Skills and Criterion Referenced Assessment: Turning LWB236 Real Property A Law into a Subject for the Real World

Burton, Kelley J. (2007) Skills and Criterion Referenced Assessment: Turning LWB236 Real Property A Law into a Subject for the Real World. Journal of South Pacific Law, 11(1), pp. 56-63.

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In 2006, the LWB236 Real Property A Law teaching team in the School of Law at the QUT is replacing a research essay assessment task with a more authentic assessment task that will better equip students for the real world. The new assessment task is a drafting exercise and memorandum of advice that will embed and assess more lawyering and generic skills. In particular, it will develop legal research skills, legal analysis skills, drafting skills, written communication skills and document management skills. It will also give the students the opportunity to develop autonomy and self-confidence.

In addition to the new assessment task, the teaching team is also implementing a new assessment regime, that is, criterion referenced assessment in accordance with the new QUT Assessment Policy. The outcome of this will be increased validity, reliability and transparency of the assessment task. The criterion referenced assessment sheet was designed to indicate the alignment between the new assessment task and the learning outcomes of LWB236 Real Property A. The design was informed by a criterion referenced assessment sheet used in a first year undergraduate core law subject, LWB143 Legal Research and Writing, and the one used in LWB237 Real Property B, to recognise that law students incrementally develop their skills as they progress through the law degree. The successful implementation of criterion referenced assessment will depend on the measures taken to ensure that there is a shared understanding of the criteria and performance standards between the markers and students.

This conference paper will discuss these plans for turning LWB236 Real Property A into a subject for the real world in 2006.

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ID Code: 10016
Item Type: Journal Article
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ISSN: 16845307
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
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Deposited On: 09 Oct 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:47

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