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LAW5601 Advanced Contract A

Semester 1, 2013 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business and Law
School or Department : School of Law

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Examiner: Noeleen McNamara
Moderator: Des Taylor


Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: LAW5501

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 //


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


The law of contract is the basis of all commercial transactions. Students will gain a broad theoretical understanding of the basis of the law of contract. Specifically the aim of this course is to equip students with the knowledge of the legal requirements for concluding contracts, the capacity of parties to enter in to contracts and the required content of a legally enforceable contract. Students will develop their research skills.


On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. apply general policies underlying the law of contract in Australia in order to evaluate those laws, in particular for the topics considered in this course
  2. demonstrate academic and professional literacy skills, and ethical research and enquiry skills by locating and analysing primary law materials and secondary materials (as relevant) while critically reviewing an issue in law relevant to the topics considered in this course
  3. explain the legal principles relevant to the topics considered in this course
  4. apply such legal principles to given fact situations in order to determine the likely outcome to issues raised
  5. demonstrate satisfactory written communication skills
  6. demonstrate an understanding of emerging areas of contract law including restitution and the need for law reform in contract law.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to the law of contract 5.00
2. Formation of contract 30.00
3. Parties to the contract and privity of contract 10.00
4. Vitiating factors 30.00
5. Contents and interpretation of contracts 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • 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, Sydney, 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 2012, 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, including: (1) Trade Practices, Consumer & Contract Law Library including the Australian Contract Law Reporter (in CCH IntelliConnect database); (2) Journal of Contract Law (in LexisNexis AU database); (3) Carter on Contract (in LexisNexis AU database). Students should contact the USQ School of Law Librarians directly if they need assistance to utilise such electronic resources and legal databases.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 45.00
Directed Study 50.00
Lectures and Tutorials 44.00
Private Study 36.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ONLINE TEST 1 10 10 28 Mar 2013
ONLINE TEST 2 20 20 23 May 2013
EXAM A MULTI-CHOICE QUESTIONS 20 20 End S1 (see note 1)

  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 exam (parts A and B) after the timetable has been finalised. The total working time for exam (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

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 //