BUS108 Business Law

Unit outline

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Enrolment modes: Year 1, Semester 2
Credit point(s): 12.5
EFTSL value: 0.125
Prerequisite: Nil
Typical study commitment: Students will on average spend 10 hours per week over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.
Scheduled learning activities: 4 timetabled hours per week, 6 personal study hours per week

Unit description 

This unit is designed to introduce students to the Australian legal system and to key areas of regulation impacting on the operation of business in Australia. The unit will provide an overview of the institutions and machinery through which laws are made, applied and enforced, and the laws ethical ties to public interest. The unit will cover fundamental principles of contracts, torts (with a focus on negligence), relationships in business such as the concept of separate legal entities, the Australian Consumer Law (with a focus on supply of goods and services, misleading and unconscionable conduct) and an introduction to competition law and intellectual property. Students will be required to identify legal issues arising in commercial scenarios and to develop legal arguments for their resolution.  

Unit learning outcomes (ULO)   

On the successful completion of this units student will be able to:
ULO1 Discuss the Australian legal system and legal environment for businesses, and their interrelationship with ethics.
ULO2 Understand important concepts and terms in Australian business law, including contracts, negligence, misleading and unconscionable conduct, supply of goods and services, competition law, intellectual property law.
ULO3 Implement business legal requirements in accounting and management process.
ULO4 Apply statute law and case precedents to read and analyse hypothetical cases.
ULO5 Conduct legal research and interpret the findings by applying professional legal writing 

Topics to be included in the unit

1. The role of law in business operations and relationships
2. The Australian legal system
3. Contracts: formation
4. Contracts: terms
5. Contract: remedies
6. Torts: negligence
7. Torts: negligent misstatement
8. Misleading conduct
9. Unconscionable conduct and unfair contract terms
10. Supply of goods and services
11. Competition law
12. Intellectual property law


Assessment Description Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week 
Assessment 1: Mid-Semester Exam 30% Mid-semester exam week
Assessment 2: Individual Assignment 30% 12
Assessment 3: Final Exam 40% Final exam week

The assessment due weeks provided may change. Your lecturer will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.