This first year course introduces students to the law of torts in Australia as one of the main categories in the law of civil obligations. Along with contract law, this course will provide students with a solid foundation in many of the civil law issues faced in legal practice. Tort law is constantly evolving and often raises unique and complex social and moral questions. The course will develop students’ ability to think critically about the relationship of law to social, economic and political conditions. The course commences with an overview of tort law origins, structure and theory. The course will examine the intentional violation of the legal rights of individuals, personal and real property; nuisance; liability for animals; breach of statutory duty; and vicarious liability. The course concludes with a consideration of the role and classification of damages in tort awards including modifications to personal injury awards under the Civil Liability Act 2003 (Qld). Consideration will also be given to relevant defences and remedial relief for the torts covered, limitation periods, wrongful death and survival of actions.
|Student Contribution Band||SCA Band 4|
|Fraction of Full-Time Student Load||0.125|
|Pre-requisites or Co-requisites||
Prerequisite or corequisite:- LAWS11057
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).
|Class Timetable||View Unit Timetable|
|Residential School||No Residential School|
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).
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.
|1. Online Quiz(zes)||5%|
|2. Written Assessment||5%|
|3. Written Assessment||20%|
|4. Written Assessment||5%|
|5. Written Assessment||5%|
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%).
All University policies are available on the Policy web site, however you may wish to directly view the following policies below.
This list is not an exhaustive list of all University policies. The full list of policies are available on the Policy web site .
Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 44.3% response rate.
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.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
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|8 - Ethical practice||•||•||•||•|
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