Faculty of Business and Economics

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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 2015 (Day)
Malaysia First semester 2015 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Malaysia Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr Roger GambleMr 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%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

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


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