Course Title: Analyse and apply law of torts

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C6141 Advanced Diploma of Legal Practice

Course Title: Analyse and apply law of torts

Portfolio: Vocational Education

Nominal Hours: 50

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


650T Vocational Business Education

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term2 2016,
Term1 2017,
Term2 2017,
Term1 2018,
Term1 2019,
Term2 2019,
Term1 2020,
Term2 2020

Course Contact: Theresa Lyford

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5444

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to apply the Law of Torts in order to support the work of a legal office, practice or associated context. This unit supports the work of personnel engaged in the operation of a legal office or associated fields within public and/or corporate sectors.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VU21634 Analyse and apply law of torts


1.Identify the key features of law of torts

2.Identify and apply the rules of negligence

3.Analyse issues relating to particular categories of negligence

4.Analyse principles of strict liability

5.Analyse and apply Victorian and Commonwealth no-fault compensation schemes

6.Analyse and apply the law relating to the intentional tort of trespass to the person

7.Analyse and apply the elements of torts designed to protect interests in land

8.Analyse and apply intentional torts relating to interference with interests in goods

9.Investigate application of the law of defamation

Learning Outcomes


Overview of Assessment

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

In order to demonstrate competency in this unit, you must provide evidence of:

• knowledge of the statutory instances of Tort Law
• researching, analysing and discussing Law of Torts to arrive at an effective courtroom strategy including precedent
• knowledge of the origin, nature, aims and rationale of Tort Law
• knowledge of the forms of Tort Law
• knowledge of historical and contemporary application and delivery of Tort Law in Commonwealth and Victorian courts

Context for assessment
Assessment must ensure:

• activities are related to a legal practice context
• activities are related to laws, regulations and procedures currently operating across the jurisdictions relevant to this qualification

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 effectiveness and final performance in the course.

Finally, you can email or arrange an appointment with your teacher to gain more feedback on your progress.