LAW1104 - Research and writing - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Not offered in 2017


This unit is only offered to students who commenced prior to 2015. The new offering for students who commenced in 2015 and beyond see LAW1112.


There are two components taught concurrently. The Writing component will teach basic skills in legal writing, with an emphasis on the types of writing required for assessment in other law units, including research essays and answers to legal problems. The Research component will provide students with the essential skills to undertake research tasks required for their law studies. Students will learn to analyse a research problem into searchable components; locate and update Australian and foreign primary and secondary materials by using online and hard copy library research tools; use and cite references correctly, and evaluate the relevance and authoritative status of legal materials.


Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  • design and implement an efficient research strategy to answer a legal research question, using the most appropriate online and paper-based research tools;
  • critically evaluate the relevance, quality, authority and currency of the materials that they find;
  • correctly use, attribute and cite the work of others and avoid plagiarism
  • identify the hallmarks of good legal writing, and use them to edit and improve their own writing; and
  • apply and develop their higher order thinking skills of evaluation, problem-solving, synthesis, and analysis in writing on legal topics.


Assessment Task 1

Research Report, comprising the proposed essay structure (1000 words) and the preliminary bibliography 20%

Assessment Task 2

Research Essay (2,500 words) not including final bibliography 50%

Class attendance, preparation and participation in class discussion and formal exercises for Writing component 20%

Research Exercise 10%

In class research exercise for Research component (500 words)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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