I undertook Civil Procedure when it had just been taken over by some new teaching staff. Whilst this course had good reviews in the past (and, indeed, is a capstone course so is compulsory) Semester 1, 2015 was terribly run. I suppose it culminated when 2 of the 3 questions on the final exam were not even about the UCPR or 'in court process'. Instead, they were about pre-court mediation and how to lodge a NOAC in a personal injury claim. Considering we spent one tutorial on ADR and the procedures before initiating proceedings, this was a huge portion of the final exam to dedicate to content which isn't even in the UCPR.
5/10 tutorials were compulsory and you had to submit a one page written response. The tutorial questions were based on a scenario which evolved week by week which was good. This component was worth 10% (2% per tutorial). It seemed as if the tutors were hesitant to give the full 10% and would give students a 1/2 for no real reason other than to not award full marks. Whilst one of the tutors was a practising barrister, others had never practised in Queensland. There are differences in terminology and sections between other states.
In response to student feedback, complaints and requests for exams to be remarked, I believe the course is being restructured when it is provided in 2016.
It is unfortunate that this course was so unsuccessful in 2015 as it is really important and for those planning to undertake a career in law, extremely relevant and useful. This is a course where you will enjoy the content but hopefully we will actually be able to use the content on the final exam!
Semester 1 - 2015
Is lecture attendance necessary?
Is the textbook necessary?
Was helpful as lectures were just reading the UCPR.
Court Report - Got to Attend a Trial
Lecture Notes were largely cut and paste judgement extracts
A fairly middling course. Whilst Civ Pro is quite straightforward and procedural, it appeared that the lecturer was doing her best to confuse everyone by bogging down into too much detail. Numerous guest lecturers also led to difficulty in following the material properly (especially since many of them posted their own resources and powerpoints on BB late). Mid-Semester assessment was rather difficult, since the Claim & Statement of Claim is novel and not much guidance was given on the minutiae. Exam was straightforward, and the tutorials were helpful in summarising the information, though not much else. The 8am lecture was a deterrent for many to show up.
One of the more practical courses at UQ, and also very enjoyable. The lectures were given well, and were interesting. However, the number of lecture slides were sometimes excessive. Too many guest lecturers also muddied the waters in terms of expectations and content. The tutorials were enjoyable and well worth attending to gain a better understanding of the materials.