LAWS20058 - Australian Commercial Law

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will provide you with an introduction to the law of contract and commercial law as they operate within the parameters of Australia's common law based legal system. Topics include the origins of Australia's present legal system and the current legal environment in which contract and commercial law operate to regulate commercial transacting between firms as well as individuals using concepts, doctrines, principles, legislation and case law. It explains the key functions and processes of the legal system. A particular study is made of the nature, terms, validity, operation and discharge of contracts, the process of litigation and alternate dispute resolution methods of corporate and non-corporate business structures.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
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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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2024

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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 Postgraduate 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

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 54.55% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 36.97% 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, self-reflection.
Students are mostly accounting or business students and may be international. Law subjects are difficult for them and students struggle to answer legal questions.
Workshops, which are already well received, can focus more on the basic concepts and the skills required for answering law questions.
Action Taken
Workshop activities were revised. There is now less focus on legal problem questions and greater emphasis on developing understanding of key legal principles, rules and concepts.
Source: Student feedback, self-reflection.
Students have difficulty facing legal assessment tasks.
The assessment items can be supported more with discussions both in class and in support materials.
Action Taken
The unit coordinator provides a recorded assignment advice, class recorded feedback (assignment and test), online assessment workshops and reviews assignment drafts. Time is allocated in all workshops discuss to discuss the assessment tasks.
Source: Student Evaluations
Need for easier learning methodology
Review of entire unit - legal topics/weekly content, lectures, workshop activities, Moodle resources and assessment
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes
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