Cyberlaw - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • 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 , SP3
  • Assessment: Non-Invigilated Exam - (40%-60%) , Test - (40%-60%)

Unit provided by

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

The general aims of this unit are:

  • To examine whether, and to what extent, computer and data communications technologies are giving rise to a distinctive new field of law;
  • To identify the unit matter, legal concepts and analytical techniques that have arisen (or changed) because of these new technologies; and
  • To facilitate an understanding of the interaction between the overall legal and social contexts of cyberspace, as it gains increasing economic, cultural and social importance.

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

  1. Identify areas of law affecting electronic commerce
  2. Analyse the principal areas of national and global regulation and governance of electronic commerce
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the legal issues for parties to electronic transactions
  4. Demonstrate an ability to identify some legal problems that may arise in business (eg. digital signatures, privacy requirements, contractual relations and consumer protection) and some ability to predict how a legal problem might be solved
  • Non-Invigilated Exam — (40%-60%)
  • Test — (40%-60%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • BLW300 — Cyberlaw

Students must have completed 8 units.

  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Legal Framework and Background
2Business and Commercial Issues
3Intellectual Property in the Digital Age
4Regulatory and Policy Issues

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

This unit is an approved elective 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

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