LAW 7301 - Advanced Military Administrative Law

North Terrace Campus - Quadmester 2 - 2024

Enrolment in this course is restricted to persons nominated by the Commonwealth. This course examines advanced aspects of military administrative law, including: - processes for the making and review of military administrative decisions - the manner in which administrative law principles apply in the military environment - principles underpinning the constitution of, terms of reference of, and conduct of administrative inquiries - policy and management issues concerning the design, practice and impact of administrative law processes within the ADF - the manner in which broader regulatory regimes (which may include privacy, work health and safety, human rights etc) apply to the ADF.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code LAW 7301
    Course Advanced Military Administrative Law
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Law School
    Term Quadmester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 4.5
    Contact Intensive (total 54 hours)
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions Enrolment in this course is restricted to persons nominated by the Commonwealth.
    Assessment Quiz, Case note, Command Brief, Presentation and Essay
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Matthew Stubbs

    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 Analyse, interpret and apply applicable legislation and policy in administrative law.
    2 Provide advice on complex military administrative matters without supervision. 
    3 Formulate new policy based upon sound legal principles.
    4 Analyse critically the law applicable to Defence in order to identify and resolve complex issues affecting ADF operations and to make recommendations for change to the law where appropriate.
    5 Analyse military administrative law, practice and policy in the context of societal changes that impact on the ADF administrative system.
    6 Undertake self-directed research into military administrative law matters.
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    There is no required text.  Students will be directed to relevant materials on the course MyUni site.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Learning and Teaching Activities amounting to 54 hours (across lecture, seminar and structured learning activity formats) will be
    offered to students in this course.

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

    234 hours total.
    Learning Activities Summary
    The course will be taught intensively over 5 days with structured learning actvities required to be completed in advance of the intensive
    classes. Details of the course structure will be published to students on MyUni in advance of the course, but cannot be confirmed at this stage pending negotiations with the Military Legal Training Centre regarding their priorities for issues to be addressed in the course. 
  • 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 item % of final mark Dates Length Individual or Group Activity? Redeemable in exam? Learning Outcomes
    Presentation 10 Afternoon of Day 1 or Morning or Afternoon Day 2 15 minutes Individual or Group of 2, summative N/A 1,2,4,5,6
    Online Quiz 10 5pm Monday after intensive course classes finish (6 May) 10 questions Individual, summative N/A 1,2,4,5
    Problem Question Assignment 20 9pm Monday 2 weeks after intensive course classes finish (20 May) 1000 words Individual, summative N/A 1,2,4,5
    Essay 60 9pm Sunday 7 weeks after intensive course classes finish (23 June) 4000 words Individual, summative N/A 1,2,3,4,5,6
    Assessment Detail
    Presentation (15%)
    Students, in groups of 2 or 3, will be assigned to read a particular case. They will then take responsibility for outlining the facts and legal significance of that case as part of a class discussion of the case and its importance. Each student will be assessed on the quality of their contribution to the class discussion of their case (15 minutes in total), which will be led by Chad Jacobi.

    Online Quiz (15%) 15 questions
    Students will be required to complete an online quiz on the Thursday morning during class time, which requires them to engage with the administrative law materials covered in days 1, 2 and 3 of the course.

    Research Essay (70%) 4000 words
    Students will write a research essay of 4000 words. Students may propose any essay topic they wish for approval by the course coordinator. Additionally, a list of potential essay topics that students may wish to select from will be made available on MyUni. Students will be required to demonstrate advanced skills in research and critical analysis in a relevant field of military administrative law.

    No information currently available.

    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.

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

  • 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 ( 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.

    The course is constantly being updated and revised to reflect the evolution of the law, to respond to student feedback, and to engage with the latest teaching practices. Student feedback is collected each time the course is run, including through SELT reports. Previous SELT reports, and staff feedback on them, are posted on the course MyUni site for students to view and consider.
  • Student Support
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    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
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    Academic Integrity
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  • Fraud Awareness

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