Practical Consumer and Competition Law - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Problem based (20%) , Assignment 2 - Project (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,324.00
HECS 1,324.00
International 1,574.00

This unit provides the students with a business focused exploration of laws that impact on customers and competitors. The legal risks arising from the Australian Competition and Consumer Law, on business actions and strategies including misleading or deceptive conduct, unfair sales techniques, pricing strategies, consumer guarantees, selling strategies and collusion are analysed in the context of the legal impact on a business, its directors, management and staff.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. explain and analyse the legal principles relating to consumer and competition law as they apply to business actions and strategies
  2. assess the consequences of a breach of the laws for business, directors and employees
  3. apply legal reasoning and problem solving methods to identify, analyse and resolve problems relating to consumer and competition law
  4. apply appropriate techniques to select, evaluate and use information from primary and secondary sources to make informed judgements about legal issues relating to consumer and competition law
  5. write well-structured documents using appropriate language and styles that are relevant to consumer and competition law.
  • Assignment 1 — Problem based (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — Project (30%)
  • Invigilated Exam — Final Examination (50%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

You will need a high level of proficiency in the English language, both written and spoken.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Definitions and key concepts
2Misleading and deceptive conduct
3Specific false or misleading representations, issues about pricing
4Specific unfair sales techniques
5Consumer guarantees
6Unsolicited consumer agreements and unconscionable conduct
7Unfair contract terms regime
8Introduction to competition law and misuse of market power
9Suppliers - exclusive dealing and resale price maintenance
10Competitors - cartels and other anti-competitive behaviour

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Australian Competition Law


    ISBN: 9780409332827


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

  • Consumer Protection Law in Australia


    ISBN: 9780409334005


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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