LAWS11030 - Foundations of Business Law

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will introduce you to the legal system and business law in Australia. On completion of this unit you will gain knowledge of the fundamentals of business law and develop your ability to analyse legal issues in a business context and apply your legal knowledge for informed business decisions. The unit is designed to develop your critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills expected of graduates. Topics include the Australian legal system, contract law, consumer law, tort law and business structures.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

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).

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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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 40%
2. Online Test 60%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 35.96% response rate.

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.

Source: Student feedback.
Students commended the recorded master classes and accompanying resources each week.
Unit Coordinator to increase additional resources to support recordings to assist students who wish to attain higher levels of critical analysis in the assessment items and to add further contemporary law in action items.
Action Taken
This was done.
Source: Student feedback.
The assignment and take home advice video sessions were commended.
Unit Coordinator to improve these practices with the assessment items by way of additional relevant resources such as the provision of an appropriate website of a federal regulator and legal guidelines for businesses.
Action Taken
The Moodle site and Study Guides now include links to official websites and the assignment has been designed to focus on one of those websites.
Source: Self reflection, consultation among unit coordinators and feedback from management.
Review of the outcome of previous enhancements has led to the conclusion that there are now too many links on the Moodle site.
Reduce the number of web links on the Moodle site.
Action Taken
Source: Student feedback, self reflection and review by management.
Students require more support for the assignment.
The unit coordinator should provide more discussion of the assignment requirements in class and in supporting materials.
Action Taken
Source: Student feedback
Students who wanted regular quizzes to keep up with the content of the unit were not aware that quizzes existed (as Review Questions) in the Study Guides.
The Unit Coordinator should explain in the introductory lesson the various materials available, especially what is in the Study Guides, so that students can make use of the full range of materials and resources.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the Australian legal system including the formal structures, its historical evolution from reception of British Law to Federation, the role of the doctrine of precedent and statutory interpretation
  2. Explain and apply basic principles of contract, consumer and tort law in a business context
  3. Identify and explain different business structures and liability to business owners and other stakeholders
  4. Communicate business advice/solutions and business risk management in legal issues commonly encountered within business situations, with justification from case law and legislation.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Online Test
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10