CQUniversity Unit Profile
LAWS11057 Introduction to Law
Introduction to Law
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General Information

Overview

This unit introduces you to the study of law by examining the history out of which our law developed and examining how the law responds to the socio-legal conditions of our time. It provides you with an awareness of the institutions which are created by the law and how those institutions shape the development of the law. You will be introduced to the notion of legal reasoning: distinguishing the 'dicta' and 'obiter' of cases, precedent theory, case analysis, following and distinguishing precedent; as well as distinguishing between primary and delegated legislation. This unit introduces you to legal discourse and the conventions of the discipline which will provide a foundation for study in more advanced units.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 1
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2018

Distance

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Portfolio
Weighting: 20%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%
3. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Student feedback

Feedback

Time management issues around assessments, working through material, amount of reading, time spent on completing assessments and take-home paper.

Recommendation

Some students would benefit from the option to take time management instruction, assistance with setting study goals and the preparation of a study timetable to be more realistic about what time they need to set aside for the 12 weeks of the course. The office of learning and teaching could consider providing such additional assistance.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Describe and discuss the rule of law, the nature of the Australian legal system and ethical responsibility
  2. Explain how the law is made and developed in Australia
  3. Demonstrate basic skills in legal research and writing using appropriate referencing standards
  4. Develop basic skills in critical legal thinking, reasoning and reflection.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Portfolio - 20%
2 - Written Assessment - 40%
3 - Written Assessment - 40%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Portfolio - 20%
2 - Written Assessment - 40%
3 - Written Assessment - 40%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Learning Law 1st edn (2017)

Authors: Marinac, Simpson, Hart, Chisholm, Nielsen & Brogan
Cambridge University Press
South Melbourne South Melbourne , Vic , Australia
ISBN: 9781316642795
Binding: Paperback

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Australian Guide to Legal Citation, 3rd ed

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Wayne Jones Unit Coordinator
w.jones@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
MODULE ONE - FUNDAMENTALS Begin Date: 09 Jul 2018

Module/Topic

Module One consists of three components:

1.  Lawyers and the Law

2. The History of the Law

3. Theories of the Law

Chapter

Learning Law, Chapters 1 and 2

Events and Submissions/Topic

Attend Online Tutorials

Complete Module Worksheet.

MODULE TWO - PARLIAMENTS AND STATUTES Begin Date: 23 Jul 2018

Module/Topic

Module two consists of four topics:

1. The Parliament

2. The Legislative Process

3. Finding and Reading Statutes

4. Statutory Interpretation

Chapter

Learning Law, Chapters 3,4,6 and the supplementary online material on Statutory Interpretation

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment One is due at the end of Week 4

Attend Online Tutorials

Complete Module Worksheet


Popular Culture and the Law Due: Week 4 Friday (3 Aug 2018) 5:00 pm AEST
MODULE THREE - THE COURTS AND THEIR JUDGMENTS Begin Date: 13 Aug 2018

Module/Topic

Module Three consists of three topics:

1. The Court System

2. Finding and Citing Cases

3. Reading Cases Effectively

Chapter

Learning Law, Chapter 5

Events and Submissions/Topic

Attend Online Tutorials

Complete Module Worksheet.

MODULE FOUR - THINKING LIKE A LAWYER Begin Date: 03 Sep 2018

Module/Topic

Module Four consists of topics:

1. The IRAC Method of Legal Reasoning

2. Persuasion and Advocacy

3. The Facts and the Evidence

Chapter

Learning Law, Chapters 7-9

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Two is due at the end of Week 10

Attend Online Tutorials

Complete Module Worksheet


Research Exercise & Legal Problem Solving Due: Week 10 Friday (21 Sept 2018) 5:00 pm AEST
MODULE FIVE - LAW IN THE REAL WORLD Begin Date: 24 Sep 2018

Module/Topic

Module Five consists of five topics.  Students must do the first topic but may then choose at least one of the remaining four.

1: The Legal Profession

2: The Law and Indigenous Australians

3: The Law and Women

4: The Law and LGBTI Australians

5: The Law and Religious Australians

Chapter

Learning Law, Chapters 10-11

Events and Submissions/Topic

Attend Online Tutorials

Complete Module Worksheet

Take Home Paper Week 12

Assessment Tasks

1 Portfolio

Assessment Title
Popular Culture and the Law

Task Description

Consider the material and some of the concepts you have read about in Topic one. Identify one of your favourite pieces of popular culture about the law or lawyers i.e.. a movie, a book or a television show. (Think for example "To Kill a Mockingbird", "The Pelican Brief", "The Man Who Sued God").

Draw on examples such as the storyline in the book, scenes or plot lines from the film or television program to demonstrate or explain at least two of the main concepts you have been studying or thinking about.

In particular, explain how your piece of popular culture gives you a context to better understand the meaning of the legal concepts you have been reading about.

1000 words 


Assessment Due Date

Week 4 Friday (3 Aug 2018) 5:00 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 6 Friday (24 Aug 2018)


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

  1. Demonstrated understanding of at least two of the key legal concepts discussed in Module 1.
  2. A logical connection with an appropriate item of popular culture.
  3. Demonstrated context or meaning of the legal concepts through examples which can be understood.
  4. Good written communication skills.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Describe and discuss the rule of law, the nature of the Australian legal system and ethical responsibility
  • Develop basic skills in critical legal thinking, reasoning and reflection.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Research Exercise & Legal Problem Solving

Task Description

Two exercises worth 20% each.

The first exercise is locating caselaw and legislation to demonstrate researching skills.

The second exercise is to discuss your process for legal problem solving. Use material you are introduced to in the first half of the course to outline a process you may be able to actually use as you progress through your degree. Some of the steps you should consider for your model would include these:

• Gathering and identifying the relevant facts and identifying the legal issues.

• Locating and researching the most relevant and up to date legislation and case law.

• Applying the law to the facts to come up with a conclusion.

• Communicating your advice in the way most appropriate for your client.


Assessment Due Date

Week 10 Friday (21 Sept 2018) 5:00 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 12 Friday (5 Oct 2018)


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

  • Demonstrate an awareness of, and ability to use, key research tools described in the unit.
  • Demonstrate capacity to locate legislation and case law.
  • Shows a sound grasp of basic legal research methodology.
  • Material written and presented professionally.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Describe and discuss the rule of law, the nature of the Australian legal system and ethical responsibility
  • Explain how the law is made and developed in Australia
  • Demonstrate basic skills in legal research and writing using appropriate referencing standards
  • Develop basic skills in critical legal thinking, reasoning and reflection.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence

3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
TAKE HOME PAPER

Task Description

Take Home Paper

In week 12 you will be presented with a take home paper with 48 hours to complete. This is a standard 3 hour exam you may complete at home and submit at any time during a 48 hour period. It does not require 48 hours to complete the exam.

Your response must be submitted by the due date and time with no extensions permitted.

The exam will include a combination of theoretical and problem questions.

Special Note:

Working to a short deadline and submitting on time are part of what is being assessed.

CQU Assessment Procedure does not allow late submission with a percentage penalty for take home exam papers. Late submissions cannot be marked.

Applications for a deferred examination can still be made in the usual way in the case of extraordinary circumstances.


Assessment Due Date

Due 48 hours from the day of release of the paper at the end of week 12 - Questions released Wednesday 3rd October 2018 17:00 and responses due Sunday 7th October 2018 17:00. (NB. Date of release to be confirmed in week 2.)


Return Date to Students

Normal examination conditions apply. The final online paper is not returned to students. Take home paper results are released with certification of grade. Feedback is provided to the whole class in the form of an answer guide after the due date in accordance with University assessment policy.


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

  • Identified and discussed relevant facts.
  • Identified and discussed relevant legal issues.
  • Relevant cases, legislation and interpretation rules identified and applied.
  • Logical analysis of the issues and law lead to a well argued conclusion.
  • For the theory question logical conclusions which evidence understanding and consideration of material covered.
  • All of the required elements of the task completed professionally and the opinion is concise and well presented.

Students should also familiarise themselves with the University policy on assessment which sets out the criteria for high distinctions, distinctions, credit and pass marks in some detail.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Describe and discuss the rule of law, the nature of the Australian legal system and ethical responsibility
  • Explain how the law is made and developed in Australia
  • Demonstrate basic skills in legal research and writing using appropriate referencing standards
  • Develop basic skills in critical legal thinking, reasoning and reflection.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Ethical practice

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.

What can you do to act with integrity?