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How did you feel when you were doing your assignment?

When I was doing my Commercial Law assignment, I felt at ease as I felt that I knew what I was doing and I thought that I was going to get a good mark

How did you feel about the assignment after you had handed it in?

The final paper that I handed in, I was very pleased with, as I was happy with everything I had done, I thought I had done a very good job.

How did you feel when you had handed in your assignment?

When I finally handed my assignment in, I felt relieved as it was another assignment out of the way and I could focus on the other assignments that I had to do.

How did you feel when you got your assignment mark?

When I got my result I was very happy as to me it was a good result for what I had done and it showed that I'd did my job very well.

How effective do you think your approach to the assignment was?

I felt that with my assignment, my approach was fairly effective as it gave me a good structure and I used many cases and I ended up with a fairly good result. The way which I believe I could of improved it was by doing more as it would of helped me with more cases and more acts and laws which were more relevant than the ones which I had used.

What have you learnt from completing the Commercial Law assignment?

When I completed my assignment it gave me a knowledge on how to write law assignments much better than I had before and also how to write university assignments in a more grammatical manner. It gave me a knowledge of Commercial Law in the Acts and the cases which I had to do for the assignment as does it taught me exactly what occurs when those cases are used and what has to happen for that law to be relevant to a certain case.

What have you come to understand about university study from Semester 1 to Semester 2 of your first year?

Once you learn second semester, you know how university works, you know what you have to do when you go to lectures, you know what you have to do when you go to tutorials. You know more how to write the assignments and what to do in exams and it helps you a lot as it gives you knowledge and it helps you to write the assignments better and you are not so stressed as most people are in first semester. You learn how to deal with how the university works in second semester by the experience you had in first semester, and also the university does help by, with the university union and the information they give you on how to write the assignments and things and what to do in exams and any help they can give you and things like that. Students that are stressed in first semester, they cope with it by just getting their work done and getting it over and done with and then they can relax after that. Others just can't really handle the stress and they just get their work done but they don't always get the best results but most students just get their work done and they just try and ignore the stress and then just get everything over and done with in first semester.

How did you go about completing your Commercial Law assignment?

The lecturers and tutors gave a lot of assistance to the students in the classes as, if you ever wanted any help you just have to go up and ask them a question and they told you and they are your structure for the assignment, they told you what cases could be relevant and it helped a lot when you had to write the assignment.

What assistance did you get in completing your assignment?

When I first worked the assignment I started by doing a lot of research with the text book that we got given in the class as well as going to the library and hiring some of the textbooks and one's which were based entirely on the act and then I continued them up by taking notes down and doing a rough draft, rough plan and draft of my assignment and then after I had done a final draft I did my final presentation.....

How did your friends help in completing your assignment?

My friends, when I was doing an assignment were very helpful as you ask each other questions and you gave each other ideas for what cases might be, needed to be used or what parts of the laws were relevant to the assignment. We also gave each other support when you were doing the assignment and it helped a lot. Regarding when I was, when we were working with friends by, giving each other ideas but not giving our entire idea so that we didn't, our assignments didn't look that entirely similar, they just had some ideas which were vaguely similar and that's all.

How did you go about interpreting the task?

When I was interpreting the topics and actually finding out how to do the assignment, the best way that I went about it was by listening to the tutor and the lecturer, in the lectures and tutorials and asking many questions of the lecturer and tutor and also reading the text book helped a lot as it gave a very good basis for the knowledge that you had to know for the assignment.

How did you research for your assignment?

The research I did for an assignment was mainly in the library where I hired multiple books on the acts that we were using as well as other legal studies and Commercial Law books, as well as the text book that we were given for the class and I just read through those relevant areas and took notes on all the areas I needed to and use that in my assignment.

How did you cope with the reading for your assignment?

Legal textbooks are not very difficult to understand as they are written in a more layman's manner than the acts are. The acts are very difficult to understand as they are written in a legal manner and that is very hard to understand and follow. I helped myself in understanding the acts by going to the tutor in the lectures and asking bits of the acts, which I did not understand and they helped a lot in that area.

How did you find out what your lecturer expected in your assignment?

You worked out exactly what the lecturer and tutor wanted by going to the lecturing tutor and asking questions and looking at past assignments and doing your down research. It gave you a basis on what you had to do.

How did you know how to structure your assignment?

In the writing of an assignment the structure was given to us by the lecturer and the tutor and they showed us exactly how they wanted us to write the assignment, in what order we needed to do it and also they offered us cases which could be relevant to the assignment.

How did you know how to develop legal arguments?

They give you clues on developing a legal argument by telling you the way to start off the argument and the central point to the argument and then how to conclude it and that helped us a lot in putting our augments down on paper. Despite having to look at the assignments in one party's perspective you also have to look at the other party's perspective to get ideas on how they would defend against her case and also the methods that they would use to stop her from suing their company. They also helped you give ideas for what she could do to win her case.

How did you know how to incorporate cases in your assignment?

Our lecturers and tutors told us that cases were very important in the assignment as it could make our grades go from a credit to a distinction in that it showed that you had used a textbook and you had knowledge of other cases. We knew how to use it because the lecturer and tutor taught us when, when you give an example of a situation you should always use the case that you got the example from and that told us when we should use cases as examples.

What does it mean to be analytical and have your own point of view?

At university they always ask you to be analytical in your assignments. In Commercial Law this means that you have to analyse the case that they have given you and put it in your own perspective of what cases are relevant and what examples are relevant and how you should actually write the assignment. In Commercial Law, your own point of view in the assignments is writing the assignment and using cases that you have decided that need to be used and using a structure that, even though it is based on what the lecturers and tutors said, that you think will make the assignment sound and look the best.

How did you apply the law to the problem in your assignment?

The situation that we had to deal with in the assignment was bought together with the laws by you do a lot of reading and then you've read your case and anything that just clicks, is it should go together, that's when you know that the law and the case go together, and that's when you have to write as an example and put the cases that are relevant and also examples of acts and things like that.

Do you have to develop a legal argument for only one side of the case in Commercial Law assignments?

In Commercial Law you never have to have one point of view as in Law there's a number of points of view and you have to choose one that you think is the best that you can also say this could occur as well as another case could occur or this can as well but you should choose which one you think is best. The way to get a balance of which point of view is the best is by reading a text book and going over the notes that you have done and choosing which one you think would be the best chance of an....

How did Year 12 Legal Studies help you with your Commercial Law assignment in your university studies?

Legal Studies in Year 12 was very helpful to Commercial Law as it gave me a basis for Commercial Law and it just gave me a general knowledge to help me in Commercial Law in the first year of Uni. In Legal Studies in Year 12, they do Criminal Law and Commercial Law throughout the entire year and the Commercial Law knowledge which is a lot more basic than the one in Commercial law, it helped me a lot to learn the Commercial Law subject a lot easier when I started it.

In what ways is Year 12 Legal Studies different from Commercial Law at university?

Year 12 Legal Studies assignments and Commercial Law assignments varied very much as legal studies assignments were all Criminal assignments, while the Commercial Law assignments were just on Commercial Law aspects of the legal area.

Are Year 12 Legal Studies and Commercial Law assignments similar or different?

The assignments that I did at Uni were similar to university in that you had to answer them from your own point of view and be analytical and express yourself in a clear way with good English. The Year 12 assignments varied from the Uni assignments as in year 12 you get a criteria based system where you had to answer criteria 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 while in University you are just given a case study and you have to go and do your own research and everything yourself with some help from your lecturer and your tutor. You did not get the criteria in University as you just got given the case study, so you didn't actually know where..what....

In what ways are university assignments similar to or different from Year 12 assignments?

The assignments were similar in that they were both problem based and that you got a case study and you have to deal with that and answer it in a specific way.

What was easy and what was difficult about Year 12 and university assignments?

In the first semester the assignments were fairly difficult, as a change from year 12, as they were a lot more involved and the marking structure was a lot more harder than in year 12. They are easier in that you didn't have the pressure of a teacher over your shoulder saying this is due at this date, you must do this, you must do this now, but that is also difficult as well because then you don't pressure yourself.

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