Finance Law - 2017

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: SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP1
  • Assessment: Invigilated Exam - (60-70%) , Test - (30-40%)

Unit provided by

2017 Fees
Domestic 3,255.00
HECS 1,324.00
International 3,505.00

The aim of this unit is to enable students to gain an understanding of the laws which impact on the finance industry. Detailed consideration is given to the role of regulators, the banker-customer relationship, cheques and electronic banking. The unit also examines laws relating to the obtaining of finance and securing re-payment.

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a sound knowledge of the laws (both statutory and common law) which impact on business activity and the finance industry
  2. Critically evaluate and synthesise legal issues in relationships between banks, consumers and regulators
  3. Articulate the legal and ethical responsibilities of participants in the finance industry.
  • Invigilated Exam — (60-70%)
  • Test — (30-40%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Student must complete 10 unit prior to enrolling in this unit

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Brief introduction to the Australian legal system
2Introduction to finance law
3Banking customers
5Duties of a banker
6Cheques (including duties of a customer and negligence)
7Guarantees and consumer protection
8Lending on real and personal property (including the torrens system and mortgages)
9Electronic banking

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