Course Title: Law of Torts

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6070

Course Title: Law of Torts

Portfolio: BUS

Nominal Hours: 51.0

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


650T TAFE Business


Term1 2008,
Term1 2009,
Term1 2010

Course Contact: Paul Ryan

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5466

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This module covers nature, aims and rationale of the law of torts, intentional interference with another person, negligence, negligent misrepresentation and negligently causing psychological injury, torts relating to land, torts relating to goods, vicarious liability, occupier’s liability, strict liability, no-fault compensation schemes and defamation.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

LAW5040 Legal Process [VBM898]

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VBM894 Law Of Torts

Learning Outcomes

1. Analyse the term “tort”, determine those affected by the law of tort and assess the aims and rationale behind the law of tort.
2. Analyse the law relating to trespass to the person.
3. Analyse the elements of negligence, and determine possible defences to a negligence action.
4. Analyse the legal principles relating to negligent misrepresentation and negligently causing psychological injury.
5. Analyse the elements of torts designed to protect interests in land.
6. Analyse and assess torts relating to interference with interests in goods.
7. Analyse vicarious liability, occupier’s liability and strict liability and examine the principles applicable to a successful claim in each.
8. Analyse and evaluate the various no-fault compensation schemes presently operating in Victoria and the Commonwealth.
9. Analyse, evaluate and specify the elements of defamation and analyse the possible defences to a defamation action.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will consist of written tests and an assignment.