Course Title: Introduction to Contract Law

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Contract Law

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


Sem 1 2023,
Sem 2 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: James Gilchrist Stewart

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 (3) 99250814

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 13

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Contracts are fundamental to business transactions. Introduction to Contract Law provides students with a systematic and comprehensive introduction to general principles of contract law. The course covers both legislation and case law that govern contract law in Australia. It explores the elements for the formation of a contract, formalities, capacity, privity and assignment. It also examines the terms and construction of a contract, including express terms, implied terms, classification of terms, construction principles and exclusion clauses. This course lays a solid foundation for your study of 054907 Advanced Principles of Contract Law in the LLB program.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


CLO1: Apply the fundamental principles governing formation, enforceability, terms of contracts in Australian contract law;

CLO2: Identify and apply contract law principles to analyse complex contract problems and provide reasoned and appropriate responses amongst alternatives

CLO3: Provide well-substantiated legal analysis and advice on a contractual problem to clients and other stakeholders.

CLO4: Develop and demonstrate legal research and analysis skills and use a variety of primary and secondary sources to support conclusions.

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.

RMIT Library provides extensive resources, services and study spaces. All RMIT students have access to scholarly resources including course related material, books, e-books, journals and databases.

Computers and printers are available at every Library. You can access the Internet and Library e-resources. You can also access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

Contact: Ask the Library for assistance and information on Library resources and services: Study support is available for assistance with assignment preparation, academic writing, information literacy, referencing, maths and study skills.  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

Assessment Task 1: 20% Linked CLOs 1,2

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

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