Course Title: Analyse and apply law of contract

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6141 Advanced Diploma of Legal Practice

Course Title: Analyse and apply law of contract

Portfolio: BUS Portfolio Office

Nominal Hours: 50

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.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


650T Vocational Business Education

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term1 2016,
Term2 2016,
Term1 2017,
Term2 2017,
Term1 2018

Course Contact: Robert Sheen

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5759

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to apply a detailed knowledge of contract law in order to support the work of a legal office, practice or associated context.

This unit supports the work of personnel engaged in the operation of a legal office or associated fields within public and/or corporate sectors. A practitioner would typically provide specialised knowledge of contract law principles across a range of social, domestic and commercial contexts.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VU21633 Analyse and apply law of contract


1. Identify the key features of contract law

10. Apply discharge of contracts

11. Apply remedies to breach of contract

2. Apply the rules governing the requirement that the parties to a contract should reach an agreement comprised of offer and acceptance

3. Analyse the old presumptions and assess current rules relevant to the requirement that parties have an intention to create legal relations

4. Identify and apply the rules which govern the requirement that consideration must be present in simple contracts

5. Identify and apply terms of contract

6. Analyse and apply legal principles relating to the position of persons who lack contractual capacity to enter into contracts

7. Assess the meaning and effects of consensual problems of contracts

8. Determine the circumstances where a contract may be illegal or void and assess the consequences

9. Apply legal principles relating to privity of contract and assignment of contract

Learning Outcomes


Overview of Assessment

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

In order to demonstrate competency in this unit, you must provide evidence of:

• knowledge of the application of specific aspects of law of contract, for example: the legal positions of persons who lack contractual capacity; the appropriate application of remedy for a breach of contract, or, the application of the rules governing consideration
• knowledge of the nature, principles and elements of law of contract including the rights and liabilities of persons who enter into contract
• the application of law of contract across a range of contract contexts

Context for assessment

Assessment must ensure:

• activities are related to a legal practice context
• activities are related to laws, regulations and procedures currently operating across the jurisdictions relevant to this qualification

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 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 effectiveness and final performance in the course.

Finally, you can email or arrange an appointment with your teacher to gain more feedback on your progress.