LAWS14002 - Advanced Legal Research B

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 and Advanced Legal Research A, in this unit you will focus on presentation and communication skills in the transmission of knowledge and peer review of colleagues in the honours course. You will evaluate different audience groups, design dissemination strategies and reflect on the project management process in the legal research environment.

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

Prerequisites:

Enrolment in CH75 Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and

LAWS14001 Advanced Legal Research A.

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2018

Term 2 - 2018 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 2 - 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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 33.33% 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: Consultations
Feedback
Provide additional support for research skills in the undergraduate program.
Recommendation
Legal Research is now a core second year unit in the LLB and, from 2019, all honours entrants should have a stronger foundation in research skills.
Action Taken
This has been achieved.
Source: Consultations
Feedback
Students enjoyed different research methodologies such as use of interviews, survey data and ethnography
Recommendation
Develop additional opportunities to understand different research methodologies
Action Taken
A new textbook has been introduced.
Source: Experience
Feedback
The ethics application process was smooth but timeframes were tight
Recommendation
Embed more instruction on the ethics application process in term 1.
Action Taken
This has been done, but unfortunately the CQU processes have become more difficult for students.
Source: Observation of workshop attendance and online communication
Feedback
Improve student engagement
Recommendation
Introduce a requirement for students to lead a workshop discussion each term.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Email, workshop conversations
Feedback
Some students struggled with getting access to workshops due to NBN interruptions
Recommendation
Hopefully the NBN teething issues will be resolved or lessened for the next generation of honours students. We may need to provide advice on alternative ways to get proper internet access.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Discussions with the honours team
Feedback
A larger group of students would facilitate more engaged discussions
Recommendation
Work is continuing to promote the honours program among undergraduates and to emphasise the importance of improved credentials for enhancing employability.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Implement and review a well designed legal research methodology in solving a complex legal problem
  2. Manage a complex research project and demonstrate the capacity to review and adapt the plan as circumstances demand
  3. Work responsibly on an advanced legal research project and account for your own learning practices
  4. Engage in peer review and feedback processes within a research community
  5. Synthesise new knowledge and present research findings in written and spoken formats in order to transmit knowledge to different audiences.

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