Course Title: Law of Torts

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Law of Torts

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

LAW1020

City Campus

Postgraduate

615H Accounting

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Spring2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009

LAW1020

City Campus

Postgraduate

660H Graduate School of Business and Law

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Tina Popa

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0128

Course Coordinator Email: tina.popa@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: Buildling 13

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study
040015 - Introduction to the Australian Legal System and Legal Methods
 


Course Description

This course aims to provide you with an understanding of the legal environment and compensation framework underpinning redress for damage or injury to one’s person, security or property in a common law system. It includes an exploration of the elements of a number of recognised torts including intentional torts; trespass to the person, land and goods and unintentional torts in particular negligence. The course assists with the development of your legal interviewing and legal problem solving skills. You will work in groups and engage in a legal firm simulation.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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On successful completion of this program you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the legal framework within which the torts liability system operates, including both common law and statutory law.
  2. Analyse and research complex problems relating to tort law and make reasoned and appropriate choices amongst alternatives.
  3. Demonstrate sophisticated cognitive and creative skills in approaching legal issues relating to tort law and generate appropriate responses.
  4. Show effective, appropriate and persuasive collaboration and communication skills for legal and non-legal audiences through engagement with legal interviewing and legal problem solving in a law firm simulation.


Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will be encouraged to be an active learner. Your learning will be supported through various in-class and online activities comprising individual and group work. These may include quizzes; assignments; prescribed readings; sourcing, researching and analysing specific information; solving problems; conducting presentations; producing written work and collaborating with peers on set tasks or projects.


Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through myRMIT/Blackboard. In addition to topic notes; assessment details and a study schedule you may also be provided with links to relevant online information; readings; audio and video clips and communication tools to facilitate collaboration with your peers and to share information.
 
Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. If you require assistance with the RMIT library facilities contact the Business Liaison Librarian for your school. Contact details for Business Liaison Librarians are located online on the RMIT Library website.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.


Overview of Assessment

The assessment alignment list below shows the assessment tasks against the learning outcomes they develop.

Assessment Task 1: 25%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3

Assessment Task 2: 25%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4

Final Examination: 50%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.