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LAW5602 Advanced Contract B

Semester 2, 2013 On-campus Springfield
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business and Law
School or Department : School of Law
Version produced : 24 April 2014

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Staffing

Examiner: Des Taylor
Moderator: Noeleen McNamara

Requisites

Pre-requisite: LAW5601

Other requisites

Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/support/computing/hardware.

Rationale

This is a core course in the Juris Doctor program and is mandated by the Legal Practitionersí Admission Board, Queensland, being a prescribed area of legal knowledge for legal practice.

Synopsis

This course continues to expand the students' knowledge of contract law. This course will build upon the understanding of the principles of the law of contract gained in LAW5601 Advanced Contract A. Specifically the aim of this course is to equip students with further contract law knowledge, in particular that concerning statutory vitiating factors, the manner in which contracts may be performed and discharged, the legal remedies available in the event of a breach or non-performance of a contract, other aspects of the impact of various statutes on contracts, and contracts for the international sale of goods. Students will also further develop their research skills.

Objectives

On successful completion of this course, students should be able to demonstrate the following outcomes:

  1. knowledge of the fundamental principles of contract law as taught in this course
  2. thinking skills, including the ability to identify and articulate legal issues; comprehend legal and other materials; apply legal reasoning and research to generate appropriate responses to legal issues; engage in critical analysis and make a reasoned choice amongst alternatives; and think creatively in approaching legal issues and generating appropriate responses
  3. communication skills, including introductory-level legal drafting skills.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Statutory vitiating factors 25.00
2. Discharge of contracts 25.00
3. Remedies for non-performance of a contract 25.00
4. Other aspects of the statutory regulation of contracts (domestic and international) 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/bookweb/subject.cgi?year=2013&sem=02&subject1=LAW5602)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/contact/)

  • Butler, DA 2012, LexisNexis questions and answers - contract law, 4th edn, LexisNexis Butterworths, Chatswood, New South Wales.
  • Radan, P & Gooley, J 2010, Principles of Australian contract law, 2nd edn, LexisNexis Butterworths, Chatswood, New South Wales.
  • Radan, P, Gooley, J & Vickovich, I 2010, Principles of Australian contract law: cases and materials, 2nd edn, LexisNexis Butterworths, Chatswood, New South Wales.
  • LexisNexis concise Australian legal dictionary (latest edition).

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Carter, JW 2011, Carter's guide to Australian contract law, 2nd edn, LexisNexis Butterworths, Chatswood, New South Wales.
  • Carter, JW 2012, Cases and materials on contract law in Australia, 6th edn, LexisNexis Butterworths, Chatswood, New South Wales.
  • Willmott, L, Christensen, S & Butler, D 2013, Contract law, 4th edn, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Victoria.
  • Students will have available to them electronically through the USQ Library, various resources and legal databases, for example, (i) Trade Practices, Consumer & Contract Law Library, including the Australian Contract Law Commentary (in CCH IntelliConnect database); (ii) Journal of Contract Law (in LexisNexis AU database); (iii) Carter on Contract (in LexisNexis AU database). Students should contact the USQ School of Law librarians direct if they need assistance to utilise such electronic resources and legal databases.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 40.00
Directed Study 50.00
Private Study 75.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
TUTORIAL PROBLEM EXERCISES 0 0 26 Jul 2013
ONLINE TEST 1 10 10 16 Aug 2013
DRAFTING EXERCISE 10 10 13 Sep 2013
ONLINE TEST 2 20 20 11 Oct 2013
EXAMINATION - PART A 20 20 End S2 (see note 1)
EXAMINATION - PART B 40 40 End S2

NOTES
  1. The examination is scheduled to be held in the end-of-semester examination period. Students will be advised of the official examination date for Examination (Parts A and B) after the timetable has been finalised. The total working time for Examination (Parts A and B) is 2 hours.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Not applicable.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    This will be an open examination. Candidates may have access to any printed or written material and a calculator during the examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access:
    Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/support/computing/hardware.