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Athabasca University

Learning Outcomes

The primary goal of this diploma program is to provide students with a basic preparation to assume responsibility for planning, drafting, scrutinizing and evaluating legislation of all types including bylaws, statutes, and regulations. The following core learning outcomes have been identified:

  1. Ability to explain the nature of legislative drafting in the Commonwealth tradition, the duties and responsibilities of legislative drafters, and the process of preparation of legislation
  2. Excellent communication ability, and competence to write grammatically clear English for legislative purposes
  3. Capacity to analyze legislative instructions, seek clarification if necessary, and convert them into legislative sentences
  4. Ability to explain constitutional, interpretive, and other constraints on legislation, and to work within them when drafting
  5. Ability to explain the purpose of a legislative plan and competence in preparing such a plan
  6. Ability to explain the common structure of legislation, and the purpose of each element
  7. Competence in preparing commencement provisions, definitions, interpretation provisions, purpose clauses, application provisions, delegated powers, transitional provisions, and schedules
  8. Capacity to evaluate existing legislation, and prepare amendments to change or improve it
  9. Competence to prepare independently a complete piece of legislation suitable for enactment

Updated November 06 2014 by Student & Academic Services

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