LEGAL204-22D (HAM)

Contracts

30 Points

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Te Piringa - Faculty of Law

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Paper Description

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This paper is an introduction to the theory of contract; the general principles relating to the operation, formation and discharge of contract; and the general principles of agency.

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Paper Structure

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This is a whole year paper. FLEXI delivery: The teaching component comprises a weekly two-hour lecture. Given the outbreak of Omicron in February 2022, the first four lectures are likely to be delivered via zoom. Other lectures in Trimester A may also be delivered entirely by zoom. We will continue to reassess how lectures will be delivered. Depending upon the Covid Protection framework (traffic light settings) we will encourage students to attend in person where possible. In any case, we will arrange for a recording of the lecture via panopto or zoom, which will be available, usually within 24 hours, on the Moodle page for the course. In addition to Monday lectures, there will also be additional workshops or online quizzes which will run in the Thursday timetabled slot, as necessary, to enhance the material covered in Monday lectures and to help students prepare for assessments. In addition to weekly Monday lectures and Thursday workshops, students are required to attend eight tutorials throughout the year. In these tutorials, students will work on problem solving skills to prepare for assessments.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding, at an introductory level, of theories of contract
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  • develop and demonstrate an ability to apply general principles and rules relating to the operation, formation and discharge of contract
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  • demonstrate an understanding of the general principles of agency
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Assessment

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The Council for Legal Education currently requires us to assess via a final examination. The final examination may be offered on-line and we will provide full details about this final piece of assessment closer to the end of the year. We have designed internal assessments to prepare you for the final examination and to assist you to develop an understanding and ability to apply general principles and rules relating to the operation, formation and discharge of contracts and to assess the development of such skills.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 50% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 50% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Quiz 1
31 Mar 2022
No set time
10
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2. Test
4 Aug 2022
11:00 AM
30
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3. Quiz 2
25 Aug 2022
No set time
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Final Assessment
50
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Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required Readings

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All law students are required to purchase, for use in all law papers, a copy of Coppard, McLay, Murray and Orpin-Dowell New Zealand Law Style Guide (3rd ed, 2018).

Text Book: The required text for this course is Burrows, Finn and Todd on the Law of Contract in New Zealand (6th ed, LexisNexis, Wellington, 2018). This text is available on-line. We note that a new edition of this text which we understand is due to be publicly available from April-May 2022, and available on-line from June-July. The paper outlines references are to the current edition, and we will signal any changes once the new edition is available.

Course materials and Reading List: A course materials book will be prepared for this paper. These will be available for purchase from Waikato Print. The materials will also be available on-line via the reading list.

Cases and other Materials that may be made available by way of class handouts.

We would like to stress the importance of keeping up with your reading throughout the year.

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Recommended Readings

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Further material may be provided on the paper site on Moodle (http://elearn.waikato.ac.nz), the University of Waikato’s online learning system. Any such material is provided on the following terms:

University of Waikato owns the intellectual property rights, including copyright, in and to this site, or has acquired the necessary licenses to display the material on the site. As a student of the Te Piringa Faculty of Law, you are granted a limited license to use (access, display or print a single copy) the material from the papers in which you are enrolled for the purposes of participating in the paper only, provided the information is not modified. Materials may not under any circumstances be copied, stored, distributed or provided in any form or method whatsoever to any third party. Any other use of the material is prohibited. None of the material may be otherwise reproduced, reformatted, republished or re-disseminated in any manner or form without the prior written consent of University of Waikato. To obtain such consent, please contact the Te Piringa Faculty of Law.

Any further material provided on the Moodle site will also be added to the Reading List for the paper.

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Online Support

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Online support for this paper is provided via Moodle.

If you require assistance with Moodle, or encounter any problems, please contact the Help Desk. You can send a message to Help Desk by using the instant message service in your paper (from the participants list within the People block). Alternatively, you can email them directly at help@waikato.ac.nz or call 838 4008.

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Workload

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The workload for this paper will vary according to the speed at which students read, engage with, and absorb material. In general, an average student should expect to spend 300 learning hours on this paper. In addition to lecture and tutorial attendance and preparation, significant time will need to be spent on background and complementary reading. Students should allow for periods of more-focused research time to prepare for assessments.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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Contracts is part of the core curriculum for the LLB.

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Restricted papers: LAWS204

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