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LAWS77-556: Information Technology and the Law September 2020 [Intensive - Information Technology and the Law]

General information

Information Technology and the Law is an elective subject in postgraduate programs offered by the Faculty of Law. This subject explores ways in which the law has adapted, or is likely to adapt, to developments in information technology. The issues discussed vary from year to year, depending on what is topical at the time. Examples of issues studied include the development and regulation of the Internet; globalisation and cross-border jurisdiction; freedom of information and data privacy; liability of Internet Service Providers and the protection of computer technology through intellectual property rights. The approach is international and comparative where appropriate. Upon completion of the subject, students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of topical legal issues relating to the Internet and information technology through their ability to critically analyse and resolve relevant problems both orally and in writing.


Academic unit:Faculty of Law
Subject code:LAWS77-556
Subject title:Information Technology and the Law
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:September 2020
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Seminar: x8 (Total hours: 24) - Seminars
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 96) - Recommended Study Hours
Attendance and learning activities: Attendance at all seminars is compulsory. Students are required to read academic, tech & popular literature weekly to keep up with the latest issues in IT law, & should be prepared to raise issues & to provide their views weekly. Class activities may involve short prep debates, impromptu research breakouts, quizzes & other participatory activities. While not individually assessed, these will form a part of the 20% participation mark.


Prescribed resources: No Prescribed resources. After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.
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Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?


Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

Juris Doctor students are expected to have completed a minimum of 80 credit points of compulsory law subjects.

Restrictions: ? This subject is not available to
  • Study Abroad Students

Students must be into a Masters law degree OR LA-43040 Doctor of Legal Science (Research) OR be an approved Law Study Abroad or Law Exchange student.

Anti-requisites: ?

Assurance of learning

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At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Students will be able to describe topical legal issues in the field of information and communications technology.
  2. Students will be able to understand, summarise and analyse the strengths and weaknesses of different views on each legal issue.
  3. Students will have had practice at listening to others express their ideas, refining their own ideas and communicating their ideas both orally and in writing.
  4. Students will have had practice at applying their knowledge and skills in analysing new situations and defending their arguments.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
*Class Participation Class Attendance 10% Ongoing 1, 2, 3, 4.
Presentation Presentation on research topic 10% In Consultation 1, 2, 3, 4.
Essay ^ Research paper (7000) 80% In Consultation 1, 2, 3, 4.
  • ^ Students must pass this assessment to pass the subject
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Additional subject information

IT law is dynamic & evolving, & involves significant global regulatory & ethical challenges. Students should be prepared to read widely, keep up with current issues, engage in international comparison & to contribute very actively to class. Students should aim to formulate their essay topic for lecturer approval within the first few weeks of class, to enable sufficient time to fully research, explore and write their research paper.

Subject curriculum

Should the online world be regulated? A brief contextual overview of Australian and selected international regulation. Consideration of important IT social, legal and ethical issues & their potential expression through hard and soft forms of regulation - or self-regulation.

1, 2, 3, 4.

Considering the companies that shape the (western) online world, how they are regulated, social benefit, ethics & recent problematic issues.

1, 2, 3, 4.

Data privacy law including terms of service, online tracking, social media & related contexts. Comparative consideration of the GDPR & Australian law; and related regulatory issues.

1, 2, 3, 4.

The increasing ubiquity of IOT, AI & automated devices in technology & society. We may consider various impacts via examining its context & regulation - e.g. consent, privacy, data breach, profiling, discrimination, employment & industrial/ consumer applications.

1, 2, 3, 4.

The growing personal & (inter)national significance of cyber security, and related regulatory questions. Recent data breach examples and mandatory disclosure legislation are considered - is it effective or an unresolved pandemic?

1, 2, 3, 4.

The social & (inter)national implications of cyber crime and cyber conflict, and its regulation; including a consideration of the law enforcement and national security aspects. Where do encryption, & evolving technology businesses (e.g. blockchain, online gambling & cryptocurrencies), sit in a secure and morally-grounded online world?

1, 2, 3, 4.
Approved on: Jul 23, 2020. Edition: 1.5