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LAWS12061 - Administrative Law

General Information

Unit Synopsis

LAWS12061 Administrative Law examines the legal rules, principles and procedures applied by the courts and administrative tribunals to review and check the exercise of executive power and the legality of administrative (executive) action and decision-making, especially insofar as they affect the rights, interests and legitimate expectations of individuals and the public. It also looks at the constitutional, statutory, common law and equitable remedies available against invalid executive action and decision-making. Topics you will study in this unit include: the organisation and structure of the administration; administrative law theory; common law and statutory avenues of judicial review at Commonwealth and State level; grounds of judicial review; remedies; crown immunity; the Administrative Appeals Tribunal; statutory review; and Freedom of Information. This unit meets the LPAB requirements for administrative law.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites Prerequisites: 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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2018

Term 2 - 2018 Profile
Distance
Term 3 - 2018 Profile
Distance
Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Online
Term 3 - 2019 Profile
Online

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Presentation 40%
2. Group Work 10%
3. Take Home Exam 50%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 51.52% response rate.

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.

Source: Student evaluation survey
Feedback
Respectful attitude towards the students
Recommendation
A respectful attitude toward the students during the tutorials, and in assessment feedback and emails, should continue to be adopted as they encourage students to engage more fully with the unit.
Action Taken
The adoption of a respectful attitude towards the students is likely to have improved overall satisfaction scores and attendance at tutorials.
Source: Student evaluation survey
Feedback
Challenging assessment tasks
Recommendation
Students actually favour assessment tasks that challenge them rather than appear to be very easy to do. Challenging tasks are likely to stretch the abilities of students and prepare them well for challenging roles as future lawyers.
Action Taken
The assessment tasks remained as challenging as in previous terms and there appears to be no complaint from students about this.
Source: Student evaluation survey
Feedback
Difficult scenarios in problem-based questions
Recommendation
Some students felt that the use of difficult scenarios in problem-based questions may unnecessarily complicate Administrative Law principles and concepts. There is perhaps merit, on the one hand, about this comment. However, it is equally important that the complicated dimensions of Administrative Law be addressed.
Action Taken
Difficult scenarios continued to be used in the assessments. However, scaffolding was used by exposing the students to such scenarios in the weekly quizzes and tutorial discussion questions. These allowed students to be in a better position to answer such kinds of questions.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
Helpful feedback and release of marks on time
Recommendation
Providing timely feedback and releasing marks on time are practices that should be continued as it is crucial to student satisfaction and experience.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
Tutorials should be at 7 pm (Qld time)
Recommendation
The timing of tutorials at 7 pm can be problematic since many tutorials are also set at 7 pm.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
Zoom tutorial link should be at the top of the Moodle page
Recommendation
The Zoom tutorial link has now been inserted just below the UC signature line.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Identify, discuss, and explain the legal rules, principles and procedures applied by the courts and administrative tribunals to review and check the exercise of executive power and the legality of administrative (executive) action and decision-making
  2. Review and critique the legality of administrative (executive) action and decision-making
  3. Critically evaluate and explain the available constitutional, statutory, common law and equitable remedies available against invalid executive action and decision-making
  4. Research appropriate legal principles, statutes, and case law, and cite and apply those to the analysis of administrative law disputes.


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Presentation
2 - Group Work
3 - Take Home Exam
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Graduate Level
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
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
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Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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1 - Presentation
2 - Group Work
3 - Take Home Exam