Course Title: Fundamentals of Contract Law

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Fundamentals of Contract Law

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


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

Course Coordinator: Cathryn Nolan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2000

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 13

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Successful completion of the following course:

040015 - LAW1019 Introduction to Australian Legal System and Legal Methods

Course Description

This course explores the fundamental principles of contract law. It examines the requirements for the formation of a contract and examines the agreement, form or consideration, formalities, privity and capacity. It also considers the contents and construction of a contract, including express and implied terms, as well as excluding or limiting terms. The course provides you with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue further and more specific contract law studies as part of Advanced Contract Law in the Juris Doctor.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


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

  1. Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the legal framework for contract law, including formation, content and interpretation of contracts in Australian law;
  2. Critically evaluate policy issues discussed in law reform proposals with current contract law issues and private law transactions;
  3. Analyse and research complex problems relating to contract law and make reasoned and appropriate choices amongst alternatives;
  4. Demonstrate sophisticated cognitive and creative skills in approaching legal issues relating to contract law and generate appropriate responses.

Overview of Learning Activities

The course requires you to take part in various learning activities. These activities consist of engaging in legal research by searching electronic legal databases, internet resources and law journals, class discussion, case study preparation and presentations and analysis and interpretation of contractual clauses.

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through myRMIT Studies\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: 20%
Linked CLOs: 3, 4
Assessment Task 2: 30%
Linked CLOs: 3, 4
Final Examination: 50%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 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.