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MLL117 - Misleading Conduct and Economic Torts


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 3, 2020 will be online.

Last updated: 5 October 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
Previously coded as:MLL107, MLL217
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Sharon Erbacher
Trimester 3: Penny Gleeson
Cohort rule:For Bachelor of Laws (including combined Law awards) students only



Students enrolled in in M312, D312, D322, D323, D331, D335, D396  before 2019:  MLL110

Students commencing  M312, D312, D322, D323, D331, D335, D396 , D397 from 2019:  MLL110 and MLL113

Incompatible with: MLL217
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

Cloud Provided Learning Material (including 2 hour recording) and 1 x 2 hour seminar per week

From Trimester 2 2020:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities (2 hours) + 2 hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Cloud Provided Learning Material (including 2 hour recording) and 1 x 2 hour Cloud seminar (live streamed and recording provided) per week

From Trimester 2 2020:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities (2 hours) + 2 hour online seminar (live streamed and recording provided) per week


This unit will focus on the tortious and statutory liability for false or misleading statements. We will cover in detail the torts and statutory provisions which comprise a regime for regulating false statements, including the torts of defamation, negligent misrepresentation and injurious falsehood, as well as the statutory prohibitions on misleading or deceptive conduct and other false representations in the Australian Consumer Law. The unit will also cover a limited number of other economic torts and consumer protection provisions in the Australian Consumer Law.

  These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit.
At the completion of this Unit, successful students can:
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Identify and explain the principles underlying the key common law torts and statutory provisions regulating false or misleading statements, defective products and economic loss.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Communicate discipline knowledge in writing to a legal audience using appropriate language, consistent with legal conventions.

GLO2: Communication


Apply relevant reasoning and interpretation to analyse and summarise a key case in this discipline area.

GLO4: Critical thinking


Critically analyse complex fact situations and apply discipline knowledge to reach well-reasoned conclusions about the rights and obligations of the various parties and to generate accurate and relevant responses.

GLO5: Problem solving

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week 
Assessment 1 (Individual) - Problem Based Written Assignment 1500 words 25% Week 6
Assessment 2 (Individual) - Case analysis 1500 words 25% Week 8
Open Book Examination 2 hours 50% Exam Period

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: MLL117 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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