Course Title: Make decisions in a legal context

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2018

Course Code: LAW5726C

Course Title: Make decisions in a legal context

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5337 - Diploma of Conveyancing

Course Contact: Robert Sheen

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5759

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Andrew Hale

Nominal Hours: 60

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 describes the skills and knowledge required to make decisions, particularly relating to compliance issues, in a legal context. It is intended to satisfy the requirement for a course of study in commercial law at an introductory or foundation level, covering Australian legal systems and processes.

It applies to individuals who within their area of responsibility use specialised knowledge to make decisions that require consideration of the legal context.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

FNSACC403 Make decisions in a legal context


1. Examine legal context for financial services work

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify Australian legal systems and processes 1.2 Identify functions of courts and other regulatory bodies 1.3 Identify implications of relevant legislation, regulation and legal precedent, and apply in making operational decisions 1.4 Seek advice and guidance to evaluate and moderate decision processes


2. Identify compliance requirements

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Accurately interpret compliance requirements 2.2 Review legislative and regulatory sources of information regularly to identify changes to compliance requirements


3. Develop procedures to ensure compliance

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Develop procedures in consultation with others to address compliance requirements 3.2 Establish timetables to meet compliance requirements to align with statutory deadlines

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

A range of learning activities are planned for this course including self-paced and collaborative classroom-based activities.

The self-paced activities will be delivered through various technology platforms and may include your contribution to wikis and discussion threads, reflective journals, quizzes and interactive sessions.

The collaborative classroom-based activities will include group discussions, group problem-solving activities and opportunities to practice your skills in a simulated/real workplace environment.

We expect you to participate and contribute in all scheduled learning activities.

Teaching Schedule

Induction Session

Prior to training commencement a program level induction session will be conducted that comprises the following:
•Program overview and requirements
•Overview of assessment requirements
•Pre-Training Review including:◦Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfers
◦Assessment of current skills and knowledge
•Competency/Grading Criteria
•Submission requirements
•Resubmission policy
•Where to get support
•Student responsibilities

Week No.

Tuesday Classes


Activities and tasks


February  6

 Australian Legal System Intro Legislation and case law as a source of law, & doctrine of precedent

 Discuss take- home assignment due before class in week 5.  It is likely to be available to access on Canvas under "Assignments".


Feb 13

 Principles of statutory interpretation

Take-home assignment available to students to access on Canvas and answers due in week 05 Tuesday 6 March 2018


Feb 20

 Modern Approach to statutory interpretation 



Feb 27

 Formation of business structures: Sole traders, partnerships, corporations & trusts



Mar 6

No Class in Make decisions, but commence Contract Law classes with Paul Ryan or other teacher.

Assignment due  to be submitted by hand in hard copy to your teacher and submitted on turnitin via Canvas.


Mar 13

 No Class in Make decisions, but class in Contract Law with Paul 


The nominal hours associated with this are a guide only and represent the total teaching time and student effort required to successfully complete this course.  This may include not only scheduled classes but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Note: As there is a considerable amount of material in this Course, which we try to cover in classes over 4 weeks, it will be necessary to undertake self-directed learning – research and study in your own time. The Class Notes on Canvas are detailed and there is no need to buy a text book, but reference books will be discussed in classes.


Full details of the teaching schedule for all first semester units may be found in the "Course and Program Guide Summary - Semester 1, 2018".

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

In order to achieve competency in this unit, you must provide:

Performance Evidence
Evidence of the ability to:

  • access information on relevant legislation, statutes, regulation and legal judgements
  • draw conclusions, having regard to the facts and relevant law
  • review and assist to develop organisational procedures to meet compliance requirements.

Knowledge Evidence
To complete the unit requirements safely and effectively, you must:

  • identify and explain the key features of Australian legal systems and processes, and the context in which they operate including:
    • basic principles, current statute and common law
    • roles and responsibilities of key organisations
    • constitutional considerations
    • separation of powers
  • basic principles of the law of torts, particularly relating to:
    • negligence
    • negligent misstatement
    • courts and regulatory bodies
  • identify and describe the main features of current legislation and its general impact on business operations in the areas of:
    • consumer law
    • corporations law, including different business organisational structures and regulations for:
      • public and private companies
      • trusts
      • partnerships
      • sole traders
    • property law
    • superannuation law
    • taxation law
  • identify the key decisions in case law and interpret findings.

 Assessment Conditions
Assessment must be conducted in a safe environment where evidence gathered demonstrates consistent performance of typical activities experienced in the accounting field of work and include access to:

  • common office equipment, technology, software and consumables
  • internet
  • relevant legislative and regulatory documentation.             

You are advised that you are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate your assessment work to your teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions. You are encouraged to ask and answer questions during class time and online sessions so that you can obtain feedback on your understanding of the concepts and issues being discussed.

You should take note of all feedback received and use this information to improve your learning outcomes and final performance in the course. Finally, you can email or arrange an appointment with your teacher to gain more feedback on your progress.

Assessment Tasks

Full details of the assessment(s) for this unit may be found in the "Course and Program Guide Summary - Semester 1, 2018" referred to earlier.

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix that maps all the assessments is available on canvas.

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 the Assessment task document that includes a declaration and statement of authorship.
  • Each page of your assessment should include footer with your name, student number, the title of the assessment, unit code and title and page numbers.

Late Submission Procedures

You are required to submit assessment items and/or ensure performance based assessment is completed by the due dates.

If you are prevented from submitting an assessment item on time, by circumstances outside your control, you may apply in advance to your teacher for an extension to the due date of up to seven calendar days.

More Information

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:

Resubmissions (VET Programs):

If you are found to be unsuccessful in a particular Course Assessment Task (or you do not submit/attend) you will be allowed one resubmission.  Your teacher will provide feedback regarding what you need to do to improve and will set a new deadline for the resubmission. 

If you are still not meeting the assessment requirements you must apply to your Program Manager in writing outlining the steps you will take to demonstrate competence in your course. Your submission will be considered by the Program Team and you will be advised of the outcome as soon as possible.

Grading & re-submissions

Successful re-submissions will contribute a CAG only (Competency Achieved Grading) result to your overall grade for the course.

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:


Marking Guide (Competency):


You must demonstrate that you have all the required skills/knowledge/elements in the unit of competency you are studying.


You will receive feedback on each assessment task that will inform you about your progress and how well you are performing.



Marking Guide (Grading)


After achieving competency we then grade your performance in the unit and you will achieve one of the following grades:


Final Grades table:




Competent with High Distinction




Competent with Distinction




Competent with Credit




Competency Achieved – Graded




Competency Achieved – Not Graded




Not Yet Competent




Did Not Submit for assessment





Further information regarding the application of the grading criteria will be provided by your teacher.



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