LAWS13015 - Principles of Commercial Law

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This elective unit builds upon knowledge acquired in LAWS11061 Contracts A and LAWS11062 Contracts B. Topics have been selected that are relevant first to the nature of specific legal relationships. These are bailments, sale of goods, business organisations and agency. Secondly topics have been selected that are relevant to the application of commercial rules. These are rules, mainly statutory, found in consumer protection, restrictive trade practices, credit law, electronic commerce and guarantees. Commercial law in legal practice essentially is about finding the correct solution to a specific legal problem. Currently and in the future this requires correct diagnosis and the primary purpose of this unit is to teach you the process of diagnosis, using the topics as common examples.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre requisites: LAWS11057, LAWS11059, LAWS11060, LAWS11061, LAWS11062, LAWS11063, LAWS11064.

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 1 - 2020 Profile
Online
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. Practical Assessment 50%
2. Practical Assessment 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 1 - 2019 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 50% 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.
Feedback
Appreciation of the diagnostic approach.
Recommendation
Continue
Action Taken
More emphasis was given to this in the recorded tutorials. An effort was made to inculcate the diagnostic approach in discussion of set Activities. This seems to have worked notwithstanding the very poor attendance at tutorials..
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Appreciation of the sharing of answers (reports) and class discussions about the assessments.
Recommendation
Continue
Action Taken
This regime was maintained and students responded well to this. Feedback during the discussions was very positive, generally along the lines, I wish we had been able to do this earlier in the degree.
Source: Student feedback and UC
Feedback
More information could be given about the nature of and criteria for the group discussions.
Recommendation
To be actioned via the Syllabus, Moodle and in tutorials.
Action Taken
Information about the nature of and criteria for the group discussions was rewritten. Student feedback indicates that this has been beneficial with ratings for Assessment Tasks and assessment Requirements increasing to 4.8 and 4.7 respectively.
Source: UC
Feedback
Should be made clear that feedback is available only in the group discussions, subject to a request by a student for an individual zoom meeting with the UC.
Recommendation
To be actioned via the Syllabus, Moodle and in tutorials.
Action Taken
Actioned but now subject to a request for additonal written feedback, referred to in Section 6.
Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
A suggestion for improvement might be releasing an answer guide for the assignment at the same time as the discussion folders with the student assignments are released, before the class discussions begin.
Recommendation
The Group Discussions require students to explore possible solutions in the course of the discussion and by reference to the thoughts of other students; in a sense learning the hard way. I prompt them to consider further enquiries and solutions. Therefore I do not agree with this recommendation and no action is needed. But see the next Item.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Feedback
Feedback
That there be a model answer or template for each of the Assessment problems.
Recommendation
I suggest that this be provided at the conclusion of all the Group Discussions (the cohort is in at least two groups). This may improve the lower rating for Assessment Feedback.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Comprehend, identify and apply the fundamental concepts of domestic commercial law
  2. Demonstrate skills in ascertaining facts
  3. Demonstrate proficient legal research skills to accurately identify issues and compose solutions in respect of commercial law problems
  4. Critically evaluate case law and legislation in constructing coherent, logical and creative answers to commercial law problems, including identifying legal relationships, obligations, rights and remedies.

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Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Practical Assessment • •
2 - Practical Assessment
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
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
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 - Practical Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment