CQUniversity Unit Profile
LAWS12076 Term 1 - 2021
Law of Startups
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General Information

Overview

The Law of Startups is a simulation based unit designed to enable you to navigate through complex cross-disciplinary challenges facing startups involving multiple legal issues, business and ethical decisions. The focus is on practical evidence based decision making enabling you to resolve legal issues rather than pure analysis of legal authorities. The real world is messy and interconnected. The unit will immerse you in a legal simulation involving many of the following factors: Developing a pitch; Business structures; Business Risk; Financing; Intellectual property issues; Protecting confidential information and trade secrets; Licensing; Security law; Employment law – staffing issues; Taxation issues; Marketing and Advertising, Consumer law issues; Standard form contracts; Terms of use and privacy policies; and exit strategies.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 2
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Co-requisite: LAWS11057 Introduction to Law or LAWS11030

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2021

Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Presentation
Weighting: 40%
2. Critical Review
Weighting: 60%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Synthesise the pitch, initial planning and imagining of an organisation structure
  2. Analyse data patterns and trends to solve issues with finance and security
  3. Using design and innovation to manage success, maintain cash flow and ensure sustainable growth
  4. Assess a crisis and evaluate alternative solutions to avoid startup collapse
  5. Compare and evaluate alternative exit strategies.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Presentation - 40%
2 - Critical Review - 60%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Presentation - 40%
2 - Critical Review - 60%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Supplementary

Understanding Business Law 9 (2019)

Authors: Stephen Graw, David Parker, Keturah Whitford, Elfriede Sangkuhl, Christina Do
Lexis Nexis
ISBN: 9780409348941
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

If you prefer to study with a paper copy, they can be purchased at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code)

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Australian Guide to Legal Citation, 4th ed

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Olasupo Owoeye Unit Coordinator
o.owoeye@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 08 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Introduction to Law of Startups

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 15 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Business Structures

Chapter

Wong, Baumfield, Copp, Cunningham, Harpur, Company Law: An Interactive Approach (Wiley, 1st ed., 2017) pp 3 - 38. 

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 22 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Employment Law

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 29 Mar 2021

Module/Topic

Risk Management: Introduction to Consumer Law

Chapter

Stephen Graw et.al., Understanding Business Law (LexisNexis, 9th ed, 2019) pp 261 - 281 

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 05 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Risk Management: Introduction to Consumer Protection Law

Chapter

Stephen Graw et.al., Understanding Business Law (LexisNexis, 9th ed, 2019) pp 283 - 310.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 12 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 19 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Risk Management: Negligence

Chapter

Stephen Graw et.al., Understanding Business Law (LexisNexis, 9th ed, 2019) pp 669 - 706.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 26 Apr 2021

Module/Topic

Corporate Governance

Chapter

Stephen Graw et.al., Understanding Business Law (LexisNexis, 9th ed, 2019) pp 493 - 528.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Start-up Formation Presentation (Group Work) Due: Week 7 Friday (30 Apr 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 8 Begin Date: 03 May 2021

Module/Topic

Intellectual Property Rights - Copyright

Chapter

Stephen Graw et.al., Understanding Business Law (LexisNexis, 9th ed, 2019) pp 559 - 572.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 10 May 2021

Module/Topic

Intellectual Property Rights – Trademarks

Chapter

Stephen Graw et.al., Understanding Business Law (LexisNexis, 9th ed, 2019) pp 582 - 587.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 17 May 2021

Module/Topic

Intellectual Property Rights – Patents and Designs

Chapter

Stephen Graw et.al., Understanding Business Law (LexisNexis, 9th ed, 2019) pp 572 - 582.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 24 May 2021

Module/Topic

Start-up Funding

Chapter

Don Hofstrand, Types and Sources of Financing for Start-up Businesses (File C5-92 April 2013). 

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 31 May 2021

Module/Topic

Business Ethics

Chapter

Stephen Graw et.al., Understanding Business Law (LexisNexis, 9th ed, 2019) pp 353 - 373.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 07 Jun 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 14 Jun 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Critical Review of Startup Governance and Assets Management Due: Exam Week Monday (14 Jun 2021) 11:45 pm AEST
Assessment Tasks

1 Presentation

Assessment Title
Start-up Formation Presentation (Group Work)

Task Description

Students will be presented with a set of facts relating to the creation of a new business and they will be expected to come up with suitable business structure options with a general advice on managing risks. Students will be divided into groups of 3 to 5 in performing this task.


Assessment Due Date

Week 7 Friday (30 Apr 2021) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 9 Friday (14 May 2021) 12:00 am AEST


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

This assessment will be assessed according to the following criteria: quality of the statement of the legal issue(s) (10%), and rules/legal principles (30%); correct and thorough analysis and application of the rules and legal principles to the legal issue(s) (40%); well thought-out conclusion (10%), and quality of the language usage and observance of proper structure, format, and instructions (10%).


Referencing Style

Submission
Online Group

Submission Instructions
Assignment will be submitted online via moodle

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Synthesise the pitch, initial planning and imagining of an organisation structure
  • Analyse data patterns and trends to solve issues with finance and security
  • Using design and innovation to manage success, maintain cash flow and ensure sustainable growth
  • Assess a crisis and evaluate alternative solutions to avoid startup collapse
  • Compare and evaluate alternative exit strategies.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication

2 Critical Review

Assessment Title
Critical Review of Startup Governance and Assets Management

Task Description

This task will require students to solve a problem relating to a start-up's governance, funding and IP rights  management.


Assessment Due Date

Exam Week Monday (14 Jun 2021) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Weighting
60%

Assessment Criteria

This assessment will be assessed according to the following criteria: quality of the statement of the legal issue(s) (10%), and rules/legal principles (30%); correct and thorough analysis and application of the rules and legal principles to the legal issue(s) (40%); well thought-out conclusion (10%), and quality of the language usage and observance of proper structure, format, and instructions (10%).


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Assignment will be submitted via Moodle

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Synthesise the pitch, initial planning and imagining of an organisation structure
  • Analyse data patterns and trends to solve issues with finance and security
  • Using design and innovation to manage success, maintain cash flow and ensure sustainable growth
  • Assess a crisis and evaluate alternative solutions to avoid startup collapse
  • Compare and evaluate alternative exit strategies.


Graduate Attributes
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

What can you do to act with integrity?

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.