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LAW1123 Contract B

Semester 2, 2021 Ipswich On-campus
Short Description: Contract B
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Law and Justice
Student contribution band : Band 4
ASCED code : 090999 - Law not elsewhere classified
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 28 October 2021

Staffing

Examiner: Deborah Loader

Requisites

Pre-requisite or Co-requisite: LAW1111 and LAW1112
Pre-requisite: LAW1113

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 Bachelor of Laws program. Together with LAW1113 Contract and Torts A, it is approved by the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board (Qld) and the Chief Justice of Queensland as meeting the contracts area of knowledge under the Supreme Court (Admission) Rules 2004 (Qld) and therefore deals with elements of Contracts, specifically: content and construction of contract; vitiating factors; discharge; and remedies.

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 LAW1113 Contract and Torts A. Specifically the aim of this course is to equip students with further knowledge of the law concerning the content of a legally enforceable contract as well as the manner in which contracts are interpreted, vitiating factors, the manner in which contracts may be performed or discharged, and the legal remedies available in the event of a breach or non-performance of a contract. Students will also further develop their research skills.

Objectives

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

  1. Demonstrate an understanding [explain and apply] of a coherent body of knowledge [relevant to contract law], and underlying principles and concepts, and the broader contexts within which legal issues arise [in this area] (PO1/TLO1).
  2. Identify and articulate legal issues [relevant to contract law]; [comprehend legal and other materials]; apply legal reasoning to generate appropriate responses to legal issues; and engage in critical analysis and make a reasoned choice amongst alternatives (PO2/TLO2).
  3. Communicate in ways that are effective, appropriate and persuasive for legal and non-legal audiences (PO5/TLO5).

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Content and construction of contract [Admission Rules 3(2)] 25.00
2. Vitiating factors [Admission Rules 3(3)] 25.00
3. Discharge [Admission Rules 3(4)] 20.00
4. Remedies [Admission Rules 3(5)] 25.00
5. Assignment [Admission Rules 3(6)] 5.00

Text and Materials

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2021&sem=02&subject1=LAW1123)

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

Butler, DA 2018, LexisNexis questions and answers - contract law, 6th edn, LexisNexis Butterworths, Chatswood, New South Wales.
(Latest edition required.)
Gooley, J, Radan, P & Vickovich, I 2021, Principles of Australian contract law, 5th edn, LexisNexis Butterworths, Chatswood, New South Wales.
(Latest edition required.)
Gooley, J, Radan, P & Vickovich, I 2021, Principles of Australian contract law: cases and materials, 5th edn, LexisNexis Butterworths, Chatswood, New South Wales.
(Latest edition required.)
Mann, T (ed.) 2017, Australian law dictionary, 3rd edn, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Victoria.
(Latest edition required.)

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 2018, Contract law in Australia, 7th edn, LexisNexis Butterworths, Chatswood, New South Wales.
Willmott, L, Christensen, S & Butler, D 2018, Contract law, 5th edn, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Victoria.

Student Workload Expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 40.00
Directed Study 50.00
Private Study 35.00
Seminars 40.00

Assessment Details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ONLINE TEST 20 20 13 Aug 2021
ONLINE TEST - PROBLEM SOLVING 40 40 10 Sep 2021 (see note 1)
ONLINE EXAMINATION 40 40 End S2 (see note 2)

Notes
  1. The second online test will consist of written legal problem solving (20%) and a drafting problem (20%).
  2. This will be an online exam. Students will be provided further instruction regarding the exam by their course examiner via StudyDesk. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the Alternate Assessment Schedule has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Online: There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility 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.

    On-campus: 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 for that item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain 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:
    An Online Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed or written material.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure https://policy.usq.edu.au/documents/14749PL.

  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.

Date printed 28 October 2021