- The Provisions of the Montreal Convention 1999; The impact of carbon emissions trading on the airline industry; The provisions in international law relating to shoot down; Legal issues relating to “economy class syndrome”; EC261/2004 the Denied Boarding Regulations.
This assessment takes the form of an independent research project. In order to complete the assessment, you are asked to select a topic from those which we have discussed in class and to devise a research title which you will explore and discuss through your assessment. Examples of topics you may like to explore are:
This list is not exhaustive and you may select a title for your assessment from any of those which we have explored in class.
Your title should enable you to engage in a critical analysis and evaluation of a particular issue in Aviation Law and not simply be a description of the relevant legal provisions. Therefore, it is essential that your title focuses on an area of law where the law is incomplete, contains anomalies or is as yet lacking in clarity and requires reform. Perhaps a particular area is covered by international law and while the law itself is clear, implementation of the law is subject to political will.
In order to support you with your preparation of the assessment all proposed topics for study with proposed title should be submitted to the Unit Co-ordinator for approval and comment. This will require you to have carried out a reasonable amount of research prior to this point to ensure that your title is well thought out and will meet the required standards of a level 6 assessment.
Students must ensure that their submission demonstrates research from a wide variety of sources and must demonstrate a critical awareness of the subject matter. For further guidance, please see the below UIF extracts.
WORD COUNT 3000 WORDS EXCLUDING BIBLIOGRAPHY AND FOOTNOTES
policy allows you to exceed the word count by a maximum of 10%. There is no
penalty for insufficient words; however, assessments substantially under the
word limit are unlikely to have engaged in sufficient consideration of the
issues and as such are unlikely to achieve a high mark.
- The word-limit is 3,000 words [footnotes and bibliography are excluded]
- You are required to produce a 3000 word-processed report addressing an aviation law topic of your choice, subject to tutor approval.
- You must reference your work using footnotes where appropriate and provide a full bibliography. Direct quotations should be kept to a minimum. The word limit above excludes footnotes and bibliography.
- All parts of this assessment carry equal weight.
- Referencing must be OSCOLA compliant and you are referred to the 4th OSCOLA guide to Referencing 2012 for guidance, which is available at: http://www.law.ox.ac.uk/published/OSCOLA_4th_edn_Hart_2012.pdf
- If you do not reference your work properly, for example, you simply ‘cut and paste’ work from unattributed internet sources, you copy work from a fellow student or you do not include an adequate bibliography, you are guilty of plagiarism.* These are serious academic offences and attract serious academic and professional consequences.
* NOTE: The above examples are not exhaustive but are merely indicative of some of the actions that can amount to plagiarism.
- You must submit your work via BREO within the assignment deadline.
- Only one electronic submission is permitted.
- Late assignments will not be accepted and BREO will not allow you to submit after the deadline.
- You must retain at least one copy of the assignment – electronic or hard – for your own records.
- This coursework will for 100% of your overall mark for this unit.
- The deadline for submission is 11.1.19, no later than 10:00am.
- The BREO submission portal closes at 10:00am and no submissions are allowed beyond this point.
- Failure to submit work on time will result in a 0/G grade.
- Lecturers cannot accept email submission of assessments or provide extensions for your assessment. If you encounter problems with the online submission system, you should immediately contact ICT and the Mitigation Team to notify them of the issue.
- Please use your STUDENT NUMBER as the title of your file and save it as a Word or pdf document. Make sure you close your document before uploading it.
- If you are unsure how to submit your work correctly, please check the EMA short guide available in the Assessment and Feedback Tab on BREO.
- The teaching team operates a zero-tolerance policy with regard to plagiarism and other academic misconduct. All coursework is checked for originality through Turnitin. The teaching team reserves the right to call all students for a viva voce examination on their work where doubts arise as to compliance with the University’s regulations on academic integrity.
In order to pass the assessment, you will need to:
- Locate and analyse legal and factual information, apply this to a legal problem, and critically analyse a defined topic to identify ambiguities and contradictions within the legal rules, with a view to reach an independent conclusion and produce written work which is presented in a professional manner including a clear structure, with a structured argument which is referenced in the correct manner.
Guidance on preparing your coursework:
When writing your coursework, you should keep in mind that the examiners will assess it on the basis of the following criteria:
- Content: This will consider how well you construct an argument. Remember that a coursework assignment should have an introduction, a middle and a conclusion. Create a context for your work and focus on telling a story. Re-read your work to make sure it flows, and try to link your points to create a strong narrative. An outline plan of the points you are going to make, drafted before you start writing, can help with this.
Remember that the assessment is testing your ability to convey your understanding of a complex legal issue, therefore you should attempt as far as possible to explain the issues in your own words. Essays compiled from a series of quotes taken from a range of textbooks will not receive high marks. Quotes can be useful, but use them sparingly for maximum impact.
- Research/ referencing this will principally be reflected in your bibliography, but a long list of texts will not be sufficient. The main way in which the breadth of your research will be demonstrated will be in the depth of your discussions. Use your research as a tool to build up an in-depth understanding of the topic which is under consideration. Don’t forget the importance of referencing your work correctly. Marks will be lost for failure to adequately reference your work and MAY lead to accusations of academic misconduct. If in doubt, ask your Unit Co-ordinator.
- Analysis/Application In an essay question this heading crosses over with content, but you must think about how you are using the knowledge you have acquired to answer the question posed. This heading will also include consideration of the quality of your analysis of the legal issues and the strength of the arguments/ points you are making. Try to direct your discussions towards the question asked instead of engaging in a general discussion of the law.
- Presentation Do not underestimate the importance of presentation. This includes spelling and grammar. Of equal importance is the correct use of abbreviations, presentation of case names and statutes and use of fonts. Law is about precision and detail, so a lack of care over presentation of your work does not allow you to demonstrate your skills.
≥ 70% Detailed and accurate identification of the legal issues and application of the law to the facts, evidence of reading cases and academic commentary where relevant; excellent analysis and fully reasoned discussion of the law and legal issues such as the coherence of the law and any proposed legal reform; excellent written and presentational style including appropriate referencing.
60 – 69% Detailed and accurate identification of the legal issues and application of the law to the facts, evidence of reading cases and academic commentary where relevant; reasoned analysis and discussion of the law and legal issues such as the coherence of the law and any proposed legal reform; good written and presentational style including appropriate referencing.
50 – 59% Identification of most legal issues; accurate application of the law to the facts, evidence of reading cases, good written and presentational style; adequate referencing. Limitations at this level may result from limited analysis or discussion of legal issues such as the coherence of the law and any proposed legal reform; lack (or limited evidence) of engagement with relevant academic commentary.
40 – 49% Basic identification of most legal issues; generally accurate application of the law to the facts, although some issues may be omitted; limitations at this level may be a lack of analysis or discussion of legal issues such as the coherence of the law and any proposed legal reform; no evidence of reading relevant academic commentary; weak written and presentational style; poor referencing.
≤ 39% Incorrect identification of legal issues; failure to apply law to the facts or incorrect application of the law to the facts; lack of analysis or discussion of the relevant law or legal issues such as the coherence of the law and any proposed legal reform; no evidence of reading relevant academic commentary; poor written and presentational style; poor referencing.
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