Identify a legal research question that is of special interest to you. Write a 3,000 word research proposal that is intelligible to an educated lay reader, clearly explaining the nature of your research question, its significance, and your planned researc
Word limit. The word limit is 3,000 WORDS, which includes all footnotes but excludes the
bibliography. Your word tally must be written on the front of your answer and will be crosschecked
against the tally generated by iLEARN. A penalty of 10% (4/40) will be imposed for failure
to provide an accurate word tally at the front of your assignment.
6. Excess words. There is a double cost of exceeding the word limit. Words in excess of the
maximum will not be read and, in addition, any paper that exceeds the limit by more than 10%
(ie 300 words) will be penalised by the deduction of 10% of the mark value of the assignment
(ie 4 marks).
7. Formatting. Your answer should be typed, using 1.5 line spacing, with page margins of 3cm on
all sides, in 12-point font. Footnotes should be in 10-point font.
8. Referencing. All cited materials must conform to the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (3rd ed,
9. Bibliography. You must include a bibliography listing all cited material and any other important
material to which you have referred in the course of your research. The bibliography is not
included in your word count.
10. Weighting of components. Marks will be allocated to the components of the assessment as
follows: background 10%; literature review 15%; research question 5%; significance 10%;
research method 15%; research plan 10%; expected findings 5%; referencing 10%; bibliography
5%; expression/formatting/style 15%.
11. Planning. Take care to read the question carefully and answer the question asked.
12. Submission. Your answer must be submitted through the iLEARN site for this unit. Follow the
submission guide located under the “Assessment” tab on the unit site. You may make only one
submission via iLEARN, so please ensure that the document you submit is your final proofed
copy and that no further amendments are needed.
13. Originality. Answers must be the sole, original work of each student. Consequently, students are
strictly prohibited from consulting each other or any other person in relation to this assignment.
14. Plagiarism. All pieces of assessment submitted electronically will be put through an electronic
system for plagiarism checking (Turnitin) and will be retained for future plagiarism checking