Course Title: Advanced Contract Law

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Contract Law

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023


Open Learning Australia

Non Award

660H Graduate School of Business and Law

Distance / Correspondence


Course Coordinator: James Stewart

Course Coordinator Phone: +613 9925 0814

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 13

Course Coordinator Availability: By Appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced pre-requisites:

040015 -  LAW1019 / LAW2396 Introduction to the Australian Legal Systems & Legal Methods

049812 - LAW2524/LAW2525 Fundamentals of Contract Law

Course Description

This course builds on the foundational skills and knowledge obtained in Fundamentals of Contract Law. This course will give you an overview of the vitiating factors affecting contracts, including misinformation, abuse of power and illegality. This course will also introduce you to key related concepts, such as equitable estoppel and restitution. Finally, as part of this course, you will study the various ways in which contracts might be discharged and/or terminated and the relevant remedies and relief which are available in these circumstances.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


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

  1. Apply knowledge of a wide range of legal concepts, values, principles and rules of Australian contract law including a sound understanding of the grounds on which a contract may be deemed void, rescinded and/or terminated and the ability to identify the various forms of relief and remedies which may be available in these circumstances;
  2. Demonstrate sophisticated and advanced cognitive and creative skills in approaching legal issues relating to contract law and generate appropriate responses;
  3. Apply legal principles to specific fact scenarios and come to a well-reasoned conclusion on the relevant legal obligations and likely outcomes;
  4. Work collaboratively and communicate effectively to a range of different audiences.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will utilise a range of learning activities, including face to face lectures and seminars and equivalent online activities, small group work activities/online discussion boards, and guest speaker presentations (also provided online). Learning processes provide the opportunity for face-to-face and online participants to explore a range of issues that present to a commercial/consumer lawyer in practice.

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

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.