Course Title: Apply the principles of contract law

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: LAW5730C

Course Title: Apply the principles of contract law

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5337 - Diploma of Conveyancing

Course Contact: Robert Sheen

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5759

Course Contact Email: robert.sheen@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 60

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

None

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to analyse and evaluate information from a variety of sources and supply solutions to contractual issues in a legal environment.

It applies to individuals who provide support in a range of legal service settings with a degree of responsibility to plan and complete investigations.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBLEG415 Apply the principles of contract law

Element:

1. Determine nature and meaning of contract

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Access sources of legal information on nature and meaning of contract
1.2 Distinguish between common law and legislation in contract
1.3 Assess significance of contracts and contract law in business, and document outcomes of this assessment

Element:

2. Determine principles of contract law

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Define legal principles governing simple contracts
2.2 Identify and document key elements of a simple contract matter

Element:

3. Enhance professional practice through application of relevant principles of contract law

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Assess a legal matter involving contractual issues by applying principles of contract law
3.2 Analyse and evaluate key issues
3.3 Review analysis with designated person

Element:

4. Distinguish between a contract being discharged or breached

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Specify procedures for discharge of contracts
4.2 List available remedies for breach of contract
4.3 Apply procedures for discharge of contracts to workplace legal matter
4.4 Apply identified remedies to a relevant workplace legal matter


Learning Outcomes



Details of Learning Activities

A range of learning activities are planned for this course including self-paced and collaborative classroom-based activities.

The self-paced activities will be delivered through various technology platforms and may include your contribution to wikis and discussion threads, reflective journals, quizzes and interactive sessions.

The collaborative classroom-based activities will include group discussions, group problem-solving activities and opportunities to practice your skills in a simulated/real workplace environment.

We expect you to participate and contribute in all scheduled learning activities.
 


Teaching Schedule

Induction Session

Prior to training commencement a program level induction session will be conducted that comprises the following:

  • Program overview and requirements
  • MyRMIT/Blackboard
  • Overview of assessment requirements
  • Pre-Training Review including:
    • Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfers
    • Assessment of current skills and knowledge
  • Competency/Grading Criteria
  • Plagiarism
  • Appeals
  • Extensions
  • Feedback
  • Privacy
  • Submission requirements
  • Resubmission policy
  • Where to get support
  • Student responsibilities 

 The Teaching Schedule for this course is as follows. (Please note that this schedule is subject to change)

 

     Week Week CommencingTopics                                                             Assessment   
108/02/16  
215/2/16  
322/02/16  
429/02/16  
507/03/16  
614/03/16Introduction + intention 
7a21/03/16 Offer + Acceptance 
 24/03/16 - 30/03/2016 ***Mid-Semester Break*** (No scheduled classes) 
7b31/03 & 1/04 2016Self directed learning teacher professional days 
804/04/16Consideration, (capacity & parties, if time)At home study parties + capacity & privity.
911/04/16Terms, general & special conditions Reflection 1 due (equivalent of 20 marks)
1018/04/16Mistake (if time), Misrepresentation + ACL misleading or deceptive conduct At home study Exemption clauses + mistake
1125/04/16Duress, undue influence and unconscionability 
1202/05/16 Breach + Remedies Reflection 2 due (equivalent of 20 marks
1309/05/16 Test in Property Law starts 5.30 –no Contract class At home study illegality
1416/05/16 5.30 start Revision 4 hour class
1523/05/16 In class open book final test (equivalent of 60 marks) Starts 6 pm for 2 hours plus reading time
1630/05/16 Property & Contract Re-sits if any

The nominal hours associated with this course are a guide only and represent the total teaching time and student effort required to successfully complete the course. This may include not only scheduled classes but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Text: S .Graw, An Introduction to the Law of Contract, Eighth Edition, Thomson LawBook Co


References


Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

In order to achieve competency in this unit, you must provide:

Performance Evidence
Evidence of the ability to:

  • apply principles of contract law
  • demonstrate the steps for discharge of a contract.

Knowledge Evidence
To complete the unit requirements safely and effectively, you must:

  • define commonly used legal terminology, institutions and main features of Australian legal system
  • outline methods used to identify appropriate information sources of Australian law
  • explain nature, aims and rationale of contracts, including agreements, intention to create legal relations, consideration, and capacity to contract
  • explain remedies for breach of contract
  • describe illegal and void contracts
  • explain privacy of contract and assignment of contract.

Assessment Conditions
Assessment must be conducted in a safe environment where evidence gathered demonstrates consistent performance of typical activities experienced in the legal services administration field of work and include access to:

  • office equipment and resources
  • legislation and regulations relevant to contract law
  • sources of information about contract law.       

You are advised that you are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate your assessment work to your teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.

Feedback
Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions. You are encouraged to ask and answer questions during class time and online sessions so that you can obtain feedback on your understanding of the concepts and issues being discussed.

You should take note of all feedback received and use this information to improve your learning outcomes and final performance in the course. Finally, you can email or arrange an appointment with your teacher to gain more feedback on your progress.
 


Assessment Tasks

This course is co-delivered and co-assessed with the following competencies: [DELETE LINE IF NOT APPLICABLE HERE]
 

The assessments for this course have been designed to allow participants to apply their learning to particular simulated work scenarios and demonstrate their competence in a variety of ways.

 

Assessment that learning outcomes have been achieved will be by: 

Assessment Task 1 Reflections (due weeks 9 & 12) equivalent to     40 marks    

Reflections the aim is to encourage students to participate in classes and to reflect on the content.  At the end of some classes students will be given a topic to reflect on either verbally or to write usually 30-40  lines.  The idea is for you to express your views by applying Contract Law principles to fact situations..  It is prac tice in giving your client’s advice and expressing your views clearly.  As I perceive in some, a weakness in English expression, inappropriate grammar will result in deduction of marks e.g. d’ont, can’t, could’ve or could of etc.  I also believe we need to improve our ability to provide written advice.  We want you to express yourself clearly and to apply Contract law principles to fact situations. The reflections are to be typed with each topic followed by your reflection.  If the reflections are submitted late, and without proper excuse, one mark per school day they are late will be deducted.        

Assessment Task 2 Final test (week 15)  equivalent to                   60 marks 

 

Final test  is a 2 hour open book in class test worth 60 marks where you will probably have to answer 3 major questions.       

To achieve competency in this course students must satisfactorily complete all assessment and have a total mark of not less than 50%.

You must satisfactorily complete all assessment tasks in order to achieve competency.


Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Submission Requirements

You should:

• Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date.
• Always retain a copy of your assessment tasks (both hard copy and soft copy).
• Use a cover sheet that includes a declaration and statement of authorship when you submit work for assessment at RMIT University. You must complete, sign and submit a cover sheet with all work you submit for assessment, whether individual or group work. On the cover sheet you must declare that the work you are presenting for assessment is your own work. An assignment cover sheet for submission of each assessment task is available on Blackboard.
• Include a footer (appearing on each page of your assessment) with your name, student number, assessment title, course code, course title and page numbers. For example, Callie Harvey, 324567, Task 2, OHS2345C Ensure safe workplace, Page 1 of 10.


Late Submission Procedures

You are required to submit assessment items and/or ensure performance based assessment is completed by the due dates.

If you are prevented from submitting an assessment item on time, by circumstances outside your control, you may apply in advance to your teacher for an extension to the due date of up to seven calendar days. For more Information go to: http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment/extension

The application form may be obtained from: http://mams.rmit.edu.au/seca86tti4g4z.pdf

Where an extension of greater than seven days is needed, you must apply for Special Consideration. Applications for Special Consideration must be submitted no later than two working days after the assessment task deadline or scheduled examination. For more Information go to: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=g43abm17hc9w

The application form may be obtained from: http://mams.rmit.edu.au/8a5dgcaqvaes1.pdf


Resubmissions (VET Programs):

If your Course Assessment Task is assessed as not yet satisfactory, you will be allowed one resubmission opportunity only. Your teacher will provide feedback detailing what you need to do in order to satisfactorily complete that task, and will set a new deadline for the resubmission. The highest score you may receive if your resubmission is deemed satisfactory is 50% of the total marks allocated for that task.

If your task is still deemed to be not yet satisfactory then you must apply in writing to your Program Manager outlining the steps you will take to demonstrate competence in that course. Your submission will be considered by the Program Team and you will be advised of the outcome as soon as practical.


Adjustments to Assessment

In certain circumstances students may be eligible for an assessment adjustment. For more information about the circumstances under which an adjustment to the assessment arrangements might be granted please access the following website: http://rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=7usdbki1fjf31


Marking Guide (Competency):

You must demonstrate through your performance in the Course Assessment Tasks that you have all the required skills and knowledge as specified in the unit of competency (course) you are studying,

Your submitted assessments are the evidence used to determine if you have met all critical aspects of the assessments, and if any critical aspects have not been met, then you cannot be deemed competent in this course.

On each assessment task you will receive feedback against the competency requirements for that task, and the outcome of the task will be recorded as either satisfactory (all requirements have been met) or not yet satisfactory (one or more requirements has not yet been met).

Only when all assessment tasks have been assessed as satisfactory will you be deemed competent in this course.


Marking Guide (Grading)

Only after achieving competency in this course will you receive a grade corresponding to your level of performance in the course. 

The reported Final Grade will be one of the following:

CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved – Graded
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for assessment

Further details regarding the application of the grading criteria will be provided by your teacher.
 

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