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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Unit aim

Students are introduced to the Australian legal system. Students also gain an understanding of several key areas of law relating to business and commerce including tort law (negligence and misrepresentation) and business structures. Because contracts and consumer rights underpin business and commerce, students focus on the law of contract and related statutes such as the Australian Consumer Law.

Unit content

Module 1: The Australian legal system

Module 2: Harm caused by negligence or defective products

Module 3: Contract Law - formation

Module 4: Contract Law - contents and genuine consent

Module 5: Contract Law - remedies and statutory regulation

Module 6: Business organisations

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 demonstrate an understanding of the Australian legal system and its significance to business and commerce
2 explain relevant statute and common law in relation to defective products and misrepresentations in business and commerce
3 explain the key principles of contract law and the influence of consumer protection legislation
4 describe the law regarding sole traders, partnerships and companies

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the Australian legal system and its significance to business and commerce
  2. explain relevant statute and common law in relation to defective products and misrepresentations in business and commerce
  3. explain the key principles of contract law and the influence of consumer protection legislation
  4. describe the law regarding sole traders, partnerships and companies

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.

  • No prescribed texts.

  • Coleman, A et al, 2020, Law in Commerce, 7th edn, LexisNexis, Chatswood, NSW. ISBN: 9780409351811.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.