Course Title: Apply the principles of contract law

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: LAW5730C

Course Title: Apply the principles of contract law

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5337 - Diploma of Conveyancing

Course Contact: Robert Sheen

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5759

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Paul Ryan

9925 5644

Building 80, Level 5, Room 18

445 Swanston Street Melbourne

Nominal Hours: 60

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to analyse and evaluate information from a variety of sources and supply solutions to contractual issues in a legal environment.

It applies to individuals who provide support in a range of legal service settings with a degree of responsibility to plan and complete investigations.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBLEG415 Apply the principles of contract law


1. Determine nature and meaning of contract

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Access sources of legal information on nature and meaning of contract 1.2 Distinguish between common law and legislation in contract 1.3 Assess significance of contracts and contract law in business, and document outcomes of this assessment


2. Determine principles of contract law

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Define legal principles governing simple contracts 2.2 Identify and document key elements of a simple contract matter


3. Enhance professional practice through application of relevant principles of contract law

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Assess a legal matter involving contractual issues by applying principles of contract law 3.2 Analyse and evaluate key issues 3.3 Review analysis with designated person


4. Distinguish between a contract being discharged or breached

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Specify procedures for discharge of contracts 4.2 List available remedies for breach of contract 4.3 Apply procedures for discharge of contracts to workplace legal matter 4.4 Apply identified remedies to a relevant workplace legal matter

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

A range of learning activities are planned for this course including self-paced and collaborative classroom-based activities.

The self-paced activities will be delivered through various technology platforms and may include your contribution to wikis and discussion threads, reflective journals, quizzes and interactive sessions.

The collaborative classroom-based activities will include group discussions, group problem-solving activities and opportunities to practice your skills in a simulated/real workplace environment.

We expect you to participate and contribute in all scheduled learning activities.

Teaching Schedule

Induction Session

Prior to training commencement a program level induction session will be conducted that comprises the following:
•Program overview and requirements
•Overview of assessment requirements
•Pre-Training Review including:◦Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfers
◦Assessment of current skills and knowledge
•Competency/Grading Criteria
•Submission requirements
•Resubmission policy
•Where to get support
•Student responsibilities

Please note that this teaching schedule is subject to change.


Tuesday 7.30 -9.30




07 March

Introduction + intention

Discuss assessments


14 March

Offer + Acceptance



21 March

Consideration, (capacity & parties, if time)

At home study parties + capacity & privity.


28 March

Terms, general & special conditions

At home study Exemption clauses + mistake


04 April

Mistake (if time), Misrepresentation + ACL misleading or deceptive conduct

Reflection part 1 due (indicative grade of 20%)


11 April

Duress, undue influence and unconscionability

At home study Illegality


Thur 13 to Wed 19 April

Mid semester (Easter) break



25 April

ANZAC DAY – no class

Reflection part 2 due (indicative grade 20%)


02 May

Breach + remedies



09 May

Test in Property Law starts 5.30 – and no Contract class



5.30 start 16 May

Revision for 3 hours



5.30 start 23 May

In class open book Contract final test (indicative grade of 60%)

2 hour test plus reading time


30 May

Property & Contract Law resubmissions

Eligible re-sits


Full details of the teaching schedule for all first semester units may be found in the "Course and Program Guide Summary - Semester 1, 2017" (attached).

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Full details of resources required for this unit may be found in the "Course and Program Guide Summary - Semester 1, 2017" referred to earlier.

Overview of Assessment

In order to achieve competency in this unit, you must provide:

Performance Evidence
Evidence of the ability to:

  • apply principles of contract law
  • demonstrate the steps for discharge of a contract.

Knowledge Evidence
To complete the unit requirements safely and effectively, you must:

  • define commonly used legal terminology, institutions and main features of Australian legal system
  • outline methods used to identify appropriate information sources of Australian law
  • explain nature, aims and rationale of contracts, including agreements, intention to create legal relations, consideration, and capacity to contract
  • explain remedies for breach of contract
  • describe illegal and void contracts
  • explain privacy of contract and assignment of contract.

Assessment Conditions
Assessment must be conducted in a safe environment where evidence gathered demonstrates consistent performance of typical activities experienced in the legal services administration field of work and include access to:

  • office equipment and resources
  • legislation and regulations relevant to contract law
  • sources of information about contract law.       

You are advised that you are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate your assessment work to your teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met.

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions. You are encouraged to ask and answer questions during class time and online sessions so that you can obtain feedback on your understanding of the concepts and issues being discussed.

You should take note of all feedback received and use this information to improve your learning outcomes and final performance in the course. Finally, you can email or arrange an appointment with your teacher to gain more feedback on your progress.

Assessment Tasks

Full details of the assessment(s) for this unit may be found in the "Course and Program Guide Summary - Semester 1, 2017" referred to earlier.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Submission Requirements

You should:
•Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date.
•Always retain a copy of your assessment tasks (both hard copy and soft copy).
•Use a cover sheet that includes a declaration and statement of authorship when you submit work for assessment at RMIT University. You must complete, sign and submit a cover sheet with all work you submit for assessment, whether individual or group work. On the cover sheet you must declare that the work you are presenting for assessment is your own work. An assignment cover sheet for submission of each assessment task is available on Blackboard.
•Include a footer (appearing on each page of your assessment) with your name, student number, assessment title, course code, course title and page numbers. For example, Kelly Hervey, 324567, Task 2, OHS2345C Ensure safe workplace, Page 1 of 10.

Late Submission Procedures

You are required to submit assessment items and/or ensure performance based assessment is completed by the due dates.

If you are prevented from submitting an assessment item on time, by circumstances outside your control, you may apply in advance to your teacher for an extension to the due date of up to seven calendar days. For more Information go to:

The application form may be obtained from:

Where an extension of greater than seven days is needed, you must apply for Special Consideration. Applications for Special Consideration must be submitted no later than two working days after the assessment task deadline or scheduled examination. For more Information go to:;ID=g43abm17hc9w (unresolved)

The application form may be obtained from:

Resubmissions (VE Programs):

You must satisfactorily complete all assessment tasks in order to achieve competency.

If an assessment task is assessed as not yet satisfactory, you will be allowed one resubmission opportunity only. Your teacher will provide feedback detailing what you need to do in order to satisfactorily complete that task, and will set a new deadline for the resubmission within the current semester.

If your resubmission is deemed to be not yet satisfactory then you must apply in writing to your Program Manager outlining the steps you will take to demonstrate competence in that course. Your submission will be considered by the Program Team and you will be advised of the outcome as soon as practical.

If your resubmission is deemed satisfactory then you may still achieve competency for the course, provided that all other assessment tasks are satisfactorily completed. Further, if this satisfactory resubmission is of a task that contributes to the overall grading of this course, then it shall only be entitled to receive a score that equates to 50% of the total marks allocated for that task.

Adjustments to Assessment

In certain circumstances students may be eligible for an assessment adjustment. For more information about the circumstances under which an adjustment to the assessment arrangements might be granted please access the following website:;ID=7usdbki1fjf31

Marking Guide (Competency)

You must demonstrate through your performance in the Course Assessment Tasks that you have all the required skills and knowledge as specified in the unit of competency (course) you are studying.

Your submitted assessments are the evidence used to determine if you have met all critical aspects of the assessments, and if any critical aspects have not been met, then you cannot be deemed competent in this course.

On each assessment task you will receive feedback against the competency requirements for that task, and the outcome of the task will be recorded as either satisfactory (all requirements have been met) or not yet satisfactory (one or more requirements has not yet been met).

Only when all assessment tasks have been assessed as satisfactory will you be deemed competent in this course.

Marking Guide (Grading)

This course is graded. However, only after achieving competency in this course will you receive a grade corresponding to your level of performance in the course.

The reported Final Grade will be one of the following:

CHD Competent with High Distinction

CDI Competent with Distinction

CC Competent with Credit

CAG Competency Achieved – Graded

NYC Not Yet Competent (all assessment tasks submitted)

DNS Did Not Submit (one or more assessment tasks not submitted)

Further details regarding the application of the grading criteria will be provided by your teacher.

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