LAW 3599 - Law Research Dissertation
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2016
General Course Information
Course Code LAW 3599 Course Law Research Dissertation Coordinating Unit Adelaide Law School Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Law (LLB) Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 6 Contact Up to 4 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites LAW 2504 & LAW 2505 Incompatible LAW 3099 Restrictions Available to LLB students only Quota Students wishing to write a research dissertation will be selected into this elective upon the basis of their academic records - only available where School can provide appropriate supervision for research proposed Course Description Students are required to write a supervised research dissertation on an approved topic. The dissertation will be written and assessed in accordance with procedures approved from time to time by the Dean of Law.
Course Coordinator: Dr Beth NosworthyTelephone 831 35543
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course is students will have:
- Developed their research and writing skills, and to deepened their knowledge in a substantive area of law.
- Understand the concept of original research, and how to construct a theme for a research project, and to refine the theme through the development of an outline, and the completion of a major research paper.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1-2 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1-2 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesThere are no required resources for this course.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThere are no lectures and seminars for this course. The course coordinator will hold a meeting in the first week of the semester to discuss the course requirements and ensure students have made contact with their supervisors. At this meeting, there will be a discussion of the general expectations for the course.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Being a 6 unit course, students are expected to spend up to 24 hours a week during term time in the preparation of their dissertation.
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Assessment Item % of final mark Dates Length Dissertation 100% Due: 2pm Friday, 28th October 2016 12,000 words
Assessment DetailLength of Dissertation
The word limit for the dissertation is strictly enforced. In presenting their dissertation candidates are required to incorporate a signed statement as to the length of their dissertation (main text and substantive footnotes are to be included in word length, while bibliography, case list, list of contents, required declarations etc are excluded).
Citations and footnotes should follow the practice used by the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (3rd Ed, 2010). A copy of the Australian Guide to Legal Citation is available from the reserve desk in the Law library. It is also available on the web at or from Melbourne University Law Review at relatively small cost. Pages of the dissertation should be numbered. If a candidate’s dissertation does not conform to the style set out in these guidelines the candidate will be required to rewrite and resubmit in the style designated in these guidelines.
The dissertation must be presented in the following format.
The dissertation should be printed on A4 paper on one side only. The margin on the right hand side of the page should be approximately 2.5cm. The margin on the left hand side of the page should be wider, at least 3cm, to allow for binding.
Any one of the following fonts is acceptable: Times, Times New Roman, or Palatino.
The font size for the main text must be at least 12 pt.
The font size for footnotes must be at least 10pt.
The main body of the text should be double spaced.
For general rules relating to line spacing for quotations follow the Australian Guide to Legal Citation.
Footnotes may be single spaced.The dissertation should have incorporated in it a signed statement to the effect that to the best of the candidate's knowledge and belief the dissertation contains no material previously published or written by another person except when due reference is made in the text of the dissertation, together with an acknowledgment of any help given or work carried out by another person or organisation. There should also be included a signed statement as to the word length of the dissertation (see 2 above).
Students should submit three (3) copies of their Dissertation, two unbound copies and one bound copy (the General Office will arrange binding for you).
The Dissertation must also be submitted electronically via Turnitin.
Due Date - Unless the course coordinator grants an extension, dissertations must be completed and submitted by Friday 28th October 2016 at 2.00pm.
Extensions - Submissions to the course coordinator for an extension of time should be based only upon special or unforeseen personal or research circumstances.
SubmissionDissertations must be submitted by the due date in hard copy to the Law School Office and in electronic form to Turnitin (link available on MyUni).
Be sure to leave plenty of time to submit electronically, get a receipt and still get your hard copy in by the deadline.
The thesis supervisor and an independent examiner will mark the thesis. Having reached a mark independently, the supervisor and independent examiner will agree a final mark between them. If the supervisor and independent examiner cannot agree on a final mark, a further examiner will be appointed, and a majority position reached.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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