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LAWS11064 - Torts B

General Information

Unit Synopsis

LAWS11063 Torts B builds upon the knowledge and skills acquired by you in Torts A (LAWS11063) and covers the remainder of the topics, concepts and principles in Australian tort law. You will gain an understanding of civil wrongs as developed by the common law yet increasingly supplemented by legislation. The unit has a three-part structure. The first part examines the tort of negligence at common law and as amended by legislation Australia-wide in 2002-2003. The second part of the unit examines the tort of defamation including modifications by the Defamation Act 2005 (Qld), defences and remedies. Finally, the unit considers the protection available in tort from unfair business practices and defective goods and services, with a brief consideration of the Australian Consumer Law as a form of additional or alternative statutory protection in regards to these practices. This unit together with LAWS11063 Torts A meets the LPAB requirements for torts.

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

Prerequisite: LAWS11063

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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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

Term 2 - 2020 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. Presentation 30%
2. Portfolio 20%
3. Examination 50%

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 2 - 2019 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 43.85% 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 data, informal feedback.
Feedback
Generally positive feedback from students on unit resources and materials and teaching methods.
Recommendation
Continue with current unit resources and teaching methods.
Action Taken
Unit resources and teaching methods were continued with an emphasis on engagement and attendance at Zoom sessions. Unit resources updated as required.
Source: Informal student feedback
Feedback
Two students felt disappointed that their student colleagues did not contribute to the moodle discussion forums each week. Both students suggested implementing assessment to increase student engagement on Moodle discussion forums each week.
Recommendation
Explore new methods for increasing student engagement on Moodle discussion forums such as Unit Coordinator-led questions on weekly topics.
Action Taken
Student engagement in Zoom sessions increased. Student engagement on Moodle site encouraged through weekly suggestions of "Things you might like to do this week". Tutorial questions were added to some of the discussion forums by the unit coordinator, however this rarely yielded responses.
Source: Student evaluation data, informal feedback.
Feedback
Generally positive feedback on assessment tasks from the student cohort. Some minor resistance to group work from students.
Recommendation
Continue with current assessment regime.
Action Taken
Assessment regime (group moot presentation, individual learning diary and final exam) was retained based on the generally positive student feedback.
Source: Unit evaluations, student reflections and informal feedback.
Feedback
Generally positive feedback on the quality, content and structure of unit materials.
Recommendation
Continue with current unit materials, with any legal updates as required.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit evaluations, informal feedback and student reflections.
Feedback
Generally positive feedback on the assessment tasks. Some resistance to the requirement of group activity in the online learning space.
Recommendation
Continue with assessment tasks as approved by the Law Discipline Committee. Continue with providing detailed task sheets and dedicated assessment zoom session setting out expectations for this particular unit. Continue providing students with information and relevance of group work to professional endeavours and accreditation requirements.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit evaluations, informal feedback and student reflections.
Feedback
Generally positive feedback on Unit Coordinator's teaching methods, knowledge and manner.
Recommendation
Continue with current approach by unit coordinator which focuses on engagement and support.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit evaluations, informal feedback
Feedback
Generally positive feedback on the quality and value of Zoom sessions in this unit. Some feedback requesting any cancelled zoom sessions to be re-scheduled.
Recommendation
Continue with weekly Zoom sessions during teaching weeks. Ensure that any unexpectedly cancelled zooms are rescheduled.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand concepts, principles and doctrines relevant to negligence, defamation, unfair business practices and defective goods and services in the leading cases and statute
  2. Evaluate the effectiveness and fairness of the applicable rules, as adhered to in practice, by critical application of the tort theory surveyed in LAWS11063 Torts A
  3. Research, interpret and apply legal principles to the analysis of tort disputes to identify obligations, rights and remedies
  4. Demonstrate skills in teamwork, communication, critical legal thinking, reflection and reasoning.


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Presentation
2 - Portfolio
3 - 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 - Presentation
2 - Portfolio
3 - Examination