Course Title: Apply contract law to international business activities

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2013

Course Code: LAW5178

Course Title: Apply contract law to international business activities

School: 650T TAFE Business

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6101 - Advanced Diploma of International Business

Course Contact : Tim Wallis

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5423

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Diana Blackburn

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 generally applies to those with responsibility for international business management and provide leadership in the application of contract law within international business activities.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU20066 Apply contract law to international business activities


Examine the basic legal processes of Australia’s trading partners.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Sources of Law for Australia’s trading partners are
3.2 Social and cultural factors of a selected country or region
that affect trading relationships are evaluated.
3.3 Implications of current legal trading issues are
VU20066 Apply contract law to international business activities
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3.4 Compliance requirements are analysed to confirm
understanding and ensure consistency of interpretation and
3.5 Compliance requirements


Investigate the characteristics and legal responsibilities of different types of business organisations.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Characteristics of different business organizations are
1.2 Responsibilities and legal requirements for the
establishment of a business are identified.
1.3 Strengths and weaknesses of each business organisation
related to domestic and international trade are evaluated.
1.4 Legal implications or relationships that impinge on business
structures and trading operations between and within
organisations are reviewed.


Review the processes and necessary considerations involved in preparing a contract.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Contracts appropriate to domestic and international
business are identified and accessed.
2.2 Key elements of a contractual arrangement are identified.
2.3 Penalties and/or sanctions, which may be implied by
contracts, are analysed.
2.4 Potential breaches of contract are identified and
2.5 Legal grounds that enable contract termination are

Learning Outcomes

This unit covers the skills and underpinning knowledge required to analyse contract law relevant to international business

Details of Learning Activities

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

The self-based activities will be delivered through various technology platforms and will include student contribution to wikis and 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 skills in a simulated workplace environment.

Teaching Schedule

18 July(1) Course Induction
• Course delivery and assessment details
• Course support documents
• Online learning environment
• Grading
• Plagiarism
• Appeals
• Extensions
• Feedback
• Privacy
• Submission requirements
• Resubmission policy
• Where to get support
• Student responsibilities
(2) Pre-Training Review
• Includes skills analysis and Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfers
(3) Course Overview
215 JulyInternational contract law
322 JulyBusiness structures
429 JulyBusiness Structures / Representatives abroad
55 AugRepresentatives abroad
612 AugStudent Study Week
719 AugContract Law
826 AugContract law
 2 – 6 SepMid Semester Break
99 SepIn Class Test
1016 SepCarriage of Goods
1123 SepVienna Convention
1230 SepMeans of payment
137 OctInternational dispute resolution
1414 OctInternational sales and domestic law
1521 OctICC, GATT, WTO
1628 OctRevision and review

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescribed texts


Blazey et al, 2008, The Chinese Commercial Legal System, Thomson, USA Hofstede, Geert, 1984, Culture's Consequences - International Differences in Work, Sage Publications, USA Bennet et al, 1996, Crossing Cultures - Essays on Literature and Culture of the Asia Pacific. Skoob Books, UK Kettell, Brian, 2011, Introduction to Islamic Banking and Finance, Wiley, UK Leal-Arcas, Rafael, 2010, International Trade and Investment Law, Elgar, UK Gionea, John, 2004, International Trade and Investment - An Asia Pacific Perspective, McGraw Hill, Australia

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of a particular competency to be deemed competent. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks.

Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including assignments, journals, presentation and written or test. Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including in-class exercises, problem-solving exercises, assignments, group or individual projects, presentations and written or practical tests, as well as homework activities.

Other activities may be workplace-based or simulate work practices. These may include the production of technical requirements documents, direct observation of workplace practices and the presentation of a portfolio of evidence. This portfolio may include documents, photographs, video and/or audio files.

Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met. Students will be provided with feedback throughout the course to check their progress.

Task One - Written test in class - Principles of Contract Law

Task Two - Report - Due Week 12 - Project on establishing food outlet in China

Task Three - Group Assignment - Due Week 15 - Business Plan / Company Structure.

Details of requirements will be given to the students in class

Assessment Matrix

Marking Guide (competency):
Vocational Education and Training (VET) is based on current industry needs and the focus on preparing you for the workplace. Because VET courses are informed by practical application of knowledge and skills, they are based on a system known as ‘competency based training’ (CBT). So when you are assessed in VET it is about whether you are competent to do the job, as well as having a firm grasp on the knowledge and skills required to do that job, as opposed to traditional curriculum based education settings that are often based on knowledge retention.

You need to demonstrate you are competent in each element of the unit of competency you are studying.
You will receive feedback on each assessment task that will inform you whether you are competent or not and how well you are performing. Once competent in all elements of the unit you receive a competency grading.
Please refer to the Final Grades table below.

Marking Guide (Grading)
After achieving competency we then grade your performance in the unit; this gives you the opportunity to have the level of your performance formally recognized against industry standards and employability skills.

The grading is according to the following criteria:

We are looking for a high level of ability to complete all tasks independently as per the specifications as well as demonstrating a high level of initiative in your approach to the task

We are looking for depth of understanding of the key concepts and knowledge required in the assessments system. You should be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of all requirements in all the assessment tasks.

We are looking for appropriate use of technology to assist in presenting all tasks clearly and suitable for the intended audience. You also need to show an understanding of the kinds of problems that can arise in managing pertinent issues and how these might be addressed.

If required by the teacher we would expect to see ongoing uploading of information into Pebble Pad that is relevant to the unit, full utilisation of Pebble Pad and Blackboard as per course requirements and timely submission of all required assessment tasks.

We expect to see contributions to relevant discussions and scheduled Collaborate sessions. In addition your tasks should demonstrate a very good understanding of strategies for a collaborative approach to management issues in the workplace.

Final Grades table:

DNS - Did not submit for assessment
NYC - Not yet competent
CAG - Competency achieved – graded
CC - Competent with credit
CDI - Competent with distinction
CHD - Competent with high distinction

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