LAW 1100 - Introduction to Law

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2018

This course will introduce students the Australian legal system including the role of the Constitution, parliaments and courts. The topics covered may include a combination of any of the following: basic legal theory, an introduction to the basic rules of contract, the tort of negligence, liability for unsafe products, the consequences of misleading conduct, the criminal process and the law relating to property ownership (including intellectual property).

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code LAW 1100
    Course Introduction to Law
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Law School
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Incompatible LAW1501
    Restrictions Not available for LLB students
    Course Description This course will introduce students the Australian legal system including the role of the Constitution, parliaments and courts. The topics covered may include a combination of any of the following: basic legal theory, an introduction to the basic rules of contract, the tort of negligence, liability for unsafe products, the consequences of misleading conduct, the criminal process and the law relating to property ownership (including intellectual property).
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Lorne Neudorf

    Telephone 83130584
    Email lorne.neudorf@adelaide.edu.au

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
    1. Explain the history and contemporary features of the Australian legal system, including its key institutions, doctrines and principles.
    2. Explain the fundamental legal rules and principles relevant to a wide range of selected areas of the law.
    3. Conduct legal research and analysis.
    4. Communicate effectively in small group settings.

    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, 3
    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
    3
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    4
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1-4
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1-4
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Reading / Texts

    The required readings (the Course Materials) for this course will be made available online on MyUni.
    Recommended Resources
    None.

    Given the breadth of content in this course, there is no one text or collection of texts which adequately covers all of the material. Moreover, much of the content is legal in nature and the principal texts in each area are designed for scholars and students of the law. However, should you require assistance with any particular area of the law as covered in the course, there are plenty of useful resources available in the Law Library and the staff there would be more than willing to assist you in this regard. You are also very welcome to consult your teachers for guidance on particular texts that might be of use to help deepen your understanding of particular legal concepts.
    Online Learning
    The MyUni course page for this course can be accessed at http://www.adelaide.edu.au/myuni/.

    Besides this Course Profile, students can use MyUni to access copies of the PowerPoint slides used in lectures, recordings of lectures, assessment tasks and other course materials. Students are expected to check MyUni regularly to keep up to date with these materials and additional learning resources throughout the course.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The delivery of this course consists of a weekly 2 hour lecture and a 1 hour weekly seminar. All lectures will be recorded and posted to MyUni. Seminars are not recorded.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Contact time: attend 2 hours lecture plus 1 hour seminar each week.  This amounts to 36 hours of formal class time across the semester.

    The University expects full-time students (ie those taking 12 units per semester) to devote a total of 48 hours per week to their studies during semester. This means that in addition to lectures and seminars, students should spend an additional 9 or 10 hours per week in private study in the course across the semester – this includes doing the readings, watching the pre-lecture videos, taking the pre-lecture quizzes, preparing for the lecture and seminar activities, participation in group work, and undertaking the assessment tasks.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Learning activities will involve weekly lectures and seminars.

    Lectures are a teacher-driven learning activity; relaying of knowledge and information. Seminars are more interactive than lectures. Students are expected to prepare answers to seminar questions to facilitate useful in-class discussions between peers. As such, seminars are largely student driven. Seminar leaders are learning facilitators. 

    Week

    Topic

    1

    Introduction to the Australian Legal System

    2

    The Lawmaking Process and Statutory Interpretation

    3

    Law in the Media

    4

    Courts and the Common Law

    5

    Criminal Law and Procedure

    6

    Legal Theory

    7

    Tort of Negligence

    8

    Contract Law

    9

    Australian Consumer Law

    10

    Property Law

    11

    Law and Psychology

    12

    Future Directions in Law



    Assessment tasks are also learning activities.  The three assessment activities for this course assess student understanding of course content in three different ways:

    - Quiz: online task (technological platform);
    - Media analysis: research-based task to assess understanding and application of legal principles;
    - Research essay: research-based task to assess understanding and application of legal principles.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Due Date Weighting Redeemable? Learning Outcomes
    Online Quiz Individual assessment Week 3
    Open: 7 August 9am
    Close: 9 August 9am
    20% No 1-3
    Media Analysis Individual assessment Friday 31 August 2pm 30% No 1-4
    Research Essay Individual assessment Friday 2 November 2pm 50% No 1-4
    Total 100%
    Assessment Detail
    1. Online Quiz - 20% of final grade

      This assessment item requires all students to take an online quiz which assesses student comprehension of legal principles discussed in the first 2 weeks of the course. The quiz involves answering 15 multiple choice questions and 2 short answer analysis questions.  The quiz will be available for completion by students at any time during a 48-hour period. During this time, students may log in and out of the quiz. Completed answers can be saved but the quiz cannot be resubmitted. Questions will be randomised from a larger pool of questions.

      See above for due date.

    2. Media Analysis - 30% of final grade

      This assessment item requires all students to submit a written paper of no more than 1000 words in length. Students will be required to identify and critically assess a law-related media article and consider its relevance to the Australian legal sytsem, the techniques utilised by media to present legal issues and the role played by media in the legal process.  Further instructions on the expected content and formatting will be provided at the start of semester.

      See above for due date.

    3. Research essay - 50% of final grade

      The final assessment item requires all students to engage in legal research and submit a written argumentative essay of no more than 2500 words in length. Students will be given a choice of essay questions at the start of semester.  Further instructions on the expected content and formatting will be provided at the start of semester.

      See above for due date.
    Submission
    Detailed submission information will be provided with the instructions for each item of assessment.

    Penalty for Late Submission

    When an assessment is submitted after the due date, without an extension, 5% of the total marks possible will be deducted for every 24 hours or part thereof that it is late, including each day on a weekend and public holidays. For example, an essay that is submitted after the due date and time but within the first 24 hour period, and that has been graded at 63%, will have 5% deducted, for a final grade of 58%. An essay that is more than 24 hours but less than 48 hours late will lose 10%, etc.

    Penalty for Exceeding Stipulated Word Length

    Assignments which exceed the allocated length will be subject to a penalty of 5% of total marks possible per 100 words or part thereof (i.e., with a word limit of 1,000, an essay graded 63% will have 5% deducted if it is 1001 words long, for a final grade of 58%; 10% if it is 1101 words long, etc.). Words are calculated including text in the main body and headings, but excluding footnotes, cover page information, bibliography or list of sources. You must state the word limit on the cover page of your assignment.  If the word limit is misstated, this may be regarded as academic dishonesty.

    Finality of Assessment Grades

    Students are advised that Course Coordinators will not enter into negotiations of any kind with any student regarding changes to their final grades.  It is irrelevant, in any given circumstance, that only a minimal number of additional marks are required to inflate a student's grade for an individual assessment item or course as a whole.  Pursuant to the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy and the Adelaide Law School Assessment Policies and Procedures, grades may only be varied through the appropriate channels for academic review (such as an official re-mark).

    Approval of Results by Board of Examiners

    Students are reminded that all assessment results are subject to approval (and possible moderation/change) by the Law School's Board of Examiners.  Assessment results at the University are not scaled.  Under the Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy, students are assessed by 'reference to their performance against pre-determined criteria and standards ... and not by ranking against the performance of the student cohort in the course.'  However, under that same policy, the Board of Examiners (as the relevant Assessment Review Committee for courses at Adelaide Law School) is required to 'ensure comparability of standards and consistency' in assessment.  On occasions, the Board of Examiners will form the view that some moderation is required to ensure the comparability of standards and consistency across courses and years, and accordingly provide fairness to all law students.  All assessment results are therefore subject to approval (and possible change) until confirmed by the Board of Examiners and posted on Access Adelaide at the end of each semester.

    Moderation

    In accordance with the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy, course coordinators 'ensure that appropriate marking guidelines and cross-marking moderation processes across markers are in place' in each course.  Procedures adopted by Adelaide Law School to ensure consistency of marking in courses with multiple markers include:

    - assurance of the qualifications of markers, and their knowledge of the content covered in each course;
    - detailed marking guidelines and assessment rubrics to assist in the marking of items of assessment;
    - sharing of example marked assessments at various grade bands across markers;
    - reviewing of selected marked assessments at various grade bands across markers;
    - comparison of the marks and their distribution across markers;
    - automatic double-marking of all interim assessment receiving a fail grade, and of final assessments where a student's overall result is a fail grade;
    - the availability of re-marking of assessments in accordance with Adelaide Law School's Assessment Policies and Procedures.
    Course Grading

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Courses for which a result of conceded pass has been obtained may not be presented towards the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Laws or the Honours Degree of Bachelor of Laws programs, or any postgraduate law program, nor to satisfy prerequisite requirements within any law course.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

    Finality of Assessment Grades

    Students are advised that Course Coordinators will not enter into negotiations of any kind with any student regarding changes to their grades. It is irrelevant, in any given circumstance, that only a minimal number of additional marks are required to inflate a student’s grade for any individual assessment item or course as a whole. Pursuant to the University’s Assessment for Coursework Programs Policyand the Adelaide Law School Assessment Policies and Procedures, grades may only be varied through the appropriate channels for academic review (such as an official re-mark).

    Moderation
    In accordance with the University’s Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy, course coordinators ‘ensure that appropriate marking guidelines and cross-marking moderation processes across markers are in place’ in each course. Procedures adopted by Adelaide Law School to ensure consistency of marking in courses with multiple markers include:
    • assurance of the qualifications of markers, and their knowledge of the content covered in each course;
    • detailed marking guidelines and assessment rubrics to assist in the marking of items of assessment;
    • sharing of example marked assessments at various grade bands across markers;
    • reviewing of selected marked assessments from each marker by the course coordinator;
    • comparison of the marks and their distribution across markers;
    • automatic double-marking of all interim assessment receiving a fail grade, and of final assessments where a student’s overall result is a fail grade;
    • the availability of re-marking of assessments in accordance with Adelaide Law School’s Assessment Policies and Procedures.

    Approval of Results by Board of Examiners
    Students are reminded that all assessment results are subject to approval (and possible moderation/change) by the Law School’s Board of Examiners. Assessment results at the University are not scaled. Under the Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy, students are assessed ‘by reference to their performance against pre-determined criteria and standards … and not by ranking against the performance of the student cohort in the course’. However, under that same policy, the Board of Examiners (as the relevant Assessment Review Committee for courses at Adelaide Law School) is required to ‘ensure comparability of standards and consistency’ in assessment. On occasions, the Board of Examiners will form the view that some moderation is required to ensure the comparability of standards and consistency across courses and years, and accordingly provide fairness to all law students. All assessment results are therefore subject to approval (and possible change) until confirmed by the Board of Examiners and posted on Access Adelaide at the end of each semester.
  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

  • Student Support
    The University Writing Centre provides academic learning and language development services and resources for local, international, undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students enrolled at the University of Adelaide.

    The centre offers practical advice and strategies for students to master reading, writing, note-taking, time management, oral presentation skills, referencing techniques and exam preparation for success at university through seminars, workshops and individual consultations.

    Lex Salus Program
    Lex Salus (law and wellbeing) is an initiative of the Adelaide Law School aimed at destigmatising mental health issues; promoting physical, mental and emotional wellness; building a strong community of staff and students; and celebrating diversity within the school. It also seeks to promote wellness within the legal profession, through the involvement of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia, the Honourable Chris Kourakis, as the official Patron of the program.

    Students can participate in the Lex Salus program by attending barbecue lunches, pancake breakfasts, knitting and crochet circles, seminars, guest speakers, conferences and other activities. Our Facebook page, website and regular all-student emails promote upcoming events, and have tips and information on wellness.

    Our Lex Salus YouTube channel also includes videos on topics like managing stress, and interviews with LGBTQ lawyers and their supporters which celebrate diversity and individuality. Students who commit to 10 hours of volunteering with Lex Salus in one year can have their service recognised on their academic transcript and through a thank you morning tea with the Chief Justice and law school staff.

    Student Life Counselling Support
    The University’s Student Life Counselling Support service provides free and confidential service to all enrolled students. We encourage you to contact the Student Life Counselling Support service on 8313 5663 to make an appointment to deal with any issues that may be affecting your study and life.
  • Policies & Guidelines

    This section contains links to relevant assessment-related policies and guidelines - all university policies.

    Academic Honesty
    Academic dishonesty is a serious act of academic misconduct. All students must be familiar with the University’s Academic Honesty Policy.

    Academic dishonesty is a serious matter and is treated as such by the Law School and the University. Academic dishonesty (which goes beyond plagiarism) can be a ground for a refusal by the Supreme Court of South Australia to admit a person to practice as a legal practitioner in South Australia.

    Academic honesty is an essential aspect of ethical and honest behaviour, which is central to the practice of the law and an understanding of what it is to be a lawyer.
  • Fraud Awareness

    Students are reminded that in order to maintain the academic integrity of all programs and courses, the university has a zero-tolerance approach to students offering money or significant value goods or services to any staff member who is involved in their teaching or assessment. Students offering lecturers or tutors or professional staff anything more than a small token of appreciation is totally unacceptable, in any circumstances. Staff members are obliged to report all such incidents to their supervisor/manager, who will refer them for action under the university's student’s disciplinary procedures.

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