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Contract Law (LLB260)

Organisational Unit Law and Criminology
Credit Points 6
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit provides an introduction to the law of contract in Australia. The unit will deal with the requirement of consideration for enforceable contracts, their formation by offer and acceptance, the necessity if any for certain forms for them, their terms and the interpretation of those terms, vitiation of otherwise enforceable contracts for mistakes, misrepresentation and illegality, and termination of contracts by performance, acceptance of breach and frustration. The issue of damages will also be examined in this unit.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to demonstrate your understanding of:
1. The general principles of contract law;
2. How contractual principles are applied to legal problem scenarios.
On successful completion of this unit you should be able to demonstrate the following skills effectively:
3. An ability to apply problem solving skills to one or more problem scenarios by applying Australian contract law in a logical fashion to arrive at a cogent conclusion;
4. An ability to critique the law and explain it to an academic audience and to a potential client.
On successful completion of this unit you should be able to competently apply the knowledge and skills in a practical manner through:
5. Correctly identifying contract law issues in a legal problem;
6. Correctly identifying the relevant contractual law principles and case and statute law relevant to that issue;
7. Correctly applying the law to the facts to arrive at a logical answer to the legal problem;
8. Writing a well-structured problem based assessment that meets legal referencing and writing requirements;
9. Writing a letter to a client that meets appropriate legal writing requirements for the intended audience.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 4 hours per week; Tutorials: 5x2 hour tutorials Students attend alternate fortnights. Group A in Weeks 3, 6, 8, 11 and 13 and Group B in weeks 4, 7, 10, 12, 14.
Unit Learning Experiences Lectures will provide a framework for studying the unit and a structured presentation of core content. Tutorials will provide students with an opportunity to discuss relevant material and test their understandings of it.
Assessment An essay and exam will test students' understanding of a range of contractual concepts and their ability to describe and apply relevant contractual principles, case law and statutory law to contractual problems and issues covered in this unit.
Prerequisites Successful completion of all 100 level units in the LLB; or enrolment in Law - Graduate Entry, and successful completion of BJU100 or corequisite enrolment in BJU100.
Exclusions Students who have completed LAW260 Contract may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Notes Graduate students may seek approval to enrol in this unit from the Unit Coordinator provided they are concurrently enrolled in both LLB120 Legal Writing for Lawyers and BJU100 Australian Legal System.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Law (LLB); (LLB(Hons)) [New in 2014]
Law + Arts [Combined] (LLB)+(BA)
Law + Business [Combined] (LLB)+(BBus)
Law + Commerce [Combined] (LLB)+(BCom)
Law + Communication [Combined] (LLB)+(BCommun)
Law + Criminology [Combined] (LLB)+(BCrim) [New in 2018]
Law + Global Security [Combined] (LLB)+(BGS) [New in 2019]
Law + Psychology [Combined] (LLB)+(BA) [New in 2018]
Law + Psychology [Combined] (LLB)+(BSc)
Law + Science [Combined] (LLB)+(BSc) [New in 2014]
Law - Graduate Entry (LLB) [New in 2017]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Steve Shaw
Lecturer - Law

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6242
e: S.Shaw@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.2.020 - Building 460, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Steve Shaw
Lecturer - Law

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6242
e: S.Shaw@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.2.020 - Building 460, Murdoch Campus
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