Faculty of Business and Economics

Monash University

Postgraduate - 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
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2015 (Evening)
Coordinator(s)Mr Paul Sugden


The unit aims to develop an understanding of the legal and administrative framework governing the regulation of competition and consumer protection, including the operations of the Regulator. The unit also aims to develop an understanding of industrial property law (patents, copyright, designs and trade marks), particularly an ability to recognise and make the choices that confront commercial entities when implementing an effective industrial property policy. Finally, the unit aims to develop an understanding of the manner in which domestic regulation forms part of international regulation.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. identify, analyse and apply laws designed to protect consumers
  2. identify, analyse and apply intellectual property principles and apply these to the development, marketing and protection of products, knowledge and ideas
  3. identify, analyse and apply the laws regulating a range of competition practices.


Seminar presentation and paper (1500 words): 15%
Research paper (4000 words): 35%
Examination: 50%

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.

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Chief examiner(s)


BTF9150, BTX9150, BTX9890,