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78/100

Learning Materials ( 82.3 )
Learning Activities ( 75.7 )
Blackboard Management ( 77.3 )
Course Content ( 77.7 )
Course Structure ( 66.7 )
Contact Availability ( 86.7 )
Course Difficulty ( 80 )

Reviews (3)

Anonymous
   
LAWS5144 – Introduction to Taxation Law 45.7

I took this in 2020 but the website doesn't allow me to submit that option. I was unfortunately quite disappointed with this course. The tutorial questions are marked based on the correctness of your answer, which is weird given that it is completed even before the relevant seminar. This was also not made clear to any students so we were all caught by surprise with those marks.

David encourages discussion and participation, which is great, but doesn't provide context to which students are on the right track or what the answers to legal issues are. I've come out of many classes with more questions than before I went in. A very large part of the tax issues I discussed for the final exam were things that I researched entirely on my own and were never discussed in the course in any way.

David also responds rudely to student emails that he did not like to receive, even when you are seeking feedback to improve your performance.

Semester taken

Semester 1 - 2017

Your program/major

law

Is lecture attendance necessary?

yes

Is the textbook necessary?

no

Positives
  • tax is good to understand
Negatives
  • difficult, unfair marking
  • not much guidance
Posted on February 1, 2021 11:03 pm
Anonymous
   
LAWS5144 – Introduction to Taxation Law 98.3

The course provided a solid foundation for taxation law. It was an excellent course because of its rigour, and analytical basis, which provided a strong and solid understanding of fundamental taxation law concepts. Much feedback was given for both the mid-semester exam, and tutorials. An optional timed practice exam also provided excellent practice for us to determine our progress in the course.

The lectures also drew on real-life examples, including political debates about taxation, without getting political. This gave a sense of how relevant and important taxation law is.

Semester taken

Semester 1 - 2016

Your program/major

LLB(Hons)/BSc

Is lecture attendance necessary?

Yes

Is the textbook necessary?

Necessary for a strong understanding

Positives
  • Important
  • Interesting
  • Rigourous
Negatives No negative points
Posted on March 16, 2017 11:55 am
Anonymous
   
LAWS5144 – Introduction to Taxation Law 90.1

David really cares about his students, and gives engaging examples to help you understand concepts (I still remember him teaching is risk aversion based on him talking about whether to wear shorts to university - some older students won't like this but I find it more engaging, rather than sitting through a dry lecture.) He is great at not just explaining legal theory but also brings a broader macroenvironmental perspective, along with a solid understanding of incentives, human psychology and other economic insights applicable to your studies.

I find his classes educational and informative, and tests and assignments fair, and I took several of his classes. If you apply yourself and work hard, you will do well.

He creates slides and/or readings as required, doesn't generally assign textbooks unless critical, and had a very down to earth, engaging teaching style.

Semester taken

Semester 1 - 2011

Your program/major

Masters Applied Law

Is lecture attendance necessary?

Yes

Is the textbook necessary?

No

Positives
  • Approachable and dedicated
  • Knowledgeable
  • Excellent teacher
Negatives
  • Little unstructured and personable for some people.
  • Expects you to work hard
Posted on January 27, 2016 7:58 pm

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