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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 SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites Prerequisites: 24 credit points of law

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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2021

Term 3 - 2021 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Online
Term 3 - 2022 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. Online Quiz(zes) 10%
2. Written Assessment 40%
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 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 56.1% 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
Feedback
Weekly quizzes assist students in staying on top of their workloads.
Recommendation
The weekly quizzes should be kept as they have helped students stay on track. They are also important in terms of providing formative feedback about students' level of understanding of key concepts.
Action Taken
Weekly quizzes have been retained
Source: Student evaluation and emails
Feedback
Engaging tutorials assist in student learning.
Recommendation
The weekly tutorials should continue to be designed to get students to think about and apply the law to case-based scenarios. This approach provides strong opportunities for experiential learning which assists students in learning about the relevance of Administrative Law to many day-to-day executive decisions.
Action Taken
Weekly tutorials continue to be an important forum for applying students' knowledge to hypothetical scenarios. Additional, highly detailed tutorial questions have been added in most weeks, which give students a good opportunity to practice crafting answers to assessment tasks.
Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
A pastoral approach to teaching is valued.
Recommendation
Students value a pastoral approach to teaching which can involve reaching out to students who are not engaging or not engaging enough. Such an approach helps students complete a unit.
Action Taken
The strong teaching evaluation scores highlight the continued pastoral approach taking in this unit.
Source: Student evaluations
Feedback
Unit material presented in an engaging and passionate manner: "The lecturer explained the topic very well and the tone/voice used made it comfortable for you to listen to the whole session." "Overall Dr Deem is a knowledgeable lecturer, the subject matter is presented in a way that is readily absorbed." "Jacob is a fantastic lecturer. His passion for the subject and genuine care for students doing well really came out in his teaching."
Recommendation
Maintain and extend engagement with students in a manner that allows UC's passion for the subject matter to shine through. Additional avenues for further improving lecture video production quality are being explored as a means of extending student engagement.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluations
Feedback
Textbook was dense and/or difficult to read "I struggled with the textbook. I found that I couldn't engage with it properly and found it hard to take it all in." "Textbook is hard to follow and very dense." "Something that could be improved on is the textbook. It is overly complex at times."
Recommendation
Students are advised at the start of Term that different, simpler textbooks are available. Greater effort can be made to communicate this information to students early. Option to set multiple alternate textbooks via the bookshop are also being explored. External benchmarking of the unit identified the textbook as "excellent", and complete replacement of the textbook is undesirable. However, giving students greater choice in textbook is an important step to take.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluations
Feedback
"Cooperation between students. I’m not sure what you can do to improve the course. It has to do with the delivery format - online."
Recommendation
From T3 2021, some assessment tasks are transitioning to have a group work component. This is expected to enhance cooperation between students and promote engagement between peers despite geographic separation.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student evaluations; external review
Feedback
Detail and realism of assessment tasks "I would also like to add that the written assignment in this unit has been my most favourite assignment to complete…& shock horror…I actually enjoyed completing it!!"
Recommendation
Effort and attention to detail in creation of assessment tasks should continue, as this assists student engagement with the assessment.
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 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Take Home Exam
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
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
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Take Home Exam