Legal Research and Writing Skills PG (11445.2)
|Available teaching periods||Delivery mode||Location|
|View teaching periods|| Flexible
| Bruce, Canberra
UC - Canberra, Online
|0.125||3||Faculty Of Business, Government & Law|
|Discipline||Study level||HECS Bands|
|Canberra Law School||Post Graduate Level|| Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan Social Work_Exclude 0905)
Band 5 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesAfter successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Apply advanced skills in legal research and writing to navigate real-world problems;
2. Critically reflect on one's academic learning and the development of skills throughout one's degree and consider ongoing development into one's professional life;
3. Display research rigour and drive and use organisational skills to plan and manage a professional project; and
4. Understand and evaluate legal research metholodogies and paradigms, including Indigenous approaches to research.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
2. UC graduates are global citizens - think globally about issues in their profession
2. UC graduates are global citizens - adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
4. UC graduates are able to demonstrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of knowing, being and doing - use Indigenous histories and traditional ecological knowledge to develop and augment understanding of their discipline
Prerequisites11751 Legal Methods and Skills G AND 11752 Legal Systems G
CorequisitesThis unit is only available to students in the Juris Doctor, Master of Laws, Master of Legal Studies and Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies courses.
Equivalent units6621 Advanced Legal Research and Writing PG
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2023||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 1||06 February 2023||Flexible||Dr Sascha Dov Bachmann|
|2023||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 2||31 July 2023||Online||Dr Sascha Dov Bachmann|
|2023||UC - Canberra, Online||Study Block 6||23 October 2023||Online||Ms Tess Rooney|
|2024||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 1||05 February 2024||Research||Dr Sascha Dov Bachmann|
|2024||UC - Canberra, Online||Study Block 4||01 July 2024||Online||Ms Tess Rooney|
|2024||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 2||29 July 2024||Research||Dr Sascha Dov Bachmann|
Jay Sanderson, Drossos Stamboulakis, and Kim Kelly, A Practical Guide to Legal Research (Lawbook, 5th ed, 2021).
The following texts may also be useful:
Terry Hutchinson, Researching and Writing in Law (Thomson Reuters, 4th ed, 2018).
Other readings will be supplied on Canvas.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
If applying for an exension, please follow the instructions on the Assignment Extension Form on the Student Forms page carefully. Please refer to the Assessment Policy and the Assessment Procedures. Applications for extension must be submitted to the Unit Convenor at the earliest possible opportunity in the case of circumstances considered to be unanticipated, extenuating, and exceptional (see reasons 1-6 on page 3 of the form). For anticipated events or circumstances that have a defined time period (see reasons 7-14 on page 4 of the form), notification must be lodged no later than 5 working days before the scheduled due date of the assignment. Your application will not be processed without the required information, your signature and relevant supporting documentation. Please provide this to the Unit Convenor by email.
If there are extenuating circumstances which mean you need a deferred exam, please apply to the Unit Convenor for a deferred exam. Please use the Assignment Extension Form on the Student Forms page. The Assessment Policy and the Assessment Procedures require documentary evidence to be provided with your application. Please provide this to the Unit Convenor by email, along with a summary of the reasons for seeking a deferred exam.
If you do not submit all assessment items you may receive a grade of NC (a fail result based on failure to complete one or more of the assessment requirements) for the unit.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
Expectations of students include:
- You are responsible for managing your academic progress and working to achieve the unit learning outcomes.
- You are expected to be familiar with information relevant to your units and course as per the information made available to you. This includes the Unit Outline, Canvas site and assignment instructions.
- You have a responsibility to participate actively and positively in the teaching-learning process and comply with the requirements of your course.
- You are required to treat all University staff and fellow students with respect and courtesy at all times.
See Student Charter for more information.
Students are expected to complete weekly in-class exercises and participate in discussion activities.
Required IT skills
Word processing and basic internet skills (such as the use of databases) are required.
Work placement, internships or practicums