Course Outline

LAW201 Torts A

Course Coordinator:Teddy Henriksen ( School:School of Law and Society

2024Semester 1

UniSC Sunshine Coast

UniSC Moreton Bay

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


This course introduces you to the law of civil wrongs, known by lawyers as torts. You will examine the history and purpose of this body of law, identifying the various interests it seeks to protect. In part A of the course you will consider the intentional torts. These protect people against unauthorised interference with their bodies, reputation, land, goods and economic interests. You will also examine the strict liability torts of nuisance and breach of statutory duty.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – 1.5 hours online learning materials weeks 1-13. 1.5hrs Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On campus tutorial/workshop - 2 hours each week in weeks 1-13 2hrs Week 1 13 times

Course Topics

Introduction to Course and the Law of Torts
Interference with Person
Interference with Land
Interference with Goods
Interference with Economic Interests
Private and Public Nuisance

What level is this course?

200 Level (Developing)

Building on and expanding the scope of introductory knowledge and skills, developing breadth or depth and applying knowledge and skills in a new context. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally, undertaken in the second or third full-time year of an undergraduate programs.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of some of the elements of the major torts. Knowledgeable
2 Identify legal issues, apply legal reasoning and reach arguable conclusions in response to a broad range of events that reflect real life scenarios. Creative and critical thinker
3 Demonstrate the research skills that are needed to provide effective legal advice. Empowered
4 Demonstrate the skills of organisation and time management to complete problems within a set time. Empowered
5 Demonstrate the ability to explain legal concepts and lead a discussion of peers Engaged
6 Demonstrate effective communication skills Empowered

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


LAW102 and enrolled in any Law Program (except AR391) or


LAW101 and enrolled in AR391


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

In your tutorial in weeks 3-6, you will engage in activities that ask you to self-assess and reflect on your learning; and provide peer feedback on tutorial answers.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Quiz/zes Individual 10%
20 Multiple Choice Questions, 60-minute time limit
Week 4 Online Test (Quiz)
All 2 Written Piece Individual 25%
1250 words maximum, no minimum word count
Week 8 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3 Oral Individual 15%
5 minute presentation
Week 12 Online Submission
All 4 Examination - Centrally Scheduled Individual 50%
3 Hours
Exam Period Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Case/readings quiz
The goal of this assessment is to assess your ability to find, read and comprehend a key torts case. The case will be made available in week 1.
Product: Quiz/zes
20 multiple choice questions. The quiz will be made available on Canvas on Monday in Week 3. There is a 60-minute time limit. You can have only one attempt at the quiz.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Correct answers to quiz questions
3 4
All - Assessment Task 2:Legal Advice
The goal of this assessment is to assess your understanding of tort law and your ability to provide sound legal advice to a legal problem from a hypothetical factual scenario.
Product: Written Piece
Written legal advice in response to a hypothetical scenario made available in week 5 of semester
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Application of law, principles and knowledge
1 2
Critical thinking, analysis and reasoning
Structure and writing
4 5
Presentation and referencing
4 5
All - Assessment Task 3:Oral Video-Recorded Feedback
The goal of this assessment is to assess your ability to reflect on your learning by addressing feedback provided to you on your task 2 assessment.
Product: Oral
Recorded oral presentation uploaded into Canvas
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Application of law, principles and knowledge
1 2
Critical thinking, analysis and reasoning
Presentation and referencing
4 5
All - Assessment Task 4:Invigilated Final Examination
The goal of this assessment is to assess your understanding and application of some of the principles of tort law and your ability to provide sound legal advice to hypothetical legal problems.
Product: Examination - Centrally Scheduled
This is an individual assessment. This assessment task is an online, open-book and invigilated exam. You will be required to attend a live Zoom session throughout the duration of the exam and need access to a working computer, a stable internet connection, and a webcam.

You may use any materials to construct an answer to unseen legal problems drawn from any part of the course.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Correct identification of legal issues derived from a factual scenario
1 2
Identification and application of correct principles of law derived from statute and/or case law
3 4

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Required Davies & Malkin 2020 Focus Torts 9th Edition n/a
Recommended Nichola Corbett-Jarvis and Brendan Grigg 2020 Effective Legal Writing 3rd Edition Lexis Nexis

Specific requirements


How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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