COMMLAW 7100 - Business Law (M)

North Terrace Campus - Trimester 2 - 2015

The topics covered in the course include an introduction to the legal system, the law of business structures, contract law, intellectual property law, employment law, law of business torts, consumer protection law, competition law and electronic commerce law. In each topic, emphasis is placed on identifying the legal duties and liabilities that is applicable to businesses.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code COMMLAW 7100
    Course Business Law (M)
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Business School
    Term Trimester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact 36
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange
    Course Description The topics covered in the course include an introduction to the legal system, the law of business structures, contract law, intellectual property law, employment law, law of business torts, consumer protection law, competition law and electronic commerce law. In each topic, emphasis is placed on identifying the legal duties and liabilities that is applicable to businesses.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Christopher Symes

    Assoc Professor Christopher Symes

    Phone 83134452

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    Ligertwood Building Lecture theatre L1

    Second floor

    Wednesday 5pm-8pm

    Lectures will be held each week.

     Whilst most lectures will be recorded in this course, it is a decision of individual lecturers as to whether or not, and which parts of lectures, they record. Recording of lectures is not provided as a replacement for attendance at lectures generally, and students should not arrange their timetable or other commitments on the basis that any or all lectures in this course will be recorded wholly or in part. If there any queries about this, please contact the Course Coordinator.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    • To further the student’s knowledge and understanding of business law and regulation
    • To further the student’s ability to understand, analyse and solve practical issues and problems associated with the business law
    • To evaluate selected Australian business law issues in the global context
    • To gain awareness of international developments in selected business law issues

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-14
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 15-21, 23
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 18-20-22,23
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 19,21,22
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 16,23
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 16,21,24-26
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Students are required to purchase the following:

    Latimer P, Australian Business Law, 34th ed, OUP/CCH, 2015

    Lectures will generally take the form of an outline of the topic and its key issues followed by an in class discussion of problems. Students are expected to keep up with the corresponding reading in Latimer, or as otherwise indicated by the lecturer. It is important to emphasise that lectures are the class contact hours only, and it is therefore necessary for students to allocate study time outside of class.

    Some lecturers may provide outlines, slides or additional material.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

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    Learning Activities Summary



    Week 1

    May 27

    Introduction to Business Law

    Week 2 June 3

    Crime in the business world

    Week 3 June 10

    Formation of contract

    Week 4 June 17

    Contract - Genuine consent, capacity and legality of objects

    Week 5 June 24

    Contract- contents (terms), discharge and remedies for breach

    Week 6 July 1

    Property including intellectual property

    Week 7 July 8

    Competition Law

    Week 8 July 15

    Consumer Law

    Week 9 July 22

    Employment Law

    Week 10 July 29

    Law of Business Structures

    Week 11 August 5

    Electronic Commerce Law

    Week 12 August 12

    Revision Lecture

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    Assessment item

    %of final mark




    Learning Objectives

    Group Case Study


    Due: Friday 26 June 2pm

    2000 words



    Final Take Home Exam


    Released: Friday August 14 Due Monday 17 August 2 2pm

    2000 words



    Assessment Detail

    The Group Case Study will be based on material covered in Weeks 1-5 of lectures. The Take home Examination will directly examine material covered in Weeks 5-11 of lectures.

    Further details about the Group Case Study format and guidelines will be issued at the start of the course.

    Assignments must be handed in electronically through turnitin. Students must ensure their student number appears on all written work submitted for assessment.

    Students must keep a copy of all items of assessment.



    Extensions are granted at the discretion of Course Coordinators. Extensions beyond the due date are usually only granted in the case of significant unforeseen incapacity.

    Students who wish to apply, should apply for an extension by completing the online Application for Extension form found at ( The application must give details of the extent and length of the student’s incapacity, and the length of extension that is requested. The Course Coordinator will email students with the outcome of their request as soon as possible after it is received. If an extension is granted, it is only provisional until formal evidence of the incapacity is received. Students must attach this evidence as well as the email granting the extension to the assignment when it is submitted. The evidence submitted must be consistent with details provided in the email requesting the extension. If the details of the request for an extension, and the medical or other evidence verifying the reason for the extension are not consistent in all respects, the extension may be nullified, and the Course Coordinator may in their discretion decide not to accept the assignment, or impose a penalty for late submission.

    You can apply for an extension at any time before the due date for an assignment. However, you are strongly advised to make your application as soon as the need becomes apparent. Delay in making an application obviously involves the risk that there will be insufficient time to complete the assignment (with consequential loss of marks) if the application for extension is refused.

    If an application is made within two days of the due date, or after the due date has expired, it will not be granted unless the Course Co-ordinator is satisfied:

    • that the circumstances warrant an extension; and
    • there was no unreasonable delay in making the application.

    If your request for an extension is rejected, you can appeal in writing to the Student Appeals Committee, via the Secretary to the Student Appeals Committee, within seven days of notification of rejection by the Course Co-ordinator.

    Penalties for Late Submission

    Where an assignment is submitted after the due date, and without an extension, 5% of the total mark possible will be deducted for every day or part thereof that it is late, including each day on a weekend. This penalty may be increased where the assignment is to be completed in a period of less than a week.

    Penalties for Exceeding Stipulated Word Length

    5% of the total mark possible for a written assignment will be deducted for every 10% (or part thereof) by which it exceeds a stipulated word limit. Word limits include all words in the text, in headings, and in footnotes, though not in any separate bibliography or list of sources. If the word limit is seriously misstated, this may be regarded as academic dishonesty.


    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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