Course Title: Make decisions in a legal context

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2008

Course Code: JUST5130C

Course Title: Make decisions in a legal context

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4169 - Certificate IV in Financial Services (Accounting)

Course Contact : Andrew Webster

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5458

Course Contact

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


Course Description

This unit covers the competency to work and make appropriate decisions within a legal context.
This unit requires the application of skills and knowledge required to make decisions within a legal context. The unit encompasses identifying the main roles and responsibilities of key bodies in the legal system, identifying compliance requirements and developing procedures to ensure compliance. The unit has application across all sectors of the financial services industry.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

FNSACCT404A Make decisions in a legal context


Develop procedures to ensure compliance

Performance Criteria:

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Establish timetables to meet compliance requirements to align with statutory deadlines


Identify compliance requirements

Performance Criteria:

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Review sources constantly to remain informed of changes and amendments to statutes and finance industry requirements


Identify the main roles and responsibilities of the key bodies in the legal system

Performance Criteria:

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<!--[if !supportLists]-->&middot;        <!--[endif]-->Identify the implications of relevant legislation and apply in regard to making decisions

Identify the implications of common law, including negligence and contract, employment law and business structures and apply in regard to making decisions

Learning Outcomes

Please refer to Elements of Competency.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning ActivitiesCase studies are used throughout the course and students are expected to participate in class discussions and exercises. The use of ‘real world’ examples will assist students throughout the course.
Learner activity: Students will take an active role
•Reflecting and discussing key concepts
•Applying legal concepts to precedents and moot discussions
•Summarizing key points
•Participating in problem solving scenarios
•Responding to generic question sessions
The use of “real world” examples will facilitate the understanding of the theoretical concepts and students will be encouraged to use lateral thinking.

Competency Based Assessment
Students will be provided with more than one opportunity to demonstrate competence. Competency based assessment is detailed below in “Assessment Methods” and “Assessment Tasks”.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1 – 11th Feb
Topic 1: Introduction to Law
1A: Concept of Law

Week 2 – 18th Feb
1B: Common Law System

Week 3 – 25th Feb
1C: Court System

Week 4 – 3rd March
1D: Parliament
Assessment – Court Report

Week 5 – 10th March
Topic 2: Tort of Negligence
2A: Introduction to Tort Law
2B: Duty of Care

Week 6 – 17th March
2C: Breach of Duty
2D: Damage

Week 7 – 31st March

Week 8 – 7th April
Assessment – Negligence Case Study
2F: Vicarious Liability

Week 9 – 14th April
Topic 3: Contract Law
3A: Introduction to Contract
3B: Intention

Week 10 – 21st April
3C: Agreement

Week 11 – 28th April
3D: Consideration
3E: Capacity

Week 12 – 5th May
3F: Genuine Consent
3G: Legality

Week 13 – 12th May
Assessment – Contract Case Study

Week 14 – 19th May
Topic 4: Law in the Workplace
4A: Employment Law

Week 15 – 26th May
4B: Workplace Relations Law

Week 16 – 2nd June
4C: Anti-Discrimination
Topic 5: Business Structures

Week 17 – 9th June
Assessment – Group Presentations

Week 18 – 16th June
Re-sits and Feedback

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Vickery, Roger & Pendleton, Wayne. Australian Business Law. Pearson/Prentice Hall: 2006 (5th edition).

0 7339 7259 4


Harvey, Callie. Cornerstones of Australian Law. (2nd edition) Tilde Publishing: 2007

0 7346 1016 5

Nygh, et. al. Concise Australian Legal Dictionary. Butterworths: 1998

ISBN 0 4093 1

Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

Assessment may include group presentations, court reports, problem-solving activities, case studies, research assignments and open-book tests.
Tutorial activities will include problem solving, researching and answering case studies. These activities may be conducted verbally or in writing and will provide the opportunity for formative feedback.
This will help students determine how well they are progressing in the course.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment:Method:Marks awarded:

Court Report---------------------------Verbal presentation, group--------25
Negligence Case Study---------Written assessment, individual---25
Contract Case Study--------------Written assessment, individual---25
Workplace Scenario--------------Verbal presentation, group---------25

Assessment Matrix

FNSACCT404A/01 Identify the main roles and responsibilities of the key bodies in the legal systemYES    
FNSACCT404A/02 Identify compliance requirements YESYESYESYES
FNSACCT404A/03 Develop procedures to ensure compliance   YESYES

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