Course Outline

LAW408 Intellectual Property

Course Coordinator:Jay Sanderson ( School:School of Law and Society

2023Session 2

UniSC Sunshine Coast

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 examines key aspects of international and Australian intellectual property law. Topics will include copyright, patents, trade marks, designs, geographical indications and other related rights. The course also examines how intellectual property law balances interests (e.g. creativity, innovation, technological development, access, use), and current issues and emerging debates in intellectual property such as traditional knowledge, cultural heritage, food security and access to genetic resources.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – There will be 2 hours of Learning Materials for each of the 6 key topics: introduction to intellectual property, copyright; patents; trade marks; other rights; and select issues 12hrs Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) Once Only
Seminar – 1 hour seminar, scheduled 2 times to guide students through their learning materials/assessment and integrate external guest presenters (and be recorded). This course is an intensive, run the week before O'Week. 2hrs Pre-semester/trimester/session Once Only
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – 5 hour workshop x 5 days. This is an intensive, run in the week before O'Week. There is 25 hours of workshops across the week. 25hrs Pre-semester/trimester/session Once Only

Course Topics

  1. Introduction to Intellectual Property
  2. Copyright
  3. Trade Marks
  4. Geographical Indications of Origin, Plant Breeders’ Rights
  5. Patent
  6. Select Issues in Intellectual Property

What level is this course?

400 Level (Graduate)

Demonstrating coherence and breadth or depth of knowledge and skills. Independent application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Meeting professional requirements and AQF descriptors for the degree. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory or developing knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally undertaken in the third or fourth full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

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 advanced learning, understanding and critical thinking in intellectual property. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
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 Work independently showing initiative and critical judgement. Empowered
4 Clearly and coherently communicate research to others. 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”.


96 units and enrolled in any Law, Business or Creative Industries Program


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

This course assumes knowledge of principles of law including the role of common law, legislation and precedent. It also assumes a general knowledge of international law and how it influences domestic law.

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

On day 5 of the intensive, the presentation and research essay will be discussed and reviewed by your peers.

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 Oral Individual 50%
15-minute oral presentation, to be recorded and submitted online.
Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) Online Submission
All 2 Written Piece Individual 50%
2,500 words.
Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Oral Presentation
To communicate your understanding of an area of intellectual property law.
Product: Oral
This is an oral presentation which will be done individually. It is due at the end of Orientation Week. It is to be recorded and submitted via Canvas. Examples may include a video or narrated PowerPoint presentation. The topics will be provided during the intensive week. You are also required to use technology to record and assist your presentation. Further information on how to structure and deliver your presentation will be provided in class and on Canvas.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Application of your knowledge
1 2 3
Critical thinking, analysis and reasoning
1 2 3 4
Structure of the presentation
1 2
Presentation and referencing of any material
3 4
All - Assessment Task 2:Research Essay
The goal of the Research Essay is to present clear and coherent knowledge of an area of intellectual property law. During the intensive session you will be given a topic. You are expected to present a reasoned and substantiated argument that critically analyses and consolidates legal knowledge and ideas in the area of intellectual property law. In doing so you will exhibit significance and originality of content and argument.
Product: Written Piece
This is an individual assignment, 2,500 words. The Research Essay is due the end of Week 4 of semester 1.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Application of knowledge
Critical thinking, analysis and reasoning
1 2 3
Research Skills
1 2 3
Structure and writing
3 4
Presentation and referencing​

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

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

Specific requirements

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below as they are required:  

Australian IP Law Open Textbook, available at

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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