Course Title: Advanced Contract Law

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Contract Law

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


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

Course Coordinator: Tina Popa

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0128

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 13

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study
049812 - Fundamentals of Contract Law

Course Description

This course builds on the foundational skills and knowledge obtained in Fundamentals of Contract Law. This course will give you an overview of the vitiating factors affecting contracts, including misinformation, abuse of power and illegality. This course will also introduce you to key related concepts, such as equitable estoppel and restitution. Finally, as part of this course, you will study the various ways in which contracts might be discharged and/or terminated and the relevant remedies and relief which are available in these circumstances.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


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

  1. Apply knowledge of a wide range of legal concepts, values, principles and rules of Australian contract law including a sound understanding of the grounds on which a contract may be deemed void, rescinded and/or terminated and the ability to identify the various forms of relief and remedies which may be available in these circumstances;
  2. Demonstrate sophisticated and advanced cognitive and creative skills in approaching legal issues relating to contract law and generate appropriate responses;
  3. Apply legal principles to specific fact scenarios and come to a well-reasoned conclusion on the relevant legal obligations and likely outcomes;
  4. Work collaboratively and communicate effectively to a range of different audiences.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will utilise a range of learning activities, including face to face lectures and seminars and equivalent online activities, small group work activities/online discussion boards, and guest speaker presentations (also provided online). Learning processes provide the opportunity for face-to-face and online participants to explore a range of issues that present to a commercial/consumer lawyer in practice.

Overview of Learning Resources

From 2018, Canvas is RMIT University's Learning Management System. Canvas is a flexible online system which will provide you with an engaging and exciting learning experience as part of your studies with us. The Canvas platform will be the primary site for you to gain access to all the resources designed to support your learning in this course. Your Canvas portal can accessed by logging into the following RMIT page:

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Task 1: 20%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3
Assessment Task 2: 30%
Linked CLOs:  1, 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.