Course Title: Fundamentals of Contract Law

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Fundamentals of Contract Law

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

LAW2524

City Campus

Postgraduate

660H Graduate School of Business and Law

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020

LAW2525

Open Learning Australia

Non Award

660H Graduate School of Business and Law

Distance / Correspondence

OUAS2PG18,
OUAS1PG19,
OUAS2PG19,
OUAS1PG20,
OUAS2PG20

Course Coordinator: Dr James Gilchrist Stewart

Course Coordinator Phone: +613 9925 0814

Course Coordinator Email: james.stewart@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: Building 13

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced corequisites:

040015 - LAW1019/LAW2396 Introduction to the Australian Legal System and Legal Methods


Course Description

This course explores the fundamental principles of contract law. It examines the requirements for the formation of a contract and examines the agreement, form or consideration, formalities, privity and capacity. It also considers the contents and construction of a contract, including express and implied terms, as well as excluding or limiting terms. The course provides you with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue further and more specific contract law studies as part of Advanced Contract Law in the Juris Doctor.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the legal framework for contract law, including formation, content and interpretation of contracts in Australian law;
  2. Critically evaluate policy issues discussed in law reform proposals with current contract law issues and private law transactions;
  3. Analyse and research complex problems relating to contract law and make reasoned and appropriate choices amongst alternatives;
  4. Demonstrate sophisticated cognitive and creative skills in approaching legal issues relating to contract law and generate appropriate responses.


Overview of Learning Activities

The course requires you to take part in various learning activities. These activities consist of engaging in legal research by searching electronic legal databases, internet resources and law journals, class discussion, case study preparation and presentations and analysis and interpretation of contractual clauses.


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 alignment list below shows the assessment tasks against the learning outcomes they develop.

Assessment Task 1: 20%
Linked CLOs: 3, 4
Assessment Task 2: 30%
Linked CLOs: 3, 4
Final Examination: 50%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 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.