Tort Liability for Business - 2016

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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 2016: SP1
  • Availability for 2017: SP1
  • Assessment: Assessment - Written assignment (20%) , Invigilated Exam - Final exam (50%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 1,305.00
HECS 1,305.00
International 1,555.00

Meaning of a tort, compensation outside the torts system. Negligence: duty of care, breach of duty, causation and remoteness, assessment of damages and defences. Professional negligence. Intentional infliction of purely economic loss. Defamation. Trespass. Class actions. Societal Demands.

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

  1. explain the requirements (elements) of a range of different torts that impact on professionals in business
  2. apply relevant legal concepts and principles to analyse and solve a case study
  3. communicate legal concepts effectively in written and oral activities using clear, concise and appropriate language.
  • Assessment — Written assignment (20%)
  • Invigilated Exam — Final exam (50%)
  • Presentation — And problem based assignment (30%)
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.

  • Additional materials
  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to torts
2Principles of tort liability, overview of negligence & duty of care
3The duty of care
4Breach of the duty of care
6Professional negligence & pure economic loss
7Damages & defences
8Intentional infliction of purely economic loss - an overview and vicarious liability

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Glossary
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

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.

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Required textbooks

  • Australian Torts Law

    By:Stickley, A

    ISBN: 9780409330151


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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