LAWS12063 - Advanced Statutory Interpretation and Drafting

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Advanced Statutory Interpretation and Drafting consolidates the skills of statutory interpretation which students have previously been taught and used throughout their studies. Students will now be challenged to write statutes, supporting extrinsic documents, and other legal documents at a professional level, utilising the skills of plain English and English grammar. Students will be required to understand, discuss and anticipate the formal techniques of statutory interpretation deployed by judges when interpreting statutes, in order to write statutes which will have the intended effect. Students will be expected to demonstrate mastery of general principles of statutory interpretation, but also specific techniques, including issues such as restrospectivity, the boundaries of statutory authority, and the impact of charters of rights. Students will use these skills to prepare an assessed package of legislative materials to amend the substantive law of their choice.


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

Prerequisite:- LAWS11061 & LAWS11062

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2018

Term 2 - 2018 Profile
Term 2 - 2019 Profile

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. Group Work 15%
2. Written Assessment 35%
3. Written Assessment 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 Procedures 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 4.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 72.22% 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: John Milburn
In term 2, 2018 for LAWS12063, I used UCROO as the primary online discussion platform for students. UCROO is to be phased out.
Use the Q&A platform in Moodle as the primary discussion forum.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the interpretation and meaning of statutes based on domestic and international law.
  2. Apply problem solving and critical thinking skills to resolve complex statutory interpretation and drafting issues.
  3. Research extrinsic materials and use them to solve statutory interpretation issues.
  4. Structure and plan legal documents to achieve desired outcomes.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Group Work
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
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
7 - Cross Cultural 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
1 - Group Work
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment