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LAW8005 Minor Law Honours Dissertation

Semester 2, 2019 Online
Short Description: Minor Law Honours Dissertation
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Law and Justice
Student contribution band : Band 3
ASCED code : 090900 - Law
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Jeremy Patrick


Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: LAW8001

Other requisites

Students undertaking this course must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws (Honours). Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at


This course provides students with opportunities to draw together aspects of their learning throughout the program, demonstrating their level of understanding of law, legal policy and legal processes, as well as a variety of legal and generic skills. This course represents a culmination of student learning experiences in preparation for professional legal careers or other occupations.


This course requires students to undertake a major project that involves initiative, organisation, research and other activities that may include analysis, problem-solving, reflection, written communication, teamwork, interpersonal skills and ethical inquiry. The course is intended to provide students with a capstone experience that requires and allows them to demonstrate detailed legal knowledge, together with various skills, in multiple areas as they prepare to complete and exit the law program.


On successful completion of this course, students should:

  1. be able to demonstrate their ability to address and engage with a complex legal or social issue or problem and to generate justifiable solutions or answers as required
  2. have achieved an advanced understanding of a specialised area of law or of interlinked areas of law
  3. have demonstrated advanced evaluative, critical thinking and reflective skills in the approach taken to the legal or social issue or problem addressed in the project
  4. be able to demonstrate an advanced capacity to apply theoretical knowledge to complex legal or social questions or problems
  5. be able to present the project outcomes in writing to a high standard.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Enhanced knowledge and understanding in selected fields of law, together with highly developed research, writing and other skills. 100.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

Given the project nature of the course, there are no prescribed texts or other materials that need to be purchased.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Asprey, M 2010, Plain language for lawyers, 4th edn, Federation Press, Annandale, New South Wales.
Bott, B & Talbot-Stokes, R 2018, Nemes and Coss' effective legal research, 7th edn, LexisNexis Butterworths, Chatswood, New South Wales.
Campbell, E, Fox, R & de Zwart, M 2010, Students' guide to legal writing, law exams and self assessment, 3rd edn, Federation Press, Annandale, New South Wales.
Hutchinson, T 2017, Researching and writing in law, 4th edn, LawBook Co, Pyrmont, New South Wales.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 60.00
Directed Study 20.00
Private Study 80.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
DISSERTATION 100 100 18 Oct 2019

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no lectures or tutorials associated with this course. Students should make every effort to communicate effectively with their supervisor either in person, by phone, or by e-mail.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks on the dissertation assessment.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course. Students are advised to familiarise themselves with the role this course plays in the calculation of Honours in this program, as set out in the handbook information for the Bachelor of Laws (Honours).

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in assignments:
    Students studying this course must use the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC) style. For AGLC style guide enquiries, consult the AGLC manual from the USQ Library's referencing guide at, or contact the Law librarian.