepare and Produce Complex legal Docs assessment and exercises - Check accuracy

 

Assessment: Portfolio document 2
Complete and submit to Blackboard
Week 7
17 August
Prepare and Produce Complex legal Docs
Topic 5 Creating newsletter layouts
Task: Read information, follow instructions and complete all exercises from pages 55 -64
Topic 6 Working with long documents
Task: Read information, follow instructions and complete all exercises from pages 65 – 92
Develop keyboarding speed and accuracy
All elements of competency & Required knowledge
Task:
* Complete Lesson 7exercises
* Record Keyboarding progress logbook
Prepare and Produce Complex legal Docs exercises - Check accuracy

             
 
Week 8
24 August

Prepare and Produce Complex legal Docs

Topic 6 Working with long documents

Assessment: Portfolio document 3

Develop keyboarding speed and accuracy
All elements of competency & Required knowledge
Task:
* Complete Lesson 8 exercises
* Record Keyboarding progress logbook
Prepare and Produce Complex legal Docs assessment - Check accuracy

Assessment: Portfolio document 3
Complete and submit to Blackboard
 31 August - 6 September MID SEMESTER BREAK   
Week 9
7 Sept

Prepare and Produce Complex legal Docs

Topic 7 Complex Mail Merge

Task: Read information, follow instructions and complete all exercises from pages 93 – 107

Develop keyboarding speed and accuracy
All elements of competency & Required knowledge
Task:
* Complete Lesson 9 exercises
* Record Keyboarding progress logbook
Prepare and Produce Complex legal Docs exercises - Check accuracy

 

Week 10

14 Sept

Prepare and Produce Complex legal Docs

Topic 7 Complex mail merge

Task: Read information, follow instructions and complete all exercises from pages 107 – 115

Develop keyboarding speed and accuracy
All elements of competency & Required knowledge
Task:
* Complete Lesson 10 exercises
* Record Keyboarding progress logbook
Prepare and Produce Complex legal Docs exercises - Check accuracy
             

 

Week 11

21 Sept


Prepare and Produce Complex legal Docs

Topic 7 Complex mail merge
Assessment: Portfolio document 4

Develop keyboarding speed and accuracy
All elements of competency & Required knowledge
Task:
* Complete Lesson 11 exercises
* Record Keyboarding progress logbook
Prepare and Produce Complex legal Docs assessment and exercises - Check accuracy
 

Assessment: Portfolio document 4
Complete and submit to Blackboard
Week 12
28  Sept


Prepare and Produce Complex legal Docs

Topic 8 Automating repetitive tasks

Task: Read information, follow instructions and complete all exercises from pages 118-134
Develop keyboarding speed and accuracy
All elements of competency & Required knowledge
Task:
* Complete Lesson 12 exercises
* Record Keyboarding progress logbook
Prepare and Produce Complex legal Docs exercises - Check accuracy
                         


 

 
Week 13
5 Oct


Prepare and Produce Complex legal Docs

Topic 9 Designing Forms

Task: Read information, follow instructions and complete all exercises from pages 135-146
 

Develop keyboarding speed and accuracy

Typing Master – test

 

Typing Master – test
 

Week 14
12 Oct


Prepare and Produce Complex legal Docs

Topic 8 Automating repetitive tasks
Topic 9 Designing Forms
Assessment: Portfolio document 5
Develop keyboarding speed and accuracy

Typing Master – test

 

Assessment: Portfolio document 5 - check accuracy
Complete and submit to Blackboard 


Submit printouts of all Portfolio Tasks

Typing Master – test


Week 15
19 Oct
   


Prepare and Produce Complex legal Docs

 
Authentication and catch up

Develop keyboarding speed and accuracy

Typing Master – test

 Typing master - test
Week 16 – 26 Oct Feedback 


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

The Tilde Group, Be Competent in Complex Legal Documents Microsoft Word 2010, Tilde Publishing

9780734607867


References


Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of the requirements in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks, for example:

• assessment of examples of legal documents drafted by the candidate
• review of evaluated and amended templates and macros
• review of printed documents
• oral or written questioning to assess knowledge of accepted codes of practice relevant to the workplace
• review of design and structure of documents
• evaluation of filed and stored discs/data.knowledge of software applications

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.
 


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.

The assessment tasks will ensure that you are able to demonstrate the following:

  • ensuring that confidentiality and security of information is maintained
  • producing and presenting accurate documents which conform to specified standards within agreed time lines
  • using advanced functions within at least one software package or integrating functions from at least two software packages, in document production
  • knowledge of relevant legislation, rules, regulations, codes of practice and research resources.

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1. Assessment 1 will be a questionnaire to be completed in class to assess knowledge of legislation, rules, and regulations, codes of practice and policies and procedures relevant to the workplace.

2. Portfolio assessments: Students will also complete a portfolio of evidence which focuses on the practical component of developing and using a range of advanced functions within MS Word 2010. Each portfolio document is to be completed individually in class as indicated on the Training Schedule and is open book. Students are not permitted to share books when completing each portfolio document. Element of competency Check Accuracy from the competency Develop keyboarding speed and accuracy is co-assessed within these portfolio documents.

All Portfolio tasks and Assessment 1 must be successfully completed to be deemed competent in this unit. The program has been designed so that tasks are completed progressively and edited to a competent standard.

A final grade will be awarded at the end of the semester and based on a Marking Guide (Grading).
Feedback will be given on all submitted work and students may be required to resubmit.

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After achieving competency your teacher will 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.<o:p></o:p>

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The grading is according to the following criteria:<o:p></o:p>

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1. Level of Independence, Initiative, Enterprise and Performance of Work Task<o:p></o:p>

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• Works to safely complete tasks in accordance with workplace requirements.
• Performance conforms to all industry standards and can adapt to new situations.<o:p></o:p>

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2. Demonstrated Breadth of Underpinning Knowledge and a Willingness to Continue Learning<o:p></o:p>

<font size="3" face="Times New Roman"> </font>• Demonstrates an understanding of key concepts and underpinning knowledge of the set task and is able to learn while working.
• Applies these understandings in task performance.<o:p></o:p>

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3. Techniques & Processes, Technology Skills and Problem Solving<o:p></o:p>

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• Performs all technical skills/procedures to the standard required by industry, including correct use of equipment and technology.
• Demonstrating an ability to solve simple problems while following processes.<o:p></o:p>

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4. Work Organization, Planning and Self-Management<o:p></o:p>

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• Demonstrates a sound understanding of the benefits of effective work organisation, while clearly articulating the different stages in planning and managing own time.
• Applies sound planning and organisation skills in the performance of a task.<o:p></o:p>

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5. Communication, People Networking, Language and Interpersonal Skills and Teamwork<o:p></o:p>

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• Demonstrates an ability to use a range of communication and interpersonal skills appropriate to the workplace.
• The ability to proofread and edit work prior to submission.
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Assessment Matrix

Final Grades

CHDCompetent with High Distinction
CDICompetent with Distinction
CCCompetent with Credit
CAGCompetency Achieved - Graded
NYCNot Yet Competent
DNSDid Not Submit for assessment

Other Information

Submission Requirements
You should:
•Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date
•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 a footer with your name, student number, the title of the assessment unit code and title and page numbers.

Late Submission Procedures
If you are prevented from submitting an assessment on time, by circumstances outside your control, you must apply in advance for an extension to the due date of up to seven calendar days.
More Information:http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment/extension

Form to use:http://mams.rmit.edu.au/seca86tti4g4z.pdf
Where an extension of greater than seven days is needed, you must apply for special consideration. Applications for special consideration must be submitted no later than two working days after the assessment task deadline or scheduled examination.

More Information:http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=g43abm17hc9w
Form to use:http://mams.rmit.edu.au/8a5dgcaqvaes1.pdf

Reassessment policy
Students who achieve an indicative grade of greater than 50%, yet have not demonstrated competency across all learning outcomes will be given the opportunity to undertake an oral questioning with the assessor in which they will be required to demonstrate competence in the elements or learning outcomes not yet demonstrated. If students cannot demonstrate competency across all learning outcomes or elements of the course the maximum grade they can achieve is NN or Not Yet Competent.

Adjustments to Assessment
In certain circumstances students may be eligible for an assessment adjustment. For more information about the circumstances under which the assessment arrangements might be granted please access the following website:
More Information: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=kehn9bz22r41

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