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LA1102 - Legal Research, Writing and Analysis

Credit points: 3
Year: 2011
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: School of Law Office

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 and be able to locate current legislation cases and commentary in print and electronic form;
  • use/apply and analyse and evaluate principles of the doctrine of precedent in a range of practical and theoretical situations;
  • find legislation and understand its importance from a range of perspectives; find case law and understand the importance of it at different hierarchical levels;
  • use/apply and analyse and evaluate principles of statutory interpretation in a range of practical and theoretical situations; communicate results of analysis and findings in clear writing and orally;
  • explain sources of law legal processes, principles of doctrine of precedent and statutory interpretation.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • The ability to deploy critically evaluated information to practical ends;
  • The ability to find and access information using appropriate media and technologies;
  • The ability to evaluate that information;
  • The ability to select and organise information and to communicate it accurately, cogently, coherently, creatively and ethically;
  • The acquisition of coherent and disciplined sets of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics from at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning, and to learn independently in a self directed manner;
  • The ability to read complex and demanding texts accurately, critically and insightfully;
  • The ability to speak and write clearly, coherently and creatively;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to lead, manage and contribute effectively to teams;
  • The ability to work with people of different gender, age, ethnicity, culture, religion and political persuasion;
  • The ability to work individually and independently;
  • The ability to select and use appropriate tools and technologies;
  • The ability to use online technologies effectively and ethically.
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
LA1007

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 24-Mar-2011
Coordinator: Ms Rachel Bradshaw
Workload expectations:
  • 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: end of semester exam (45%); tutorial attendance and participation (10%); assignments (10%); take home exam (25%); library assignment (10%).

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 25-Aug-2011
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Lecturer: Mrs Van Le.
Workload expectations:
  • 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: end of semester exam (45%); tutorial attendance and participation (20%); assignments (25%); research assignment (10%).

Cairns, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 24-Mar-2011
Coordinator: Ms Rachel Bradshaw
Lecturer: <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 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: end of semester exam (45%); tutorial attendance and participation (10%); assignments (10%); take home exam (25%); library assignment (10%).

Cairns, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 25-Aug-2011
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Workload expectations:
  • 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: end of semester exam (45%); tutorial attendance and participation (20%); assignments (25%); research assignment (10%).

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.