CQUniversity Unit Profile
LAWS13011 Family Law
Family Law
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General Information

Overview

Family Law regulates relationships including marriage and defacto, the division of property and living arrangements for children. This unit will equip you with the knowledge and skills to practice family law by providing you with an understanding of the legal aspects of constitutional and jurisdictional framework, the dissolution of the marriage relationship and defacto relationships, the division of property and child focused arrangements pertaining to children.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 3
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre req LAWS11057 and LAWS11059.

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 - 2017

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. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 60%

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 Live sessions and course evaluations.

Feedback

Students commended the Unit Co-ordinator for providing a marking rubric and marker's expectation document with the assessment questions.

Recommendation

The Unit Co-ordinator will continue to provide a marking rubric and marker's expectation document with the assessment questions.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Research and analyse the approach taken by the courts in resolving family law issues and applying the Family Law legislation, Family Law rules, Federal Circuit Court rules and case law.
  2. Critically evaluate family law disputes, identifying relevant issues and options to resolve family law disputes including property, children and international jurisdictional issues involving the removal of children from Australia.

Not applicable.

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
1 - Written Assessment - 40%
2 - Written Assessment - 60%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2
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 - Written Assessment - 40%
2 - Written Assessment - 60%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Family Law Principles 2nd Edition (2015)

Authors: A.Harland et al
Thomson Reuters Lawbook Co.
Sydney Sydney , NSW , Australia
ISBN: 9780455233192
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
Lance Rundle Unit Coordinator
l.rundle@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 10 Jul 2017

Module/Topic

Module 1: Introduction, family law courts, ADR and relationships

Chapter

See unit notes

Events and Submissions/Topic

Zoom session 1

Week 2 Begin Date: 17 Jul 2017

Module/Topic

Module 2: Property, spousal maintenance and child support

Chapter

See unit notes

Events and Submissions/Topic

Zoom session 2
Week 3 Begin Date: 24 Jul 2017

Module/Topic

Self guided learning

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Zoom session 3
Week 4 Begin Date: 31 Jul 2017

Module/Topic

Self guided learning

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Written Assessment Due: Week 4 Friday (4 Aug 2017) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 5 Begin Date: 07 Aug 2017

Module/Topic

Module 3: Children

Chapter

See unit notes

Events and Submissions/Topic

Zoom session 4
Vacation Week Begin Date: 14 Aug 2017

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Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 6 Begin Date: 21 Aug 2017

Module/Topic

Self guided learning

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic



Week 7 Begin Date: 28 Aug 2017

Module/Topic

Final take home paper

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Written Assessment Due: Week 7 Tuesday (29 Aug 2017) 3:00 pm AEST
Week 8 Begin Date: 04 Sep 2017

Module/Topic

Unit finished

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic



Week 9 Begin Date: 11 Sep 2017

Module/Topic

Unit finished

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 10 Begin Date: 18 Sep 2017

Module/Topic

Unit finished

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 11 Begin Date: 25 Sep 2017

Module/Topic

Unit finished

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 12 Begin Date: 02 Oct 2017

Module/Topic

Unit finished

Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic



Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 09 Oct 2017

Module/Topic


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Events and Submissions/Topic


Exam Week Begin Date: 16 Oct 2017

Module/Topic


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Events and Submissions/Topic


Term Specific Information

Family Law is a 3rd year elective available to students enrolled in the Laws degree.

Family Law will be delivered in an intensive mode this term.

The materials are presented in 3 modules. Each module will be allocated a zoom session which will be recorded and uploaded to Moodle.

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Assessment

Task Description

You will be presented with a problem scenario, the assessment question will be released on Moodle. You will be required to undertake research of legislation and case law and apply this research to support your legal argument and conclusion.


Assessment Due Date

Week 4 Friday (4 Aug 2017) 11:45 pm AEST

To be uploaded as a word document on Moodle


Return Date to Students

Monday (21 Aug 2017)

Grade and feedback will be returned on Moodle. Assessments can not be returned until all students have submitted the task. Therefore, the proposed date of return may change if there are approved extensions in this unit.


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

You will be assessed on your research skills, your ability to reference case law, reference legislation and outline your legal argument linking the law to the problem scenario using concise, clear and grammatically correct language.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
To be uploaded as a word document on Moodle

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Research and analyse the approach taken by the courts in resolving family law issues and applying the Family Law legislation, Family Law rules, Federal Circuit Court rules and case law.
  • Critically evaluate family law disputes, identifying relevant issues and options to resolve family law disputes including property, children and international jurisdictional issues involving the removal of children from Australia.


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

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Assessment

Task Description

The Final Take Home Paper will be released on Moodle at 3pm Friday of week 6. The assessment will comprise family law problem scenarios requiring legal argument based on legislation and case law.

You must upload your answer on Moodle in a word document.

This assessment task must be completed by the due date at 3pm Tuesday of week 7.

In the absence of an approved extension, there will be no opportunity to complete the task after this date and there will be no opportunity to apply a late penalty of five per cent per day and you will receive a mark of zero for this assessment task.


Assessment Due Date

Week 7 Tuesday (29 Aug 2017) 3:00 pm AEST

To be uploaded as a word document on Moodle


Return Date to Students

Given the final take home paper is treated like an examination, the final take home paper will not be returned to students. Students will receive their mark for this assessment and their grade for the unit on the date of certification/ release of grades.


Weighting
60%

Assessment Criteria

You will be assessed on your research skills, your ability to reference case law, reference legislation and outline your legal argument linking the law to the problem scenario using concise, clear and grammatically correct language.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
To be uploaded as a word document on Moodle

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Research and analyse the approach taken by the courts in resolving family law issues and applying the Family Law legislation, Family Law rules, Federal Circuit Court rules and case law.
  • Critically evaluate family law disputes, identifying relevant issues and options to resolve family law disputes including property, children and international jurisdictional issues involving the removal of children from Australia.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking

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?