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CP2019 - Legal Aspects of IT

[Not offered in 2011]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2011
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: School of Law Office

This subject covers legal aspects of IT. It introduces students to the legal system within which IT is regulated and considers the way in which both the common law and statute affect how IT transactions can occur. Specific matters covered include electronic commerce, trade practices issues, cybercrime, intellectual property (including copyright, patents, trademarks and designs law as it applies to the IT industry, domain names, trade secrets and confidentiality), commercialisation (including licensing and technology contracting), business formation and business planning (including business structures, joint ventures and investment), employment law, privacy, and dispute resolution.

Learning Outcomes

  • understand the legal system within which the IT industry operates;
  • understand the impact of the common law and statute on the operations of the IT industry;
  • understand how the laws governing intellectual property apply to the IT industry and its transactions;
  • understand how e-business and the commercialisation of IT is regulated;
  • understand the legal regulation applicable to the formation, financing and operations of IT businesses.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • The ability to deploy critically evaluated information to practical ends;
  • The ability to find and access information using appropriate media and technologies;
  • The ability to evaluate that information;
  • The ability to speak and write clearly, coherently and creatively;
  • The ability to generate, calculate, interpret and communicate numerical information in ways appropriate to a given discipline or discourse;
  • The ability to lead, manage and contribute effectively to teams;
  • The ability to work individually and independently.
Basic understanding of: the use of personal computers; interaction with the internet; the use of office software, new technologies and databases.

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.