Course Title: Law and Information Technology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Law and Information Technology

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


615H Accounting




City Campus


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


Sem 2 2012,

Course Coordinator: Cathryn Nolan

Course Coordinator Phone: 0411073838

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Introduction to the Australian Legal System and Legal Methods
Contract Law

Course Description

This course examines the legal environment relating to the Internet, particularly issues relating to electronic commerce. It provides an understanding of how the law has reacted to the development of the internet and its use for business and for social interaction. Specific areas of study include online computer contracts, data breaches and security, cloud computing, protection of confidential business information, e-discovery, defamation, computer crime and identity fraud, data protection, intellectual property, social media and regulation of the internet.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

1. demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the legal issues that arise through the use of the internet in Australia and internationally;
2. critically evaluate the development of international legal and regulatory trends in the use of the Internet ;
3. analyse and research complex problems relating to the internet and make reasoned and appropriate choices amongst alternatives;
4. demonstrate sophisticated cognitive and creative skills in approaching legal issues relating to the internet and generate appropriate responses.


Overview of Learning Activities

To achieve the objectives listed above this course requires you to participate in various learning activities. These activities comprise the following:

• Participating in class discussion
• Engaging in legal research by traditional means but also using electronic legal data bases and internet searching
• Working in teams to solve case studies
• Giving class presentations

Overview of Learning Resources

myRMIT Studies
This course is supported online. The course myRMIT Studies site gives access to important announcements, staff contact details, the teaching schedule, assessment timelines and a variety of important teaching and learning materials.

Overview of Assessment

The courses of the RMIT Graduate School of Business and Law use assessment to measure and report on your achievement of capabilities against learning outcomes and to provide you with feedback on your performance and progress.

Generally, the assessment you will face may include group case studies, class presentations, research projects and individual assignments.