CQUniversity Unit Profile
LAWS13015 Principles of Commercial Law
Principles of Commercial Law
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General Information

Overview

This elective unit builds upon knowledge acquired in LAWS11061 Contracts A and LAWS11062 Contracts B. Topics have been selected that are relevant first to the nature of specific legal relationships. These are bailments, sale of goods, business organisations and agency. Secondly topics have been selected that are relevant to the application of commercial rules. These are rules, mainly statutory, found in consumer protection, restrictive trade practices, credit law, electronic commerce and guarantees. Commercial law in legal practice essentially is about finding the correct solution to a specific legal problem. Currently and in the future this requires correct diagnosis and the primary purpose of this unit is to teach you the process of diagnosis, using the topics as common examples.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 3
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre requisites: LAWS11057, LAWS11059, LAWS11060, LAWS11061, LAWS11062, LAWS11063, LAWS11064.

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 - 2020

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. Practical Assessment
Weighting: 50%
2. Practical Assessment
Weighting: 50%

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.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Student Feedback

Feedback

A suggestion for improvement might be releasing an answer guide for the assignment at the same time as the discussion folders with the student assignments are released, before the class discussions begin.

Recommendation

The Group Discussions require students to explore possible solutions in the course of the discussion and by reference to the thoughts of other students; in a sense learning the hard way. I prompt them to consider further enquiries and solutions. Therefore I do not agree with this recommendation and no action is needed. But see the next Item.

Feedback from Student Feedback

Feedback

That there be a model answer or template for each of the Assessment problems.

Recommendation

I suggest that this be provided at the conclusion of all the Group Discussions (the cohort is in at least two groups). This may improve the lower rating for Assessment Feedback.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Comprehend, identify and apply the fundamental concepts of domestic commercial law
  2. Demonstrate skills in ascertaining facts
  3. Demonstrate proficient legal research skills to accurately identify issues and compose solutions in respect of commercial law problems
  4. Critically evaluate case law and legislation in constructing coherent, logical and creative answers to commercial law problems, including identifying legal relationships, obligations, rights and remedies.

N/A

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
1 - Practical Assessment - 50%
2 - Practical Assessment - 50%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
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 - Practical Assessment - 50%
2 - Practical Assessment - 50%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Australian Commercial Law 32nd (2019)

Authors: Clive Turner and John Trone
Thomson Reuters
Pyrmont Pyrmont , NSW , Australia
ISBN: 9780455241395
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

Copies are available for purchase 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
Jacob Deem Unit Coordinator
j.deem@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 09 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Diagnosis of the legal relationship

Chapter

References set out in Week 1 Study Guide

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 16 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Bailment

Chapter

Clive Turner and John Trone, Australian Commercial Law, 32nd edition (Thomson Reuters, 2019) Chapter 19

Week 2 Study Guide

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 23 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Sale of Goods

Chapter

Clive Turner and John Trone, Australian Commercial Law, 32nd edition (Thomson Reuters, 2019) Chapter 15

Week 3 Study Guide

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 30 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Business Organisations

Chapter

Clive Turner and John Trone, Australian Commercial Law, 32nd edition (Thomson Reuters, 2019), Chapter 26

Week 4 Study Guide

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 06 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Agency

Chapter

Clive Turner and John Trone, Australian Commercial Law, 32nd edition (Thomson Reuters, 2019) Chapter 13

Week 5 Study Guide

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 13 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Assessment 1 Reports

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Practical Assessment 1 due 5pm Friday Vacation Week (17 April 2020)


Practical Assessment 1 - Advice to Client Due: Vacation Week Friday (17 Apr 2020) 5:00 pm AEST
Week 6 Begin Date: 20 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Assessment 1 Discussions 

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 1 Discussions

Week 7 Begin Date: 27 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Diagnosis of the application of a commercial rule

Chapter

Week 7 Study Guide

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 04 May 2020

Module/Topic

Consumer Protection

Chapter

Clive Turner and John Trone, Australian Commercial Law, 32nd edition (Thomson Reuters, 2019), Chapter 17

Week 8 Study Guide

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 11 May 2020

Module/Topic

Competition Law

Chapter

Clive Turner and John Trone, Australian Commercial Law, 32nd edition (Thomson Reuters, 2019), Chapter 18

Week 9 Study Guide

Other materials listed in the Study Guide

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 18 May 2020

Module/Topic

Credit Law and Guarantees

Chapter

Clive Turner and John Trone, Australian Commercial Law, 32nd edition (Thomson Reuters, 2019) Chapters 20 and 14

Week 10 Study Guide

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 25 May 2020

Module/Topic

E-Commerce

Assessment 2

Chapter

Week 11 Study Guide

Events and Submissions/Topic

Practical Assessment 2 due 5pm Friday Week 11 (29 May 2020)


Practical Assessment 2 - Advice to Client Due: Week 11 Friday (29 May 2020) 5:00 pm AEST
Week 12 Begin Date: 01 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Assessment 2 Discussions

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 2 Discussions

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 08 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 15 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Term Specific Information

Students should be aware of two important time commitments for the assessment for this unit.

1. The assessment tasks for this unit are designed to simulate the fast-paced reality of practising commercial law, where clients often need timely advice. Accordingly, the hypothetical scenarios for the two assessment pieces are only released one week before their respective due dates. Each week of the Term you will have the chance to hone your legal diagnostic and writing skills through workshop problems. Hence, the timeframe for this assessment should be more than adequate. However, it is critical that you ensure that you give yourself enough time to work on your reports during Vacation Week and in Week 11. Extensions can only be granted in exceptional (usually medically-related) circumstances.

2. In Weeks 6 and 12, we will have a discussion of your reports submitted in the previous week. This discussion will simulate a team meeting in a law firm, where we will consider the client's situation, the advice given, and potential next steps. It will also give you a chance to share your approach with your peers (and learn from theirs). The discussion is not compulsory, but positive and critical engagement in the discussion will be rewarded in marking your assessment. I will try to arrange a time for these discussions that will accommodate as many students as possible, but it is strongly recommended that you try to make yourself flexibly available during those weeks.

Assessment Tasks

1 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title
Practical Assessment 1 - Advice to Client

Task Description

Assessment One is designed to test your ability to diagnose legal relationships in the context of the commercial law concepts relevant to Weeks 1 to 5 (inclusive). At the end of Week 5 two problems for discussion during Assessment Week 6 will be posted. Each student will prepare a report in respect of each topic during the Vacation Week and due at the end of that Week. This timeframe is designed to simulate providing advice to a client in a timely fashion in a commercial practice setting. The maximum word count is 600 words for each report (i.e., 1200 total), excluding references. You submit both reports in one document to Moodle in PDF format.
The reports are in the form of an advice to a specified client. You do not need to repeat the facts in the problem, except as they are relevant to a particular issue. Keep the FILA method ('Facts-Issues-Law-Application) in mind but do not use FILA in a formulaic way. You may advise what further investigations should be made. Complete advice should be alert to all possibilities.
You then participate in discussions to be arranged with the class during Week 6, which will simulate a discussion of the client's situation with colleagues in a law firm.


Assessment Due Date

Vacation Week Friday (17 Apr 2020) 5:00 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 8 Monday (4 May 2020)


Weighting
50%

Assessment Criteria

1. Demonstrate a sound understanding of commercial law concepts relevant to Weeks 1 to 5 (inclusive).
2. Demonstrate an ability to identify and address the particular matters of fact and law raised in the set topics.
3. Demonstrate sound skills in ascertaining facts.
4. Demonstrate proficient legal research skills to accurately identify issues and compose solutions in respect of commercial law problems.
5. Demonstrate an ability to critically evaluate case law and legislation in constructing coherent, logical and creative answers to commercial law problems, including in identifying legal relationships, obligations, rights and remedies.
6. Apply appropriate and professional written language skills.
7. Demonstrate clear skills in legal analysis, problem solving and critical thinking.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Comprehend, identify and apply the fundamental concepts of domestic commercial law
  • Demonstrate skills in ascertaining facts
  • Demonstrate skills in ascertaining facts
  • Demonstrate proficient legal research skills to accurately identify issues and compose solutions in respect of commercial law problems
  • Critically evaluate case law and legislation in constructing coherent, logical and creative answers to commercial law problems, including identifying legal relationships, obligations, rights and remedies.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence

2 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title
Practical Assessment 2 - Advice to Client

Task Description

Assessment Two is designed to test your ability to diagnose legal relationship in the context of the commercial law concepts relevant to Weeks 7 to 10 (inclusive). At the end of Week 10 two problems for discussion during Assessment Week 12 will be posted. Each student will prepare a report in respect of each topic during Week 11 and due at the end of that Week. This timeframe is designed to simulate providing advice to a client in a timely fashion in a commercial practice setting. This timeframe is designed to simulate providing advice to a client in a timely fashion in a commercial practice setting. The maximum word count is 600 words for each report (i.e., 1200 total), excluding references. You submit both reports in one document to Moodle in PDF format.

The reports are in the form of an advice to a specified client. You do not need to repeat the facts in the problem, except as they are relevant to a particular issue. Keep the FILA method ('Facts-Issues-Law-Application) in mind but do not use FILA in a formulaic way. You may advise what further investigations should be made. Complete advice should be alert to all possibilities.
You then participate in discussions to be arranged with the class during Week 6, which will simulate a discussion of the client's situation with colleagues in a law firm.


Assessment Due Date

Week 11 Friday (29 May 2020) 5:00 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Review/Exam Week Friday (12 June 2020)


Weighting
50%

Assessment Criteria

1. Demonstrate a sound understanding of commercial law concepts relevant to Weeks 7 to 10 (inclusive).
2. Demonstrate an ability to identify and address the particular matters of fact and law raised in the set topics.
3. Demonstrate sound skills in ascertaining facts.
4. Demonstrate proficient legal research skills to accurately identify issues and compose solutions in respect of commercial law problems.
5. Demonstrate an ability to critically evaluate case law and legislation in constructing coherent, logical and creative answers to commercial law problems, including in identifying legal relationships, obligations, rights and remedies.
6. Apply appropriate and professional written language skills.
7. Demonstrate clear skills in legal analysis, problem solving and critical thinking.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Comprehend, identify and apply the fundamental concepts of domestic commercial law
  • Demonstrate proficient legal research skills to accurately identify issues and compose solutions in respect of commercial law problems
  • Critically evaluate case law and legislation in constructing coherent, logical and creative answers to commercial law problems, including identifying legal relationships, obligations, rights and remedies.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking

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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.

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