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LAWS104 Foundations of Law and Legal Research , LAWS206 Torts

Teaching organisation

4 hours per week for twelve weeks or equivalent.

Unit rationale, description and aim

This unit examines false or misleading representations, misleading or deceptive conduct and manufacturer’s liability under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). The unit also examines the law of defamation and a wide range of economic torts, including passing off, tort of deceit, negligent misstatements, and injurious falsehood. 

Learning outcomes

To successfully complete this unit you will be able to demonstrate you have achieved the learning outcomes (LO) detailed in the below table.

Each outcome is informed by a number of graduate capabilities (GC) to ensure your work in this, and every unit, is part of a larger goal of graduating from ACU with the attributes of insight, empathy, imagination and impact.

Explore the graduate capabilities.

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

 LO1 - Describe and critically evaluate the law relating to false or misleading conduct and economic torts (GA4, GA5, GA9, GA10) 

LO2 - Identify relevant legal issues and apply the law to factual situations; and thereby advise clients and others of their rights and obligations in those situations (GA3, GA4, GA5, GA6, GA7) 

LO3 - Compare and contrast Australian law with that in other jurisdictions and evaluate its effectiveness (GA4, GA6). 

Graduate attributes

GA3 - apply ethical perspectives in informed decision making

GA4 - think critically and reflectively 

GA5 - demonstrate values, knowledge, skills and attitudes appropriate to the discipline and/or profession 

GA6 - solve problems in a variety of settings taking local and international perspectives into account

GA7 - work both autonomously and collaboratively 

GA9 - demonstrate effective communication in oral and written English language and visual media 

GA10 - utilise information and communication and other relevant technologies effectively.


Topics in this course will include misleading or deceptive conduct, economic torts, and product liability; and more specifically: 

  • Torts of misrepresentation – 
  • Negligent misrepresentation 
  • Deceit 
  • Injurious falsehood 
  • Passing off 
  • Statutory Misleading or Deceptive Conduct 
  • General economic torts 
  • Inducement to breach of contract 
  • Interference with contractual relations 
  • Intentional inducement of other wrongs, conspiracy 
  • Defamation 
  • Manufacturers’ liability 
  • Unsatisfactory products 
  • Product safety 
  • Defective products. 

Learning and teaching strategy and rationale

Mode:Lectures, tutorials, electronic consultation, library tasks and presentations or Online lectures and activities.  


Duration: 4 hours per week over 12 weeks or equivalent.  Students are expected to spend 150 hours in total for this unit. 


This level two compulsory Law unit allows students to demonstrate knowledge, skills and understanding in a specialist area of law to meet the requirements of accreditation.  


Our strategy is to encourage students to creatively engage with unit content and to apply fundamental legal knowledge, skills and understandings to address legal problems.  


The unit is designed to be delivered in intensive, weekly or online mode. We have taken a blended learning approach to provide accessibility and flexibility to our students and a student focused approach that increases depth of learning and engagement through actively utilising LEO.   


Assessment strategy and rationale

The assessment strategy is designed to assess knowledge, skills and understanding in a specialist area of law required for accreditation.  


The assessment tasks for this unit are designed to demonstrate achievement of each of the learning outcomes listed.  

Overview of assessments

Brief Description of Kind and Purpose of Assessment TasksWeightingLearning OutcomesGraduate Attributes

Communication and engagement:

Students are required to participate in tutorials, in recognition that the development of skills in referencing and analysing research materials is assisted by participation in weekly tutorials. A rubric will be utilised to assess students. 


LO1, LO2 

GA5, GA6, GA7 


Students are required to research and write an assignment on a given topic. This assignment recognises the need for developing skills in locating, referencing, analysing research materials and training in legal writing skills. A rubric will be utilised for this assessment. 

40 % 

LO1, LO2, LO3 

GA3, GA4, GA5, GA6, GA9, GA10. 

Take-home Examination:

Students are required to complete a final take-home paper, which will consist of problem questions.

40 % 

LO1, LO2 

GA4, GA5, GA6, GA7, GA9.  

Representative texts and references

Coorey, Adrian, Australian Consumer Law (LexisNexis Butterworths, 2015).  

Davies, Martin & Malkin, Ian, Focus Torts (LexisNexis Butterworths, 7th edn, 2015). 

Bruce, Alex, Consumer Protection Law in Australia (Lexis Nexis Butterworths, 2nd edn, 2014)  

Balkin, R P and Davis, J L R, Law of Torts (Lexis Nexis ,5th edn, 2013) 

Barker, K; Cane, P; Lunney, M; and Trindade, F, The Law of Torts in Australia (Oxford, 5th edn, 2012) 

Clarke, Bruce; Sweeney, Brendan; and Bender, Mark, Marketing and the Law, (LexisNexis, 5th edn, 2015) 

Corones,  Stephen  and  Clarke,  Philip, The  Australian  Consumer  Law:  Commentary  and Materials (Thomson Reuters, 5th edn, 2015) 

Davies and Malkin, Torts (Lexis Nexis Butterworths, 6th edn, 2012) 

Sappideen, Carolyn and Vines, Prue, Fleming’s The Law of Torts (Law Book Company, 10th edn, 2011) 

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