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Government and Corporate Contracting PG (6631.5)

Level: Postgraduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 3
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Canberra Law School


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For the remainder of 2020, resulting from Australian Government's directives requiring physical distancing and restrictions on movement because of the COVID-19 pandemic, any exams that are required for assessment in a unit will be online exams. Online exams may also use online proctoring to help assure the academic integrity of those exams. Please contact your unit convener with any questions.

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In this unit, you will master the skills and knowledge required to apply the legal framework regulating government contracts. You will learn how to prevent and resolve legal disputes in a wide range of areas by acquiring a sound understanding of the distinct legal requirements and processes for government contracting, including procurement and tendering. You will learn how to manage a government contract from negotiation to agreement and resolve any potential disputes by developing skills of effective drafting and communication. The focus will be on your application of models and samples of government contracts to scenarios. You will also build an ePortfolio of evidence of you developing public service ethos.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Evaluate the professional role of government lawyers as they negotiate and manage contracts in the modern regulatory state;

2. Apply the legal framework for government and corporate contracting to solve problem scenarios with advanced cognitive, technical and communication skills; and

3. Demonstrate effective negotiation and drafting skills to develop a government contract suited to a problem scenario.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Workshops: 20 hours across the teaching period. Attendance may be on campus or synchronously online. Seminars: 16 hours across the teaching period. Attendance may be on campus, synchronously online or asynchronously through recordings.





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