LW7067 - Conferencing

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What will I learn on this module?

Conferencing is one of the core skills required for students on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and is delivered across the Bar Professional Training portfolio of courses at Northumbria University. This module will provide you with knowledge and understanding of the objectives of a conference, how it should be structured and the factual, legal, procedural and evidential issues that should be raised. You will understand the importance of communicating effectively with your client and responding appropriately to client concerns through your advice. You will also address the theory underpinning the application of the skills of a conference, reflecting upon your own knowledge and skills, thereby making you sensitive to issues of client care and aware of the importance of professional ethics during the process.

The content of this module involves conducting conferences in both civil and criminal situations although the primary focus of this module deals with conducting conferences in a criminal situation.

How will I learn on this module?

The module will be delivered through a combination of large and small group sessions and directed learning. You will be expected to engage in some independent learning to consolidate your learning and prepare for group sessions, including investigation of factual and legal issues and providing practical legal advice.

The large group sessions will be delivered to the entire module cohort and will be used to introduce you to the major principles of each topic. These principles will be placed in context by considering them against relevant factual scenarios. During these sessions, procedural points and skills will be explained and demonstrated in a transactional context and you will be encouraged to consider the module from a practical perspective.

The small group sessions will expand on the material covered in the large group sessions with emphasis on the use of practical scenarios as the basis for relevant skills based and interactive sessions that apply that material to a scenario. During these sessions you will develop problem-solving and other legal skills, develop teamwork and both collective and individual presentation skills and implement your knowledge in a practical way to solve legal problems.

You are given five opportunities to conduct a conference, which will be Panopto recorded. On four occasions you will be given feedback by your tutor and opportunities to reflect and review your performance in light of your tutor’s feedback. Additional feedback is also given by other students in your teaching group who peer review your conference performance and provide written feedback. This will ensure that you are making full use of the experiential learning opportunities available to you.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The University is well placed to support you in learning and research with an excellent library and teaching facilities, access to on-line legal databases and resources and appropriate software.

This module will be managed by your designated Module Tutor who will be responsible for guiding you in your engagement and learning on the module. All relevant materials and instructions will be accessible online through the module eLP site, maintained by your Module Tutor, and will give guidance on legal skills, assessment and provide self-study materials. You may communicate with your Module Tutor by email or telephone and are encouraged to make contact if you encounter any difficulties relating to any aspect of the module.

Academic support is also available through feedback directly from your tutor in small group sessions and via the eLP and from your peers. At a programme level you will be supported by the Programme Leader and your Personal Tutor who will provide pastoral support throughout the module and the programme as a whole.

The Programme Administration and Student Progress teams are responsible for the non-academic administration of the module; they will contact you throughout the duration of your module with details about the centralised assessment, and other issues.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:

• Demonstrated an understanding of the objectives of a conference and the factual, legal, procedural, and evidential issues that should be raised in a conference

• Demonstrated an understanding of the theory underpinning the application of the skills of a conference and the professional ethical rules that apply.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• Conducted a conference in a structured and efficient way, following an agenda as far as possible and cover all relevant issues in a logical sequence

• Communicated effectively with the client and advise the client appropriately

• Demonstrated the capacity to provide a professional and responsible approach to clients who place trust in the profession on the basis that the service provided will be of benefit

Personal Values Attributes:
• Displayed a professional and responsible approach to the course, staff and other students, and to observe the Code of Practice in order to prevent exploitation of clients and preserve the integrity of the profession, maintaining the public’s trust and ensuring continuance of the provision of service

• Acted in a fashion which demonstrates awareness of diversity, and is non-discriminatory

How will I be assessed?

The module has one formal oral assessment which is not marked anonymously. You will receive a realistic brief two weeks before the assessment and be required to attend to meet with your client to conduct a conference. You will also need to hand in a written conference plan which is assessed.

You will have a formal mock assessment. Both the conference and feedback is Panopto recorded and you will be able to review your performance and self-reflect on your knowledge and skills.

Four of the conferences which you conduct are watched in whole by your tutor and Panopto recorded. Feedback is immediately given by the tutor and recorded and you will be given opportunities to self-reflect on your performance and your tutor’s feedback and feed forward comments via a ‘conference feedback ‘sheet.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

This module is one of the core skills required for students on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC). The aim of this module is to provide students with knowledge of the objectives of a conference and the factual, legal, procedural, and evidential issues that should be raised in a conference. Students will also understand the theory underpinning the application of the skills of the conference, making them sensitive to issues of client care and emphasising the importance of an associated awareness of professional ethics.
The content of this module involves conducting conferences in both civil and criminal situations.

What will I learn on this module?

Conferencing is one of the core skills required for students on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and is delivered across the Bar Professional Training portfolio of courses at Northumbria University. This module will provide you with knowledge and understanding of the objectives of a conference, how it should be structured and the factual, legal, procedural and evidential issues that should be raised. You will understand the importance of communicating effectively with your client and responding appropriately to client concerns through your advice. You will also address the theory underpinning the application of the skills of a conference, reflecting upon your own knowledge and skills, thereby making you sensitive to issues of client care and aware of the importance of professional ethics during the process.

The content of this module involves conducting conferences in both civil and criminal situations although the primary focus of this module deals with conducting conferences in a criminal situation.

Course info

Credits 6

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 2 years part-time
1 other options available

Department Northumbria Law School

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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