Course Title: Apply contract law to international business activities

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2014

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 Email:timothy.wallis@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

John Fowler

john.fowler2@rmit.edu.au

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

None

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

Element:

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

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Characteristics of different business organisations are identified
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
 

Element:

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

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 investigated
2.5 Legal grounds that enable contract termination are investigated 

Element:

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

Performance Criteria:

3. Examine the basic legal processes of Australia’s trading partners
3.1 Sources of Law for Australia’s trading partners are analysed
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 investigated
3.4 Compliance requirements are analysed to confirm understanding and ensure consistency of interpretation and application
3.5 Compliance requirements are reviewed to monitor changes and amendments


Learning Outcomes


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


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 quizzes, scenario case studies 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

Week   Date    Topic
110 Feb Induction and pre-training review
217 Feb Business legal resposibilities
324 Feb Tender Process and Contract formulation
43 Mar

 Drafting of contracts

510 Mar Manage contract establishment
617 Mar Legal process of current and possible trading partners
724 Mar Legal process of current and possible trading partners
831 Mar Manage contract performance
97 Apr Manage contract performance
1014 Apr Review and Mini Quiz (Non-Assessable)
   
1128 Apr Manage contract evaluation
125 May Dispute resolution process
1312 May Contractor performance
1419 May Stakeholder consultation process
1526 May Contract improvement and evaluation processes
162 June Individual student interviews

Week 1 will consist of an induction to the course which will include completion of a pre training review and familiarisation with:

  • Your teacher(s) and other students.
  • Services and facilities
  • Student responsibilities
  • Where to get support
  • Course requirements, key learning outcomes, assessment, feedback and grading.
  • Submission requirements and the resubmission policy
  • Plagiarism
  • Appeals
  • Extensions and Special Consideration
  • Privacy

This unit is codelivered and coassessed with BUSM7881c - Manage Strategic Contracts


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


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

This course has two assessments.  You must fully and successfully complete all assessments to be deemed competent in this unit.

This unit is codelivered and coassessed with BUSM7881c - Manage Strategic Contracts

Assessment Task 1 – Local Government Contract Formulation
Date handed out: Week 1
Date and time due: Week 15
Group or individual: Group

Purpose:
This assignment is interactive in that groups will interact with other groups in the formulation of a specific local government project with each group taking on two roles i.e the first role will be for staff in the Tender Department of a local council in the contract formulation and the Second role will be in relation to a contractor for the actual tender for work to be undertaken for the other groups

Requirements:
Each group will prepare a contract in various time frames to cover:

A. Tender Department
• Preparation of draft contract
• Advertisement to the public
• Registration of interest sent to prospective contractors
• Award of contract

B. Prospective Contractor
• Reply to Tender Department requesting Registration of Interest detail
• Submitting a bid based on the detail given by the Tender Department
• Answering any requests for more information


Assessment Task 2 – Collusion Analysis
Date handed out: Week 7
Date and time due: Week 8
Group or individual: Individual

Purpose:
This case study exercise will require research of a real life example of two large manufacturing companies which became involved in a very expensive case of collusion

Requirements:
You will be provided with specific requirements in class to enable you to undertake this assignment to cover the following requirements as follows:

• Detail history
• Court decision
• Damages awarded
• Flow on litigation both in Australia and overseas
• Lessons gained

Assessment Task 3 – Subway Franchise in China Report
Date handed out: Week 3
Date and time due: Week 11
Group or individual: Individual

Purpose:
This assignment has been designed to test your knowledge of franchising within Australia and overseas

Requirements:
You will prepare a report which will detail information that will assist potential Chinese franchisees to set up in China


Submission requirements:

Assessment tasks must be submitted online through blackboard.

You must:
• Retain a copy of your assessment tasks.
• Complete, sign and submit a cover sheet with all work you submit for assessment, whether individual or group work. On the cover sheet you declare that the work you are presenting for assessment is your own work. An assignment cover sheet for submission of work for assessment is available on blackboard.
• For group assignments - all group members must complete and sign the cover sheet.
• Each page of your assessment you should include footer with your name(s), student number(s), the title of the assessment, unit code and title and page numbers. For example, Julie Macpherson, 324567, Task 2, OHS2345C Ensure safe workplace, Page 1 of 10.

Resubmissions:
If you are found to be Not Yet Competent in a Course Assessment Task you will be allowed one resubmission only. Your teacher will provide feedback regarding what you need to do to improve and will set a new deadline for the resubmission. The highest grade you will receive if your resubmission is successful is “CAG”.
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.

Final Date for All Assessments
Unless the Late Submission Procedures (see above) are applied, No assessment tasks or resubmissions will be accepted after 5pm Friday, Week 16.
 


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.

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.

You will be provided with an assessment matrix in the assessments area of the unit blackboard shell.  Generally, your grading will be assessed against how well you demonstrate:

  • Perform the activities as required by the learning elements of this unit of competency.
  • Demonstrate the required knowledge for this unit of competency.
  • Execute the required skills for this unit of competency.
  • Demonstrate your employability skills through contribution to learning activities related to this assessment, timeliness, use of technology and teamwork.

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
 

Other Information

Late Submissions

Students are required to submit assessment items and/or ensure performance based assessment is completed by the due dates. If a student is to be prevented from submitting an assessment item on time, by circumstances outside their control, they may apply in advance to the teacher for an extension to the due date of up to seven calendar days. To be eligible for an extension, you must lodge the extension form availabile at the following link with your teacher: http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment/extension

Where an extension of greater than seven days is needed, the student 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 on special consideration and how to apply can be found here: http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/specialconsideration


Adjustments to Assessment
In certain circumstances students may be eligible for an assessment adjustment. Information on circumstances under which the assessment arrangements might be granted can be found at the following website: http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment/adjustment
 

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