Fundamentals of 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 2017: Sess 1 , Sess 2
  • Availability for 2018: Sess 1 , Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Problem-based task (20%) , Assignment 2 - Letter of advice (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 4,320.00

This unit studies the fundamental principles of contract law. It examines the requirements for the formation of a contract (i.e. agreement, form or consideration, formalities, privity and capacity). It also considers the contents and construction of a contract, including express and implied terms, as well as excluding or limiting terms. The unit provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue further and more specific contract law studies as part of Advanced Contract Law in the Juris Doctor.

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

  1. demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the legal framework for contract law, including formation, content and interpretation of contracts in Australian law
  2. critically evaluate policy issues discussed in law reform proposals with current contract law issues and private law transactions
  3. analyse and research complex problems relating to contract law and make reasoned and appropriate choices amongst alternatives
  4. demonstrate sophisticated cognitive and creative skills in approaching legal issues relating to contract law and generate appropriate responses.
  • Assignment 1 — Problem-based task (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — Letter of advice (30%)
  • Invigilated Exam — Open book invigilated exam (50%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

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.

1Introduction to Contract Law
5Certainty and Formalities
6Capacity and Privity
7Contents of a contract - Express Terms
8Contents of a contract ¿ Implied Terms
9Contents of a contract - Excluding and Limiting Terms
10Revision and Exam preparation

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Podcasting/Lecture capture

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

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.

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

  • Principles Of Contract Law (5E) + Contract : Cases &

    By:Paterson + Paterson (package)

    ISBN: 9780455237220


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