1 x 1-hour workshop weekly
1 x .5-hour on-line exercises weekly
1 x 1-hour on-line lecture weekly
2 x 2-hour pbls per semester
Enrolment not permitted
1 of BUSN1010, BUSN1205, BUSN1214 has been successfully completed
Assignments(s) 30%; Examinations(s) 60%; Tests(s) 10%.
Topic description
The topic is concerned with providing students with an introduction to basic aspects of Australian law relevant to business including: The Australian Legal System; Agency and Business Structures; Law of Contract; Law of Property; Law of Torts and Trade Practices (Consumer Protection and Restrictive Trade Practices.
Educational aims
The aim of this topic is to:

  • introduce, and familiarise, students with the areas of Australian law that are relevant to business
  • develop students' understanding and appreciation of the Australian system of commercial law that has been developed and enforced by the Parliaments and the Courts
  • enable students to recognise legal problems and their implications when they arise in commercial and business practice and settings; and
  • provide students with the knowledge and tools to be able to seek legal advice or to make appropriate referrals to legal professionals, when and where required

Expected learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of this topic students will be able to:
  1. Describe the process of law-making and the structure and hierarchy of courts in the Australian legal system
  2. Apply the principles of the law of torts, contract, trade practices, agency and property to various factual scenarios relevant to business
  3. Identify a range of legal business structures and be able to describe their defining legal characteristics
  4. Analyse a factual scenario and identify relevant legal issues
  5. Recognise some of the legal implications relevant to the provision of financial, accounting or other professional advice
  6. Evaluate a factual situation and determine when and where professional legal advice is prudent or desirable
  7. Conduct preliminary research and seek professional advice in relation to legal problems
  8. Communicate legal principles in clear written and oral forms
  9. Apply appropriate referencing and citation practice.