LAW5002 - Principles of contract law A - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Quota applies

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Unit guides


City (Melbourne)

  • Trimester 1 2017 (Day)
  • Trimester 2 2017 (Day)
  • Trimester 3 2017 (Day)


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Previously coded as LAW7428


Contract law addresses the concepts, principles and rules used to determine the existence and content of binding promises and their enforcement or defeasibility in a market economy. It also involves a consideration of the underlying policy considerations. Contract law is taught in two units: Principles of Contract Law A and B. Principles of Contract Law A covers the introduction to contract law, the formation of contracts (including capacity and formalities), privity of contract, and the incorporation, construction and validity of contractual terms.


At the successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. critically evaluate the purpose, scope and effects of contract law with reference to broader social and economic perspectives;
  2. use appropriate research tools and methods to synthesise relevant legal and factual matters;
  3. demonstrate intellectual and practical skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, legal methods and conclusions;
  4. select, analyse, interpret and apply legal principles and methods to generate appropriate responses to legal problems involving contracts;
  5. communicate effectively and persuasively; and
  6. learn and work with autonomy, accountability and professionalism.


  1. Research assignment (2,250 words): 30%
  2. Examination (2 hours plus 30 minutes reading time): 70%

Workload requirements

Students enrolled in this unit will be provided with 36 contact hours of seminars per semester whether intensive, semi-intensive, or semester-long offering. Students will be expected to do reading set for class, and to undertake additional research and reading applicable to a 6 credit point unit.

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Jason Harkess Research ProfileResearch Profile ( Trimester 1 & 2 Mr William Lye Trimester 3