Faculty of Business and Economics

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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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
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Malaysia First semester 2014 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Malaysia Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr Roger GambleDr Mathews Thomas (Second semester)


An introduction to legal studies and to the legal system of Australia with special emphasis on commercial aspects. The laws of negligence as it affects business and the professional is introduced, and aspects of the law of contract, consumer law, agency, partnership, trusts and an introduction to companies of relevance to commerce.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. identify the essential features of the Australian legal and political system and compare and contrast the two principal law-making institutions--the courts and the parliaments--and the laws they make
  2. describe and analyse some of the legal concepts that underpin commercial activity in Australia and describe the different conceptual bases of legal liability
  3. describe and analyse key areas of normative commercial law such as contract law, tort law, agency law and business organisations
  4. conduct basic legal research using basic primary and secondary sources
  5. critically analyse a hypothetical legal problem and clearly and coherently advise a hypothetical client on the relevant legal issues that are raised in that problem and support the advice by reference to primary sources.


Within semester assessment: 40%
Examination: 60%

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Roger Gamble (First semester)
Dr Mathews Thomas (Second semester)

Workload requirements

3 hours per week


Student must be enrolled in one of the following courses to undertake this unit: 0023, 0032, 0169, 0170, 0179, 0542, 0548, 1185, 1319, 1320, 1469, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2026, 2630, 3050, 3176, 3178, 3275, 3280, 3804, 3805, 3823, 3830, 3834, 4097, 4403, 4410, 4417, 4419, 4425, 4428, 4615 or 4097.


BTB1010, BTF1010, BTG1200, BTP1010, BTW1200, LAW2100, LAW2102