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MLL215 - Commercial Law


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2, 2020 will be online.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Lang Thai
Trimester 2: Firew Tiba
Cohort rule:For Bachelor of Laws (including combined Law awards) students only


Incompatible with: MLC102
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:

1 x 3 hour class and 1 x 1 hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

1 x 3 hour class (recordings provided) and 1 x 1 hour online seminar per week


The unit aims to introduce students to areas of law which, together with contract, regulate commercial relationships and facilitate the conduct of various commercial transactions. Topics include:

  • Agency (creation and forms of agency, authority, principal's relationship with third parties, agent's relationship with third party, relationship between principal and agent, termination);
  • Supply of goods within Australia (contract for sale of goods versus contract for work and materials supplied, passing of property, implied terms;Good Act 1958 (Vic));
  • The unconscionability provisions, unfair contract terms and consumer guarantees regimes in Schedule 2 of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth)( the Australian Consumer Law); and
  • Insurance (nature and types of insurance, insurable interest, Insurance Contracts Act 1984).

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

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Acquire and demonstrate a satisfactory understanding of all relevant Commercial Law topics including Agency, Sale of Goods, Transfer of Property, the Australian Consumer Law and Personal Property Security.

GLO1: Discipline-specific
knowledge and capabilities

Use a range of digitally-based technologies to locate, evaluate and disseminate information on commercial law issues

GLO3: Digital literacy


Create solutions to a range of authentic commercial law problems, utilising analytical and critical thinking, applying legal reasoning to generate accurate and relevant responses to the issues

GLO1: Discipline-specific
knowledge and capabilities
GLO5: Problem solving


Ability to effectively communicate solutions and responses to a range of authentic commercial law problems.

GLO2: Communication

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): Online Multiple Choice Quiz - 10% Information not yet available
Assessment 2 (Individual): Problem-based Research Paper 2000 words 30% Information not yet available
Examination 2 hours 60% 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: MLL215 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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