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LAW4401 Capstone Project

Semester 1, 2013 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business and Law
School or Department : School of Law
Version produced : 19 April 2014

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Staffing

Examiner: Lynda Crowley-Cyr
Moderator: James Mayanja

Other requisites

Students taking this course are expected to have completed at least 16 core law courses. It is also highly recommended that this course be taken in the last semester of the studentís enrolment in the program. Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/support/computing/hardware.

Rationale

Being a capstone course, this course provides students with opportunities to draw together aspects of their learning throughout the program, demonstrating their level of understanding of law, legal policy and legal processes, as well as a variety of legal and generic skills. This course represents a culmination of student learning experiences in preparation for professional legal careers or other occupations.

Synopsis

The capstone project involves students undertaking a major project that involves initiative, organisation, research and other activities that may include analysis, problem-solving, reflection, written and oral communication, teamwork, interpersonal skills and ethical inquiry. Students will be required to make a selection from two or more capstone projects. The course is intended to provide students with a capstone experience that requires and allows them to demonstrate detailed legal knowledge, together with various skills, in multiple areas as they prepare to complete and exit the law program.

Objectives

On successful completion of this course, students should:

  1. be able to use legal research methods and techniques in an original and coherent manner in order to address a complex legal or social issue or problem
  2. have achieved an advanced understanding of an area of law or of interlinked areas of law
  3. show advanced evaluative, critical thinking and reflective skills in the approach taken to the legal or social issue or problem addressed in the project
  4. be able to demonstrate an advanced capacity to apply theoretical knowledge to complex legal or social questions or problems
  5. be able to demonstrate the use of appropriate and necessary skills in addressing complex legal or social issues or problems.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Enhanced knowledge and understanding in selected fields of law, together with highly developed research, writing and other skills. 100.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/bookweb/subject.cgi?year=2013&sem=01&subject1=LAW4401)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/contact/)

  • Given the project nature of the course, there are no prescribed texts or other materials that need to be purchased.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Asprey, M 2010, Plain language for lawyers, 4th edn, Federation Press, Annandale, New South Wales.
  • Banks, C & Douglas, H 2006, Law on the Internet, 3rd edn, Federation Press, Sydney, New South Wales.
  • Bott, B & Talbot-Stokes, R 2012, Nemes and Coss' effective legal research, 5th edn, LexisNexis Butterworths, Chatswood, New South Wales.
  • Campbell, E, Fox, R & de Zwart, M 2010, Students' guide to legal writing, law exams and self assessment, 3rd edn, Federation Press, Annandale, New South Wales.
  • Hutchinson, T 2010, Researching and writing in law, 3rd edn, LawBook Co, Pyrmont, New South Wales.
  • The recommended references may be useful given the research and writing dimensions of the project.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 60.00
Directed Study 20.00
Private Study 80.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
INTERIM PROJECT REPORT 10 10 05 Apr 2013
PROJECT PRESENTATION 20 20 20 May 2013 (see note 1)
PROJECT REPORT 70 70 31 May 2013

NOTES
  1. Students will be allocated an oral presentation time in the week before or after the date reflected above.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    If you are an international student in Australia, you are advised to attend all classes at your campus. For all other students, there are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without prior approval of the examiner, then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course. Students are advised to familiarise themselves with the role this course plays in the calculation of Honours in this program, as set out in the handbook information for the Bachelor of Laws.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in assignments: Students studying this course must use the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC) style. For AGLC style guide enquiries, consult the AGLC manual from the USQ Library's referencing guide at http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing, or contact the Law librarian.