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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 statutes, regulations and bylaws. The core learning outcomes are listed below.

After completing the program, students should be able to:

  1. 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. Communicate excellently concerning legislation and write grammatically clear English for legislative purposes;
  3. Analyze legislative instructions, seek clarification if necessary, and convert them into legislative sentences;
  4. Explain constitutional, interpretive, and other constraints on legislation and work within them when drafting;
  5. Explain the purpose of a legislative plan and prepare such a plan;
  6. Explain the common structure of legislation, and the purpose of each element;
  7. Prepare commencement provisions, definitions, interpretation provisions, purpose clauses, application provisions, delegated powers, transitional provisions, and schedules;
  8. Evaluate existing legislation and prepare amendments to change or improve it;
  9. Prepare independently a complete piece of legislation suitable for enactment.

Updated June 20 2018 by Student & Academic Services

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