TABL1710 Business and the Law - 2019

6 Units of Credit
On Campus
Taxation & Business Law
This course outline is for the current semester. To view outlines from other years and/or semesters, visit the archives

1. Course Details

Summary of Course

TABL1710 Business and the Law is the foundation course offered by the School of Taxation and Business Law. There are no pre-requisites for this course.

This course focuses on the Australian legal system and its relationship with business. In particular, the course considers the different sources of law and role of Parliamentary, legal and regulatory institutions in Australia. Areas of substantive law relevant to commerce and business dealings that are examined include contract law, tort law (with particular reference to negligence), consumer law, and laws governing competition, property, employment and business entities.

NOTE: Students enrolled in the UNSW combined law BCom/LLB program are not permitted to enrol in this course.

Teaching Times and Locations

Please note that teaching times and locations are subject to change. Students are strongly advised to refer to the Class Timetable website for the most up-to-date teaching times and locations.

View course timetable

Course Policies & Support

Course Aims and Relationship to Other Courses

This course is important for anyone interested in pursuing a career in business. It will provide students with an understanding of the relationship of the law to business. Particular emphasis will be given to understanding legal reasoning and argument. This course will also introduce students to the legal method of writing, analysis and research. In addition, the knowledge and skills developed in this course will be essential for successful study of other business law or taxation courses for those students who are interested in undertaking other courses offered by the School of Taxation and Business Law.

The study of business law and taxation is essential for attaining a deep and well-rounded understanding of the other disciplines offered by the UNSW Business School.

  • Accounting - This course is recognised by CPA and CAANZ as satisfying some of their educational requirements for admission to their associations.
  • Banking and Finance - All financial transactions are based upon a legal framework that allows for property rights to be leveraged and transferred. This course provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to understand how various financial transactions are created.
  • Marketing - Modern marketing practices must operate within the confines of the tort law, contracts and the Competition and Consumer Act 2010, for which this course provides an overview.
  • Information Systems - This course provides an overview of intellectual property which is the fundamental legal mechanism for ownership and exploitation of commercial information.
  • Organisation and Management - This course provides an understanding of the legal system under which organisations operate.
  • Economics - This course provides students with an overview of the operation of the legal system which will enhance your understanding of the legal framework within which the economy and government policies operate.
  • Risk and Actuarial Studies - This course develops skills in interpreting and applying complex legislation which is an important skill for actuaries.

2. Staff Contact Details

Position Title Name Email Location Phone Consultation Times
Lecturer-in-chargeMrLeo KohnQuadrangle Building Rm 20740403 470 266By appointment
Co-lecturer in chargeMrShaun KatzQuadrangle Building Rm 2074
By appointment

During term, you will work in class with a tutor assigned to your Lab, and online with the Tutors who moderate the online Tutorials.

Communication with staff

In the first instance, you should raise questions related to you learning either during Labs or on the discussion forum in Moodle.

Students may also refer questions related to the organisation of the subject to the Lecturer-in-Charge.

When you contact teaching staff by email please remember to use your university email address, and include "TABL1710" in the subject line. It is polite to address your emails formally - use "Dear Ms [name]" (or Dear Professor [name] or Dr [name] or Mr [name] as appropriate) and sign off using your name and zid student number.

Email is not an appropriate medium for learning and emails to staff should be limited to short questions that can be answered briefly, and as far as possible with a yes/no answer. You should not expect staff to reply to emails that request extensive or substantive answers - these questions should be directed to staff during Labs and Tutorials.

Staff will do their best to respond promptly to your emails, but may take a day or more to respond.

3. Learning and Teaching Activities

Approach to Learning and Teaching in the Course

This course adopts an innovative approach to teaching and learning that builds both knowledge and skills. There is a significant focus on 'learning through doing'. Through a structured learning process in each of the nine units, you will learn applicable legal principles and then work in teams to practise applying them to problems based on real life examples.

This approach reflects how the law works. Legal rules are complicated, and because each situation is different applying the law often requires careful reasoning and argument. There may be more than one correct answer. This requires you to interpret and apply nuanced concepts, not just memorise and reproduce them. But this is what makes studying this subject interesting. The skills you acquire in interpreting written rules and documents, thinking analytically, working collaboratively and ethically, and arguing persuasively are some of the most important you will acquire at UNSW.

Learning Activities and Teaching Strategies

The learning activities for each module are structured into five steps to help you master the knowledge and skills required to succeed in your studies.  The steps are a combination of things you do outside class, and things you do in class.  Remember you do not have class on campus every week - some of the learning is online in your own time.  Our classes are called "Labs" (short for Laboratories) where you work with your team on solving "Pracs" - problems that help you see how business law works in action.

So what are the 5 steps each week?
Step 1 is watching the short introductory videos and the mini-lectures available on Moodle, doing the reading and making notes. In the mini-lectures you will hear the lecturer narrating a slide presentation. The mini-lectures guide your reading and are not a substitute for it. Each mini-lecture is about four or five minutes long, and in each unit there are eleven mini-lectures to watch. About seven deal with the relevant legal principles and four are about skills. Make notes now. Some people like to download the slides, which are also on Moodle, and make detailed notes on those combining what the lecturer says with their reading from the e-text. If you have questions on the material you can log them on Moodle.
Step 2 is the weekly quiz, and it is compulsory. You need to log onto Moodle and complete the quiz before your online tutorial and the Lab for that unit.  The quizzes help you to check your understanding, and must be completed before your Lab so that your Lab attendance for that unit is counted.
Step 3 There will be a discussion forum on  Moodle. The tutor will answer the discussion post for the unit, to help you understand the answers to the quiz. You can ask questions about the reading and the mini-lectures, and also check on anything you didn’t quite catch in the last Pracs.
Step 4 is your Lab. Each Lab goes for two hours. In the first hour, your team will work together on short Pracs based on the e-text. In the second hour, your team will work on a longer real-world business law Prac that raises issues related to that unit. The skills you acquire in the Pracs will prepare you for answering the assignment and the problem part of the final exam.
Step 5 is important. This is where you consolidate your learning for the week. Remember the subject is cumulative so each week you will be building on what you learnt in the previous one. If you have questions from your consolidation, you can ask these online and they will be answered in the next online tutorial. It’s a good idea to practice writing up your Pracs after class each week, because you will need to do that for your assignment and in the final exam.

5. Course Resources

Prescribed text and website

The required resource for this course is Business Law, 4th Edition Nickolas James (2017) John Wiley & Sons. Milton, Queensland:
Option 1

Order your electronic text: Business Law, 4th Edition Nickolas James (2017) John Wiley & Sons. Milton, Queensland: Wiley here. Please ensure you buy the option including WileyPLUS Learning Space, this will give you access to all the additional resources Capstone Case Study Videos we will be using in the Labs.

How to register for TABL1710:

Please navigate to:

Option 2
The UNSW has limited hard copies for those who prefer print. The book contains an access code for the WileyPLUS Learning Space.  Price is $99.95
The website for this course is on Moodle.

6. Course Evaluation & Development

Feedback is regularly sought from students and continual improvements are made based on this feedback. At the end of this course, you will be asked to complete the myExperience survey, which provides a key source of student evaluative feedback. Your input into this quality enhancement process is extremely valuable in assisting us to meet the needs of our students and provide an effective and enriching learning experience. The results of all surveys are carefully considered and do lead to action towards enhancing educational quality.


The School of Taxation & Business Law’s quality enhancement process involves regular review of its courses and study materials by content and educational specialists, combined with feedback from students. Towards the end of the semester, you will be asked to complete an online myExperience survey via Moodle to evaluate the effectiveness of your teaching staff, approach and resources. Your input into this quality enhancement process through the completion of these surveys is extremely valuable in assisting us in meeting the needs of our students and in providing an effective and enriching learning experience. The results of all surveys are carefully considered and do lead to action towards enhance the quality or course content and delivery.

7. Course Schedule

Note: for more information on the UNSW academic calendar and key dates including study period, exam, supplementary exam and result release, please visit:
Week Activity Topic Assessment/Other
Week 1: 3 DecemberOn Moodle

Log on to Moodle and read the introduction "read this first and watch this next".

Online lectures

Module 1 - Introduction to business, law and the Australian legal system


Module 2 - Making, understanding and using the law

Reading: James Chs 1 and 2


James Chs 3 and 4

Complete quizzes on Moodle before the lab

Lab 1

Module 1 - Introduction to business, law and the Australian legal system

This is the Tuesday Lab

Lab 2

Module 2 - Making, understanding and using the law

This is the Thursday Lab

Week 2: 10 DecemberOnline lectures

Module 3 - Causing harm

Module- Contract law formation and terms

Reading: James Ch 5 section 5.1 and Fig 5.2 and Ch 6

James Chs 7 and 8

Complete quizzes on Moodle before the labs

Lab 3

Module 3 - Causing harm

This is the Tuesday Lab


In class test on Modules 1 and 2 - 30 minutes

Lab 4

Module 4 - Contract law formation and terms

This is the Thursday Lab

Teaching Recess: 15 Dec 2018 to 1 Jan 2019
Week 3: 1 JanuaryOnline lectures

Module 5 - Contract law enforcement

Reading: James Ch 9


Complete quizzes on Moodle before the lab

Lab 5

Module 5 - Contract law enforcement

This is the Thursday Lab

Week 4: 7 JanuaryOnline lectures

Module 6 - Dealing with consumers


Module 7 - Dealing with competitors

Reading: James Ch 11


James Ch 12

Complete quizzes on Moodle before the labs

Lab 6

Module 6 - Dealing with consumers

This is the Tuesday Lab

Lab 7

Module 7 - Dealing with competitors

This is the Thursday Lab

Week 5: 14 JanuaryAssessment

No face to face classes this week

Major Assignment due by 5.00pm on Friday 18 January 2019

Week 6: 21 JanuaryOnline lectures

Module 8 - Managing a business: property and start up

Module 9 - Managing a business: ownership

Reading: James Chs 14


James Ch 15 and Ch 16,section 16.1

Complete quizzes on Moodle before the labs

Lab 8

Module 8 - Managing a business: property and start up

Lab 9

Module 9 - Managing a business: ownership

8. Policies and Support

Information about UNSW Business School protocols, University policies, student responsibilities and education quality and support.

Program Learning Outcomes

The Business School places knowledge and capabilities at the core of its curriculum via seven Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs). These PLOs are systematically embedded and developed across the duration of all coursework programs in the Business School.

PLOs embody the knowledge, skills and capabilities that are taught, practised and assessed within each Business School program. They articulate what you should know and be able to do upon successful completion of your degree.

Upon graduation, you should have a high level of specialised business knowledge and capacity for responsible business thinking, underpinned by ethical professional practice. You should be able to harness, manage and communicate business information effectively and work collaboratively with others. You should be an experienced problem-solver and critical thinker, with a global perspective, cultural competence and the potential for innovative leadership.

All UNSW programs and courses are designed to assess the attainment of program and/or course level learning outcomes, as required by the UNSW Assessment Design Procedure. It is important that you become familiar with the Business School PLOs, as they constitute the framework which informs and shapes the components and assessments of the courses within your program of study.

PLO 1: Business knowledge

Students will make informed and effective selection and application of knowledge in a discipline or profession, in the contexts of local and global business.

PLO 2: Problem solving

Students will define and address business problems, and propose effective evidence-based solutions, through the application of rigorous analysis and critical thinking.

PLO 3: Business communication

Students will harness, manage and communicate business information effectively using multiple forms of communication across different channels.

PLO 4: Teamwork

Students will interact and collaborate effectively with others to achieve a common business purpose or fulfil a common business project, and reflect critically on the process and the outcomes.

PLO 5: Responsible business practice

Students will develop and be committed to responsible business thinking and approaches, which are underpinned by ethical professional practice and sustainability considerations.

PLO 6: Global and cultural competence

Students will be aware of business systems in the wider world and actively committed to recognise and respect the cultural norms, beliefs and values of others, and will apply this knowledge to interact, communicate and work effectively in diverse environments.

PLO 7: Leadership development

Students will develop the capacity to take initiative, encourage forward thinking and bring about innovation, while effectively influencing others to achieve desired results.

These PLOs relate to undergraduate and postgraduate coursework programs.  Separate PLOs for honours and postgraduate research programs are included under 'Related Documents'.

Business School course outlines provide detailed information for students on how the course learning outcomes, learning activities, and assessment/s contribute to the development of Program Learning Outcomes.



UNSW Graduate Capabilities

The Business School PLOs also incorporate UNSW graduate capabilities, a set of generic abilities and skills that all students are expected to achieve by graduation. These capabilities articulate the University’s institutional values, as well as future employer expectations.

UNSW Graduate CapabilitiesBusiness School PLOs
Scholars capable of independent and collaborative enquiry, rigorous in their analysis, critique and reflection, and able to innovate by applying their knowledge and skills to the solution of novel as well as routine problems.
  • PLO 1: Business knowledge
  • PLO 2: Problem solving
  • PLO 3: Business communication
  • PLO 4: Teamwork
  • PLO 7: Leadership development

Entrepreneurial leaders capable of initiating and embracing innovation and change, as well as engaging and enabling others to contribute to change
  • PLO 1: Business knowledge
  • PLO 2: Problem solving
  • PLO 3: Business communication
  • PLO 4: Teamwork
  • PLO 6: Global and cultural competence
  • PLO 7: Leadership development

Professionals capable of ethical, self-directed practice and independent lifelong learning
  • PLO 1: Business knowledge
  • PLO 2: Problem solving
  • PLO 3: Business communication
  • PLO 5: Responsible business practice

Global citizens who are culturally adept and capable of respecting diversity and acting in a socially just and responsible way.
  • PLO 1: Business knowledge
  • PLO 2: Problem solving
  • PLO 3: Business communication
  • PLO 4: Teamwork
  • PLO 5: Responsible business practice
  • PLO 6: Global and cultural competence

While our programs are designed to provide coverage of all PLOs and graduate capabilities, they also provide you with a great deal of choice and flexibility.  The Business School strongly advises you to choose a range of courses that assist your development against the seven PLOs and four graduate capabilities, and to keep a record of your achievements as part of your portfolio. You can use a portfolio as evidence in employment applications as well as a reference for work or further study. For support with selecting your courses contact the UNSW Business School Student Centre.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

Academic Integrity is honest and responsible scholarship. This form of ethical scholarship is highly valued at UNSW. Terms like Academic Integrity, misconduct, referencing, conventions, plagiarism, academic practices, citations and evidence based learning are all considered basic concepts that successful university students understand. Learning how to communicate original ideas, refer sources, work independently, and report results accurately and honestly are skills that you will be able to carry beyond your studies.

The definition of academic misconduct is broad. It covers practices such as cheating, copying and using another person’s work without appropriate acknowledgement. Incidents of academic misconduct may have serious consequences for students.


UNSW regards plagiarism as a form of academic misconduct. UNSW has very strict rules regarding plagiarism. Plagiarism at UNSW is using the words or ideas of others and passing them off as your own. All Schools in the Business School have a Student Ethics Officer who will investigate incidents of plagiarism and may result in a student’s name being placed on the Plagiarism and Student Misconduct Registers.

Below are examples of plagiarism including self-plagiarism:

Copying: Using the same or very similar words to the original text or idea without acknowledging the source or using quotation marks. This includes copying materials, ideas or concepts from a book, article, report or other written document, presentation, composition, artwork, design, drawing, circuitry, computer program or software, website, internet, other electronic resource, or another person's assignment, without appropriate acknowledgement of authorship.

Inappropriate Paraphrasing: Changing a few words and phrases while mostly retaining the original structure and/or progression of ideas of the original, and information without acknowledgement. This also applies in presentations where someone paraphrases another’s ideas or words without credit and to piecing together quotes and paraphrases into a new whole, without appropriate referencing.

Collusion: Presenting work as independent work when it has been produced in whole or part in collusion with other people. Collusion includes:

  • Students providing their work to another student before the due date, or for the purpose of them plagiarising at any time
  • Paying another person to perform an academic task and passing it off as your own
  • Stealing or acquiring another person’s academic work and copying it
  • Offering to complete another person’s work or seeking payment for completing academic work

Collusion should not be confused with academic collaboration (i.e., shared contribution towards a group task).

Inappropriate Citation: Citing sources which have not been read, without acknowledging the 'secondary' source from which knowledge of them has been obtained.

Self-Plagiarism: ‘Self-plagiarism’ occurs where an author republishes their own previously written work and presents it as new findings without referencing the earlier work, either in its entirety or partially. Self-plagiarism is also referred to as 'recycling', 'duplication', or 'multiple submissions of research findings' without disclosure. In the student context, self-plagiarism includes re-using parts of, or all of, a body of work that has already been submitted for assessment without proper citation.

To see if you understand plagiarism, do this short quiz:


The University also regards cheating as a form of academic misconduct. Cheating is knowingly submitting the work of others as their own and includes contract cheating (work produced by an external agent or third party that is submitted under the pretences of being a student’s original piece of work). Cheating is not acceptable at UNSW.

If you need to revise or clarify any terms associated with academic integrity you should explore the 'Working with Academic Integrity' self-paced lessons available at:

For UNSW policies, penalties, and information to help you avoid plagiarism see: as well as the guidelines in the online ELISE tutorials for all new UNSW students: For information on student conduct see:

For information on how to acknowledge your sources and reference correctly, see: If you are unsure what referencing style to use in this course, you should ask the lecturer in charge.

Student Responsibilities and Conduct

Students are expected to be familiar with and adhere to university policies in relation to class attendance and general conduct and behaviour, including maintaining a safe, respectful environment; and to understand their obligations in relation to workload, assessment and keeping informed.

Information and policies on these topics can be found on the 'Managing your Program' website.


It is expected that you will spend at least ten to twelve hours per week studying for a course except for Summer Term courses which have a minimum weekly workload of twenty to twenty four hours. This time should be made up of reading, research, working on exercises and problems, online activities and attending classes. In periods where you need to complete assignments or prepare for examinations, the workload may be greater. Over-commitment has been a cause of failure for many students. You should take the required workload into account when planning how to balance study with employment and other activities.

We strongly encourage you to connect with your Moodle course websites in the first week of semester. Local and international research indicates that students who engage early and often with their course website are more likely to pass their course.

View more information on expected workload


Your regular and punctual attendance at lectures and seminars or in online learning activities is expected in this course. The Business School reserves the right to refuse final assessment to those students who attend less than 80% of scheduled classes where attendance and participation is required as part of the learning process (e.g., tutorials, flipped classroom sessions, seminars, labs, etc.).

View more information on attendance

General Conduct and Behaviour

You are expected to conduct yourself with consideration and respect for the needs of your fellow students and teaching staff. Conduct which unduly disrupts or interferes with a class, such as ringing or talking on mobile phones, is not acceptable and students may be asked to leave the class.

View more information on student conduct

Health and Safety

UNSW Policy requires each person to work safely and responsibly, in order to avoid personal injury and to protect the safety of others.

View more information on Health and Safety

Keeping Informed

You should take note of all announcements made in lectures, tutorials or on the course web site. From time to time, the University will send important announcements to your university e-mail address without providing you with a paper copy. You will be deemed to have received this information. It is also your responsibility to keep the University informed of all changes to your contact details.

Student Support and Resources

The University and the Business School provide a wide range of support services and resources for students, including:

Business School Education Quality and support Unit (EQS)
The EQS offers academic writing, study skills and maths support specifically for Business students. Services include workshops, online resources, and individual consultations.
Level 1, Room 1033, Quadrangle Building.
02 9385 7577 or 02 9385 4508

Business School Student Centre
The Business School Student Centre provides advice and direction on all aspects of admission, enrolment and graduation.
Level 1, Room 1028 in the Quadrangle Building
02 9385 3189

UNSW Learning Centre
The UNSW Learning Centre provides academic skills support services, including workshops and resources, for all UNSW students. See their website for details.
Lower Ground Floor, North Wing Chancellery Building.
02 9385 2060

Educational Support Service
Educational Support Advisors work with all students to promote the development of skills needed to succeed at university, whilst also providing personal support throughout the process. Check their website to request an appointment or to register in the Academic Success Program.
John Goodsell Building, Ground Floor.
02 9385 4734

Library services and facilities for students
The UNSW Library offers a range of collections, services and facilities both on-campus and online.
Main Library, F21.
02 9385 2650

Moodle eLearning Support
Moodle is the University’s learning management system. You should ensure that you log into Moodle regularly.
02 9385 3331

UNSW IT provides support and services for students such as password access, email services, wireless services and technical support.
UNSW Library Annexe (Ground floor).
02 9385 1333

Disability Support Services
UNSW Disability Support Services provides assistance to students who are trying to manage the demands of university as well as a health condition, learning disability or who have personal circumstances that are having an impact on their studies. Disability Advisers can arrange to put in place services and educational adjustments to make things more manageable so that students are able to complete their course requirements. To receive educational adjustments for disability support, students must first register with Disability Services.
Ground Floor, John Goodsell Building.
02 9385 4734

UNSW Counselling and Psychological Services
Provides support and services if you need help with your personal life, getting your academic life back on track or just want to know how to stay safe, including free, confidential counselling.
Level 2, East Wing, Quadrangle Building.
02 9385 5418

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