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 1 - 2019

Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Brisbane
Bundaberg
Cairns
Gladstone
Mackay
Melbourne
Online
Perth
Rockhampton
Sydney
Townsville
Term 3 - 2019 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. Examination 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 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 46.75% 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 evaluation
Feedback
Online lecturers were sometimes hard to hear.
Recommendation
Online lectures to be updated so they are more easy to hear.
Action Taken
In Term 1 2018 lectures and Moodle resources were revised.
Source: Student evaluation
Feedback
Some weeks required lots of reading while earlier weeks required little.
Recommendation
The beginning weeks of the unit are designed to give an introduction to law for business and other non-law students. More focus in earlier weeks on understanding and applying basic legal terminology.
Action Taken
The unit has been rewritten for delivery starting Term 2 2018 with a focus in the first three weeks on the early concepts of law required for the unit.
Source: Student Evaluation
Feedback
Difficulty in understanding the IRAC method in the final exam.
Recommendation
Further information to be provided on IRAC method for business and other non-law students. On-campus and Distance students should be encouraged to address problem based questions using this format. The exam advice should include information on the application of this method.
Action Taken
IRAC samples and approaches have been added to the unit. The new text assists in these key areas as well.
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
Nil.
Source: Student evaluations.
Feedback
More IRAC resources sought.
Recommendation
The unit will have added IRAC resources.
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 - Examination
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 - Examination