Course Title: Intellectual Property

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Intellectual Property

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


650T Vocational Business Education


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Karen Ward

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1363

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 80.05.18

Course Coordinator Availability: Please check with course coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course provides you with knowledge and skills in areas of intellectual property law including copyright, trademarks, designs, patents, passing off and confidential information. You will also examine the law relating to misleading and deceptive conduct and the law relating to consumers, sellers and manufacturers.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


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

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the law relating to intellectual property rights and its function within the Australian legal system in order to support professional practice.
  2. Examine the law relating to misleading or deceptive conduct and false or misleading representations under the Australian Consumer Law, and the elements of ‘passing off’ and ‘confidential information’ in order to support professional practice.
  3. Examine the main provisions of Copyright protection, the Trade Marks Act and the Designs Act, including the registration systems and remedies for breaches in order to support clients concerning their intellectual property rights and obligations.
  4. Evaluate the provisions of the law of Patents including the registration system, the types of inventions that may be subject to registration and the protection afforded by registration in order to support professional practice.

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/Canvas. 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: 30%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4
Assessment Task 2: 20%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4
Final Examination: 50%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4

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.