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Fundamentals of Built Environment Law (ABPL90290)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Year of offer2017
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90290
Campus
Parkville
Availability
Semester 2
FeesSubject 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.

Generic skills

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

Prerequisites

Admission into a course at the Melbourne School of Design.

Corequisites

None

Non-allowed subjects

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
BLAW10001 Principles of Business Law
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5

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

Assessment

  • 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 coordinatorValerie Francis
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours36 hours (3 hrs per week, 2 hrs lectures, 1 hr tutorial)
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period24 July 2017 to 22 October 2017
    Last self-enrol date 4 August 2017
    Census date31 August 2017
    Last date to withdraw without fail22 September 2017
    Assessment period ends17 November 2017

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

170 Hours

Further information

Related courses

Related majors/minors/specialisations

Prescribed texts

Comprehensive coursework notes including selected readings provided via the University book room.

Last updated: 16 August 2017