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LA1102 - Legal Research, Writing and Analysis

Credit points: 3
Year: 2020
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: College of Business, Law & Governance

This subject explores the theme of Governance: Governance as a Conceptual Tool; Governance through Adjudicative Law; and Governance through Legislative Law. The subject develops legal, ethical and technological literacy and provides a range of skills and knowledge required for legal writing, research and problem solving. Sources of Law; Court Hierarchy; The Doctrine of Precedent; and Statutory Interpretation are areas of focus.

Learning Outcomes

  • Conduct library research to locate legislation, cases and commentary in print and electronic formats;
  • Explain and evaluate sources of law and legal processes;
  • Evaluate and apply the principles of the doctrine of precedent in a range of practical and theoretical situations (scenarios);
  • Communicate effectively in writing in accordance with the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC);
  • Evaluate and apply the principles of statutory interpretation in a range of practical and theoretical situations (scenarios).

Subject Assessment

  • end of semester exam (50%)
  • test (15%)
  • test (10%)
  • assignment (25%).

Special Assessment Requirements

Tutorial attendance is mandatory in this subject. A student who fails to attend at least 70% must meet with the Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching and provide evidence as to why he or she should be permitted to sit the final exam or submit the final assessment task.

Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
LA1007

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 26-Mar-2020
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours lectures - 2 hour lecture/week
  • 12 hours tutorials - 1 hour tutorial/week; tutorials commence Week 2 (tutorials in week 2 and 3 are library research tutorials conducted in the library)
  • assessment and self-directed study

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 27-Aug-2020
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours lectures - 2 hour lecture/week; lectures may be video-conferenced.
  • 12 hours tutorials - 1 hour tutorial/week; tutorials commence Week 2 (tutorials in week 2 and 3 are library research tutorials conducted in the library)
  • assessment and self-directed study

External, Study Period 1
Census Date 26-Mar-2020
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours - Combined lectures, tutorials/workshops; Lecturer driven activities
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU

External, Study Period 2
Census Date 27-Aug-2020
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours - Combined lectures, tutorials/workshops; Lecturer driven activities
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU

Cairns, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 26-Mar-2020
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours lectures - 2 hour lecture/week
  • 12 hours tutorials - 1 hour tutorial/week; tutorials commence Week 2 (tutorials in week 2 and 3 are library research tutorials conducted in the library)
  • assessment and self-directed study

Cairns, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 27-Aug-2020
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours lectures - 2 hour lecture/week; lectures may be video-conferenced.
  • 12 hours tutorials - 1 hour tutorial/week; tutorials commence Week 2 (tutorials in week 2 and 3 are library research tutorials conducted in the library)
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.