|Year of offer||2017|
|Subject level||Graduate coursework|
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
An introduction to the principles and legal concepts that apply to the built environment professions and how this law develops and changes. The subject covers:
- the fundamentals of common law;
- liability in tort law for injury or loss caused to other people or their property;
- legally binding contracts, their terms, obligations and breaches. These concepts extend into construction contracts, standard forms of contract, liabilities, litigation and arbitration;
- concepts of property and ownership in Australia. The legal nature of land, improvements, fixtures and chattels, land registration systems and encumbrances. Co-ownership: subdivision, joint tenancy in common. licenses and leases. occupier's liability;
- planning law;
- environmental law;
- intellectual property covering copyright, patents and consultancy issues.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject the student is expected to:
- Have a sound general understanding of the principles and legal concepts of common law and tort law;
- Be aware of the different forms of construction contracts and the characteristic features and differences between each;
- Understand the land tenure systems in Australia including ownerships, subdivisions and property leasing arrangements;
- Be familiar with planning and environmental laws, the implementation systems and adoption by the professions;
- Have a basic understanding of ownership rights with respect to intellectual property.
On completion of the subject, students should have developed the following generic skills:
- the capacity to analyse a range of legal environmental frameworks;
- the capacity for critical and independent thought and reflection;
- ability to find and apply legal principles within the environment professions.
Eligibility and requirements
Admission into a course at the Melbourne School of Design.
|Code||Name||Teaching period||Credit Points|
|BLAW10001||Principles of Business Law||
Core participation requirements
For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability
- Assignment equivalent to 1000 words (20%) due in week 8, focussing on the Property law and associated legislation.
- Assignment equivalent to 1000 words (20%) due in week 11, researching different project delivery models and associated legal issues.
- Three hour examination equivalent to 3000 words during the examination period (60%) focussing on a wide range of issues covered during the semester relating to all aspects of the Fundamentals of Built Environment Law. A minimum mark of 40% has to be acieved in the examination in order to pass this subject.
Dates & times
- Semester 2
Principal coordinator Valerie Francis Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours 36 hours (3 hrs per week, 2 hrs lectures, 1 hr tutorial) Total time commitment 170 hours Teaching period 24 July 2017 to 22 October 2017 Last self-enrol date 4 August 2017 Census date 31 August 2017 Last date to withdraw without fail 22 September 2017 Assessment period ends 17 November 2017
Semester 2 contact information
Time commitment details
Comprehensive coursework notes including selected readings provided via the University book room.