Legal Issues for Managers

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Legal Issues for Managers

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Business, Legal Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course is designed to introduce students to the legal system and key aspects of business law that they are likely to encounter in their professional lives, especially as managers. In particular it examines the role of law and the courts, the decision-making process of the courts, the key features of the law of contract and torts, the law relating to business associations (including agency relationships, partnerships and corporations law) and employment law (including workplace health & safety and anti-discrimination law).
    Course Introduction
    Welcome to Legal Issues for Managers
    Lecture materials will be placed under Course Content weekly throughout the semester. Legal Issues for Managers is a compulsory course for business students and the main focus is on Commonwealth and Queensland law. To help ensure that students pass this course they must prepare for the seminars and attend lectures each week.
    The components of the learning strategy available to students include:
    • attending lectures;
    • readings from the text and lecture notes;
    • attending weekly consultations;
    • answering the seminar questions and attending seminars;
    • the Learning@Griffith site, which students should check regularly; and
    • attending PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions - details to be advised during first lectures).
    The purpose of Legal Issues for Managers is to provide a basic understanding of the Australian legal system and to alert students to some of the legal problems which can arise in business practice (and in life generally). This course introduces students to a basic knowledge of the Australian legal system and processes within the business and political environment. Students will study the law of contract, tort, business associations, legal obligations in relation to employment law (including workplace health & safety and discrimination law) and ethical practice. During this course of study, students should become familiar with legal phrases and reasoning within the context of the Australian Legal System.
    The teaching approach provides students with an overview of legal issues for managers and then tests whether students can apply legal principles successfully to solve multiple-choice and/or short answer questions and legal hypothetical problems in a legal format know as ILAC, which will be taught throughout the semester.
    Course Aims
    The purpose of this course is to provide business students with a basic understanding of the legal system and the types of legal issues and problems that can arise in commercial management practice.
    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 Identify and describe the primary sources of law in Australia.
    2 Understand the basics of the legal environment in which commercial businesses operate, the law of contract and tort, the law of business associations and the legal obligations of managers.
    3 Analyse problems and apply the relevant legislation and case law to practical situations that may arise for managers in the workplace.
    4 Identify and analyse the relevant legal issues and material facts to legal hypothetical and then apply the relevant law to those facts and reach a valid conclusion.

    Assessment Task

    Weighting/Marked out of

    Exam - selected response
    Mid-Semester Exam


    Assignment - Problem Solving Assignment
    Law Hypothetical (ILAC) Assignment


    Exam - selected and constructed responses
    Final Examination


Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.