Advanced Contract Law - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 1 , Sess 2
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1 , Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment - Memorandum of Advice (30%) , Open Book Invigilated Exam (50%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 4,320.00

This unit builds on the foundational skills and knowledge obtained in Fundamentals of Contract Law. This unit is designed to provide an overview of the vitiating factors affecting contracts, including misinformation, abuse of power and illegality. This unit will also introduce students to key related concepts, such as equitable estoppel and restitution. Finally, as part of this unit, students will study the various ways in which contracts may be discharged and/or terminated and the relevant remedies and relief which may be available in these circumstances.

Upon successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. knowledge of a wide range of legal concepts, values, principles and rules of Australian contract law including a sound understanding of the grounds on which a contract may be deemed void, rescinded and/or terminated and the ability to identify the various forms of relief and remedies which may be available in these circumstances
  2. demonstrate sophisticated and advanced cognitive and creative skills in approaching legal issues relating to contract law and generate appropriate responses
  3. the capacity to articulate and apply those principles to specific fact scenarios and come to a well-reasoned conclusion on the relevant legal obligations and likely outcomes
  4. the ability to work collaboratively and communicate effectively to a range of different audiences.
  • Assignment — Memorandum of Advice (30%)
  • Open Book Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Test — Multiple Choice (20%)
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.

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In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Drafting Skills
2Performance & Termination of Contracts
3Remedies for Breach of Contract
4Detrimental Reliance and Unjust Enrichment
6Vitiating Factors: Misinformation
7Vitiating Factors: Abuse of Power This topic continues the examination of important principles of contract law
8Vitiating Factors: Rescission

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming

This unit is a core requirement 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.

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