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LAWS11-201: Contract Law A September 2020 [Standard]

General information

Contract Law A is a compulsory subject in the Bachelor of Laws program offered by the Faculty of Law. The subject examines the nature and preconditions of contractual liability. This includes study of the requirements for the formation of a contract, the law's approach to terms that comprise a contract, and the various ways in which a contract might be discharged. Emphasis is placed on the development of the following skills: dispute resolution and collaboration, and legal ethics and professionalism.

Details

Academic unit:Faculty of Law
Subject code:LAWS11-201
Subject title:Contract Law A
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:September 2020
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Timetable: https://bond.edu.au/timetable
Delivery mode:

Standard

Workload items:
  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly Lecture
  • Tutorial: x11 (Total hours: 11) - Weekly Tutorial
  • Self-Directed Activity: x1 (Total hours: 1) - Integrated Skills and Professionalism Development
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 84) - Recommended study hours
Attendance and learning activities: Students should attend all classes. Most classes build on the work of the previous one. The lecture is recorded and, subject to any technical problems that may arise, will be available for video streaming. Attendance at tutorials is compulsory and students will be penalised for non-attendance. Students are not permitted to change tutorial groups without the express permission of the Student Business Centre. Accordingly, students should attend at their registered tutorial group each week. The skills assessment in this subject (a negotiation) is a team-based activity. Each student will be required to meet and work with their team in preparing for and participating in this task. The negotiations will be held in Week 9 and participation is required.

Resources

Prescribed resources:
  • Jeannie Marie Paterson,Andrew Robertson,Arlen Duke Principles of Contract Law. 6th, Thomson Reuters
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Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?

Nil

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.

Assumed Prior Learning (or equivalent):

Restrictions: ?

Students must be admitted into an approved Bachelor Law degree OR Bachelor of Laws combined degree OR be an approved Law Study Abroad OR Law Exchange student.

Assurance of learning

Assurance of Learning means that universities take responsibility for creating, monitoring and updating curriculum, teaching and assessment so that students graduate with the knowledge, skills and attributes they need for employability and/or further study.

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. Demonstrate understanding of the following legal topics: rules of formation of contracts; content of contracts; construction of contract terms; and discharge of contracts.
  2. Demonstrate competency in exercising the following skill at an intermediate level, with creativity, initiative and judgment: dispute resolution and collaboration; and legal ethics and professionalism skills.
  3. Adhere to the highest standards of professionalism, including a commitment to: learning and working independently and reflectively; behaving ethically and responsibly; and managing time effectively and meeting deadlines.

Assessment

Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Class Participation Class Participation 15% Weekly 1, 3.
Negotiation § Skills Assessment - Dispute resolution and collaboration, and Legal ethics and professionalism. Team transactional negotiation. Students will be also required to submit a negotiation planner for assessment. 35% Week 9 1, 2, 3.
Take-home Examination Final Assessment 50% Week 13 1, 3.
  • § Indicates group/teamwork-based assessment
  • * 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

Students may be asked to respond to questions from the subject coordinator regarding the content of their assessments. Students are expected to keep evidence of drafting and research.

Subject curriculum

Introduction to the concept of a contract.

Agreement (offer and acceptance); Intention to enter legal relations; Certainty and completeness; Consideration

Capacity and minors; Mental incapacity and intoxication

Requirement for writing and signature; Statutory compliance; Effect of non-compliance; Doctrine of part-performance

Express terms (including incorporation); Implied terms; Construction of terms

Privity; Statutory modification of the rules of privity

Equitable estoppel; Promissory estoppel; Requirements for promissory estoppel

Performance; Discharge by performance; Termination for breach, delay and repudiation; Discharge by agreement; Failure of contingent condition; Contract price as a debt; Frustration.

Approved on: Jul 27, 2020. Edition: 1.11
Last updated: Aug 21, 2020.