• Class Number 5228
  • Term Code 3360
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Bonnie Allan
    • Bonnie Allan
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/07/2023
  • Class End Date 27/10/2023
  • Census Date 31/08/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 31/07/2023
SELT Survey Results

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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Identify the sources of law that are applicable to Australia;
  2. Identify the legal areas of particular relevance in a business context;
  3. Articulate: (i) how binding agreements are formed under Australian law, and (ii) the rights and remedies that arise in relation to legally binding agreements;
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the circumstances in which persons, particularly in business, could have a legal liability in relation to careless conduct;
  5. 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;
  6. Approach a legal problem, including knowing when it would be appropriate to seek professional legal advice.

Research-Led Teaching

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.

Field Trips

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.

Examination Material or equipment

The exam will be open book. No special equipment is required.

Required Resources

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, 2021 and 2022. Copies of earlier editions will differ from the current edition, and the current edition is preferred.

Recommended reading (available from the library)

Giancaspro, Nosworthy, Brown, Golding, Viven-Wilksch, Wawryk, Villios and Zito, Contemporary Australian Business Law, Cambridge, 1st edition, 2023.

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.

Web sites:

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.

Staff Feedback

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.

Student Feedback

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.

Other Information


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.

Class Schedule

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) Tutorial Preparation 1 due
3 Tort of Negligence (Ch 24 and 25) Tutorial Preparation 2 due
4 Contracts: Part 1 (Chapter 4) Tutorial Preparation 3 due
5 Contracts: Part 2 (Chapter 5) Tutorial Preparation 4 due
6 Contracts: Part 3 (Chapters 6 and 7) Tutorial Preparation 5 dueTutorial Preparation results returned 31 August 2023Assignment released by 4 September 2023
7 Sale of Goods and Consumer Law: Part 1 (Chapters 8 and 10)
8 Sale of Goods and Consumer Law: Part 2 (Chapters 10 and 11) Assignment due 25 September 2023
9 Insurance (Chapter 23)
10 Property (Chapter 20)
11 Intellectual Property (Chapter 21) Assignment results returned by 23 October 2023
12 Agency (Chapter 15) and Revision

Tutorial Registration

Tutorials will be held weekly on campus (starting from Week 2). Tutorial times will be made available via MyTimetable. Two weeks before the commencement of semester, please check the MyTimetable website for details of tutorial availability and release. 

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 Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Tutorial Preparation 10 % 31/07/2023 31/08/2023 1,2,4,5,6
Assignment 30 % 25/09/2023 23/10/2023 1,2,3,5,6
Final Exam 60 % 02/11/2023 30/11/2023 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:

Assessment Requirements

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 with an on-campus lecture (recording on Echo360) and weekly on-campus tutorials. Attendance at all classes, 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: https://exams.anu.edu.au/timetable/

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 31/07/2023
Return of Assessment: 31/08/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4,5,6

Tutorial Preparation

Students must submit Tutorial Preparation for identified question(s) on Turnitin by 10am, Monday in weeks 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 (i.e. on 5 occasions). If the Monday is a public holiday then the submission is due by 10am 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. Tutorial Preparation questions will be released at least 2 weeks before the submission date.

  • 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).
  • Maximum 1 page answer.

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: 31 August 2023. The set tutorial question will be reviewed in tutorials. No marks will be given for individual weeks prior to this date, except for responses that obtain a 0. Students are also welcome to approach the lecturer or tutor for further feedback during consultation or by email.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 25/09/2023
Return of Assessment: 23/10/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,5,6


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 Assignment is about 1 day (10-12 hours working time). You will be given 3 weeks, and this is

so that you can fit the Assignment around your other commitments. You need to treat the Assignment like an 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. Feedback will be provided on individual papers, and a detailed answer guide will also be published on Wattle.

Length: 1800 words (up to 2000 words accepted without penalty). The penalty for exceeding 2000 words will be specified in the actual assessment task requirements.

Assessable material: Weeks 1 - 6 of the course.

Presentation requirements: typed using size 12 font and either 1.5 or double spacing.

Release date: 4 September 2023

Due date: 10am, 25 September 2022 (beginning of Week 8)

Weighting: 30% of final mark

Estimated return date: by 23 October 2023 (beginning of Week 12)

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

Value: 60 %
Due Date: 02/11/2023
Return of Assessment: 30/11/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6

Final Exam

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-person exam with a duration of either 2 or 3 hours writing time plus 15 or 30 minutes reading time. Details will be provided no later than Week 10.

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 Assignment.

Academic Integrity

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.

Online Submission

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.

Hardcopy Submission

No hardcopy submission.

Late Submission

Policy regarding late submission for tutorial preparation and the assignment is detailed below:

  • For tutorial preparation: Late submission is not permitted. The submission of this assessment task without an extension after the due date is not permitted, and a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • For assignment: Late submission is permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item.

Referencing Requirements

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.

Returning Assignments

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.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

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).

Bonnie Allan
61 2 6125 0025

Research Interests

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 lawyer and held related 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.

Bonnie Allan

Tuesday 09:00 11:00
Tuesday 09:00 11:00
By Appointment
By Appointment
Bonnie Allan
6125 0025

Research Interests

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 lawyer and held related 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.

Bonnie Allan

Tuesday 09:00 11:00
Tuesday 09:00 11:00
By Appointment
By Appointment

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