LAWS19031 - Commercial Law

General Information

Unit Synopsis

A study of commercial law including an examination of the different types of property and ownership. There is a study of the contract of sale and other consumer transactions with particular reference to relevant legislation. Other topics covered include agency, bailment, cheques, insurance, securities, and bankruptcy. STUDENTS WHO HAVE PREVIOUSLY COMPLETED LAWS11054 COMMERCIAL LAW CANNOT ENROLL IN THIS UNIT.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: LAWS 11030

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

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 - 2019 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 10% 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 surveys
One student raised a concern about the limited number of feedback comments and the lack of comments on how to improve. Another student wanted more engaging recorded A/V material.
Feedback throughout the assignment should be provided, and feedback should outline what the student did right as well as how they could improve their answer. More A/V materials should be developed.
Action Taken
The level of feedback on written assessment was increased. Additional and improved AV resources were developed and introduced. These improvements shall continue.
Source: Current Unit Coordinator reflection
The current content and structure of the unit shall be revised and improved for Term 1 2020. Certain module topics are too broad and span a number of weeks. Existing content will be streamlined and other relevant areas can be appropriately incorporated. These improvements will align closely with the set text, Moodle resources and unit profile.
Unit Coordinator to revise and improve the structure and content of the unit. Unit Coordinator to add weekly video sessions and master classes to streamline and improve the unit's content. Unit Coordinator to add reports of current legal events to Moodle as related weekly activities.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the commercial law concepts in the topics covered
  2. locate, understand and interpret relevant provisions of the legislation considered in the unit
  3. identify the obligations, rights and remedies available to parties in commercial transactions
  4. make an informed decision as to the likely outcome of a commercial fact situation based on appropriate information.

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
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