20 credits at level HE4
To enable students to acquire an appreciation of and implement:
1. Information technology and its uses in the legal environment;
2. Generic IT skills such as word processing, e-mail communication and powerpoint presentations in their legal studies; and
3. Knowledge and understanding of the use of electronic resources in law such as legal databases, electronic materials e.g. e-books and the internet.
This module also aims to promote the Bolton core value of Internationalisation in that it makes reference to EC directives and regulations.
1. Understanding of the Windows environment.
2. Use of University computing facilities and awareness of Codes of Practice.
3. Use of relevant software packages such as Microsoft Word/ Outlook/ Powerpoint/Excel.
4. Use of altenative software packages such as Prizi to enhance presentation skills.
5. Understanding and using virtual learning environments.
6. Using electronic resources for legal research i.e. Westlaw and Lexis Library.
7. Understand the specific value of free legal resources such as Google Scholar to augment legal research.
8. Using the internet/intranet portal points and link pages for genuine scolarly research.
This module serves to emphasise employability skills for the following means.
(1). Communication Skills (TA)
(2). Organisation and Planning (T,D,A)
(3). Problem Solving (A)
(4). Action Planning (D)
This module is designed to encourage and illustrate the learnerís ability to undertake independent research, with limited 'hands on' tutor guidance. Each workshop is driven by a vodcast lecture delivered via the University's VLE. Moreover, learners are provided with a comprehensive set of course notes at the beginning of the module that can be used as a reference guide for all skills assessed in workshops. Additional support can be sought by way of lecturer guidance through tutorial support.
Workshops will be used to provide students with guidance of the specific skill set needed in order to attain all knowledge outcomes.
All outcomes will be recorded in the studentís individual logbook comprising a hard copy of completed student assessments combined with disk backup. This will promote and test communication skills, organistion and planning, problem-solving and action planning. All assessment s must be completed in order to pass this module.
Lectures = 10 hours
Workshops = 10 hours
Tutorials hours = 20 hours
Outside of the 40 hours contact there is provision for 160 hours of independent learning.
Total learning hours = 200 hours
This module is assessed by two pieces of assessment. Each tests a different aspect of each learning outcome. You must pass both pieces of coursework in order to fully address the requirements of the learning outcomes and hence be successful in the module.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Comprehend the fundamental elements of the Windows environment and be able to navigate around it. The course should develop organisation and planning and action planning.||Demonstrate an understanding of the Windows environment and be able to confidently navigate and use it and enhance therefore the use of communication skills, and also of organisation and planning.|
|2.||Recognise what individual applications are and how they can be used.
||Be able to give examples of a number of key skills for each application.|
|3.||Comprehend, communicate and problem solve issues concerning computer navigation and use of software packages, legal databases and e-mail facilities.||Be able to give examples of wordprocessed materials, presentations, legal databases and the use of e-mail facilities in a competent manner by way of completion of a number of legally based set tasks that should also demonstrate problem-solving.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||PDP portfolio of materials demonstrating a competant understanding of all tasks prescibed in the module handbook.||2,500 words. A research methodology outlining all IT skills utilised must be included.|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
and/or be taking the following corequisite modules:
You cannot take this module if you are taking or have taken:
Cherkassky, L. (2011) Legal Skills, Palgrave Macmillan, London.
Finch, E. & Fafinski, S. (2009), Legal Skills, Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Foster, S. (2009), How to Write Better Law Essays: Tools and Techniques for Success in Exams and Assignments, Longman, London.
Holland, J. (2006), Learning Legal Rules: A Student's Guide to Legal Method and Reasoning, Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Knowles, J. (2009) Effective Legal Research, Sweet and Maxwell, London.
Long, J (2001), Legal Research Using WESTLAW, Delmar Learning, Kentucky.
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