Course Title: Apply legal principles in contract and consumer law

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2019

Course Code: LAW5732C

Course Title: Apply legal principles in contract and consumer law

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6163 - Advanced Diploma of Accounting

Course Contact: Doug Gourlay

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5944

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Anthony Di Stasio

+61 399255519

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


Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to research, analyse and apply legal principles to provide advice on contract and consumer law implications to clients.

It applies to individuals whose job role involves the application of knowledge of contract and consumer law in the workplace.

Work functions in the occupational areas where this unit may be used are subject to regulatory requirements. This unit is designed to meet educational requirements of the Tax Practitioner Board (TPB). Refer to the FNS Implementation Guide Companion Volume or the relevant regulator for specific guidance on requirements.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

FNSTPB503 Apply legal principles in contract and consumer law


1. Research legal aspects of contract and consumer law

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify client's circumstances that require advice on contract or consumer law matters

1.2 Research contract and consumer law and related legislation, regulation and practice

1.3 Identify different types of relevant contract and consumer transactions, and clearly outline their legal context, establishment procedures and purpose

1.4 Identify legal principles applying to contract and consumer matters that are relevant to client circumstances


2. Analyse legal issues and risks associated with operation of a business

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify areas of risk in application of law in contract and consumer matters

2.2 Analyse how legal issues impact on different types of business structures and legal entities

2.3 Evaluate relevance to client circumstances and implication of risks for structure, operation and performance of different legal entities


3. Apply knowledge of contract and consumer laws to client circumstances

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Collect and collate client's available information for analysis

3.2 Interpret, analyse and process available information to obtain required knowledge applicable to client's circumstances

3.3 Seek advice and guidance of specialist, if required, to interpret, analyse and synthesise client and legal information

3.4 Provide advice to clients based on their circumstances and relevant law


4. Maintain legal knowledge

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Review client's circumstances and apply any changes in relevant aspects of contract or consumer law

4.2 Review relevant legal sources regularly and apply any changes in daily work

4.3 Access and use systems for keeping up with changes and maintaining up-to-date knowledge about relevant legal aspects of contract or consumer law

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 include your contribution to discussion threads, reflective journals, quizzes and interactive sessions.

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

You are expected to participate and contribute in all scheduled learning activities.

Teaching Schedule



Course Schedule:    Contract & Consumer Law                                            Semester 2: 2019





Week 1



Introduction Australian Legal System/Parliament




Week 2



Australian Legal System/Courts

 Begin Assessment 1 Portfolio Exercises


Week 3



Australian Legal System/Disputes         



Week 4






Week 5



Australian Consumer Law (ACL) & ACCC



Progress on Portfolios reviewed.

Bring Portfolio to class


Week 6



ACL- Misleading & Deceptive Practices



Week 7



Introduction- Preparation for Assessment 2 Group Work

 Begin Assessment 2 


Week 8



Assessment 2 Group Work



Week 9

 Assessment 2 Group Work & Review Portfolio Exercises


Assessment 2 Due



Week 10



 Contract law Elements 1-3   




Week 11


  Contract Law Elements 3-6  


Progress on Portfolios reviewed.

Bring Portfolio to class


Week 12



Contract Law Applied



Week 13





 Assessment 1 Due



Week 14






Week 15


In Class Case Studies (ASSESSMENT 3)


 Assessment 3


Week 16













The nominal hours associated with this are a guide only and represent the total teaching time and student effort required to successfully complete this 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

There are no prescribed texts for this course

References (Consumer Affairs, including Fair Trading) (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission) (Australian Securities and Investments Commission)

McCann, P. Contract and Consumer Law, First Edition, 2016

Local Newspapers eg., The Age Newspaper, Victoria, Australia (Resource of Australian and international legal materials, including cases and law) (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission)

Other Resources










Overview of Assessment

Performance Evidence

 Evidence of the ability to:

  • research for any changes to, or new, legislative requirements in relation to contract or consumer law relevant to the client’s circumstances
  • apply current statute, common law and equitable principles in relation to contract and consumer laws that are relevant to the client’s circumstances
  • present a recommendation to the client after considering the client’s circumstances and relevant aspects of contract and/or consumer laws

Knowledge Evidence

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

  • explain the operation of the Australian legal systems and processes relevant to contract and consumer law including:
    • basic principles, current statute, common law and equitable principles
    • roles and responsibilities of key organisations
    • constitutional considerations
    • separation of powers
    • basic principles of contract law
    • basic principles of the law of torts, particularly relating to negligence and negligent misstatement
    • courts and regulatory bodies
  • explain how laws are enacted and their underlying policy aims, and how those laws may be interpreted by existing common law and equitable rules, and apply to property laws
  • examine legal concepts and scope of contract law with reference to:
    • formation – agreement and intention to create legal relations
    • formation – consideration, form, legality and capacity
    • contents – express terms, exclusion clauses
    • contents – implied terms, common law and statute (Commonwealth and state competition and consumer legislation)
    • vitiating elements – unconscionability, misrepresentation, capacity
    • discharge – remedies, including rescission for unconscionable conduct
    • agency
  • describe legal concepts and scope of consumer law
  • misleading and deceptive conduct:
  • function of the Competition and Consumer Act
  • role and jurisdiction of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)

Assessment Conditions

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

  • office equipment, technology, software and consumables
  • relevant legislation, regulations and codes of practice

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

You should take note of all feedback received and use this information to improve your learning outcomes and final performance in the course.

Assessment Tasks


You are required to complete 3 tasks.  You must successfully complete all  3 tasks to be deemed competent in this course.


  1. Folios 1-9. To be worked on continuously throughout the course.

Research into current legal issues and testing understanding of concepts (due Week 13)

  1. Video presentation: Australian Consumer Law (due Week 9)

 Group Activity

  1. Case Studies  (due Week 15)

Written responses to legal related consumer and contract issues.

The Teacher or Course Coordinator may request anytime to ask students to demonstrate and/or reproduce assessments to validate authenticity. 



Assessment Matrix




Assessment Matrix


The assessment matrix that maps all the assessment is available on CANVAS  and is attached to the Assessment.


Submission Requirements


You should:


  • Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date. 
  • Always retain a copy of your assessment tasks. (hard copy and soft copy)
  • When you submit work for assessment at RMIT University you need to use the Assessment task document that includes a declaration and statement of authorship.
  • Each page of your assessment should include footer with your name, student number, the title of the assessment, unit code and title and page numbers.


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.

More Information

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.

More Information:



Resubmissions (VET Programs):


If you are found to be unsuccessful in a particular Course Assessment Task (or you do not submit/attend) you will be allowed one resubmission.  Your teacher will provide feedback regarding what you need to do to improve and will set a new deadline for the resubmission. 

If you are still not meeting the assessment requirements you must apply to your Program Manager in writing outlining the steps you will take to demonstrate competence in your course. Your submission will be considered by the Program Team and you will be advised of the outcome as soon as possible.


Successful re-submissions will contribute a CA only (Competency Achieved ) result to your overall grade for the course.


Adjustments to Assessment

In certain circumstances students may be eligible for an assessment adjustment. For more information about the circumstances under which the assessment arrangements might be granted please access the following website:


Marking Guide (Competency):


You must demonstrate that you have all the required skills/knowledge/elements in the unit of competency you are studying.


You will receive feedback on each assessment task that will inform you about your progress and how well you are performing.



































Other Information


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