Course Title: Law and Technology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Law and Technology

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:  



Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


615H Accounting




City Campus


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024


Open Learning Australia

Non Award

660H Graduate School of Business and Law

Distance / Correspondence


Course Coordinator: Marta Poblet Balcell

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 0134

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 13

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Assumed knowledge

  • Introduction to the Australian Legal System and Legal Methods
  • Fundamentals of Contract Law

Course Description

This course provides you with the opportunity to engage in an in-depth study of the legal and regulatory issues associated with new and emerging technology and innovation. The coursework will focus on current issues in law and technology, examining the way that law and legal practice has adapted, or is likely to adapt, to new developments in technology, digital disruption, new business models, and new forms of governance. The course will also consider the regulatory response in the face of innovation. The course content draws on Australian and international comparative materials where appropriate. The specific topics covered may vary from year to year, ensuring that the course is at the cutting edge of technological developments and the implications for the law and legal practice.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


On completion of the course you will be able to:

CLO1: Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the legal issues relating to the management and regulation of new and emergent technology in Australia and internationally.

CLO2: Critically evaluate the application of new and emergent technology to legal practice and the implications for the legal profession.

CLO3: Analyse and research complex legal problems relating to new and emergent technology and make reasoned and appropriate solutions among alternatives.

CLO4: Demonstrate sophisticated cognitive and creative skills in approaching legal issues to create practical solutions for legal or non-legal clients.


Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will be motivated to be an active learner. Students will be required to develop their knowledge and skills through both the course materials supplied as well as their own self-directed research and intellectual inquiry. Students will develop knowledge and skills related to law and legal practice impacting new and emergent technologies.

Your learning will be supported through various in-class and online activities comprising individual and group work. These may include quizzes; assignments; prescribed readings; sourcing, researching and analysing specific information; solving problems; conducting presentations; producing work in a variety of media and collaborating with peers on set tasks or projects.

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through MyRMIT Studies\Canvas. The lecture notes and workshop notes are posted on Canvas.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. Visit the RMIT library website for further details. Assistance is available online via our chat and email services, face to face at our campus libraries or via the telephone on (03) 9925 2020.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period. 

Overview of Assessment

The assessment tasks, their weighting and the course learning outcomes to which they are aligned are as follows:

Assessment Task 1: 20%
Linked CLOs: 1

Assessment Task 2: 40%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3

Assessment Task 3: 40%
Linked CLOs: 1, 4

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.