Legal Research Project PG (11446.1)
|Available teaching periods||Delivery mode||Location|
|View teaching periods|| Research
|| UC - Canberra, Bruce
|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. Plan and execute a substantial legal research project under supervision;
2. Investigate, critically evaluate and synthesise complex literature, concepts and ideas related to the research topic; and
3. Generate responses to legal or legal policy issues and communicate these through a written research paper.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
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
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
PrerequisitesThis unit is only available to students in the Juris Doctor, Masters of Laws or Masters of Legal Studies courses. Students must have passed 11431 Foundations of Law and Justice G AND 11445 Legal Research and Writing Skills PG or equivalent.
Equivalent units6640 Legal Research Reading PG
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2021||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1||08 February 2021||Research||Dr Jenny Fu|
|2021||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 2||02 August 2021||Research||Dr Jenny Fu|
|2022||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 1||07 February 2022||Research||Dr Jenny Fu|
|2022||UC - Canberra, Bruce||Semester 2||01 August 2022||Research||Dr Jenny Fu|
Terry Hutchinson, Research and Writing in Law (Lawbook, 4th ed, 2018)
James Lester, Writing Research Papers: a Complete Guide (Pearson, 15th ed, 2014)
The Australian Guide to Legal Citation 4th edition.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Each assessment must include on the first page the title of the research project, the name of the assessment, the name of the supervisor, and the word count (text only, not including footnotes, bibliography and annexes.)
All assignments are required to be submitted by the due date, through the designated Canvas dropbox.
There is no requirement to mark assessment items that are submitted late, however in this unit the following practice will be followed.
- Late assessment which is submitted within 7 days of the specified submission date and time will be accepted for marking. However, 5% of the total marks allocated for that item of assessment will be deducted for each day the assessment is overdue.
- Late assessment submitted more than 7 days after the prescribed date and time will not be accepted for marking. In this case a student will not receive any marks for the relevant piece of assessment.
If for any reason you are unable to complete an assignment by the due date, you must submit to the supervisor AND the unit convenor an Assignment extension form before the due date (unless impossible) setting out in detail the genuine and exceptional reason for requesting the extension. If there is a medical or counselling reason for the extension request, it must be accompanied by a medical or counselling certificate which clearly states:
- that you were unfit to complete the assignment;
- the date of the medical or counselling consultation; and
- the period for which you were / are / will be unfit to complete the assignment.
Due to the specific nature of this research unit and considering the students' freedom in choosing their research topic, supplementary assessment is not available.
This unit has no lectures or tutorials, but students will be expected to regularly meet and consult with their supervisor, and report to the unit convenor on the progress of their work.
In addition, there is a timetable in conjunction with tasks and required actions towards the assessments, which needs to be adhered to.
Required IT skills
Students are expected to possess general computer skills sufficient to undertake electronic research and to draft a scholarly paper, as well as to use Canvas to submit all work for assessment through the dropboxes created there.
Work placement, internships or practicums
The unit does not involve work placement, internship or practicum.
However, this is a practice-oriented academic unit providing students with the opportunity to develop a research project on a topic of high interest using research and writing skills that are vital in the legal profession. Self-discipline and time management are necessary skills to conduct individual work throughout the semester.