Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce (Commercial Law)

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  • Objectives
    In this course you will be introduced to the basic legal concepts and areas of law you’re likely to confront as a manager. It will provide you with an analytical framework for addressing legal issues and emphasises legal problem-solving through the application of prior decisions (precedent cases) in a number of key areas of business law. You will complement your core studies with other law topics chosen to suit your current and future career needs. Specialist areas such as international, criminal, industrial relations and public relations law are available.
  • Entry requirements
    A bachelor degree in business or commerce or equivalent, or a Graduate Certificate in Business Law.
  • Academic title
    Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce (Commercial Law)
  • Course description
    Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce (Commercial Law)


    Course CRICOS Code: 049869J
    Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 1 Year


    This course is designed for people who have a business degree. It provides a qualification for people working, or proposing to work in a field that requires a knowledge of business law, and who are interested in furthering their studies into the legal and practice aspects of law.

    Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

    Applicants must have a bachelor degree in business or commerce from a recognised Australian tertiary institution, or equivalent qualification, or a Graduate Certificate in Business Law.

    Recognition of Prior Learning

    Applications for recognition of prior learning are assessed on an individual basis. Recognition of prior learning may be given to students who have completed equivalent units in another postgraduate course from a recognised Australian tertiary institution or equivalent qualification, to a maximum of 50 credits. Recognition of prior learning will be granted for Graduate Certificate in Business Law (Curtin) to a maximum of 100 credits.

    Duration and Availability

    The course is one year full-time or equivalent part-time study.

    Intermediate Awards 1

    A student who has successfully completed the requirements of an approved intermediate award may apply for graduation in that award subject to approval of Head of School/Department. Fees apply. Intermediate award(s) approved for this course are:

    Intermediate Awards

    Graduate Certificate in Business Law

    Course Organisation

    The program consists of eight units of study each carrying 25 credits, totalling 200 credits in one year full-time or equivalent part-time. This program includes one core unit and the ability to specialise by choosing seven optional units from a wide range of available units.

    Career Opportunities

    Employment in the commercial legal departments of companies, state and federal government departments dealing with legal or quasi-legal issues, or teaching law at TAFE and university colleges.

    Additional Course Expenses
    Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

    Course Structure Disclaimer
    Curtin University reserves the right to alter the internal composition of any course to ensure learning outcomes retain maximum relevance. Any changes to the internal composition of a course will protect the right of students to complete the course within the normal timeframe and will not result in additional cost to students through a requirement to undertake additional units.

    Course Structure                                                                             Hrs/Wk     Credit
    Year 1 Semester 1

    5934     v.4 #           Legal Environment 560                                             3.0     25.0
                                    SELECT 3 OPTIONS                                                             75.0

    Year 1 Semester 2

                                    SELECT 4 OPTIONS                                                            100.0

    Optional Units to Select from in Year 1                                         Hrs/Wk     Credit

    10957     v.4           Banking Law 551                                                        3.0     25.0
    10961     v.3           Law (Torts) 502                                                          3.0     25.0
    10962     v.3           Law (International Business) 533                              3.0     25.0
    12531     v.2           Law (Public Relations) 511                                         3.0     25.0
    13316     v.2           Law (Marketing) 545                                                  3.0     25.0
    300466   v.3           Law (Intellectual Property) 570                                  3.0     25.0
    300468   v.4           Law (Competition and Consumer Protection) 505      3.0     25.0
    308108   v.1           Travel and Tourism Law 503                                      3.0     25.0
    308111   v.1           Law (Contract) 513                                                    3.0     25.0
    308129   v.1           Law (Advocacy) 580                                                   3.0     25.0
    5469       v.8 *        Law (Corporation) 564                                               3.0     25.0
    5470       v.7           Law (Industrial) 572                                                   3.5     25.0
    5746       v.11         Law (OHS and Human Resources) 563                       3.0     25.0
    5752       v.6           Law (Advanced Industrial) 573                                   3.0     25.0
    6877       v.3           Land Law 550                                                             3.0     25.0

    #              Students who have completed a unit of study pertaining to the Australian legal system at a recognised university may choose an optional unit from the optional list in place of this unit.
    *              Students who choose to enrol in 11943 v.5 Law (Corporation/International) 564 may not enrol in 5469 v.8 Law (Corporation) 564.
    **              Student may only select this unit if they have completed 308111 v.1 Law (Contract) 511

    Year      Location                 Period            All*    
    2009     Bentley Campus     Semester 1     Y                       
    2009     Bentley Campus     Semester 2     Y                       

    The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

    *The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

    ^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

    #Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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