TABL5511 Legal Foundations of Business - 2022

Subject Code
Study Level
Commencing Term
Term 2
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
Delivery Mode
Management & Governance
This course outline is provided in advance of offering to guide student course selection. Please note that while accurate at time of publication, changes may be required prior to the start of the teaching session. To view other versions, visit the archives .

1. Course Details

Summary of Course

​Legal Foundations of Business (TABL5511) is a core requirement for students undertaking the Master of Business Law (in the Faculty of Law) or the Master of Financial Planning and is a gateway course for students in the Master of Commerce degree. The course is designed to provide students with the fundamental legal skills (writing, analysis and research) necessary to enable successful study in the more discrete business and taxation law courses offered by the UNSW Business School or the Faculty of Law (for Master of Business Law students).

The specific objectives of the course are to:

  • Introduce Australian law and the institutions of the Australian legal system and provide a brief comparison with other major legal systems used in the world;
  • Provide a conceptual background to the legal environment of business and the interaction of law, business and society;
  • Teach students a methodology for analysing and understanding the process for the solution to legal problems that will be useful throughout their career;
  • Provide the necessary skills for examining legal source material, such as an ability to interpret provisions of an Act of Parliament, to analyse statements contained in judgments of courts of law and to determine if a law is validly enacted;
  • Introduce knowledge and skills that provide a basis for understanding the nature and effect of commercial contracts;
  • Introduce students to an understanding of how selected areas of substantive law such as contract, fair trading, competition, property, torts and business organisational structures may impact on commercial activities.

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

​The aims of this course are to:

  • Develop student understanding of the structure and key principles underlying the Australian commercial legal system,
  • Develop student ability to apply this knowledge to solving legal problems in specific areas relating to business in a structured and analytical manner; and
  • Provide students with a firm grounding in the legal analysis and research skills necessary throughout student’s career and for any further study in business and taxation law.

Relationship with Other Courses in the MCom

TABL 5511 Legal Foundations of Business is the introductory law course (in the Master of Commerce degree) offered by the UNSW Business School and is designed to provide students with the fundamental legal skills (writing, analysis and research) necessary to enable successful study in the more discrete business and taxation law courses offered by the Business School. The course offers an excellent introduction to the Australian legal system and laws that regulate the business environment. Emphasis is given to understanding legal reasoning and argument. Particular emphasis is given to the law of contracts.

2. Staff Contact Details

Position Title Name Email Location Phone Consultation Times
Lecturer-in-chargeMrJohn Angeles
By appointment - email

3. Learning and Teaching Activities

Use of your Webcam and Digital Devices: If you enrol in an online class, or the online stream of a hybrid class, teaching and associated activities will be conducted using Teams, Zoom, or similar a technology. Using a webcam is optional, but highly encouraged, as this will facilitate interaction with your peers and instructors. If you are worried about your personal space being observed during a class, we encourage you to blur your background or make use of a virtual background. Please contact the Lecturer-in-Charge if you have any questions or concerns.

Some courses may involve undertaking online exams for which your own computer or digital devices will be required. Monitoring of online examinations will be conducted directly by University staff and is bound by the University's privacy and security requirements. Any data collected will be handled accordance with UNSW policies and standards for data governance. For more information on how the University manages personal information please refer to the UNSW Student Privacy Statement and the UNSW Privacy Policy.

Approach to Learning and Teaching in the Course

​This course is conducted with the aim of promoting student-centred peer learning. This will be achieved by requiring students to actively engage with the topics presented in the course through independent reading of the course material (hereafter referred to as 'course material'), newspapers and on the internet as part of the required weekly readings. The Final exam and Minor assignment in this course are designed to encourage students to apply their knowledge learned from class discussions, reading and outside research as well as the skills developed in preparation and presentation of hypothetical questions to practical legal problems of the type they may encounter in the work environment.

To get the most out of your study, I recommend that you follow the lecture schedule and fit various time demands into a well-organised diary. Systematic study through the term is the key to success in a flexible learning program.

Learning Activities and Teaching Strategies

​This course requires students to take an active approach to learning. Students are advised to engage with materials on Moodle by:

  • Reading the prescribed materials and viewing the prescribed videos before webinars.
  • Downloading the lecture slides. These are made available on UNSW Moodle before the webinars.
  • Preparing draft answers for online module questions before the webinar.
  • Actively participating in discussions during webinars.
  • Attending online classes on time.
  • Asking questions during class and via email, if further clarification on a topic is required.

Students are expected to study the course materials and any reading material provided and to engage with sources outside the course materials, such as information in online legal databases, daily newspapers and/or on the internet.

During the class activities period, students will present proposed answers to hypothetical problems (minor assignment) related to the weekly topic. These problem questions provide students with an opportunity to develop proficiency in their oral communication skills and the development of an analytical approach to problem solving in a structured case study environment. Students will also hand in a written answer to the hypothetical question they are assigned (minor assignment) which develops their proficiency in written communication and their ability to resolve legal issues in a structured manner.

ALL students are expected to attempt a solution to each of the problem questions PRIOR to the class discussion. This will enable students not leading discussion that week to compare their solution with the presenter’s solution, thereby engendering discussion and the practical problem solving experience necessary to complete the exam with proficiency. The discussion of the problem questions in class (with lecturer and presenter) is the primary form of feedback students receive in problem solving and how they are progressing in the course. Failure to attempt a solution to the problem questions each week will result in students not receiving the full benefit of this feedback.

Model answers to the problem questions will not be handed out and will not be posted on Moodle (teaching rationale for this arrangement will be discussed in the first meeting). Discussion of the presented problem will indicate the appropriate solution process. It is recommended that students prepare written answers to their solutions and submit them later to the lecturer at the end of the trimester.

5. Course Resources

​Prescribed text:

Turner,Trone & Gamble, Concise Australian Commercial Law, 6th ed. 2021 (Thomson Reuters).  To order a copy using the publisher's website, please click on the following link

Additional resources:

There are a number of other texts that you may find useful. Most of these texts are available in the UNSW Library:

Turner & Trone, Australian Commercial Law, 31st ed. 2017 (Thomson Reuters)

Michael Lambiris & Laura Griffin, First Principles of Business Law, 10th ed. 2017 (Oxford University Press)

Carter, J W, Carter’s Guide to Australian Contract Law, 3rd ed. 2015 (Lexis Nexis)

Harris, Jason & Corese, Christopher Contract in Context 2015 (CCH)

Carvan, Understanding the Australian Legal System, 7th ed. 2014 (Thomson)

Enright C.,Legal Technique 2002 (The Federation Press) (note: The earlier edition of this book, Understanding the Law, is also useful.)

Gibson and Fraser, Business Law, 10th ed, 2017 (Pearson)

James, Business Law, 4th ed. 2019 (Wiley)

Graw, S; Parker, D; Whitford, K; Sangkuhl, E; Do, C Understanding Business Law, 8th ed, 2016 (Lexis Nexis)

Lo, Vai Io, Commercial Law in Australia, 2009 (LexisNexis) (In Chinese)

Wang, The International Student Guide to Business Law, 2nd ed, 2019 (Thomson) (In Chinese)

Reference Materials:

Excellent general references that can aid students in identifying and accurately stating legal rules are the Halsbury’s Laws of Australia series (LexisNexis database) or The Laws of Australia Encyclopedia (Legal Online database) which are available in the online through the UNSW Library’s Sirius search engine (see Electronic Databases below).

Excellent study references also include the Jurisprudentia Student Guide Cards for Consumer Law I, II & III and Commercial Law I & II (available from the UNSW Bookshop).

Students should have access to a good legal dictionary. Students should also be aware of appropriate study techniques and legal referencing protocols (the Australian Guide to Legal Citation, 3rd ed.: is excellent for this). Any of the following books are recommended for these purposes. Many of them are available from the UNSW Law School library.

Krever, Mastering Law Studies and Law Exam Techniques, 10th ed. 2019, (Butterworths).

Campbell et al, Students’ Guide to Legal Writing, 3rd ed, 2010 (The Federation Press)

Crosling & Murphy, How to Study Business Law, 4th ed., 2009, (LexisNexis Butterworths).

Keyzer, Legal Problem Solving: a Guide for Law Students, 2nd ed. 2002

Strong, S. I. How to write law essays & exams, 4th ed, 2014, Oxford University Press.

General Web References:

Austlii (legal database including cases, journal articles, reports)

Attorney General’s website including Commonwealth legislation and links to State and Territory legislation

Lawlex (a private company’s website offering consolidated lists of current legislation and links to ScalePlus)

NSW Attorney-General’s website

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

Electronic Databases:

The UNSW library subscribes to several electronic databases, including the Halsbury’s Laws of Australia series (LexisNexis database) or The Laws of Australia Encyclopedia (Legal Online database). Of particular relevance to this course are the LexisNexis, Legal Online and the CCH databases. The UNSW library databases can be accessed via the UNSW website using the Sirius search engine. Also available on line in the UNSW Library site is the Guide to Legal Research (which includes a tab on ‘Legal Citations”). Go to the UNSW Library page > Subject Guides > Law > Guide to Legal Research.

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.

​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 Management & Governance's quality enhancement process involves regular review of its courses and study materials by content and educational specialists, combined with feedback from students.

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: 30 MayOnline


Australia's Legal System

  • Chapter 1 of prescribed text
Week 2: 6 JuneOnline

Contract Law Part 1

Formation and Content

  • Chapters 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 of prescribed text
Week 3: 13 June

Public holiday (Queen's birthday)


Online Quiz on first week materials

Week 4: 20 JuneOnline

Contract Law Part 2

True consent and termination

  • Chapters 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 of prescribed text
Week 5: 27 JuneOnline

Torts Law

  • Chapter 14 of prescribed text
Week 6: 4 JulyOnline

Consumer Law

  • Chapter 13 of prescribed text
Week 7: 11 JulyOnline

Competition Law

  • Refer to Moodle folder for this week's materials
  • Online quiz on contract law
Week 8: 18 JulyOnline

Property Law

  • Refer to Moodle folder for this week's materials.
Week 9: 25 JulyOnline

Business and Organisational Structures

  • Refer to Moodle folder for this week's materials
Week 10: 1 AugustOnline

Exam preparation

  • Refer to Moodle folder for this week's materials

8. Policies and Support

Information about UNSW Business School program learning outcomes, academic integrity, student responsibilities and student support services. For information regarding special consideration, supplementary exams and viewing final exam scripts, please go to the key policies and support page.

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.  For PG Research PLOs, including Master of Pre-Doctoral Business Studies, please refer to the UNSW HDR Learning Outcomes

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 Services team.

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

Attendance and Engagement

Your regular attendance and active engagement in all scheduled classes and online learning activities is expected in this course. Failure to attend / engage in assessment tasks that are integrated into learning activities (e.g. class discussion, presentations) will be reflected in the marks for these assessable activities. The Business School may 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.). If you are not able to regularly attend classes, you should consult the relevant Course Authority.

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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 Learning Support Tools
Business School provides support a wide range of free resources and services to help students in-class and out-of-class, as well as online. These include:

  • Academic Communication Essentials – A range of academic communication workshops, modules and resources to assist you in developing your academic communication skills.
  • Learning consultations – Meet learning consultants who have expertise in business studies, literacy, numeracy and statistics, writing, referencing, and researching at university level.
  • PASS classes – Study sessions facilitated by students who have previously and successfully completed the course.
  • Educational Resource Access Scheme – To support the inclusion and success of students from equity groups enrolled at UNSW Sydney in first year undergraduate Business programs.

The Nucleus - Business School Student Services team
The Nucleus Student Services team provides advice and direction on all aspects of enrolment and graduation. Level 2, Main Library, Kensington 02 8936 7005 /

Business School Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
The Business School Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee strives to ensure that every student is empowered to have equal access to education. The Business School provides a vibrant, safe, and equitable environment for education, research, and engagement that embraces diversity and treats all people with dignity and respect.

UNSW Academic Skills
Resources and support – including workshops, individual consultations and a range of online resources – to help you develop and refine your academic skills. See their website for details.

Student Support Advisors
Student 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.
John Goodsell Building, Ground Floor.
02 9385 4734

International Student Support
The International Student Experience Unit (ISEU) is the first point of contact for international students. ISEU staff are always here to help with personalised advice and information about all aspects of university life and life in Australia.
Advisors can support you with your student visa, health and wellbeing, making friends, accommodation and academic performance.
02 9385 4734

Equitable Learning Services
Equitable Learning Services (formerly Disability Support Services) is a free and confidential service that provides practical support to ensure that your health condition doesn't adversely affect your studies. Register with the service to receive educational adjustments.
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

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 9065 9444

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

Support for Studying Online

The Business School and UNSW provide a wide range of tools, support and advice to help students achieve their online learning goals. 

The UNSW Guide to Online Study page provides guidance for students on how to make the most of online study.

We recognise that completing quizzes and exams online can be challenging for a number of reasons, including the possibility of technical glitches or lack of reliable internet. We recommend you review the Online Exam Preparation Checklist of things to prepare when sitting an online exam.