Business Law - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • 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 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP3 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assessments - continuous assessment (15%) , Case Study - 1500 words (35%) - Learn more

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

The unit aims to equip students with basic knowledge of how the law affects business decision making and operations. It does so by examining a number of fundamental legal principles that impinge upon key business areas such as establishing a business, entering into transactions, and protecting business assets. It also considers the relationship between business and regulators.

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

  1. identify sources of business law and explain how legal principles shape the business environment and affect business practice and decision making
  2. compare legal forms of doing business
  3. identify and analyse the legal requirements of commercial transactions
  4. identify and discuss the legal requirements of creating and protecting proprietary rights in business assets, including goodwill and intellectual property rights
  5. describe the legal requirements of an employment relationship, and identify the legal rights and duties that arise during the course of the employment relationship
  6. discuss and analyse the legal principles that businesses must comply with when dealing with consumers
  7. compare different forms of dispute resolution.
  • Assessments — continuous assessment (15%)
  • Case Study — 1500 words (35%)
  • Report — 2500 words (50%)

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:

  • BLW16 — Foundations of Business Law

OR BLW14 - Business Law

  • Other special requirement — Students will require Windows Vista, Windows 7 or higher. UniSA does not support Windows XP.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to law and business
2The Australian legal environment
3Legal forms of doing business
4Acquiring and managing business property including premises, equipment and intellectual property
5Employing staff
6Entering into and enforcing commercial transactions
7Dealing with consumers including negligence and product liability
8Business dispute resolution

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture

Online materials

  • 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.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Business Law 3E + Istudy Version 1

    By:Nickolas James

    ISBN: 9780730304944


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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