Faculty of Business and Economics

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
Organisational UnitDepartment of Business Law and Taxation
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2013 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2013 (Evening)
Caulfield Second semester 2013 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2013 (Evening)
Coordinator(s)Dr Kerstin SteinerDr Andrew Coleman (Second semester)


This unit examines business law in practice, including:

  1. negotiation techniques, applying contract law
  2. legal risk management techniques, applying the law of negligence, statutory consumer law protections and occupational health and safety
  3. choosing the most appropriate business form and complying with requirements, applying corporations law, the law of partnerships, agency and sole traders.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. use a business-focused approach to the law to develop skills in:
    • assessing the legal risks faced by the business
    • avoiding those legal risks
    • going beyond mere legal compliance by developing sound processes
  2. develop strong practical negotiating skills to assist students to:
    • negotiate what they need for their business
    • create strong relationships
    • limit liabilities
  3. develop an understanding of business entities to be able to critically:
    • determine the most appropriate legal form
    • understand the benefits and problems with each legal form
    • develop good corporate governance.


Within semester assessment: 60%
Examination: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Kerstin Steiner (First semester)
Dr Andrew Coleman (Second semester)

Contact hours

3 hours per week


BTG9270, BTX9020, MBA9002, BTX5140