LAWS13017 - Civil Procedure

General Information

Unit Synopsis

LAWS13017 Civil procedure explores the issues of cost, delay and access to justice as critical issues in modern case management. In this unit you will examine in detail the following issues in civil litigation: court adjudication under an adversary system; the cost of litigation and the use of costs to control litigation; service of originating process - as foundation of jurisdiction, including service out of the relevant State or Territory and choice of forum; joinder of claims and parties, including group proceedings and the defence of prior adjudication as instances of the public interest in avoiding a multiplicity of proceedings and inconsistent verdicts; defining the questions for trial - pleadings, notices to admit and other devices; obtaining evidence - discovery of documents, interrogatories, subpoena and other devices; disposition without trial, including the compromise of litigation; extra-judicial determination of issues arising in the course of litigation; judgment; appeal; enforcement; alternative dispute resolution; and obligations of parties and practitioners relating to the resolution of disputes. This unit meets the LPAB requirements for civil dispute resolution.

Details

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

Prerequisite:- LAWS11061, LAWS11062, LAWS11063 & LAWS11064

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 Profile
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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

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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%).

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Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2017 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 70.83% 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.

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Feedback
Great feedback and an accessible and responsive lecturer.
Recommendation
Continue to provide detailed and responsive feedback.
Action Taken
Unfortunately the use of an external marker resulted in a decline in the standard and amount of feedback.
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Feedback
Lots of assignment options to choose from.
Recommendation
Continue to provide a wide variety of assessment options.
Action Taken
The number of assessment options was increased in 2017 to afford greater student choice.
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Feedback
Moodle site slow to load.
Recommendation
Look for options to improve Moodle download rates.
Action Taken
Extraneous images from newspapers have been removed improving site download speeds.
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Feedback
First assignment demanded completion of professional documents, possibly beyond student capability.
Recommendation
More examples will be provided. This is a third year unit and students are expected to be approaching professional standards with their work.
Action Taken
This is a third year core unit preparing students for admission. It was deliberately intended to stretch student capabilities to bridge the gap to practice. This year students completed a task involving QCAT. There were detailed instructions on QCAT procedures on the QCAT website.
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Feedback
Tough marking standards.
Recommendation
This is a third year unit and students are expected to be approaching professional standards with their work.
Action Taken
Marking standards have been maintained. This is not an easy unit and students are expected to be producing professional standard court and tribunal documents.
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Feedback
Assessments were practical and relevant to everyday work in a law firm.
Recommendation
Continue to use authentic assessment.
Action Taken
Nil.
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Feedback
The wide variety of assessment options in assessment 2 was appreciated.
Recommendation
Continue to provide students with a wide variety of assessment options.
Action Taken
Nil.
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Feedback
Further clarification of some assessment tasks is needed.
Recommendation
Assessment tasks to be reviewed to balance authenticity against academic scaffolding. Authenticity demands students be capable of handling tasks beyond their immediate knowledge, as would occur in practice.
Action Taken
Nil.
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Feedback
Further feedback on assessment would have been beneficial.
Recommendation
Markers be required to provide detailed personal feedback.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes
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