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BSB111 Business Law and Ethics

Unit synopsis

This unit integrates the concepts and principles of business law with the theories and applications of business ethics. The unit makes extensive use of cases in law and ethics to develop knowledge and skills that enable students to analyse, apply and evaluate the legal principles and ethical decision-making processes relevant to modern business practice.

Faculty
QUT Business School
Study area
Law and justice
Credit points
12

Dates and locations

Teaching period Locations
Semester 1, 2018
19 February 2018 - 22 June 2018
  • Gardens Point
Semester 2, 2018
23 July 2018 - 16 November 2018
  • Gardens Point
Summer, 2018
19 November 2018 - 22 February 2019
  • Gardens Point

Fees

Commonwealth supported place (CSP) student contribution amount
2018: $1,368
Domestic fee-paying student fee
2018: $2,532
International student fee
2018: $3,480

Guide to fees

Commonwealth supported place (CSP) student contribution amount
For Australian citizens, permanent visa holders and permanent humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens who study this unit:
  • as part of a QUT course and are eligible for a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
  • as a cross-institutional student who has a Commonwealth supported place at their home university.
Domestic fee-paying student fee
For Australian citizens, permanent visa holders and permanent humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens, who study this unit:
  • as part of a QUT course and are not eligible for a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
  • as part of a QUT course during Summer Semester
  • as a cross-institutional student who does not have a Commonwealth supported place at their home university
  • as a single-unit study student.
International student fee
For international students who study this unit:
  • as part of a QUT course
  • as part of our study abroad or exchange programs
  • as a cross-institutional student.

Previous study requirements

Anti-requisites
AYB120, LLB101, LLB202, LWB136, LWB145, LWS012, UDB102
Equivalents
BSX111, CTB111

Guide to previous study requirements

Prerequisites
To enrol in this unit, you must have completed these prerequisite units (or have credit, advanced standing or exemption for them), or be able to demonstrate that you have equivalent background knowledge.
Anti-requisites
You can’t enrol in this unit if you have completed any of these anti-requisite units.
Co-requisites
To enrol in this unit, you must have already completed these co-requisite units, or you must enrol in them at the same time.
Equivalents
You can’t enrol in this unit if you have completed any of these equivalent units.
Assumed knowledge
We assume that you have a minimum level of knowledge in certain areas before you start this unit.

Unit outlines

Coordinator

Name
Dr Andrew West
Email
andrew.west@qut.edu.au
Phone
3138 5291
Fax
3138 1812

Rationale

BSB111 introduces students to the Australian legal environment in which they will be conducting business, and addresses specific legal issues that relate to business, such as contract law, consumer law and negligence. It also recognises the need for the business leaders of tomorrow to act in accordance with society's ethical standards. These issues are pertinent regardless of which field of business a student may choose to major in.

Aims

The aim of this unit is to increase students' awareness and understanding of how to approach matters of legal and ethical significance and thereby to operate more effectively in a regulatory environment. This unit will help students to not only acquire such an understanding, but will also help them to develop an ability to apply the law to different scenarios and to develop moral reasoning and problem solving in relation to ethical issues that go beyond mere legal compliance.

Learning outcomes

Undergraduate Coursework AoLs

The QUT Business School has established the Assurance of Learning (AoL) Goals to meet contemporary industry needs and standards. Achieving these learning outcomes will assist you to meet the desired graduate outcomes set at QUT - aligned with other internationally renowned business schools. Students will develop the following capabilities relevant to a contemporary global and sustainable business environment:

Knowledge and Technological Skills (KS)
1.1 Demonstrate and apply integrated discipline (including technical) knowledge across the broad field of business with depth in one or more core business disciplines
1.2 Apply technical and technological skills appropriate and effective for real world business purposes and contexts.

Higher Order Thinking (HO)
2.1 Investigate real world business issues and situations through the effective analysis, evaluation and synthesis of theory and practice
2.2 Exercise independent judgement and initiative in adapting and applying knowledge and skills for effective planning, problem solving and decision making in diverse contexts.

Professional Communication (PC)
3.1 Use information literacy skills, and communicate effectively and professionally in written forms and using media appropriate for diverse purposes and contexts
3.2 Use information literacy skills, and communicate effectively and professionally in oral forms, appropriate for diverse purposes and contexts.

Teamwork and Self (TS)
4.1 Exercise self-reflection, responsibility and accountability in relation to own learning and professional practice.
4.2 Apply teamwork knowledge and skills for effective collaboration across diverse purposes and contexts

Social, Ethical and Global Understanding (SE)
5.1 Demonstrate and apply knowledge of ethical and legal principles and practices in analysing and responding to business issues
5.2 Demonstrate and apply knowledge of socially responsible behaviour in analysing and addressing business issues in national and international business contexts.



Unit Learning Outcomes (ULOs)

On completion of this unit, you should be able to:

1. Explain the nature of moral issues in business and apply key moral theories to a range of business issues;
2. Describe the essential features of the legal system in Australia;
3. Apply legal knowledge and reasoning skills to analyse and respond to problems across a range of topics in business law;
4. Use written communication skills to discuss and apply knowledge of both ethical theories and legal principles with respect to business practice.

Content

In this unit you will be introduced to:
· The nature of ethics
· The morality of actions in a business context
· The morality of agents in a business context
· Economic justice
· Australia's legal system
· Types of business organisations
· Agency law
· Law of Contract
· Statutory consumer law
· Law of Negligence

The generic capabilities this unit develops are:-

· discipline knowledge;
· critical thinking and judgement skills;
· written communication; and
· legal and ethical knowledge and skills.

Approaches to teaching and learning

Teaching and learning strategies are designed to encourage you to fulfil the unit's aims and learning outcomes, as discussed above. The delivery of this unit is based around 13 lecture/workshops, each three hours in duration. Throughout the workshops, students will be required to work through a number of problems. You will get the most out of these lectures if you prepare for them when asked to do so.

The unit is designed to promote and assess your understanding of the concepts covered and not just your ability to rote learn and recite them. You will be required to demonstrate an understanding of the legal principles and apply these in order to resolve legal problems.

The ethics component of the unit adopts a case analysis approach using the normative method to draw out key ethical principles and ethical decision-making processes.

This unit is supported by the QUT BSB111 Blackboard site that provides access to information such as the unit outline, workshop material, assessment information and staff contact details: http://blackboard.qut.edu.au

Assessment items

Name #1: Ethics Case Study
DescriptionWritten response to an ethical scenario where students are asked to apply various ethical theories to analyse and resolve the ethical issues raised and to reflect on the social and ethical responsibilities of individuals and businesses.
Length/Duration: 1,250 words (maximum). 10% above the word limit is acceptable. Grading will be based upon the text that is within the word limit (or 10% above).
Formative or Summative: Both
Weighting25%
Due dateWeek 6
Internal or externalInternal
Group or individualIndividual
Relates to learning outcomesULO: 1 & 4 and AoL goals: PC (3.1), SE (5.1)
Name #2: Mid-Semester Examination
DescriptionMultiple choice questions.
Length/Duration: 1 hour working time plus 10 minutes perusal
Formative or Summative: Both
Weighting25%
Due dateWeek 7
Internal or externalInternal
Group or individualIndividual
Relates to learning outcomesULO: 1 & 2 and AoL goals: SE (5.1)
Name #3: End of Semester Examination
DescriptionThe exam will address communication skills, knowledge and problem-solving abilities in relation to topics 7-12
Length/Duration: 2 hours working time plus 10 minutes perusal
Formative or Summative: Summative
Weighting50%
Due dateCentral Exam Period
Internal or externalInternal
Group or individualIndividual
Relates to learning outcomesULO: 3 & 4 and AoL goals: HO (2.2), PC(3.1), SE (5.1)

Academic integrity

QUT is committed to maintaining high academic standards to protect the value of its qualifications. To assist you in assuring the academic integrity of your assessment you are encouraged to make use of the support materials and services available to help you consider and check your assessment items. Important information about the university's approach to academic integrity of assessment is on your unit Blackboard site.

A breach of academic integrity is regarded as Student Misconduct and can lead to the imposition of penalties.

Resource materials

Prescribed Text:
BSB111 Business Law and Ethics (Wiley custom publication of various authors), Wiley Publishers, 2017

Other Resources:
Additional references can also be found at the unit's Blackboard site: http://blackboard.qut.edu.au

Risk assessment statement

There are no out-of-the-ordinary risks associated with lectures or tutorials in this unit. You should, however, familiarise yourself with evacuation procedures operating in the buildings in which you attend classes and take the time to
view the Emergency video.

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