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 Australian legal system, contract law, consumer law, tort law and business structures.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3
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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2020

Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Brisbane
Bundaberg
Cairns
Gladstone
Mackay
Melbourne
Online
Perth
Rockhampton
Sydney
Townsville
Term 3 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Brisbane
Melbourne
Online
Sydney
Term 3 - 2021 Profile
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).

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. Take Home Exam 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 - 2019 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.1 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 39.47% 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 evaluations.
Feedback
Quality of the zoom sessions was uneven.
Recommendation
Zoom sessions will be replaced with new recordings, video and audio. In future terms campus teachers will direct students to online resources.
Action Taken
The lecture video sessions were replaced and additional resources added to Moodle. The Unit Coordinator directed students to these resources by 'weekly welcome' emails.
Source: Student evaluations.
Feedback
More IRAC resources sought.
Recommendation
The unit will have added IRAC resources.
Action Taken
Additional IRAC resources were added to Moodle along with video sessions covering this method of addressing legal problems. Students also received live revision Zoom sessions on how to identify legal problems, rules and apply them to contemporary businesses issues.
Source: Student Evaluation
Feedback
Students commended the video lectures, tutorials, additional current legal news items and the helpfulness of the materials. They advised that such resources were high quality and valuable and that the unit's approach made the student's progress easier.
Recommendation
Unit Coordinator to maintain online resources and enhance with further contemporary business issues.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Evaluation
Feedback
A student advised that more IRAC examples would assist in legal problem solving.
Recommendation
Unit Coordinator to add further IRAC examples and contemporary Law in Action items to form the basis of problem solving discussions.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Evaluation
Feedback
A student advised that further assistance in searching for current cases for the assignment would assist.
Recommendation
Unit Coordinator will provide additional guidance to students on how to find relevant cases for the assignment. This will be covered in the synchronous assignment Zoom session and written assignment advice. On campus lecturers will be directed to cover this material in face-to-face contact hours.
Action Taken
Nil.
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 - Take Home Exam
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
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
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
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Take Home Exam