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


Course Description

This course provides you with the opportunity to apply your legal reasoning skills and knowledge to issues relating to the use of information technology and the internet in business and commerce.  Course work will examine the way that the law has adapted, or is likely to adapt, to developments in information technology, new business models, the expanding use of the Internet, particularly in relation to business and commerce.  Issues to be discussed may vary from year to year, reflecting rapid developments in technology application, computing power and new business models.  Areas to be addressed will include the development and regulation of the Internet, the role of the internet and electronic commerce in globalization and regulatory issues associated with that development, tools for considering and addressing the regulation of new business models made possible by digital disruption (crowdsourcing, cryptocurrencies and block chain) and the regulation of the “Internet of Things” in response to the digitisation and virtualisation of many every day activities.  The approach will be international and comparative where appropriate.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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On completion of the course you should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the legal issues that arise through the use of the internet and information technology in Australia and internationally;
  2. critically evaluate the development of international legal and regulatory trends in the use of the Internet and information technology;
  3. analyse and research complex problems relating to the internet and information technology 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

In this course you will be motivated to be an active learner. Students will be required to develop their knowledge and skills through both the course materials supplied as well as their own self-directed research and intellectual inquiry. Students will develop knowledge and skills related laws impacting the use and commercialisation of information technology and the internet and applying these through a range of potential learning activities such as group presentations, group or individual reports or essays, in class discussions, case study analyses, written legal advices, activities requiring feedback discussion, examination of theory plus application, and reflections on practice.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources include a potential prescribed text, recommended readings to support specific course topics, on line videos on topics, case studies on topics, experiential activities and structured debriefs on topics, power point slides exploring topic theory, course ware guides exploring topic readings and related literature, suggested academic and trade based journals, links to on line websites related to course content.

Various learning resources are available online through myRMIT/Canvas.


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

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1:  20%

Assessment Task 2:  30%

Assessment Task 3:  50%