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Business Law and Ethics (9523.1)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 3 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 5 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Canberra Law School



    Unit Outlines

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    • Semester 1, 2017, ONL, BRUCE (170979) - View
    • Flexible and Self Paced Period 12, 2016, SELF-PACED, BRUCE (149860) - View
    • UC Term 1, 2016, ON-CAMPUS, LIFE (155089) - View
    • Summer Semester 2015/16, ONLINE, BRUCE (156208) - View

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    This unit will introduce students to the laws and ethical standards that managers must abide by in the course of conducting business. Laws and ethics almost always shape a company's decision-making process: a bank cannot charge any interest rate it wants to charge - that rate must be appropriate. Car manufacturers must install hardware and develop new technologies to keep up with regulations designed to reduce pollution. By the end of this unit, students will have a clear understanding of the legal and ethical environment in which business operate.

    Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Identify sources of law;

    2. Differentiate litigation from methods of alternative dispute resolution, and discuss the process of each;

    3. List the elements of the major torts and the essential elements of a valid contract;

    4. Summarise the remedies available for breach of contract;

    5. Distinguish between real and personal property;

    6. Identify the requirements to hold various rights under intellectual property laws;

    7. Analyse the impact of the digital era on intellectual property rights;

    8. Identify laws that generally regulate the employer-employee relationship;

    9. Identify criminal acts related to the business world;

    10. Define and identify examples of white collar crime; 11. Identify the major ethical concerns and major laws regulating business today; and 12. Analyse case studies that illustrate ethical dilemmas in business ethics

    Assessment Items

    Contact Hours

    150 learning hours in online self-paced mode.


    Must have passed 3 credit points.



    Assumed Knowledge


    Incompatible Units

    4977 Introduction to Business Law. Business Law and Ethics is not available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws (including double degrees).

    Equivalent Units


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