I did Commercial and Estate Practice (75403) this Spring 2010 semester.
- Credit Points: 6
- UTS Handbook: Description
Learning Structure: 5/5
1 hour lecture and 2 hour tutorial per week.
I attended the lectures and got something out of them, but most people find that going to or listening to the lectures is not particularly necessary. There is a guest lecture halfway through the semester on Industrial Relations – this seems really out of place in the subject, and really you don’t need to focus on it much (I don’t think it was even in the exam at all).
Going to the tutorials is really helpful, especially if you are in Jenny’s class. She pretty much guides you through what Practice File and Will and Probate – and does so very efficiently so that you often finish before the 2 hours is up. This is great, because she just lets you either leave or stay behind and catch up on some Practice File work.
The 1 lecturer is Jenny Eggleton. She is a good lecturer and her lecture notes (lengthy Word doc files) for each lecture are great! They have a lot of detail and flesh out everything in the lecture slides. She does answer questions on the Discussion Board, but I find that she tends to just point you in the direction to look, rather than just telling you the answer (which is fair enough).
There’s several tutors and I had Jenny. Jenny is really approachable and helpful for your Practice File and Will and Probate assignment. She goes through each step exactly as in the Week-to-Week guide and often finished before the 2 hour tutorial is up. She then gives you the choice of either leaving or staying behind to work on Practice File. Even though the class finishes early, she stays the full 2 hours, so she is available in case you want to ask her a question.
Amount of Readings: 3/5
- Jenny’s lecture notes
- College of Law Papers
Jenny’s lecture notes are very comprehensive so essentially, I think all you need to do is listen to her lectures and read her lecture notes. I did the additional thing of reading the COL papers.
Reading Jenny’s lecture notes and the COL papers can take a long time. The COL papers can be REALLY long and unnecessarily detailed. The approach I took was to skim read/underline the COL papers and then use it to flesh out my lecture notes (made from listening to the lectures and reading her lecture notes). In particular, the COL papers on wills, probate, administration etc were REALLY draining to go through.
- Practice File (35%): as with Property Transactions, not a difficult assignment to do, especially with Jenny’s week-by-week guidance and feedback.
- Will and Probate (15%): this is an easy assignment. I was in Jenny’s class and she pretty much goes through exactly what you need to write/put in your Will in the tutorial class. Also, the markers give quarter marks (!) so even if you have an error or two, it won’t cost you too much.
- Exam (50%): as with Property Transactions, this is where I lost the most marks (compared to the other assessments). It’s a combination of multiple choice and a bunch of short answer questions. I found this exam harder than Property Transactions.
Cons of this Subject:
- Managing reading the COL papers – especially the Wills half of the semester.