LAWS14004 - Dissertation B

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Legal professionals are required to solve complex legal problems by conducting research, critically analysing authorities through interdisciplinary knowledge and transmitting concepts to different audiences including clients, other professionals and public organisations. This unit further extends your research capabilities developed in Dissertation A. You will conduct a second research project into a legal issue agreed with your supervisor, critically examining the problem and preparing a written analysis suitable for publication. Your research in Dissertation B may be an extension of the research work undertaken in Dissertation A or a separate topic. Your focus may also extend beyond academic to professional journals.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 4
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band 3
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisites:

Enrolment in CH75 Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and

LAWS14003 Dissertation A

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Residential School No Residential School

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 12-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 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%).

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, survey
Feedback
The mini-conference was a success and students appreciated the opportunity to attend in-person or remotely.
Recommendation
Continue to offer this as an opportunity, considering the preferences of the next cohort.
Action Taken
This was not a possibility with this cohort due to work commitments and international locations.
Source: Consultations
Feedback
Students really appreciated the additional support from supervisors, but this was not always offered in a consistent manner
Recommendation
Develop the supervisors' handbook and provide additional coherence through the regular supervisors/course coordinator meetings.
Action Taken
Supervisors handbook has been delivered and discipline meetings now include honours reports/discussions.
Source: Consultations
Feedback
The concept of using two linked dissertations, rather than a single large dissertation was successful and provided less stress leading up to final completion.
Recommendation
Retain this approach. Provide additional options for students transitioning from Dissertation A to Dissertation B. Look for ideas to combat the mid-course lag in the transition.
Action Taken
Retained. Mid year slump is still a problem.
Source: Email
Feedback
External reviewers require more time to provide feedback on student work
Recommendation
Move towards a post-moderation model for the external reviewers. This will be useful for calibration and also provide good feedback for students. There is no professional requirement for a pre-moderation model.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Email
Feedback
Students are interested in previous student work
Recommendation
Ask previous students for the opportunity to present their dissertations to future students.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes
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