Course Title: The Regulatory Environment

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: The Regulatory Environment

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


630H Management


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011

Course Coordinator: Dr Nthati Rametse

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 5498

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course examines the core concepts, principles of the legal and regulatory environment as it affects entrepreneurial businesses - and their application as to entrepreneurs’ rights and obligations in an increasingly complex and litigious environment.

Topics include:

• Approvals Required for Businesses; Ideas Protection (Business names, copyrights, designs, trademarks and patents)
• Competition and consumer law including trade practices law, fair trading and rights and competitive trading
• Choice of business organisations and entities covering ownership and control including sole traders, partnerships, companies, trusts and joint ventures
• Business transactions and operations (contracts, insurance, employment, taxation (income Tax, PAYG, FBT and superannuation)
• Regulatory issues when operating online or internationally
• Occupational Health and Safety
• Advertising Law and the Law of Marketing

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On completing of The Regulatory Environment, students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of :

  • The Australian legal and regulatory framework relating to the formation and running of a business
  • Major options for business structures and their consequences
  • Concepts and principles underpinning the regulation of business in Australia including as to consumers and competition
  • Regulatory issues relating to the operational aspects of a business such as employment, OHS, insurance, taxation, superannuation, insurance and advertising
  • Regulatory issues to consider in international business and e-business

Overview of Learning Activities

Students will explore theories and concepts associated with the defined learning outcomes and the practical application of these theories and concepts via learning modes such as formal lectures, guest lectures and tutorials involving case studies, class discussions and presentations.

Overview of Learning Resources

Prescribed Text/s
Students will need to acquire the prescribed Textbook for this course.

Use of DLS
Students also have access to course materials and additional readings on the DLS website via the course Blackboards including external internet links and access to RMIT Library online and hardcopy resources.

Other references
A list of other references will be made available on the DLS.

Overview of Assessment

A range of assessment will be undertaken in this course that may involve examinations, mini-quizzes, essays, business reports, case study analysis, presentations and participation.

Please use the RMIT Business referencing guidelines document for report style found at: . An online version can also be found at:

Course grades available
Assessment uses the following percentage scale. Your marks may be scaled

Grade Score %
HD High Distinction 80 - 100
D Distinction 70 - 79
CR Credit 60 - 69
P Pass 50 - 59
NN Fail 0 - 49

Academic integrity and plagiarism
RMIT policies concerning academic integrity and plagiarism apply to students in this course. For more details see:

As well, note further requirements in Part B of the Course Overview.