LAWS1104 Introduction to Law

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2AlbanyExternal
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Business Law major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Management and Commerce
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 1 elective
Content
Topics covered include the Australian legal system; statutory interpretation; the law of torts and professional liability; the law of contracts (elements of a valid contract, vitiating factors, construction of contracts, breach of contract and remedies); and consumer protection law, product liability and sales law.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) describe the key elements of the Australian legal system; (2) display a working knowledge of important business law principles; (3) demonstrate logical reasoning, analysis and communication skills; (4) apply this knowledge and these skills in analysing and solving legal case studies and hypothetical business problem questions; (5) obtain basic skills in reading and analysing legal texts, journal articles and government reports; (6) understand and use Australian and other common law primary legal resources—law reports, statutes (including electronic versions); (7) demonstrate legal method and legal writing; and (8) demonstrate effective oral communication skills.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial attendance and participation; (2) in-class tests; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Liam Elphick and Associate Professor Peter Sinden
Contact hours
lecture/workshop/Practical Classe: total 4 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 2 [SEM-2 ]
Texts

Concise Australian Commercial Law, Clive Turner, Roger Gamble, John Trone,Thomson Reuters, 4th edition 2017

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