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LAWS13017 - Civil Procedure

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Civil Procedure aims to explore the issues of cost, delay and access to justice as critical issues in modern case management. The course examines in detail the following issues in civil litigation: court adjudication under the adversarial system, alternative dispute resolution, jurisdiction, limitation of actions, instituting proceedings, service, appearance, parties and joinder, pleading, summary disposition, non-compliance, amendment and time, discovery, further means of obtaining evidence, affidavits, interlocutory procedures, disposition without trial, trial, appeal and new trial, costs and enforcement.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite:- LAWS11061, LAWS11062, LAWS11063 & LAWS11064

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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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 Discussion 10%
2. Written Assessment 20%
3. Examination 70%

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

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.2 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 47.17% 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: Have your Say
Retain the practical pleading exercise.
Practical exercises will be included in future assessment.
Action Taken
Source: Have your Say
More information on how to undertake practical exercises.
More scaffolding is required for practical assessments. Further pleading examples could be provided as a scaffold for drafting exercises. Further clarification could be provided on assessment rubric marking criteria for drafting exercises.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain the court adjudication process under an adversarial system in Queensland
  2. Complete the court forms required to commence and proceed with an action
  3. Articulate the procedures of the Supreme Courts of Queensland by reference to the legislation, rules, and practice directions, which govern those procedures
  4. Draft the appropriate pleadings for a hypothetical fact situation
  5. Critically examine the costs and fees associated with litigation
  6. Use appropriate style and terminology to communicate effectively in this discipline
  7. Collate and utilise legal material consistent with the content covered in the course

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Group Discussion
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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1 - Group Discussion
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination