BLAW10001 Principles of Business Law

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2017:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.Show/hide details
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Feb-2017 to 28-May-2017
Assessment Period End 23-Jun-2017
Last date to Self-Enrol 10-Mar-2017
Census Date 31-Mar-2017
Last date to Withdraw without fail 05-May-2017

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.Show/hide details
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 24-Jul-2017 to 22-Oct-2017
Assessment Period End 17-Nov-2017
Last date to Self-Enrol 04-Aug-2017
Census Date 31-Aug-2017
Last date to Withdraw without fail 22-Sep-2017

Timetable can be viewed here.
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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours plus optional consultation and feedback workshops (one 2-hour lecture per week, a weekly e-tutorial to be done out-of-class, OPTIONAL weekly drop-in consultation session with tutors, and OPTIONAL three feedback [skills development] workshops with tutors across the semester)
Total Time Commitment:

136 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:

This subject is not available to LLB or JD students.

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Assessment and Results Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support.


Dr Tanya Josev, Mr Arlen Duke


Semester 1: Tanya Josev

Semester 2: Arlen Duke

Contact Stop 1

Subject Overview:

Principles of Business Law provides an introduction to law from a business perspective. This subject is available as a level 1 breadth subject to students in all faculties. Topics include: the nature and purpose of law; how law develops and changes; how new law is made; how to read and understand legislation and case law; how legally binding agreements (contracts) are created and enforced; property law; liability in tort law for negligence; and the law of agency.

Note 1: Principles of Business Law is a prerequisite for Corporate Law and Taxation Law.

Note 2: This subject is recommended to students in any faculty and in any year of study who would like to study an introductory law subject.

Learning Outcomes:

The objectives of this course are to:

  • Explain the nature and role of law in society;
  • Describe the sources of Australian law;
  • Find, interpret and apply case-law and legislation;
  • Explain and apply the principles of contract law in business situations;
  • Explain and apply the basic principles of liability in tort law;
  • Explain and apply statutory consumer protection legislation;
  • Explain and apply the law of agency; and
  • Understand the basic principles of property law.
  • Two hour-long multiple-choice tests (10% each) in weeks 4 and 9;
  • 1.5 hour exam (80%) during the examination period.

The due date of the above assessment will be available to students via the Assessment Schedule on the LMS Community.

Prescribed Texts:
  • First Principles of Business Law (textbook and enclosed e-tutorials) - latest edition.
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of the subject, students should have developed the following generic skills:

  • The capacity for close reading and analysis of a range of legal source materials;
  • The capacity for critical and independent thought and reflection;
  • The capacity to solve problems, including through the collection and evaluation of information;
  • The capacity to effectively plan and manage time; and
  • Intercultural sensitivity and understanding.

In addition, on completion of the subject, students should have developed the following skills specific to the discipline of law:

  • Ability to find, interpret and apply legal source materials; and
  • Ability to find and apply legal principles and rules to resolve specific issues.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Environments
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Construction major
Related Breadth Track(s): Law - Business and Taxation Law
Law - Business and Work Law
Law - Business and Competition and Consumer Law

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