Business Law - 2017

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 2017: SP3 , SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP3 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assessments - Continuous Assessment (15%) , Case Study - 1500 words (35%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,324.00
HECS 1,324.00
International 1,575.00

Please note: Textbook information for this unit can be found below:

The Text Book

For this Unit we use Business Law by Nickolas James, published by Wiley. You need to have ready access to the textbook as each topic will refer you to readings from it.

James, N (2014) Business Law, Wiley, Milton, QLD, Australia. (4th Edition)

The 4th edition is only available electronically and is not published as a paper book. For this reason and for transition purposes we will be also referencing the 3rd edition which is available in paper format. You do not need to have both editions just one of them.

4th Edition electronic version

You can purchase this directly through this link

You will notice there are two options. It is recommend you purchase the $85.00 version as this includes an e-text version and extra on-line material and you retain the e-text as your property right. However the on-line WileyPLUS Learning Space material will not be available once the course is completed

3rd Edition – Book Version

If you prefer to work with a paper copy textbook, you can purchase this directly from Wiley or from the Co-op Bookstore for $60.00. Note this does not give you access to the WileyPLUS Learning Space (electronic links that will be on the subject site). You will not be disadvantaged by using the 3rd edition but will experience a different learning methodology.

The link for Wiley is



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
  • 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.

Textbook information for this unit is currently being updated and will be available soon. Please check back regularly for updates. Alternatively, visit the The Co-op website and enter the unit details to search for available textbooks.

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