Course Title: Contract Law

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Contract Law

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Coordinator: Dr Andrew Vaitiekunas

Course Coordinator Phone: -

Course Coordinator Email: andrew.vaitiekunas@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: Building 13

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Assumed Knowledge: Becoming a Lawyer in a Globalised World


Course Description

Contracts are fundamental to business transactions. This course provides you with a systematic and comprehensive study of the essential principles of contract law. It covers the rules relating to the forming and avoiding of contracts, the contents and interpretation of contracts, the discharge of contracts and the remedies for breach of contract. This course also examines the policy issues arising in contract law. You  will also get to explore the theoretical and social aspects of contract law.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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Upon successful completion of this course, you will:

CLO1: Critique the broad theoretical basis of the law of contract and its social context.

CLO2: Identify why, and recognise when a valid and enforceable contract exists.

CLO3: Demonstrate an understanding of what may destroy or impair validity or enforceability of a contract.

CLO4: Apply the law to ascertain the parties to, and terms of a contract; the principles applying to the interpretation of those terms; and whether and how contractual rights and obligations can be duly assigned, performed and discharged.

CLO5: Identify and advise when a contract has been broken; and the various remedies available for that breach.


Overview of Learning Activities

To achieve the objectives this course requires you to participate in various learning activities. These activities comprise of lectures, tutorials, self-directed learning, participation through in-class and online activities, legal writing exercises, multiple choice questions, collaborating with peers on set tasks or projects, and a final examination.


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: 10%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2

Assessment Task 2: 40%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3 ,4

Assessment Task 3: 50%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

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.