Course Title: Address legal and administrative requirements

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: BUSM5794C

Course Title: Address legal and administrative requirements

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6102 - Advanced Diploma of Business (Public Relations)

Course Contact : Sally Parrott

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5175

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Rick Norwood Sessional Teacher

Level 5 Building 80 SAB

Nominal Hours: 50

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 ensure that the business or project complies with the relevant legislative and regulatory requirements. It covers the skills needed by those setting up and managing the legal and administrative aspects of businesses, and projects a cultural industry context.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUSADM09A Address legal and administrative requirements


1.Establish legal structures for businesses or projects

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Examine the legal options for setting up a business or project to determine the most suitable structure, taking into account:
preference of interested parties
requirements of funding bodies
structure of the industry
subsequent ownership transfer considerations
1.2 Investigate legal rights and responsibilities of the business/project to ensure they are understood and the business/project is adequately protected
1.3 Establish and maintain a file of all relevant documentation and correspondence


3. Establish rights to materials, products/services

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Seek information on any procurement rights needed to ensure that the implications are fully understood
3.2 Explore conditions applying to materials, products and services fully to ensure compliance with legal and contractual requirements
3.3 Identify fully the cost of procurement rights to materials, products and services and include in ongoing financial planning
3.4 Explore fully the rights and responsibilities applying to use of products, materials and services to ensure accurate information is communicated to customers
3.5 Seek legal advice on contractual rights and obligations as required, to clarify liabilities


4. Secure rights to materials/products/ services

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Assess materials, products and services to determine procurement rights
4.2 Ensure that contractual procurement rights are secured


2. Comply with statutory and regulatory requirements

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Ascertain the statutory and regulatory requirements affecting the way the business operates and take appropriate steps to ensure adequate cover and full compliance
2.2 Identify the insurance requirements fully to ensure cover and minimise risk
2.3 If required, secure registration of the business in accordance with owner/operator preferences and legal requirements
2.4 Investigate any specific legal questions of particular relevance to the industry
2.5 Maintain legal documents accurately and securely, keep relevant records and update to ensure their ongoing security and accessibility

Learning Outcomes

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to ensure that the business or project complies with the relevant legislative and regulatory requirements.

Details of Learning Activities

Classes wil be in seminar format in the Swansron Academic Building. Consult timetable for room and times

Students will need materials to take some notes such as laptop of pad and pen as there is no set textbook for this course.  The week’s topics are in the week by week below.  There may be further information about topics on Blackboard.  Students will have references provided to review material presented in the context of a published commercial law textbook.  There will be review notes on blackboard for each week’s topics.

Classes will consist of a  short lecture on the week’s topic where you should take notes and ask questions.  There will be a back and forth session on legal topics of interest, especially what’s in the media this week.  A case study similar to the assessment work willbe unpacked for legal implications and there will be an exploratory session using the internet.  Please bring a laptop as some classrooms have only one terminal.

Teaching Schedule



Week    Date  begins                                            Topic                                                                                                                                                                    Assessments                                                                                                                                                           
1 February 09

 Course Introduction and Course Overview

Topic 1 Role and power of the common law; constitutional issues and government

 The idea of the common law; the institutions of government in Australia;  
2 February16

Topic 1 continued 

Topic 2 Business Structures


 Sole traders, partnerships, companies, trustees, the crown, financing business and projects, tendering, funding and grants  Make Assessment 1 Research Assignment available
3 February 23  Business structures              


4 March 02


Topic 3 Negligence

 Contracting, torts esp negligence, Australian Consumer Law, Fair Trading Act, contempt and suppression orders, defamation, privacy, confidentiality  
5 March 09  Rights and responsibilities    
6 March 16

 Rights and responsibilities

Topic 4 Contracts


 Assessment 1 30% Research Assignment due this week

Make Assessment 2 Court Report Assignment available

7 March 23  Rights and responsibilities    
8 March 30 & April 06  Break in classes and opportunity to make time for court visits



 Mid Semester Break 2-8 April

9 April 13  Regulation and compliance

Topic 5 Government agencies, consumer and business regulation

 Taxation Office, ASIC, Consumer and Business Affairs, Fairwork, Equal Opportunity Commissioner


 10  April 20 Regulation and compliance     Assessment 2 30% Court Report due this week

Make Assessment 3 Legal analysis of PR Project available

11 April 27  Regulation and compliance    
12 May 04


Topic 6 Intellectual property and copyright

 Property laws, copyright, intellectual property, contracting property and rights. Purchasing, licensing  
13 May 11  Property and products    
14 May 18  Property and products    
15 May 25  Assessment finalisation    Assessment 3, Legal analysis of a PR Project 40% due this week
16 June 01  Resubmissions and extensions, special help available    

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

There are several commercial and business law texts available in the library.  Various overheads compilations and powerpoint presentations will be seen on Blackboard 

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 3 assessments, students must be deemed competent in each assessment to pass the subject.

Full assessment details will be provided by your teacher and available on the Blackboard shell.

Assessment 1
Available week 1
Due Week 6
Legal Research Activity Individual response of 1200 words which will include 200 words on the research process, how and where resources were found and how useful they were.

Assessment 2
Available week 3
Due week 10
Take home assignment based on visits to some of the courts in session.  The activity and the report will be done in pairs.

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 a cover sheet that includes a declaration and statement of authorship. You must 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 each assessment task is available on blackboard.
• 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. For example, Julie Macpherson, 324567, Task 2, OHS2345C Ensure safe workplace, Page 1 of 10.

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:
Form to use:
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
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Form to use:

Resubmissions (VET Programs):
If you are found to be unsuccessful 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.

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
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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.
Marking Guide (Grading)
After achieving competency we then grade your performance in the unit and you will achieve one of the following grades:

Final Grades table:
CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved – Graded
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for assessment
Further information regarding the application of the grading criteria will be provided by your teacher.
Assessment 3:
Available week 8
Due week 15
Take home assignment submitted through Turnitin where students will have a Puublic Relations scenario/project to consider and will answer specific questions related to legal risks arising from the project and where the students will be able to suggest alternatives to minimise or resolve problems following from those risks.

Assessment Matrix

Full details avaialabe from your teacher

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