Legal research

Assessment 1: Legal research
Due 4 Sep by 23:59 Points 100 Submitting a file upload
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The following provides an overview of Assessment 1.
Overview

Task type
Method
Individual
weighting

Due date
Length/time

Mindmap
Individual
15%
23:59 AEST Sunday 4 September4
2022, Week 1

600 words +/- 10%

1. Identify the core requirements and capacities relevant to the study of law
2. ReÙect on the professional skills required of lawyers
3. Identify and begin to apply required writing skills in law
Outcomes

Unit learning outcomes alignment
Graduate learning outcomes alignment

ULO1: Gain and apply core legal writing skills
including in relation to writing legal documents
ULO2: Use and interpret primary sources of law,
such as common law and statute, as well as
secondary sources, such as journal articles and
books

P1: Employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and
skills
P2: Communicate effectively
P3: Use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and
research skills to solve theoretical and real-world
problems

Overview
Purpose
The assessment must be submitted online via the teaching site in UCLearn. The Ørst page of each assessment item should
include the assessment coversheet declaring the authenticity of the work.
Click on the link below to download the assessment coversheet template.
Students’ names are not to be included on any assessment tasks/submission. Only Student ID numbers should be included
(as per the and
).
If you would like to check your draft submission for plagiarism, click on the link below to access the draft submissions
box.
Referencing style: Australian Guide to Legal Citation (4th ed.) – AGLC4; references/footnotes are for noting your
sources or to clarify minor matters, not to ‘park’ content
Only Word (*doc or *docx) to be uploaded
Submission via the teaching site in UCLearn; access to draft plagiarism checking via Ouriginal is available
In submitting, students acknowledge that they have presented their own work and that they have acknowledged fully
when relying on the knowledge or sources of others.
The unit provides core skills and capacities to function as a law student and budding lawyer. The Ørst assessment is an
opportunity to reÙect on what it means to be a ‘good lawyer’ and to engage with relevant research. Students are to address
the following question:
These two angles should be linked. A minimum of six current, high-quality sources are supposed to be drawn upon in
tackling the question. Students are to present the assessment as a
referenced mind-map.
Submission guidelines

Assessment coversheet
(https://courseapps.studyonline.canberra.edu.au/courses/JD/11751_Legal_Methods/JD%20assessment%20coversheet.docx)

Assessment Policy (https://www.canberra.edu.au/Policies/PolicyProcedure/Index/260) Assessment Procedures
(https://www.canberra.edu.au/Policies/PolicyProcedure/Index/261)

Draft submissions box
Requirements
Instructions

What does it take to be a good lawyer?
Students are to reÙect on this a) in light of what they personally think or know it takes; and b) in
light of what relevant research says about this.

Using MindMap: You will not need to register to use this tool, simply click ‘Create a Free Map’, create your map and
export/save for your records.
Click on the button to access the website.
This means that students must submit:
1. A mind-map that details the elements of what makes for a good lawyer and how these are linked
2. An annotated bibliography of research articles or reports which supports the information in the mind-map.
An annotated bibliography is a list of research sources (think: book chapters, journal articles, research reports), with each
source accompanied by a short commentary (ca. three sentences) as to its relevance (in this case to the content of your
mind-map).
The assessment provides an opportunity to receive feedback early in the unit.
Click on the tab below to read the assessment declaration before you submit.
For more tips and tricks on annotating articles watch the below videos.
Video 1: For Mac users Video 2: For Windows 10 users
This video provides useful tips on how to annotate for Mac users, for those using Windows its still worth a watch on
the method of annotating effectively.
MY METHOD FOR DIGITALLY ANNOTAT…

Mind-map tool – MindMup (https://www.mindmup.com/)
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ssessment declaration
Useful resources
Assessment 1: Legal research

Criteria
Ratings
Pts

25 pts
Quality, focus
and depth of
mind map

25 to >21.25 Pts
HD (High
distinction)
The response
articulates in a
sophisticated
way how the
learning
experience being
reflected upon is
relevant and
meaningful to
participant and
their learning
goals. The mind
map makes
many excellent
and highly
perceptive
connections
between the
experience and
material from the
course, past
experience,
and/or personal
goals.

21.25 to >18.75 Pts
DI (Distinction)
The response
clearly and
insightfully
articulates how the
learning experience
being reflected upon
is relevant and
meaningful to
participant and their
learning goals. The
mind map
demonstrates some
complex and
integrated
connections
between the
experience and
material from the
course, past
experience, and/or
personal goals.

18.75 to >16.25 Pts
CR (Credit)
The learning
experience being
reflected upon is
relevant and
meaningful to
participant and their
learning goals. The
mind map
demonstrates
connections
between the
experience and
material from the
course; past
experience; and/or
personal goals.

16.25 to >12.5 Pts
P (Pass)
The learning
experience being
reflected upon is
relevant and
meaningful to
student and course
learning goals.

12.5 to >0 Pts
F (Fail)
Most of the
mind map is
irrelevant to
participant
and/or course
learning goals.

30 pts
Synthesis and
use of relevant
evidence and
research

30 to >25.5 Pts
HD (High
distinction)
Number of relevant
scholarly references
exceeds
requirements, and
these are used in a
highly integrated
way to support a
sophisticated level
of analysis or
argument.

25.5 to >22.5 Pts
DI (Distinction)
Number of relevant
scholarly
references exceeds
requirements, and
these are used in
an integrated way
to support an
advanced level of
analysis or
argument.

22.5 to >19.5 Pts
CR (Credit)
Number of
relevant scholarly
references
exceeds
requirements, and
these are used
effectively to
support an
advanced level of
analysis or
argument.

19.5 to >15.0 Pts
P (Pass)
Number of
relevant scholarly
references meets
requirements, and
these are
sometimes used
effectively to
support the
analysis or
argument.

15 to >0 Pts
F (Fail)
Number of
relevant
scholarly
references does
not meet
requirements.
References are
not used
effectively to
support the
analysis or
argument.

 

Criteria
Ratings
Pts

15 pts
Integration of
research with
reflection

15 to >12.75 Pts
HD (High distinction)
Concise, coherent and
clear integration of
research with the mind
map reflection

12.75 to >11.25 Pts
DI (Distinction)
Clear and concise
integration of
research with the
mind map reflection.

11.25 to >9.75 Pts
CR (Credit)
Clear integration of
research with the
mind map
reflection

9.75 to >7.5 Pts
P (Pass)
Some integration
of research with
the mind map
reflection

7.5 to >0 Pts
F (Fail)
Very little or
no clear
integration of
research with
the mind map
reflection

15 pts
Clarity of
organisation
and structure

15 to >12.75 Pts
HD (High
distinction)
Expertly structured
and organised. The
mind map is logically
and creatively
organized and flows
smoothly, with unity
and coherence.

12.75 to >11.25 Pts
DI (Distinction)
Structured and
organised complex
and highly
developed ways.
The mind map is
logically and
creatively organized.

11.25 to >9.75 Pts
CR (Credit)
Coherently and
logically structured
and organised to
support the central
purpose.

9.75 to >7.5 Pts
P (Pass)
Mostly effective
and organised to
support the
central purpose,
however may be
poorly structured
or disorganised in
parts.

7.5 to >0 Pts
F (Fail)
Not clearly or
logically
organised.
The central
purpose is
difficult to
discern.

10 pts
Effective
communication

10 to >8.5 Pts
HD (High
distinction)
Language and
vocabulary are
sophisticated, but
also clear and
precise. Sentences
display consistently
strong, varied
structure. Rules of
grammar, usage,
and punctuation are
followed. Spelling is
correct. There are
no grammatical or
vocabulary errors
that could affect
clarity.

8.5 to >7.5 Pts
DI (Distinction)
Language and
vocabulary are highly
advanced, and used
with clarity and
precision. Rules of
grammar, usage, and
punctuation are
nearly always
followed. Spelling is
nearly always
correct. There are no
more than a few
grammatical or
vocabulary errors,
but these do not
affect clarity .

7.5 to >6.5 Pts
CR (Credit)
Language and
vocabulary are
used effectively,
and mostly with
clarity and
precision. Rules of
grammar, usage,
and punctuation are
mostly followed.
Spelling is mostly
correct. There are
no more than a few
grammatical or
vocabulary errors,
but these do not
affect clarity.

6.5 to >5.0 Pts
P (Pass)
Language and
vocabulary are
used soundly,
although
sometimes
unclear or
imprecise.
Rules of
grammar,
usage, and
punctuation are
mostly
followed. There
are some
grammatical or
vocabulary
errors that may
affect.

5 to >0 Pts
F (Fail)
Language and
vocabulary are
often unclear, or
sentence
structure
disorganised.
Rules of
grammar,
usage, and
punctuation are
not followed.
There are some
significant
errors in
grammar and
vocabulary that
affect clarity.

 

Total points: 100

Criteria
Ratings
Pts

5 pts
Referencing

5to >4.25 Pts
HD (High
distinction)
Outstanding,
advanced and
correct use of
prescribed
referencing style,
including a
reference list with no
content or formatting
errors.

4.25 to >3.75 Pts
DI (Distinction)
Correct use of
prescribed
referencing style,
including a
reference list with
no content or
formatting errors.

3.75 to >3.25 Pts
CR (Credit)
Correct use of
prescribed
referencing style,
including a
reference list with
minimal content
or formatting
errors.

3.25 to >2.5 Pts
P (Pass)
Effective use of
prescribed
referencing
style, including a
reference list
with some
significant
content or
formatting
errors.

2.5 to >0 Pts
F (Fail)
Poor or incorrect
use of prescribed
referencing style,
with significant
content or
formatting errors,
and/or does not
include a reference
list.

 

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