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BO1BLAW204 Business Law



COURSE:   Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Accounting
  Unit Code:   BO1BLAW204
  Type of Assessment:   ASSESSMENT 3: Individual Research Essay
  Length/Duration:   2,000 words excluding title page and reference list
Course Learning Outcomes addressed:   1,3,4,5,6,7
Unit Learning Outcomes addressed:   1,2,3,4,5,6,7
  Submission Date:   4pm on Friday (Week 8)
  Assessment Task: Students will be required to research a combination of primary and secondary legal sources in order to advise numerous business persons of their legal position
  Total Mark:   20 marks
  Weighting:   20% of the unit total marks
    Students are advised that any submissions past the due date without an approved extension or without approved extenuating circumstances incurs a 5% penalty per calendar day, calculated from the total mark E.g. a task marked out of 40 will incur a 2 mark penalty per calendar day.   More information, please refer to (Documents > Student Policies and Forms > POLICY – Assessment Policy & Procedures – Login Required)


Essay question will be released in WK 4. Students are required to submit a 2,000 word essay through Turnitin (ensure you use the correct link on Moodle). Students must use an essay style, (not report style). Students must demonstrate research skills by using at least 2 sources that were not mentioned in the class textbook and slides. Students are reminded that Legal Studies require you to refer to primary legal authorities (eg case law and legislation) when referring to legal rules. Students must use ‘Harvard Referencing’.


Students must submit essays in MS Word format through the Turnitin link on Moodle.


Marking Criteria Lecturer Expectation Marks Comments
          Introduction     Introduction should be short and specific Clearly state what you plan to argue and the conclusion you came to for each person or sub- question           2 No more than ½ page Do not summarise the given facts scenario No point writing that you plan to “refer to the law” and “come to a good conclusion”. Be specific. Example: In this essay, I plan to rely on the case of Carbolic Smokeball to argue that Melissa did not have valid contract with Joanna, because she did not make a valid offer.
            Research Skills Demonstrated ability to carry out legal research Skill: Found at least 2 legal resources not mentioned in textbook or slides Demonstrated ability to integrate sources Sources are credible and suitable             2     Do not use Wikipedia Ask your lecturer or librarian if you are unsure Be sure to include references to sources in the body of your essay as well as Reference List
        Information/ Content     Answer is legally correct Demonstrated ability to form a clear line of argument which is coherent and flows well Topic is addressed thoroughly           5 Listen to (AND follow!) your lecturer’s advice in relation to the essay Unless you’ve had previous training in Legal Studies, be sure to check with your lecturer first if you plan to go against essay advice This is to ensure you have a correct understanding of the legal principles you plan to rely on Failure to do this may result in a FAIL grade
    Critical analysis   Argument offers analyses and depth     3 Demonstrate your knowledge and skills by comparing conflicting lines of argument or by pointing out weaknesses in the law
                Language and Presentation Demonstrated ability to deliver a good standard of writing Skill: Writing contains minimal errors in punctuation, grammar and spelling Presentation: Ensure consistency in font sizes and colour, use sub- headings, separate your writing into paragraphs, end with a clear conclusion                 5         Speak to ALS, student mentors or suitable friends/ family to proofread your essay for spelling and grammar mistakes (only)   Do not ask anyone to correct the substantive law and application in your essay
  Final Conclusion Short summary of overall outcome   1 Do not copy and paste interim conclusions into final conclusion
      Referencing Kent referencing policy should be followed   All incidents of plagiarism must be forwarded to Course Coordinator for investigation       2     Please see ALS team if you don’t know how to use the Harvard referencing style


Assignments should usually incorporate a formal introduction, main points and conclusion, and will be fully referenced including a reference list.

The work must be fully referenced with in-text citations and a reference list at the end. We strongly recommend you to refer to the Academic Learning Skills materials available in the Moodle. For details please click the link and download the file “Harvard Referencing Workbook”. Appropriate academic writing and referencing are inevitable academic skills that you must develop and demonstrate.

We recommend a minimum of FIVE references, unless instructed differently by your lecturer. Unless specifically instructed otherwise by your lecturer, any paper with less than FIVE references may be failed. Work that includes sources that are not properly referenced according to the “Harvard Referencing Workbook” will be penalised.

Marks will be deducted for failure to adhere to the word count – as a general rule you may go over or under by 10% than the stated length.


High quality work must be fully referenced with in-text citations and a reference list at the end. We recommend you work with your Academic Learning Support (ALS) site ( available in Moodle to ensure that you reference correctly.

References are assessed for their quality. You should draw on quality academic sources, such as books, chapters from edited books, journals etc. Your textbook can be used as a reference, but not the lecturer notes. We want to see evidence that you are capable of conducting your own research. Also, in order to help markers determine students’ understanding of the work they cite, all in-text references (not just direct quotes) must include the specific page number/s if shown in the original. Before preparing your assignment or own contribution, please review this ‘YouTube’ video by clicking on the following link: Plagiarism: How to avoid it


You can search for peer-reviewed journal articles, which you can find in the online journal databases and which can be accessed from the library homepage. Wikipedia, online dictionaries and online encyclopaedias are acceptable as a starting point to gain knowledge about a topic, but should not be overused – these should constitute no more than 10% of your total list of references/sources. Additional information and literature can be used where these are produced by legitimate sources, such as government departments, research institutes such as the NHMRC, or international organisations such as the World Health Organisation (WHO). Legitimate organisations and government departments produce peer reviewed reports and articles and are therefore very useful and mostly very current. The content of the following link explains why it is not acceptable to use non-peer reviewed websites: Why can’t I just Google? (thanks to La Trobe University for this video).