Faculty of Business and Economics

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
Organisational UnitDepartment of Business Law and Taxation
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2013 (On-campus block of classes)
Coordinator(s)Professor Christopher Arup (First semester)


The unit aims to develop knowledge and skills, and an understanding of the relationship between the common law, statute law and awards and agreements. In this regard, the unit introduces students to the central tenets of the contract of employment including the formation of the contract, breach of contract and wrongful dismissal, confidentiality, restrictive covenants, employee/independent contractor issues and discrimination law.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. identify a wide range of legal issues affecting the employment relationship, with a particular focus on the contract of employment
  2. illustrate the practical implications of employment law by identifying emerging issues in the media, the workplace and the case law
  3. apply the legal principles from relevant cases to hypothetical scenarios
  4. evaluate the principles underlying employment laws and assess the law's impact on the employment relationship.


Within semester assessment: 40%
Examination (take-home): 60%

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Christopher Arup (First semester)
Ms Anne O'Rourke (Second semester)

Contact hours

3 hours per week


BTX9060, BTG9241