- Class Number 5275
- Term Code 3260
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Bonnie Allan
- Bonnie Allan
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 25/07/2022
- Class End Date 28/10/2022
- Census Date 31/08/2022
- Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
This course introduces you to the Australian legal system and the law regulating business activities. Particular focus is given to the law of contract. The course also covers the laws relating to particular types of business contracts such as sales of goods and insurance contracts. Aspects of property law and negligence are also covered.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Identify the sources of law that are applicable to Australia;
- Identify the legal areas of particular relevance in a business context;
- Articulate: (i) how binding agreements are formed under Australian law, and (ii) the rights and remedies that arise in relation to legally binding agreements;
- Demonstrate an understanding of the circumstances in which persons, particularly in business, could have a legal liability in relation to careless conduct;
- Recognize the major pieces of Australian legislation of relevance to business, and be able to articulate the legal obligations and duties that such legislation imposes;
- Approach a legal problem, including knowing when it would be appropriate to seek professional legal advice.
This is an introductory course which gives an introduction to the legal system and to important areas of law relevant to business. The text and the course draw on relevant current examples and research. Most chapters will refer to recent journal articles in the area.
Many of the institutions discussed in this course are located in Canberra. No field trips are organised and attendance is not a requirement of the course, however students should be aware that there are free tours available at Parliament House and the High Court and are encouraged to visit these places in their own time (in accordance with the health advice).
Examination Material or equipment
The exam will be open book. No special equipment is required.
Prescribed textbook: Graw S, Parker D, Whitford K, Sangkuhl E and Do C, Understanding Business Law, 9th edition, LexisNexis Butterworths, 2019.
Students are expected to have access to a copy of the prescribed book for the duration of the semester. A few copies of the text are available for 2 hour loan in the reserve loan section of the Chifley Library. An ebook version of the text is available from the Chifley Library (https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/anu/detail.action?docID=6265461). This is the same textbook used in 2020 and 2021. Copies of earlier editions will differ from the current edition, and the current edition is preferred.
Recommended reading (available from the library)
Cook C, Creyke R, Geddes R and Hamer D, Laying Down the Law, LexisNexis Butterworths, 11th edition 2020.
Gibson A and Fraser S, Business Law, Pearson Australia, 11th edition, 2019.
James N, Business Law, Wiley, 5th edition, 2019.
Parker D and Ward L, Business and Law in Australia, 3rd edition, Thomson Reuters 2020
Turner C, Australian Commercial Law, Sydney, Thomson Lawbook, 32nd edition 2019.
http://www.austlii.edu.au/ - the austlii site gives you free access to Australian cases, statutes and some other legal material. It also has links to equivalent overseas sites.
- http://anulib.anu.edu.au/online/eresources/ - you can gain access to various other commercial databases to which the ANU subscribes via the library. Go to on-line resources, select e-resources and search under subject Law.
See also http://anulib.anu.edu.au/subjects/law/ for guidance on law e-resources.
Students will be given feedback in various ways in this course, including verbal or written feedback on the return of assessment tasks, during class discussion, or during consultation with the lecturer and tutors.
ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.
As a further academic integrity control, students may be selected for a 15 minute individual oral examination of their written assessment submissions.
Any student identified, either during the current semester or in retrospect, as having used ghost writing services will be investigated under the University’s Academic Integrity Rule.
Email and the Wattle Course Website
Email and the Wattle course website are the preferred ways of communication.
If necessary, the lecturer and tutors for this course will contact students on their official ANU student email address. Students should use this email address when contacting staff as spam filters used by ANU may not allow other email addresses to be received. Information about your enrolment and fees from the Registrar and Student Services' office will also be sent to this email address.
Students are expected to check the Wattle site for announcements about this course, e.g. changes to timetables or notifications of cancellations. Notifications of emergency cancellations of lectures or tutorials will be posted on Wattle or on the door of the relevant room.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Introduction to the Australian Legal System: Part 1 (Ch 1)|
|2||Introduction to the Australian Legal System: Part 2 (Ch 2 and 3)|
|3||Tort of Negligence (Ch 24 and 25)||Tutorial Preparation 1|
|4||Contracts: Part 1 (Chapter 4)||Tutorial Preparation 2|
|5||Contracts: Part 2 (Chapter 5)||Tutorial Preparation 3|
|6||Contracts: Part 3 (Chapters 6 and 7)||Tutorial Preparation results returned 2 September 2022|
|7||Sale of Goods and Consumer Law: Part 1 (Chapters 8 and 10)||Take-home exam due 23 September 2022|
|8||Sale of Goods and Consumer Law: Part 2 (Chapters 10 and 11)|
|9||Insurance (Chapter 23)||Tutorial Preparation 4|
|10||Property (Chapter 20)||Tutorial Preparation 5|
|11||Intellectual Property (Chapter 21)||Take-home exam results returned 21 October 2022|
|12||Agency (Chapter 15) and Revision||Tutorial Preparation results returned 28 October|
ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities/tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage. Please see Wattle for tutors’ information.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Tutorial Preparation||10 %||08/08/2022||02/09/2022||1,2,4,5,6|
|Take home exam||30 %||23/09/2022||21/10/2022||1,2,3,5,6|
|Final Exam||60 %||03/11/2022||01/12/2022||1,2,3,4,5,6|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines , which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:
- Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure
- Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure
- Special Assessment Consideration Guideline and General Information
- Student Surveys and Evaluations
- Deferred Examinations
- Student Complaint Resolution Policy and Procedure
- Code of practice for teaching and learning
The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.
Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
This is an on-campus course. Attendance at all teaching events, while not compulsory, is expected in line with “Code of Practice for Teaching and Learning”, clause 2 paragraph (h).
Information regarding permitted examination materials for the course will be available on the examination timetable website when the examination timetable is released: http://timetable.anu.edu.au/
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4,5,6
Students must submit Tutorial Preparation for identified question(s) on Turnitin by Monday 11.59pm in weeks 3, 4, 5, 9 and 10 (i.e. on 5 occasions). If the Monday is a public holiday then the submission is due by 12noon on the Tuesday of that week. The due date listed in the assessment summary is the due date for the first tutorial preparation. Late submission is not possible.
- Each submission can receive a maximum of 2 marks.
- 2 marks will be awarded where the student demonstrates a genuine attempt to answer the question(s) set, and the submission contains relevant commercial law concepts and reference to legal authorities.
- 1 mark will be awarded if the student shows some relevant material but has not attempted all aspects of the set question(s) or has not made an attempt to adequately reference legal authorities. A mark of 0 will be awarded if the student has failed to prepare or the submission substantially fails to attempt the set question(s).
- The answer should not exceed 1 page.
Note: 1 mark or 0 will be awarded where the student has copied excessively from teaching or other materials and/or overall it appears the student has not made a genuine attempt to answer the set question(s).
Return date: The return date in the assessment summary refers to the tutorial preparation marks for Weeks 3-5, will be made available by the end of Week 6 (2 September 2022). The final tutorial preparation mark for all applicable weeks will be made available by the end of Week 12. The set tutorial question will be reviewed in tutorials. Students are also welcome to approach the lecturer or tutor for further feedback during consultation or by email.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,5,6
Take home exam
Take Home Exam: You will be asked to analyse the application of commercial law principles to a hypothetical fact scenario in a business setting.
The expected time required to write a very good answer to the Take Home Exam is about 1 day (10-12 hours working time). You will be given one week, and this is
so that you can fit the Take Home Exam around your other commitments. You need to treat the Take Home Exam like an ordinary exam: this means that you cannot discuss the question with your classmates and you need to prepare the answer entirely by yourself. You cannot seek help from your lecturer or tutor. Of course, if you think some aspect of the question is unclear, you may seek clarification from your lecturer. Late submission is not possible. Feedback will be provided on individual papers, and a detailed answer guide will also be published on Wattle.
Length: 1,500 words (up to 1800 words accepted without penalty)
Presentation requirements: typed using size 12 font and either 1.5 or double spacing.
Release date: by 11.59pm, 16 September 2022
Due date: 11.59pm, 23 September 2022 (end of Week 7)
Weighting: 30% of final mark
Estimated return date: By the end of Week 11 (21 October 2022).
Take Home Exam Submission: via Turnitin.
Referencing requirements: You will need to acknowledge sources to the extent that you rely on the analysis or arguments of others, and use Australian Legal Citation. No reference list is required - footnotes are sufficient.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6
Centrally administered examinations through Examinations, Graduations & Prizes will be timetabled prior to the examination period. The due date listed in the assessment summary is the earliest possible date. Please check ANU Timetabling for further information. Information regarding exam script viewing will be provided in due course.
In the Final Exam, students will be asked to discuss the application of commercial law principles to several hypothetical fact scenarios. There will be no multiple choice questions. All material is examinable including areas examined in the Take Home Exam. The exam paper will be available on the Wattle course site, and students will complete their answer and upload it through turnitin on the course home page. The exam duration will be at least 200 minutes (to accommodate extra time to download and upload the paper).
Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.
The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.
The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.
The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.
You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.
No hardcopy submission.
Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.
Feedback will be provided on your assessment via turnitin and you may seek further feedback during lecturer and tutor consultation.
Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
Resubmission of Assignments
There is no option to resubmit.
Distribution of grades policy
Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.
Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.
Support for students
The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
- ANU Health, safety & wellbeing for medical services, counselling, mental health and spiritual support
- ANU Access and inclusion for students with a disability or ongoing or chronic illness
- ANU Dean of Students for confidential, impartial advice and help to resolve problems between students and the academic or administrative areas of the University
- ANU Academic Skills and Learning Centre supports you make your own decisions about how you learn and manage your workload.
- ANU Counselling Centre promotes, supports and enhances mental health and wellbeing within the University student community.
- ANUSA supports and represents undergraduate and ANU College students
- PARSA supports and represents postgraduate and research students
Bonnie has tutored or lectured at the College of Business and Economics since 2005. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Bonnie works as a Committee Secretary at the Department of the Senate, Parliament House. Bonnie has also worked as a Senior Legal Adviser, and held other legal and public policy roles, in the Australian Public Service.
Bonnie holds degrees in Law and Arts (History and Politics), a graduate diploma in Legal Practice and a Master of Laws (ANU). Bonnie has contributed to LexisNexis Halsbury’s Laws of Australia and the 2008 edition of Hutley’s Australian Wills Precedents. Bonnie has a particular interest in business law, succession law, public policy, and parliamentary law and practice.