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Curtin Business School

School of Business Law and Taxation


11011 Business Law 100
Charles Telfair Inst Mauritius
23 Jul 2013
School of Business Law and Taxation, Curtin Business School
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CRICOS Provider Code
WA 00301J, NSW 02637B
Name:
Christina Do
Phone:
+618 9266 7733
Email:
Christina.Do@cbs.curtin.edu.au
Building:
407
Room:
324
Name:
Christina Do
Phone:
+618 9266 7733
Email:
Christina.Do@cbs.curtin.edu.au
Building:
407
Room:
324
Consultation
times:
Wednesday, 10AM to 12PM and
Thursday, 2PM to 4PM
Unit Outline
11011 Business Law 100
Semester 2, 2013
Unit study package number:
11011
Mode of study:
Internal
Tuition pattern summary:
Seminar: 1 x 3 Hours Weekly
This unit does not have a fieldwork component.
Credit Value:
25.0
Pre-requisite units:
Nil
Co-requisite units:
Nil
Anti-requisite units:
Nil
Result type:
Grade/Mark
Approved incidental fees:
Information about approved incidental fees can be obtained from our website. Visit f
for details. ees.curtin.edu.au/incidental_fees.cfm
Unit coordinator:
Teaching Staff:
Administrative contact:
Curtin Business School
School of Business Law and Taxation
11011 Business Law 100
Charles Telfair Inst Mauritius
23 Jul 2013
School of Business Law and Taxation, Curtin Business School
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CRICOS Provider Code
WA 00301J, NSW 02637B
Acknowledgement of Country
We respectfully acknowledge the Indigenous Elders, custodians, their descendants and kin of this land past and present.
Syllabus
An introduction to law with a business focus. Students examine the nature and sources of law in Australia. Key aspects of
civil law as they relate to business are explored with a particular emphasis on contract law.
Introduction
Welcome to Business Law 100.
Please read this unit outline carefully as it contains important information.
This unit aims to provide students with an introduction to the legal system and an understanding of how law is relevant in
business. In fact, no business transaction can occur without contemplation of the applicable law. The focus of the unit will
be on a number of specific areas of the law that arise for consideration in most commercial transactions, whether in
Australia or internationally. This unit also teaches students how to construct a coherent and logical legal argument when
analysing and solving case studies.
Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit students can:
Graduate Attributes
addressed
1 Interpret and apply the basic legal rules and principles arising in the Australian legal system

2 Demonstrate an understanding of the principal concepts and sources of law in Australia to
identify and analyse legal issues

3 Construct a coherent and logical legal argument using the four step process approach

4 Apply relevant legal concepts and principles to analyse and solve case studies

Curtin's Graduate Attributes
Apply discipline knowledge
Thinking skills
(use analytical skills to solve problems)
Information skills
(confidence to investigate new ideas)
Communication skills Technology skills
Learning how to learn
(apply principles learnt to new situations)
(confidence to tackle unfamiliar problems)
International perspective
(value the perspectives of others)
Cultural understanding
(value the perspectives of others)
Professional Skills
(work independently and as a team)
(plan own work)
Find out more about Curtin's Graduate attributes at the Office of Teaching & Learning website: ctl.curtin.edu.au
Learning Activities
The tuition pattern is a three hour weekly seminar, supported by specified reading and an E-tutorial (computer-based
tutorial).
The seminar will becomprised of a two hour interactive lecture and a one hour revision quiz. A portion of the interactive
lecture is devoted to a case study on that weeks seminar topic, where students will be required to work through the case
study in the class, with assistance from the lecturer. This structure gives students the opportunity to learn how to apply
relevant legal concepts and principles to analyse and solve case studies and receive feedback from the lecturer
instantaneously.
The E-tutorial assigned for that week can be completed in the students own time at their convenience.
Curtin Business School
School of Business Law and Taxation
11011 Business Law 100
Charles Telfair Inst Mauritius
23 Jul 2013
School of Business Law and Taxation, Curtin Business School
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CRICOS Provider Code
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Learning Resources
Essential texts
The required textbook(s) for this unit are:
Lambiris, Michael, and Laura Griffin. 2013. . Sydney: CCH. First Principles of Business Law
Students can purchase second hand copies of the previous edition of the text book. However, students cannot
purchase the licence to download and install the E-tutorials second hand as it is a single use licence. Students can
purchase the E-tutoriallicence online through the following website: www.alcware.com.
Students should be aware that there have been significant changes to the First Principles of Business Law 2013
edition.
Other resources
Latimer, Paul. 2013. . 32 ed. Sydney: CCH. Australian Buisness Law
nd
Pentony, Brendan, Stephan Graw, David Parker and Keturah Whitford. 2013. . 6 Understanding Business Law
th
ed. Australia: LexisNexis.
Assessment
Assessment schedule
Task Value % Date Due
Unit Learning
Outcome(s)
Assessed
1
Assignment One 20 percent Week: 4
Day: Monday, 26
August 2013
Time: 12PM
1,2
2
Assignment Two 30 percent Week: 10
Day: Monday, 7
October 2013
Time: 12PM
1,2,3
3
Final Examination 50 percent Week: 16 or 17
Day: TBC
Time: TBC
2,3,4
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School of Business Law and Taxation
11011 Business Law 100
Charles Telfair Inst Mauritius
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Detailed information on assessment tasks
Assignment One: Media ReportAnalysis (20 marks)
Students are required to select a media report from the three reports provided on Blackboard under the
assessment folder. Students are required to identify and analyse the legal issues arising in their chosen report
through answering a series of questions.
Students need to apply a similar approach to thatused in the Topic 1 case study, The Coffee Shop, to their
chosen media report. Therefore, student will need to use their issue identifying skills to assess and analyse the
legal issues that arise in their chosen article.
Word Limit
The assignment should be a minimum of 500 words and not exceed 2000 words. Please provide a word count on
your cover sheet. A penalty of 10% will be imposed for every 100 words that exceeds the word limit. The
assignment will not be assessed if it exceeds 3000 words and will result in a ZERO mark.
Assignment One must be submitted by 12PM on the Monday of the week due, i.e. Monday, 26 August
2013.
Students' grades and feedback will beavailable on My Grades on Blackboard.

Assignment Two: Case study (30 marks)


Students will be provided a case study andbe required to address two legal questions using the four step process.
The assignment will require students to applysolve the legal issues arising in the case study by explaining and
applying their knowledge of the legal principles and rules arising in Australian legal system.
Please notethat the information contained in the course materials (the text book, E-tutorials and seminar
materials) are sufficient when completing your assignment. It is not necessary to research beyond these materials
for the purpose of completing the assignment.
Word Limit
The assignment should be a minimum of 500 words and not exceed 2500 words. Please provide a word count on
your cover sheet. A penalty of 10% will be imposed for every 100 words that exceed the word limit. The
assignment will not be assessed if it exceeds 3500 words and will result in a ZERO mark.
Assignment Two must be submitted by 12PM on the Monday of the week due, i.e. Monday, 7 October 2013.
Students' grades and feedback will be available on My Grades on Blackboard

Final examination (50 marks)


The final examination is a closed book three hour examination. The examination builds on students critical
thinking skills and discipline specific knowledge learnt in the seminar lecturers and case studies and E-tutorials.
Students are required to apply relevant legal concepts and principles to analyse and solve case studies. The final
examination is comprised of three parts.
Part A: Four step process question (15 marks)
Part B: Applied case study (20 marks)
Part C: Short answer questions (15 marks)
Students will be provided with further guidance for their preparation for the final examination throughout the
semester and during the revision week. In particular students will be advised of the specific topics each question
draws upon prior to the final examination.
Fair assessment through moderation
Moderation describes a quality assurance process to ensure that assessments are appropriate to the learning outcomes,
and that student work is evaluated consistently by assessors. Minimum standards for the moderation of assessment are
described in the Assessment Manual, available from policies.curtin.edu.au/policies/teachingandlearning.cfm
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School of Business Law and Taxation
11011 Business Law 100
Charles Telfair Inst Mauritius
23 Jul 2013
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Late assessment policy
This ensures that the requirements for submission of assignments and other work to be assessed are fair, transparent,
equitable, and that penalties are consistently applied.
All assessments which students are required to submit will have a due date and time specified on the Unit Outline.
Accepting late submission of assignments or other work will be determined by the unit coordinator or Head of
School and will be specified on the Unit Outline.
If late submission of assignments or other work is not accepted, students will receive a penalty of 100% after the
due date and time ie a zero mark for the late assessment.
If late submission of assignments or other work is accepted, students will be penalised by ten percent per calendar
day for a late assessment submission (eg a mark equivalent to 10% of the total allocated for the assessment will
be deducted from the marked value for every day that the assessment is late). This means that an assignment
worth 20 will have two marks deducted per calendar day late. Hence if it was handed in three calendar days late
and marked as 12/20, the student would receive 6/20. An assessment more than seven calendar days overdue
. Work submitted after this time (due date plus seven days) may result in a Fail - Incomplete will not be marked
(F-IN) grade being awarded for the unit.
Assessment extension
A student must apply for an assessment extension on , as prescribed by the Academic the Assessment Extension Form
Registrar. The form is available on the Forms page at . The student will be http://students.curtin.edu.au/administration
expected to lodge the form and supporting documentation with the unit coordinator before the assessment date/time or
due date/time. An application may be accepted up to five working days after the date or due date of the assessment task
where the student is able to provide an acceptable explanation as to why he or she was not able to submit the application
prior to the assessment date. An application for an assessment extension will not be accepted after the date of the Board
of Examiners' meeting.
Additional assessment information
Students should understand that compliance with instructions in relation to an assessment task is critical. In business it is
essential you act on instructions given by clients. Students MUST be aware that non-compliance with assessment
instructions can result in a ZERO mark.
Pass requirements
The marks are cumulative, so students do not need to pass each assessment task, but must achieve a total of 50 or more
to pass this unit. Detailed information on each assessment item is available on Blackboard in the 'Assessment' folder.
Referencing style
The referencing style for this unit is Chicago.
More information can be found on this style from the Library web site: . library.curtin.edu.au
Plagiarism
Plagiarism occurs when work or property of another person is presented as one's own, without appropriate
acknowledgement or referencing. Plagiarism is a serious offence. For more information refer to
. academicintegrity.curtin.edu.au
Plagiarism monitoring
Work submitted may be subjected to a plagiarism detection process, which may include the use of systems such as
'Turnitin'. For further information, see . academicintegrity.curtin.edu.au/students/turnitin.cfm
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School of Business Law and Taxation
11011 Business Law 100
Charles Telfair Inst Mauritius
23 Jul 2013
School of Business Law and Taxation, Curtin Business School
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CRICOS Provider Code
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Additional information
Guidelines for assignment submission
Students will also be required to submit their assignment to the plagiarism detection program, Turnitin. Instructions on the
submission process will be posted to Blackboard at the beginning of semester, including the appropriate way to save your
file.

Format of assignments
Assignments cannot be handwritten and must comply with the following format requirements. Assignments which do not
conform to these requirements without prior agreement of the unit coordinator, will either be returned to the student
unmarked or will have marks deducted:
Document type: Word or pdf (pdf preferred)
Font: Arial or similar font - no smaller than 12 point in size
Pages: Numbered in top or bottom margin
Spacing: Appropriate line spacing and paragraph spacing
Margins: At least 2.5 cm top, left, right & bottom
The document must be checked for spelling and grammar before submission.

Extension of Assessment due dates


Extensions of assessment are only granted in unforeseeable extenuating circumstances. The granting of an extension or
modification of assessment in accordance with University policy requires appropriate supporting documentation.
Extenuating circumstances do NOT include holidays, family celebrations such as weddings, moving house or poor time
management. These are not valid reasons and are not accepted as grounds for an extension.
The extension period will be a maximum of seven calendar days from the due date and time. The application form for an
extension is available through your Oasis account and must be sent to the unit coordinator. Details of any extension
granted must be attached to the relevant assignment.
Please contact the unit coordinator regarding an application for extension.
It is your responsibility to check due dates.
Enrolment:
It is your responsibility to ensure that your enrolment is correct - you can check your enrolment through the eStudent
option on OASIS, where you can also print an Enrolment Advice.
Supplementary/Deferred exams:
Supplementary and deferred examinations will be held at a date to be advised. Notification to students will be made after
the Board of Examiners meeting via the Official Communications Channel (OCC) in OASIS. It is the student's
responsibility to check their OASIS account on a weekly basis for official Curtin correspondence. If your results show that
you have been awarded a supplementary or deferred exam you should immediately check your OASIS email for details.
Student Rights and Responsibilities
It is the responsibility of every student to be aware of all relevant legislation, policies and procedures relating to their
rights and responsibilities as a student. These include:
the Student Charter
the University's Guiding Ethical Principles
the University's policy and statements on plagiarism and academic integrity
copyright principles and responsibilities
the University's policies on appropriate use of software and computer facilities
Information on all these things is available through the University's "Student Rights and Responsibilities website at:
. students.curtin.edu.au/rights
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School of Business Law and Taxation
11011 Business Law 100
Charles Telfair Inst Mauritius
23 Jul 2013
School of Business Law and Taxation, Curtin Business School
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CRICOS Provider Code
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Disability
Students with a disability or medical condition (e.g. mental health condition, chronic illness, physical or sensory disability,
learning disability) are encouraged to seek advice from Disability Services . A Disability www.disability.curtin.edu.au
Advisor will work with you and liaise with staff to identify strategies to assist you to meet unit (including fieldwork
education) and course requirements, where possible. It is important to note that the staff of the university may not be able
to meet your needs if they are not informed of your individual circumstances.
Recent unit changes
We welcome feedback as one way to keep improving this unit. Students are encouraged to provide unit feedback through
, Curtin's online student feedback system (see ). Recent changes to this unit VALUate e evaluate.curtin.edu.au/info/
include:
Continual renewal of the unit materials and curriculum to ensure materials are up to date with significant changes
to the law whilst remaining commercially focused.
The revision clicker sessions and E-tutorials continue to meet students requests for more immediate feedback and
flexibility in learning.
Ongoing evaluation of the format of the tuition pattern (three hour seminar) and feedback from students indicates
the preference of the majority of students for continuation of this method of delivery, both in terms of their learning
experience and for reasons of convenience and efficiency. The ability of students to seek individual assistance is
maintained by the presence of teaching assistants in the seminar, in the consultation labs and on discussion
board.
A more interactive style of delivery of the course material has been developed by the use of a weekly case study,
revision clicker sessions and E-tutorials.
See to find out when you can this unit. evaluate.curtin.edu.au VALUate e
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School of Business Law and Taxation
11011 Business Law 100
Charles Telfair Inst Mauritius
23 Jul 2013
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Program calendar

Week Begin Date Seminar Pre-readings E-tutorial Assessment Due


Orientation 29 July
1. 5 August 1. Introduction: The
nature and function
of the law
Chapter 1 Government and law
in Australia

2. 12 August 2. Sources of law:


Legislation and Case
Law
Chapter 2 and 3 Legislation and Case
Law

3. 19 August 3. Making a contract Chapter 5 Making a contract


4. 26 August 4. Contents of a
contract: Expressed
terms
Chapter 6 The contents of a
contract
Assignment one
MONDAY, 26 August
2013 at12PM (WST)
5. 2 September Tuition Free Week
6. 9 September 5. Contents of a
contract: Exclusion
clauses and Implied
terms
Chapter 6 The contents of a
contract

7. 16 September 6. Performance and


breach of contract
Chapter 7 Performance and
breach of contract

8. 23 September 7. Remedies for


breach of contract
Chapter 8 Remedies for breach
of contract

9. 30 September Tuition Free Week


10. 7 October 8. International legal
systems
Supplementary
materials
Assignment two
MONDAY, 7 October
2013 at12PM (WST)

11. 14 October 9. Liability in tort law Chapter 13 and 14 The tort of


negligence and
Remedies in tort

12. 21 October 10. Business


organisations
Chapter 15 Business
organisations in
Australia

13. 28 October 10. Business


organisations
Chapter 15 Business
organisations in
Australia

14. 4 November Revision Case studies for


revision

15. 11 November Study Week


16. 18 November Examinations
17 25 November Examinations