BTF5904 - Law and commercial decisions - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Business Law and Taxation


Mr Paul Sugden

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)
  • First semester 2017 (Evening)
  • Second semester 2017 (Day)
  • Second semester 2017 (Evening)


This unit examines business law in practice including negotiation techniques, applying contract law, legal risk management techniques, applying the law of negligence, and statutory consumer law. It also looks at protections including occupational health and safety, and choosing the most appropriate business form and complying with requirements, applying corporations law, the law of partnerships, and 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, and 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, creating strong relationships, and limiting 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, and develop good corporate governance.


Within semester assessment: 50% + 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)


BTF5903, BTM5903, BTG9270, BTX9020, MBA9002, BTX5140, BTX9030 and students enrolled in course 3843, B6002 or B6011