LAWS14001 - Advanced Legal Research A

General Information

Unit Synopsis

As a legal professional you will be required to solve complex legal problems through the application of high level legal research skills in reviewing, analysing, synthesising and consolidating knowledge. Building on the skills you have acquired in your undergraduate study, in this unit you will develop additional capabilities in the use of research technology, managing complex projects, selecting appropriate research methodologies and working within a research community of peers.

Details

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

Prerequisite:

Enrolment in CH75 Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2018

Term 1 - 2018 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 1 - 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. Portfolio 70%
2. Practical Assessment 30%

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

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 50% 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 discussions.
Feedback
Further develop student research skills prior to commencement.
Recommendation
We have introduced a core undergraduate research unit that will assist future honours students.
Action Taken
The undergraduate unit has been taught for two years now and will reach more honours candidates.
Source: Zoom meeting
Feedback
Need to establish student confidence early in the term
Recommendation
Additional efforts will be made to require students to attend workshops and to discuss their progress with the unit coordinator.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyse a complex legal problem by developing and implementing appropriate legal research methodologies
  2. Design a research proposal and manage ethical issues arising from the research
  3. Consolidate information pertaining to an advanced legal research topic through a critical review of authorities, literature analysis and the management of this information in a research database
  4. Work responsibly on an advanced legal research project and account for your own learning practices
  5. Engage in peer review and feedback processes within a research community.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Portfolio
2 - Practical Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
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 - Portfolio
2 - Practical Assessment