This is a group assignment. Students are to group themselves to a minimum of 3and a maximum of 5 students per group. The assignment consists of 2 parts: a 2,000-word report (maximum) and an 8-10 minutes (maximum) in-class or video presentation.


Instructions: Please read and re-read carefully to avoid mistakes.


  1. Research on an Australian case on negligence from the list below (page 3).
  2. Select the party you wish to represent – i.e. Plaintiff or Defendant. There is no need to choose both
  3. Read the original text of your case and understand
  4. Group report: Write a report outlining the following:


  1. Case introduction.
  2. The facts of the
  3. The issues raised by both plaintiff and
  4. The arguments presented by both
  5. The judgment of the
  6. Critical analysis of why the court decided in favour of or against the party you chose (i.e. plaintiff or defendant). Some points to consider for your analysis:


  1. If your chosen party won the case, why was its case stronger or more compelling than the other party’s case? Why did the court agree with its arguments?
  2. If your chosen party lost the case, why was its case weaker or less compelling that the other party’s case? Why did the court disagree with its arguments?


  1. Group report must be submitted via Safe-Assign on
  2. Group presentation: Present the report in class or video recording. Your lecturer will advise which is more


  1. If in-class presentation, all members must present on the day. If video presentation, groups must show to the satisfaction of the lecturer that all group members made a reasonable contribution to the group Students not participating in the presentation will merit a mark of Zero for presentation.
  2. Non-compliance with this requirement will result in a failing mark or a fail will be recorded.
  1. Video link must be uploaded to a publicly viewable video-sharing platform (ex. Youtube, Dropbox, Google drive) and the video link uploaded on




  • You must email your lecturer your chosen case and list of group members by week 5. You must obtain approval from your lecturer of your case before starting work on it. Please note: failure to obtain lecturer approval will result in a failing mark for the entire group for the group
  • All group report submissions must be de done online and run through Safe-Assign. No hard copies are to be submitted. Only one group member needs to submit for the whole
  • Please fill in the “Rubric Group Report” sheet (available in Blackboard under “Assignments and Due dates) and attach as a cover sheet to your group report and upload on
  • Each team member also must also submit to their lecturer a “Peer Evaluation of Individual Participation in Group Assignment” sheet (available in Blackboard under “Assignments and Due dates) with their presentation/video.
  • No submission of either the group report or video presentation link on Blackboard/Safe-Assign is equivalent to non-submission, which will merit a mark of 0 (zero) for the group
  • Late submissions will be subject to Holmes Institute policy on student assessment submission and late penalties (please refer to subject outline and Student handbook).
  • All reports are expected to observe proper referencing in accordance with Holmes Institute