BFA141 Unit Outline Commercial Transactions

BFA141 Unit Outline  Commercial Transactions
BFA141
Commercial Transactions
Semester 2 2013
School of Accounting and Corporate Governance
Faculty of Business
Unit Outline
Unit Coordinator
Peter Dixon
CRICOS Provider Code: 00586B
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Contact details
Unit coordinator
and Launceston lecturer:
Campus:
e-mail:
Phone:
Fax:
Room number
Peter Dixon
Launceston
[email protected]
+61 3 6324 3329
+61 3 6324 3369
A245 (Launceston)
Other teaching staff with offices on campus
Lecturer & Tutor
Campus:
e-mail:
Phone:
Fax:
Room number:
Kim Backhouse
Hobart
[email protected]
(03) 6226 1982
(03) 6226 7845
507 (Hobart)
Tutor:
Campus:
e-mail:
Phone:
Fax:
Room number:
Yonna Pankiw
Hobart
[email protected]
TBA
(03) 6226 7845
TBA
Tutor:
Campus:
e-mail:
Phone:
Fax:
Room number:
John Streeter
Launceston and Cradle Coast
[email protected]
(03) 6324 3061
(03) 6324 3369
D110 (Launceston)
Staff will advise their consultation hours. If you wish to view further information regarding permanent
staff members in the School of Accounting and Corporate Governance see:
http://fcms.its.utas.edu.au/business/accg/people.asp
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Table of Contents
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Contact details _________________________________________________ 2
Unit description ________________________________________________ 4
Learning outcomes ______________________________________________ 4
Generic graduate attributes and assessment criteria _______________________ 4
Alterations to the unit based on student feedback ________________________ 5
Prior knowledge and/or skills _______________________________________ 5
Learning resources required________________________________________ 5
6.1 Prescribed textbook _________________________________________ 5
6.2 Pearson mylawlab___________________________________________ 5
6.3 PowerPoint slides___________________________________________ 5
6.4 Legal websites _____________________________________________ 6
6.5 Library __________________________________________________ 6
6.6 MyLO ___________________________________________________ 6
6.6.1 General _____________________________________________ 6
6.6.2 Software to access MyLO ________________________________ 6
6.6.3 Accessing this unit in MyLO _______________________________ 6
6.6.4 MyLO facilities ________________________________________ 7
6.6.5 MyLO expectations _____________________________________ 7
6.7 Getting IT assistance, including with MyLO ________________________ 7
Details of teaching arrangements ____________________________________ 8
7.1 Lectures _________________________________________________ 8
7.2 Tutorials _________________________________________________ 8
7.3 Self-study – your commitment _________________________________ 9
7.4 Work health and safety (WH&S) ________________________________ 9
Unit schedule _________________________________________________ 10
Learning expectations and strategies __________________________________ 11
9.1 Learning expectations ________________________________________ 11
9.2 Learning strategies __________________________________________ 11
Specific attendance/performance requirements __________________________ 11
Assessment
_________________________________________________ 11
11.1 Assessment Task 1 (10%) – Tutorial Participation and Workbook ________ 12
11.2 Assessment Task 2 (10%) – Mid-Semester Test ______________________ 12
11.4 Assessment Task 4 (60%) – Final Examination _______________________ 13
How your final result is determined __________________________________ 14
Submission of assignments _________________________________________ 14
Requests for extensions ___________________________________________ 14
Penalties
_________________________________________________ 14
15.1 Late submission of continuous coursework ________________________ 14
15.2 Over-length work __________________________________________ 15
Review of results and appeals _______________________________________ 15
Academic referencing ____________________________________________ 16
17.1 Legal referencing ___________________________________________ 16
Academic misconduct ____________________________________________ 16
Student Feedback via eVALUate _____________________________________ 17
Further information and assistance ___________________________________ 17
If you have a problem ____________________________________________ 18
Students with disabilities – University and Faculty Equity Plans _______________ 18
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1.
Unit description
This unit provides, in the context of commercial transactions, an introduction to the Australian legal
system, specifically: sources of law such as Parliament and the courts; the federal system; the
legislative process; precedent; alternative dispute resolution; the law of contract; consumer law; the
law of torts; agency law; and various forms of business organisation including sole traders,
partnerships, trusts and corporations.
BFA141 is delivered in Hobart, Launceston, Burnie and offshore during Semester 2, 2013 and in
Summer Semester, 2014.
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Learning outcomes
At the conclusion of the Unit, you should have learned:
1.
Knowledge of fundamental business law concepts.
2.
How to use basic legal problem solving techniques.
3.
Generic graduate attributes and assessment criteria
The University has defined a set of generic graduate attributes expected of all graduates after
engagement with their studies. The table below shows the graduate attributes addressed in BFA141,
together with the above learning outcomes and relevant assessment criteria.
Learning
Outcomes:
In this unit you
will learn:
Knowledge of
business law
concepts:
To use basic
legal problem
solving
techniques:
Assessment Criteria:
In assessing this learning
outcome I will be looking at
your ability to:
Assessment Task
Number
Demonstrate knowledge of
business law concepts
3. Written assignment
1. Tutorial participation
2. Mid-semester test
4. Exam
Apply knowledge of relevant
legislation and case law
3. Written assignment
1. Tutorial participation
2. Mid-semester test
4. Exam
Communicate knowledge
and understanding of
business law concepts,
legislation and case law
1. Written assignment
2. Tutorial participation
4. Exam
Identify legal issues and rules
that apply to commercial
transactions
3. Written assignment
1. Tutorial participation
4. Exam
Apply a legal problem
solving framework to issues
and facts
3. Written assignment
1. Tutorial participation
4. Exam
Make recommendations on
the basis of information
analysed and legal problem
solving framework applied
3. Written assignment
1. Tutorial participation
4. Exam
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Graduate Attribute
Outcomes
The assessments and teaching
activities in this unit have been
designed to develop the following
graduate attributes in students:
Knowledge (2) –
Reasonably detailed knowledge of
fundamentals in business law and
the ability to apply knowledge to
diverse legal situations.
Communication (2) –
High level written communication
skills in a range of formats,
considering audience needs and
appropriate to real world legal
situations. Oral communication
skills in a range of contexts and
considerate to audience needs.
Problem solving (1&2) –
The ability to locate and use
needed information.
The ability to apply logical thinking
to a range of legal problems.
Social responsibility (1) –
The ability to determine and apply
an ethical framework to simulated
legal tasks and situations.
4.
Alterations to the unit based on student feedback
As a result of the eVALUate Report on the Unit conducted during Semester 2, 2012 the following
alterations to the Unit have been made:
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6.
5.
Recordings of the Launceston Lectures will be made available for all students enrolled in the
Unit;
The Assessment Item MyLO Quizzes has been discontinued;
The Assessment Items Written and Oral Tutorial Presentations have been discontinued;
Student participation in Tutorials, and the submission of a problem based written assignment
will now become an assessment item;
Optional MyLO Quizzes will be available for students to take (with no limit on the number
of attempts); and
The final examination will be an ‘open book’ examination (subject to some restrictions)
Prior knowledge and/or skills
This is a first year unit so no prerequisites are required other than admission to the degree.
6.
6.1
Learning resources required
Prescribed textbook
You will need ready access to the following prescribed textbook, which is available from the
University Co-op Bookshops:
A Gibson and D Fraser, 2013 (7th ed), Business Law, Pearson Australia, (or the 6th edition) and
including a unique access code for the ‘mylawlab’ online resources accompanying the textbook (see
below).
Chapters 30-37 of the Textbook are ‘on line’ and can be accessed through the mylawlab resource.
6.2
Pearson mylawlab
The textbook is supported by ‘mylawlab’: from http://www.pearsoned.com.au/mylawlab click ‘Log In’
(or, on your first visit, ‘Register’). The mylawlab site is an interactive approach to learning and can be
used in conjunction with lectures and tutorials to assist you to understand the legal concepts taught in
this unit.
Within mylawlab are a number of resources to assist you with your studies, including the eText (with
interactive links to cases and legislation), ‘Vidbits’ (flash-based, downloadable mini lectures), flipcards,
and chapter tests. You are encouraged to use all these resources to support the learning you will do
by attending lectures and tutorials and reading the textbook.
Mylawlab includes multiple choice quiz questions testing the learning objectives in each chapter of the
textbook. These questions are of a similar format (but not the same content) to those that will be
used as part of Assessment Task 2: see section ’11.3 Assessment Task 3 (20%)’ later in this Unit
Outline. So use them to practice for Assessment Task 2.
6.3
PowerPoint slides
The unit’s MyLO website (discussed later in this Unit Outline) will include the unit’s PowerPoint
slides for weekly lectures. At the discretion of the Unit Coordinator, other materials may also be
made available on MyLO.
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6.4
Legal websites
The most authoritative website to access consolidated (i.e. current) Australian legislation is:
http://www.comlaw.gov.au/ Tasmanian legislation is at http://www.thelaw.tas.gov.au/
A wealth of legal information, including Australian and State legislation and some cases may also be
accessed via the Australasian Legal Information Institute at: http://www.austlii.edu.au/ Not all its
legislation is current. So for current legislation use the above more official sites.
Another useful site is http://www.consumerlaw.gov.au regarding the new Australian Consumer Law
[ACL]. See also the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission [ACCC] site at
http://www.accc.gov.au (click ‘For Consumers’).
Other internet websites may be of use to you in your studies. If you find additional useful websites to
those below, please e-mail details of the links to the Unit Coordinator at [email protected]
6.5
Library
Visit the library online at http://www.library.utas.edu.au/
6.6
MyLO
6.6.1 General
MyLO is an internet service that has been adopted by the University and will be used in this unit.
MyLO may be accessed on computers in computing laboratories at the University or on your
computer at home or at work. Information about accessing and using this service, about required
computer specifications, frequently asked questions, and about how to get help if you experience
difficulties, is available at the following University website: http://www.utas.edu.au/coursesonline/
You are strongly advised to visit this site and become familiar with the features of MyLO, especially if
you have not used it before. You will probably be using it in other units that you are studying as well.
Here are some important points about accessing our web site:
6.6.2 Software to access MyLO
If you do not already have access to MyLO from your own computer you will need the appropriate
software, and hardware to run that software. See Learning Online at http://uconnect.utas.edu.au/
for computer software you will need.
Note: Older computers may not have the hardware to run some of the required software
applications. Contact your local IT support person or the Service Desk on 6226 1818 if you
experience difficulties.
For further information on using MyLO self help sheets can be accessed at:
http://www.utas.edu.au/coursesonline/
6.6.3 Accessing this unit in MyLO
You can access your MyLO course from the Student Page on the University’s web site: Current
Students Quick Links MyLO or go directly to the web address noted above:
•
Enter your email POP account “Username” (for example, dsmith) and your “Password”.
These are identical to the pop account/email username and password that you are given with
your enrolment confirmation form. If you forgot your pop account username, contact the
Help Desk: see below under section ‘6.7 Getting IT assistance, including with MyLO. Both
MyLo and e-mail passwords must remain the same. If you are going to change your
password, change your e-mail password first.
•
When you enter your user name and password, click on OK and choose “BFA141” from the
list of units (subjects) in which you are enrolled. [NOTE: Another box may periodically
appear when using the University network which asks you to verify your user name and
password, this is simply a security device – enter your password when asked and click OK].
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•
MyLO will automatically check that your browser is properly configured. If the
MyLO ‘browser checker’ window appears – scroll down to make sure you have a
tick in each area shown – then close the window.
From the Unit’s homepage click on the area you wish to access e.g. “Unit Information”. A
table of contents will appear on the left hand side of your screen. Scroll through the list until
you find what you want and click the underlined topic.
6.6.4 MyLO facilities
MyLO offers a number of facilities the Unit Coordinator may use. These include the following:
“Content” – files will be placed here by the Unit Coordinator including the Unit Outline, Faculty
Guide for Students and Past Examination Papers.
“Learning Hub” – files will be placed in this area by the Unit Coordinator that contains lecture
materials, slides and other materials for lectures, and assignments.
“Discussions” – this area provides facilities for on-line ‘Discussion’ which students can use. Students
can also use the ‘Mail’ area to forward emails to the Unit Coordinator, although using the email
addresses provided inside the cover of this unit outline may provide a quicker response. The
lecturer-in-charge will use the “News” facility on the home page to make announcements to students.
PDF files – Many of the files made available through MyLO (e.g. in the ‘Learning Resources’ area) will
be in Portable Document Format (PDF). These files can be viewed from within your web browser or
separately by using a program called Adobe Acrobat Reader. This software is already installed on the
machines in the Faculty Computing Laboratory, but can be downloaded free of charge from the
Adobe site should you want a copy for another machine. At time of writing the required URL was:
http://get.adobe.com/reader/
6.6.5 MyLO expectations
1.
Students are expected to maintain the highest standards of conduct across all modes of
communication, either with staff or with other students. Penalties may be imposed if the Unit
Coordinator believes that in any instance or mode of communication that your language or
content is inappropriate or offensive. MyLO in particular provides a public forum. Due levels of
respect, professionalism and high ethical standards are expected of students at all times.
2.
Submission of assessment tasks via MyLO presumes that students have read, understood and
abide by the requirements relating to academic conduct, and in particular those requirements
relating to plagiarism. All work submitted electronically is presumed to be “signed-off” by the
student submitting as their own work. Any breach of this requirement will lead to student
misconduct processes.
3.
MyLO is an Internet service for teaching and learning provided by the University. As much of the
delivery of this unit will be available through MyLO, it is expected that students will access the
facility on a regular basis, preferably at least once per day.
4.
Students are also expected to check their UTAS email site on a regular basis.
5.
Students submitting requests or queries to staff via email should provide very clearly their:
Family name: Preferred name; Student ID; Unit code (i.e. BFA213) and allow teaching staff at
least 24 hours on business days to reply.
6.7
Getting IT assistance, including with MyLO
The Service Desk provides support for students on IT, Library and online learning matters:
Online:
http://www.utas.edu.au/servicedesk/student/index.html
Phone:
1300 304 903 (local call within Tasmania, except mobiles)
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7.
7.1
Details of teaching arrangements
Lectures
A weekly 2-hour lecture will introduce the various topics that we will cover in the unit.
Section ‘8. Unit schedule’ later in this Unit Outline gives you the weekly program of lecture topics.
PowerPoint slides for the weekly lectures will be made available on MyLO. Do not expect to learn all
you need to know by just attending lectures. It is what you do before and after the lectures and
tutorials that really consolidates your knowledge.
7.2
Tutorials
There is a one hour tutorial once per week beginning in Week 2 (see Teaching Schedule). Details of
the tutorial exercises are set out in the Additional Teaching Information document that will be
handed out during the first lecture. There will be ten assessable tutorials – these will be in
Weeks 3-7; and 8-12.
For each assessable tutorial you are required to attempt all of the tutorial exercises before the
tutorial and record your answers in a Workbook. The Workbook should be in the form of a bound
or spiral bound A4 size notebook.
At the beginning of each tutorial, your tutor will check that you have completed the set work. Your
written work will not be marked, or otherwise checked for correctness, except to note that a solid
attempt has or has not been made. If that is the case, your tutor will sign the Workbook accordingly.
During the tutorial, the set questions will be discussed first in groups and then with the class, to
arrive at an agreed position. You are expected to participate in the tutorial by contributing to the
discussion. You should correct your own work (if necessary), by noting the correction in your
Workbook in a different colour to the original attempt.
Attendance at and participation in the assessable tutorials is worth 10% of the total marks in this Unit,
and students choosing not to attend tutorials (or any one or more of them) will forgo this mark or a
part thereof (1% per tutorial).
The amount of time spent discussing a question will relate to its importance and the degree to which
it is problematic for tutorial participants. Further, broader discussion of issues in relation to business
law is also encouraged, time permitting.
Finally, tutorials provide an opportunity to raise and discuss any problems you may be experiencing
with the material covered in lectures and / or the readings.
7.2.1 Tutorial Enrolment
In Week 1 of the Semester, enrolled students will be invited to subscribe for one of the various
tutorials offered in this Unit. Tutorials have limited numbers and students who subscribe early will be
more likely to be successful in obtaining the tutorial of their choice. Instructions as how to subscribe
for tutorials will be given during the first lecture.
Tutorials in Burnie will be held immediately adjoining the allocated lecture time.
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7.3
Self-study – your commitment
As stated earlier, most of your learning will be done independently and away from the lecture
theatres. This is a feature of a reflective approach to learning and will be achieved through your
reading and written work.
The optional MyLO quiz questions form a very important learning activity and it would be sensible to
allocate sufficient time attempting each Quiz at least weekly. Answering the questions will help you
to:
• develop your legal problem solving skills;
• discover where you have learning difficulties;
• keep up with the pace of lectures; and
• be prepared for tutorials and the examination.
Complete the answers to the questions conscientiously so that you can find out where your
difficulties lie. Using ‘Mylawlab’ quizzes and watching the ‘Vidbits’ will help consolidate your learning.
Should you still have areas of difficulty, seeking help from teaching staff should resolve many problems.
Ask your tutor for help. Do not leave major areas of difficulty until the end of the semester.
Private study can be more effective if you work with a friend or informal study group. Your private
study need not be a solitary experience, but when it comes to assignments, you must comply with
the University’s very strict rules regarding academic misconduct and plagiarism: see section ’18.
Academic misconduct’later in this Unit Outline.
7.4
Work health and safety (WH&S)
The University is committed to providing a safe and secure teaching and learning environment. In
addition to specific requirements of this unit you should refer to the University’s policies at:
http://www.utas.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/113809/Work-Health-and-Safety-Policy-April2013.pdf
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8.
Unit schedule
See ‘11.1 Assessment Task 1’ re tutorials. Tutorial content follows the previous week’s lecture. Assessable tutorials are
shaded in grey.
Week Starts Lecture Topics
No. Mon-day
1
15/7
2
22/7
Textbook
Chapters for
Lecture
Introducing the Law
•
Legal Foundations
•
How Law is Made
•
The Australian Legal System
Chapters 1-4
Tutorial
No.
No
Tutorial
Legal Problem Solving
Tutorial 1
3
29/7
5/8
4
5
6
7
12/8
19/8
26/8
Civil Liability – Introduction to Tort Law
Chapter 7
Civil Liability
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Law of Negligence
•
Negligence in Business
Chapters 8-9
Tutorial 2
Chapters 12-16
Tutorial 3
Chapters 17-19
Tutorial 4
Chapters 19-21
Tutorial 5
Chapter 26
Tutorial 6
Law of Contracts:
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Introduction
•
Intention to create legal relations
•
Agreement between Parties
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Consideration
•
Capacity of the parties
Law of Contracts:
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Genuine Consent
•
Legality of Object
•
Construction of the Contract Part 1
Law of Contracts:
•
Construction of the Contract Part 2
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Rights of Parties and Discharge
•
Remedies for Breach of Contract
Agency
Further
Information
Tutorial 1 will
cover the IRAC
Method in detail
Mid-semester Break (2 September – 6 September)
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Financial Matters
•
Insurance
•
Insolvency
Chapter 11 and
On line chapter
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Tutorial 7
Tutorial 8
16/9
Consumers and Competitors
•
Consumer Guarantees
•
Trade Practices
Chapters 23-24
and On Line
Chapter 30
23/9
Protecting Intellectual Property and Electronic Security
•
Electronic Commerce
•
Copyright, Designs, Patents & Trade Marks
Chapter 25 and
On line
Chapter 34;
Tutorial 9
30/9
Commencing a Business
•
Choosing a Business Entity
•
Partnership
•
Companies
Chapters 27-29
Tutorial 10
12
7/10
The Work Environment and the Employment
Relationship
•
Employment Law
•
Implied duties in the contract of
employment
•
Work health & safety
On line
Chapter 35
Tutorial 11
13
14/10
Problem Solving and Exam Preparation
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Tutorial 12
Study Period (21 – 25 Oct); Exam Period (26 October – 12 November)
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Assessment
Task 2: Mid
Semester Test
Assessment
Task 3:
Assignment –
due 23/9/13 at
3 p.m.
9.
9.1
Learning expectations and strategies
Learning expectations
The University is committed to high standards of professional conduct in all activities, and holds its
commitment and responsibilities to its students as being of paramount importance. Likewise, it holds
expectations about the responsibilities students have as they pursue their studies within the special
environment the University offers.
The University’s Code of Conduct for Teaching and Learning states: Students are expected to
participate actively and positively in the teaching/learning environment. They must attend classes when and as
required, strive to maintain steady progress within the subject or unit framework, comply with workload
expectations, and submit required work on time.
9.2
Learning strategies
While you are expected to take responsibility for your own learning, you are not on your own. If you
need additional information refer to the Teaching and Learning website:
http://www.learningsupport.utas.edu.au/
One strategy that should help you achieve excellent results is organising your time so that you spend
between 10 to 12 hours a week studying this unit, such as:
Activity
Class contact – lectures and tutorials
Reading before class - work through the tutorial problems prior to tutorials
in order to participate.
Consolidating material after class and practising exercises including the
mylawlab and MyLO quizzes
Preparing for lectures and tutorials, assessments and the exam to ensure
you understand the various topics
Per week
3 hours
2 hours
3 hours
4 hours
10. Specific attendance/performance requirements
Attendance at and participation in all classes is expected. Students are required to attend at least 80%
of the lectures and tutorials delivered in this Unit. Failure to meet this attendance requirement,
without satisfactory explanation or the provision of a medical certificate, may result in you being
deemed ineligible to sit the final examination in this Unit.
11. Assessment
See section ‘3. Generic graduate attributes and assessment criteria’ earlier in this Outline for the
links from each assessment task below to the unit’s learning outcomes, graduate attributes and
assessment criteria. See section ‘8. Unit schedule’ for dates.
Assessment Task
Due Date
Weighting
Assessment Task 1
Continuous:
Tutorial Workbook and
Participation
Submission of Workbook at each assessable
tutorial and at the last Tutorial in Week 13
10% (1%
for each
assessable
tutorial)
Assessment Task 2
Mid Semester Test
Week 8
10%
Assessment Task 3
Assignment
Case Problem - 1500 words maximum
20%
Assessment Task 4
End of Semester Exam
During the formal examination period.
3 hours +15 minutes reading time.
60%
Total marks available in unit
100%
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11.1 Assessment Task 1 (10%) – Tutorial Participation and
Workbook
Task description
In the first lecture you will be provided with the Additional Teaching
Information document which will set out the tutorial program for the semester.
For each tutorial commencing from Tutorial 2 the document contains a list of
tutorial exercises and questions for discussion.
For each assessable tutorial you are required to attempt all of the tutorial
exercises before the tutorial and record your answers in a Workbook to be
produced to your tutor at the commencement of each assessable tutorial.
Your attendance at and participation in each assessable tutorial will be assessed
by your tutor.
You should discuss with your tutor the position should you be prevented from
attending any one or more of the assessable tutorials due to illness.
Task length
There is no prescribed length for this task. Written answers to questions need
to demonstrate knowledge of the legal principles involved (legislation, cases or
other materials) and where appropriate the use of the IRAC (Issue, Rule,
Application, Conclusion) Method
Assessment
criteria
guidelines
See Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria on Page 4.
Date due
Continuous assessment – answers to set questions to be to be produced to
your tutor at the tutorials in Weeks 3-7 and 8-12, and your Workbook to be
handed to your tutor at the tutorial in Week 13.
11.2 Assessment Task 2 (10%) – Mid-Semester Test
Task description
Undertake one (1) online multiple choice test located in the ‘Quizzes’ section of
the MyLO home page. Instructions and details as to this test are set out below
after Assessment Task 4 (the exam). These instructions will also be found on
MyLO.
Task length
The test consists of 30 questions and must be completed within 45 minutes
from the time you start (90 seconds per question). You can use the practice
MyLO Quizzes as a preparation for this Test.
Assessment
criteria /
guidelines
One mark per each question correctly answered. Marks will not be deducted
for incorrect answers so ensure that you answer all questions. The multiple
choice questions will be of similar format to those in the practice MyLO Quizzes
but do not assume the questions are the same content. The material to be
covered by the Test will be the Lecture and Tutorial material from Weeks 1 to
7 inclusive.
Date
The Test opens at 2 p.m. on Monday 9 September 2013 and closes at 2 p.m. on
Monday 16 September 2013. Students who do not take this test will receive
ZERO (0) marks, unless a medical certificate covering the period that the test is
open is provided to the lecturer. Students submitting a medical certificate
covering that period, will have their 10% test allocation transferred to the final
exam (so your exam becomes worth 70% of your final mark).
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11.3 Assessment Task 3 (20%) – Assignment
Task description
Students will be asked to advise parties (including the possible remedies
available) based on the facts of hypothetical legal problems. Students are
required to present their answer using the IRAC (Issue; Rule; Application and
Conclusion) Method.
Task length
1,500 words maximum.
Assessment
criteria guidelines
An assessment rubric will be posted to MyLO in Week 5.
Due Date
Monday 23 September 2013 at 3 p.m.
11.4 Assessment Task 4 (60%) – Final Examination
Task description
/ conditions
You must sit a THREE (3) hour + 15 min reading time open book examination.
The purpose of the exam is to ascertain the extent to which you have
developed an understanding of the principles of law with which the unit is
concerned, capacity to apply those principles and the ability to communicate
this in writing.
Copies of ‘Past Examination Papers’ will be placed in the “Unit Information” area
of MyLO. You should refer to past papers when studying for the Final
Examination in this unit. Past papers are a guide to the format of the exam
which may or may not include question selection. In the course of carrying out
your revision and study, it is a useful exercise to select questions from past
papers and prepare model answers for them.
The final examination will be ‘open book’ with limitations. You may take into
the exam room the prescribed textbook (as defined on Page 5) which may be
annotated (writing is allowed in any of the white spaces available) and you may
use small ‘sticky tabs’ with short headings only written on them. No loose
pieces of papers or large post it notes are to be taken into the exam
room.
Assessment
criteria
guidelines
Date
Further information regarding the examination will be provided to you at the
end of Semester. Assessment criteria is as per page 4.
The final exam is conducted by the University Registrar in the formal
examination period. See the Current Students’ homepage
<Examinations & results> on the University’s website.
Instructions for Assessment Task 2 – Mid Semester Test
The test is located under the ‘Quizzes’ section of the MyLO home page. Go to the ‘Quizzes’ page
which will include two sample tests which you can use to practise and understand the format of the
test and how to save your answers.
Click on the page for the Test that will show you information about the test, the period it is open, the
start and finish times, how to commence it, how to save your answers and how to submit your
answers for marking.
You will have 45 minutes from the time you start to complete the real test. You may only do the test
once – multiple attempts are not allowed.
Make sure that you undertake the test soon after it is released and preferably during business hours,
when the UTas support desk is open, so that you may access assistance should technical problems be
encountered. DO NOT leave it to the last minute!
Please note that the test draws on a large bank of questions and that no student will receive exactly
the same test questions. Your mark will be advised via MyLO within 14 days of the closing date.
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12. How your final result is determined
The weighted scores for each of the Assessment Tasks listed above are added to determine your final
result.
13. Submission of assignments
Where appropriate, all submissions must include a cover sheet available from the BFA141 MyLO site
as well as the Accounting and Corporate Governance School office.
14. Requests for extensions
Requests for extensions must be consistent with Faculty policy (Para 4) below. The relevant form to
apply for an extension is available at:
http://www.utas.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/205524/Application-for-Late-Submission-2009.pdf
and on MyLO.
15. Penalties
15.1 Late submission of continuous coursework
Assignments that are not handed in by the due date will have marks deducted, unless a signed and
approved late submission form is attached. The penalty for late submission of assignments in this unit
is 10% of the available mark for each day the assignment is late.
In this Policy
1.
(a)
‘day’ or ‘days’ includes weekends and public holidays;
(b)
‘late’ means after the due date and time; and
(c)
‘coursework’ includes all internal non-examination based forms of assessment
2.
This Policy applies to all students enrolled in Units taught by the Faculty of Business at
whatever Campus or location.
3.
Students are expected to submit coursework on or before the due date and time specified in
the relevant Unit Outline. The onus is on the student to prove the date and time of
submission.
4.
Students with special circumstances may apply for an extension. Requests for extensions
should, where possible, be made in writing to the Unit Coordinator on or before the due date.
Students will need to provide independent supporting documentation to substantiate their
claims.
5.
Late submission of coursework will incur a penalty of 10% of the available marks for each day
the coursework is late unless an extension had been granted on or before the relevant due
date.
Coursework submitted more than five (5) days late will not be accepted.
6.
Late work must be submitted to a staff member in the relevant School or Faculty Office and
the time of submission recorded.
7.
Academic staff DO NOT have the discretion to waive a late penalty.
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15.2 Over-length work
The word limit specified on your assessment task is a maximum. If you submit over-length work
there will be an automatic 10% penalty of available marks. It will be at the discretion of the Unit
Coordinator whether the words beyond the limit will be assessed. Title pages, reference lists and
appendices are not included in word counts.
16. Review of results and appeals
(a)
Review of internal assessment
It is expected that students will adhere to the following School Policy for a review of any piece of
continuous/internal assessment.
As well as including any assessment task undertaken across the teaching phase of any unit (such as an
assignment, a tutorial presentation, an online discussion, and the like), the term internal assessment
also includes any task such as a capstone assignment or a take-home-examination conducted within a
non-face-to-face unit.
Within 5 days of the release of the assessment result, a student may request a meeting with the
assessor for the purpose of an informal review of the result (Academic Assessment Rule No 2 Clause
22 http://www.utas.edu.au/university-council/university-governance/rules ).
During this meeting, the student should be prepared to discuss specifically the marks for the section/s
of the marking criteria they are disputing and why they consider their mark/s is/are inappropriate. The
assessor shall provide a response to the request for review either at the meeting or within 5 days. If
the student is dissatisfied with the response, he/she may, within 5 days of the response, request the
Head of School to arrange for a formal review of the assessment by completing and lodging with the
School a ‘Review of Assessment Form’.
(b)
Review of final result
You may also request a review of the final result (assessment) in this unit. This would usually involve
a review of your final examination script.
Step 1: You may request to see your examination script after results have been released, by
completing the “Access to Exam Script” form available from the School office or at
http://www.utas.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/205525/Application-for-Access-to-Exam-Paper.pdf
Step 2: Your Unit Coordinator will then contact you within 5 working days to arrange a time to go
through the examination script with you (you will need to ensure that you check your UTAS email
account regularly during this time).
Step 3: Should you still require a review/remark of your final result, a formal request (and payment if
relevant) must be made ONLY after completing Step 2 and, to comply with UTAS policy, within 10
days from the release of the final grade (Academic Senate Rule 2: Academic Assessment Clause 23).
You will need to complete a form “Application for Review of Assessment” available on-line:
http://www.studentcentre.utas.edu.au/ examinations_and_results/forms_files/. Note that if you have
passed the unit, then you will be required to pay $50 for this review.
The School of Accounting and Corporate Governance reserves the right to refuse a
student request to review the final examination script should this process not be
followed.
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17.
Academic referencing
In your written work you will need to support your ideas by referring to journals, books, websites
and other scholarly literature.
It is important that you understand how to correctly refer to the work of others and maintain
academic integrity.
Failure to appropriately acknowledge the ideas of others constitutes academic dishonesty (plagiarism),
a matter considered by UTAS as a serious offence.
The appropriate referencing style for the School of Accounting and Corporate Governance is the
Harvard style. For information on referencing styles, it is imperative that you:
a.
Refer to the School’s website – Accounting Communication Matters at:
http://www.utas.edu.au/accounting-communication-matters/
b.
access the following UTAS Library site:
http://utas.libguides.com/content.php?pid=27520&sid=199808
A link to the UTAS Library site also appears under “Useful Links” on the Student Resources page of
the School website.
Please read the following statement on plagiarism. Should you require clarification, please see your
unit coordinator or lecturer, or ask a member of the Library staff via:
http://www.utas.edu.au/library/askus.html
Each unit MyLO site also has a direct link to the above site.
17.1 Legal referencing
Include references throughout, cited correctly with a consistent format, including the page and if
applicable, paragraph number wherever you have used a text. A guide to correct legal referencing
will be placed on MyLO.
18. Academic misconduct
Academic misconduct includes cheating, plagiarism, allowing another student to copy work for an
assignment or an examination and any other conduct by which a student:
(a)
seeks to gain, for themselves or for another person, any academic advantage or advancement
to which they or that other person are not entitled; or
(b)
improperly advantages any other student.
Students engaging in any form of academic misconduct may be dealt with under the Ordinance of
Student Discipline, and this can include imposition of penalties that range from a
deduction/cancellation of marks to exclusion from a Unit of the University. Details of penalties that
can be imposed are available in the Ordinance of Student Discipline – Part 3 Academic Misconduct,
see http://www.utas.edu.au/universitycouncil/legislation/
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Plagiarism
Plagiarism is a form of cheating. It is taking and using someone else's thoughts, writings or inventions and
representing them as your own; for example, using an author's words without putting them in quotation
marks and citing the source, using an author's ideas without proper acknowledgment and citation,
copying another student's work. If you have any doubts about how to refer to the work of others in your
assignments, please consult your lecturer or tutor for relevant referencing guidelines, and the academic
integrity resources on the web at: http://www.utas.edu.au/plagiarism/
The intentional copying of someone else’s work as one’s own is a serious offence punishable by penalties
that may range from a fine or deduction/cancellation of marks and, in the most serious of cases, to
exclusion from a unit, a course or the University.
The University and any persons authorised by the University may submit your assessable
works to a plagiarism checking service, to obtain a report on possible instances of
plagiarism. Assessable works may also be included in a reference database. It is a condition
of this arrangement that the original author’s permission is required before a work within
the database can be viewed.
For further information on this statement and general referencing guidelines, see
http://www.utas.edu.au/plagiarism/ or follow the link under ‘Policy, Procedures and Feedback’ on the
Current Students homepage: http://www.students.utas.edu.au/
19.
Student Feedback via eVALUate
At the conclusion of each Unit, students will be asked to provide online respoinses to a number of
questions relating to matters regarding the Unit itself and to matters relating to the teaching withinin
the Unit.
All students are asked to respond honestly to these questions, as all information received is used to
enhance the delivery of future offerings.
20. Further information and assistance
If you are experiencing difficulties with your studies or assignments, have personal or life-planning
issues, disability or illness which may affect your course of study, you are advised to raise these with
your lecturer in the first instance.
There is a range of University-wide support services available to you including Teaching and Learning,
Student Services, International Services. Please refer to the Current Students homepage at:
http://www.utas.edu.au/students/
Should you require assistance in accessing the Library visit their website for more information at
http://www.utas.edu.au/library/
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21. If you have a problem
In the first instance you should discuss the matter with your unit coordinator, lecturer or tutor.
However, if you do not feel comfortable approaching one of these people, or if you have a discussion
and are not satisfied with the outcome, then you are encouraged to contact the major coordinator:
Name:
David Kronenberg
Room:
505
Ph:
(03) 6226 2280
email:
[email protected]
Discussions with the major co-ordinator will be kept in the strictest confidence.
You are always welcome to also raise issues with one of the Co-Heads of School, as appropriate:
David Kronenberg ([email protected])
Trevor Wilmshurst ([email protected])
David is located in Hobart and Trevor in Launceston. You may email either for an appointment.
If you are on the Cradle Coast campus, and the coordinator is not located on that campus, you may
consult Steve Allen ([email protected]) with whom you can also have confidential
discussions.
22. Students with disabilities – University and Faculty Equity
Plans
Goal 1 of the University of Tasmania Equity Plan provides for: “An inclusive teaching and learning
environment that values diversity, supports the pursuit of academic excellence and produces high
quality education and employment results for all students and staff”. The University’s Equity and
Diversity Plan can be accessed at: http://www.utas.edu.au/students/student-equity
The Faculty of Business facilitates the University’s Equity Plan at an operational level and has an
‘Action Plan’. The Action Plan for Goal 1 lays down procedures to ensure that all students, including
those with disabilities, have equal access to lecture and course materials. The School of Accounting
and Corporate Governance complies with these procedures.
You can find helpful information at http://www.utas.edu.au/students/student-equity
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