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BUS101 INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS LAW

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BUS101 INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS LAW T218
All information contained within this Subject Outline applies to all students enrolled in the trimester as indicated.
1. General Information
1.1 Administrative Details
Associated HE Award(s) Duration Level Subject Coordinator
B Bus (Accg); B Bus (Mgt & Finance)
Dip Accg; Dip Mgt
1 trimester Level 1 John Lanser
john.lanser@koi.edu.au
1.2 Core / Elective
This is a core subject for the above courses.
1.3 Subject Weighting
Indicated below is the weighting of this subject and the total course points.
Subject Credit Points Total Course Credit Points
4 Dip Accg 32; Dip Mgt 32; BBus (Accg) 96; BBus (Mgt & Finance) 96
1.4 Student Workload
Indicated below is the expected student workload per week for this subject
No. timetabled hours/week* No. personal study
hours/week**
Total workload
hours/week***
4 hours/week
(2 hour Lecture + 2 hour Tutorial)
6 hours/week 10 hours/week
* Total time spent per week at lectures and tutorials
** Total time students are expected to spend per week in studying, completing assignments, etc.
*** Combination of timetable hours and personal study.
1.5 Mode of Delivery On-campus
1.6 Pre-requisites Nil
1.7 General Study and Resource Requirements
o Students are expected to attend classes with the weekly worksheets and subject support material
provided in Moodle. Students should read this material before coming to class to improve their ability to
participate in the weekly activities.
o Students will require access to the internet and their KOI email and should have basic skills in word
processing software such as MS Word, spreadsheet software such as MS Excel and visual
presentation software such as MS PowerPoint.
o Computers are available for student use in the Library. However these are in demand at peak times
and tutorial classes may have priority use. You should therefore plan well in advance to utilise these
resources. If you have your own computer, it should have internet access and relevant software
installed. Students are encouraged to make use of the campus Library for reference materials.
Resource requirements specific to this subject: There are no specific resources for this subject.
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2. Academic Details
2.1 Overview of the Subject
This subject is an introductory level examination of the law regulating business in Australia today for
accountants, business managers and other non-legal professionals. The subject provides an overview of
the Australian legal system and develops the skills to solve simple legal problems involving torts, contracts,
consumer protection, competition regulation, intellectual property, agency and business entities.
2.2 Graduate Attributes for Undergraduate Courses
Graduates of the Bachelor of Business (Accounting), and the Bachelor of Business (Management and
Finance) courses from King’s Own Institute will gain the graduate attributes expected from successful
completion of a Bachelor’s degree under the Australian Qualifications Framework (2nd edition, January
2013). Graduates at this level will be able to apply an advanced body of knowledge in a range of contexts
for professional practice or scholarship and as a pathway for further learning.
King’s Own Institute’s key generic graduate attributes for a bachelor’s level degree are summarised below:
Across the course, these skills are developed progressively at three levels:
o Level 1 Foundation – Students learn the basic skills, theories and techniques of the subject and apply
them in basic, stand-alone contexts.
o Level 2 Intermediate – Students further develop skills, theories and techniques of the subject and
apply them in more complex contexts, beginning to integrate the application with other subjects.
o Level 3 Advanced – Students have a demonstrated ability to plan, research and apply the skills,
theories and techniques of the subject in complex situations, integrating the subject content with a
range of other subject disciplines within the context of the course.
KOI Bachelor Degree
Graduate Attributes Detailed Description
Knowledge Current, comprehensive and coherent knowledge
Critical Thinking Critical thinking and creative skills to analyse and
synthesise information and evaluate new problems
Communication
Communication skills for effective reading, writing, listening
and presenting in varied modes and contexts and for
transferring knowledge and skills to others
Information Literacy Information and technological skills for accessing,
evaluating, managing and using information professionally
Problem Solving Skills Skills to apply logical and creative thinking to solve
problems and evaluate solutions
Ethical and Cultural
Sensitivity
Appreciation of ethical principles, cultural sensitivity and
social responsibility, both personally and professionally
Teamwork Leadership and teamwork skills to collaborate, inspire
colleagues and manage responsibly with positive results
Professional Skills Professional skills to exercise judgement in planning,
problem solving and decision making
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2.3 Subject Learning Outcomes
This is a Level 1 subject.
Listed below, are key knowledge and skills students are expected to attain by successfully completing this
subject:
Subject Learning Outcomes Contribution to Course
Graduate Attributes
a) Explain the Australian legal system, how laws are made and the
distinction between legislated and judge-made law
b) Use legal research terminology

c) Identify potential legal issues in factual business settings and
events, potential causes of action and appropriate legal remedies
d) Explain and justify the legal principles which apply to commercial
legal relationships in contract (including consumer law) and tort and
recognise the legal rules applicable in particular cases
e) Work in a team to solve legal problems likely to arise in a business
setting.
2.4 Subject Content and Structure
Below are details of the subject content and how it is structured, including specific topics covered in
lectures and tutorials. Reading refers to the text unless otherwise indicated.
Weekly Planner:
Week (beginning) Topic covered in each week’s
lecture
Text Reading(s) Expected work
1
09 Jul Legal rights TBA Tutorial exercises
2
16 Jul Contracts – forming contracts TBA Tutorial exercises
3
23 Jul
Contracts – avoidance, terms and
termination TBA Tutorial exercises
4
30 Jul
Special contracts, agency,
insurance, electronic commerce TBA Online Quiz 1
Tutorial exercises
5
6 Aug
Special contracts, agency,
insurance, electronic commerce TBA Tutorial exercises
6
13 Aug Statutory consumer law TBA Mid trimester test
19 Aug 2018

26 Aug 2018
Mid-trimester break
7
27 Aug Torts – negligence TBA Tutorial exercises
8
03 Sep Torts – negligence and torts
involving property TBA Online Quiz 2
Tutorial exercises
9
10 Sep
Introduction to property law and
taking security over property TBA
Assessment progress
Deferred Mid Trimester
Exams for all subjects –
see Section 2.6 below for
more information
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10
17 Sep Introduction to trusts TBA Tutorial exercises
Case Study due
11
24 Sep Dispute resolution TBA Tutorial exercises
12
01 Oct Revision TBA
13
08 Oct Study Review Week
14
15 Oct Final Exam Week Please see Exam Timetable for exam date,
time and location
15
22 Oct
Student Vacation begins
Enrolments for T318 open
16
29 Oct
Results Released 30 Oct 2018
Certification of Grades 02 Nov 2018
T318 begins 05 Nov 2018
1
05 Nov
Week 1 of classes for T318
Friday 02 Nov 2018 – Review of Grade Day for T218 – see Sections 2.6 and 3.6
below for more information.
2.5 Public Holiday Amendments
Please note: KOI is closed on all scheduled NSW Public Holidays.
T218 has one (1) public holiday (Labour Day) that occurs during classes this trimester. Classes scheduled
for this public holiday (Calendar Class Dates) will be rescheduled as per the table below.
This applies to ALL subjects taught in T218.
Please see the table below and adjust your class timing as required. Please make sure you have
arrangements in place to attend the rescheduled classes if applicable to your T218 enrolment.
Classes will be conducted at the same time and in the same location as your normally scheduled class
except these classes will be held on the date shown below.
Calendar Class Date Rescheduled Class Date
Monday 01 October 2018 (Week 12) Monday 08 October 2018 (Week 13) (Study Review Week)
2.6 Review of Grade, Deferred Exams & Supplementary Exams/Assessments
Review of Grade:
There may be instances when you believe that your final grade in a subject does not accurately reflect your
performance against the subject criteria. Section 8 of the Assessment and Assessment Appeals Policy
(www.koi.edu.au) describes the grounds on which you may apply for a Review of Grade.
If this happens and you are unable to resolve it with the Academic staff concerned then you can apply for a
formal Review of Grade within the timeframes indicated in the following sections of this subject outline –
Supplementary Assessments, 3.6 Appeals Process as well as the Assessment and Assessment Appeals
Policy. Please ensure you read the Review of Grade information before submitting an application.
Review of Grade Day:
KOI will hold the Review of Grade Day for all subjects studied in T218 on
Friday 02 November 2018
Only final exams will be discussed as all other assessments should have been reviewed during the
trimester.
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If you fail one or more subjects and you wish to consider applying for a Review of Grade you MUST attend
the Review of Grade Day. You will have the chance to discuss your final exam with your lecturer, and will
be advised if you have valid reasons for applying for a Review of Grade (see Section 3.6 below and
Assessment and Assessment Appeals Policy).
If you do not attend the Review of Grade Day you are considered to have accepted your results for T218.
Deferred Exams:
The information in this section applies to final exams. If you miss a mid-trimester exam, you should consult
your subject coordinator. If you wish to apply for a make-up exam, you should submit an Application for
Assignment of Extension or Deferred Exam Form before the prescribed deadline.
If you miss your final exam there is no guarantee you will be offered a deferred exam.
You must apply within the stated timeframe and satisfy the conditions for approval to be offered a deferred
exam (see Section 8.1 of the Assessment and Assessment Appeals Policy and the Application for
Assignment Extension or Deferred Exam Forms). In assessing your request for a deferred exam, KOI will
take into account the information you provide, the severity of the event or circumstance, your performance
on other items of assessment in the subject and your history of previous applications for special
consideration.
Deferred exams will be held on two days during week 1 or 2 in the next trimester. Because the period is
short, you will be allowed to attempt at most two deferred exams. You will not normally be granted a
deferred exam on the grounds that you mistook the time, date or place of an examination, or that you have
made arrangements to be elsewhere at that time; for example, have booked plane tickets.
If you are offered a deferred exam, but do not attend you will be awarded 0 marks for the exam. This may
mean it becomes difficult for you to pass the subject. If you apply for a deferred exam within the required
timeframe and satisfy the conditions you will be advised by email (to your KOI student email address) of
the time and date for the deferred exam. Please ensure that you are available to take the exam at this
time.
Marks awarded for the deferred exam will be the marks awarded for that item of assessment towards your
final mark in the subject.
Supplementary Assessments (Exams and Assessments):
A supplementary assessment may be offered to students to provide a final opportunity to demonstrate
successful achievement of the learning outcomes of a subject. Supplementary assessments are only
offered at the discretion of the Board of Examiners. In considering whether or not to offer a supplementary
assessment, KOI will take into account your performance on all the major assessment items in the subject,
your attendance, participation and your history of any pervious special considerations.
Students are eligible for a supplementary assessment for their final subject in a course where they fail the
subject but have successfully completed all other subjects in the course. You must have completed all
major assessment tasks for the subject and obtained a passing mark on at least one of the major
assessment tasks to be eligible for a supplementary assessment.
If you believe you meet the criteria for a supplementary assessment for the final subject in your course, but
have not received an offer, complete the “Compliant, Grievance, Appeal Form” and send your form to
reception@koi.edu.au. The deadline for applying for supplementary assessment is the Friday of the first
week of classes in the next trimester.
If you are offered a supplementary assessment, you will be advised by email to your KOI student email
address of the time and due date for the supplementary assessment – supplementary exams will normally
be held at the same time as deferred final exams during week 1 or week 2 of the next trimester.
You must pass the supplementary assessment to pass the subject. The maximum grade you can achieve
in a subject based on a supplementary assessment is a PASS grade.
If you:
o are offered a supplementary assessment, but fail it;
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o are offered a supplementary exam, but do not attend; or
o are offered a supplementary assessment but do not submit by the due date;
you will receive a FAIL grade for the subject.
2.7 Teaching Methods/Strategies
Briefly described below are the teaching methods/strategies used in this subject:
o On-campus lectures (2 hours/week) are conducted in seminar style and address the subject content,
provide motivation and context and draw on the students’ experience and preparatory reading.
o Tutorials (2 hours/week) include class discussion of case studies and research papers, practice sets and
problem-solving and syndicate work on group projects. Tutorial participation is an essential component of
the subject and contributes to the development of graduate attributes (see section 2.2 above). It is
intended that specific tutorial material such as case studies, recommended readings, review questions
etc. will be made available each week in Moodle.
o Online teaching resources include class materials, readings, model answers to assignments and
exercises and discussion boards. All online materials for this subject as provided by KOI will be found in
the Moodle page for this subject. Students should access Moodle regularly as material may be updated at
any time during the trimester
o Other contact – academic staff may also contact students either via Moodle messaging, or via email to the
email address provided to KOI on enrolment.
2.8 Student Assessment
Provided below is a schedule of formal assessment tasks and major examinations for the subject.
Assessment Type When assessed Weighting Learning Outcomes Assessed
Online Quizzes Week 4 and 8 10% – 5%
each quiz b
Mid trimester test Week 6 20% a, b, d,
Case Study – Group
Assignment (1500 words) Week 10 20% a, b, c, d, e
Final examination
(2 hours closed book) Final Exam Period 50% a, b, c, d,
Requirements to Pass the Subject:
To gain a pass or better in this subject, students must gain a minimum of 50% of the total available subject
marks.
2.9 Prescribed and Recommended Readings
Provided below, in formal reference format, is a list of the prescribed and recommended readings.
Prescribed Text:
James, N., 2017. Business Law. 4th ed. Australia: John Wiley and Sons.
Recommended Readings:
Crosling. G. M., and Murphy, H. M., 2009. How to Study Business Law. 4th ed.
Australia: Butterworths.
Dal Pont, G. E., 2008. Law of Agency. 2nd ed. Chatswood: LexisNexis Butterworths.
Fleming, J., 2011. The Law of Torts. Law Book Company.
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Gillies P., 2004. Business Law. 12th ed. Australia: Federation Press.
Graw, S., 2008. An Introduction to the Law of Contract. 6th ed. Australia: Thomson.
Hanrahan, P., 2010. Commercial Application of Company Law. Australia: CCH.
Khoury, D., Yamouni, Y., 2010. Understanding Contract Law. 10th ed. Australia: LexisNexis
Lambiris, M., 2011. First Principles of Business Law. Australia: CCH.
Lambris, M., 2010. First Principles of Business Law. Australia: CCH.
McGlone. F. and Stickley. A., 2013 Australian Torts Law. 3rd ed. Chatswood: LexisNexis Butterworths
Pentony. B., Graw, S., Lennard, J., and Parker, D., 2014. Understanding Business Law. 7th ed.
Australia: Lexis Nexis.
Richards. B., Ludlow, K., and Gibson. A., 2013. Tort Law in Principle. 6th ed. Turner.C., and Trone, J.,
2009. Australian Commercial Law. 27th ed. Australia: Thomson Reuters.
Seddon. N.C. and Ellinghas. M.P., 2008. Cheshire and Fifoot’s Law of Contract (Australia).
27th ed. Butterworths
Terry, A., and Giugni, D., 2009. ‘Business and the Law – 5th edition’, Cengage,
South Melbourne, Australia.
Vermeesch, R. B., and Lindgren, K. E., 2005. Business Law of Australia. 11th ed. Australia: Butterworths.
Periodicals Available:
A list of all Australasian law journals can be found at the Australasian Legal Scholarship Library
http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/journals/
Useful Websites:
The following websites are useful sources covering a range of information useful for this subject. If your
assessments require academic peer reviewed journal articles as sources, you need to access such sources
using the Library database, Ebscohost, or Google Scholar. Please ask in the Library if you are unsure how to
access Ebscohost. Instructions can also be found in Moodle.
NSW legislation: http://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/ Commonwealth
legislation: http://www.comlaw.gov.au/
Caselaw:
o AUSTLII http://www.austlii.edu.au Note AUSTLII is not to be used for Australian
legislation
o Lawlink: http://www.lawlink.nsw.gov.au/lawlink/caselaw/ll_caselaw.nsf/pages/cl_index
o NSW Parliament: http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/
o NSW Government Directory: http://www.directory.nsw.gov.au/
o Parliament of Australia: http://www.aph.gov.au/index.htm
o Commonwealth Government: http://australia.gov.au/
o Parliament An Overview: http://www.aph.gov.au/parl.htm
o Parliament of NSW:
http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/prod/web/common.nsf/key/ResourcesSystemParliamentThe Legislature
o How law is made (NSW): http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/prod/web/common.nsf/key/BillsAbout
3. Assessment Details
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3.1 Details of Each Assessment Item
The assessments for this subject are described below. The description includes the type of assessment, its
purpose, weighting, due date and submission requirements, the topic of the assessment, details of the task
and detailed marking criteria, including a marking rubric for essays, reports and presentations.
Supplementary assessment information and assistance can be found in Moodle.
KOI expects students to submit their own original work in both assignments and exams, or the original
work of their group in the case of group assignments.
Assessment 1
Assessment Type: Online quizzes x 2 – individual assessment.
Purpose: To review and consolidate basic subject content of the preceding weeks. This assessment
contributes to Learning Outcomes b.
Value: 10% = 5% per quiz Due Date: Quiz 1 Week 4 & Quiz 2 Week 8
Quizzes close 5:00 pm of the Friday of relevant week.
Topic: Australian Legal System, formation of contracts
Task Details: Online quizzes open for one Week in Week 4 and Week 8. Quizzes are accessed and
completed through KOI’s Moodle subject homepage. The online quiz will test legal terminology to be
completed outside of tutorial time. Each online quiz will include questions related to topics as follows: Week
4 quiz – Topics weeks 1 – 4. Week 8 quiz – topics weeks 5 – 8
Marking: The quiz marks will be graded to 5 subject marks for each quiz.
Assessment 2
Assessment Type: Mid trimester test – individual assessment – closed book exam. No notes, books,
electronic devices or other aids or materials are permitted.
Purpose: To review and consolidate subject content up to and including week 6. This assessment
contributed to Learning Outcomes a, b, d.
Value: 20% Due Date: Week 6
Topic: Australian Legal System, Law of Contract, Consumer Law, Insurance Law.
Task Details: 1 hour closed book exam. The exam will test legal terminology, and require students to solve
basic legal problems.
Assessment 3
Assessment Type: Case Study – group assessment
Purpose: This assessment allows students to demonstrate their researched understanding of Australian
consumer and contract law as prescribed by legislation and interpreted by the courts, and to apply this
understanding to business problems that are likely to arise in this context. This assessment contributed to
Learning Outcomes a, b, c, d and e.
Value: 20% Due Date: Week 10 – 8.00 pm Wednesday of Week 10.
Submission: One only copy per group – electronic upload of a Word .doc or .docx to Moodle and Turnitin
via KOI’s Moodle subject homepage. Hard copy to be handed to the tutor in week 10 – please note the
hard copy should be identical to the copy uploaded to Moodle.
Topic: Contract and Consumer Law.
Task Details: Students are to analyse a published major judgement of an appellate court so as to
identify the legal issues and causes of action, the points of appeal, the precedents applied and the
rationale of the decision. Responses are to be formatted into a professional report, as would be expected
of someone working in a modern accountant’s office.
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Research requirements: Students must support their analysis and recommendations with the text and a
minimum of 4 current, relevant, academic journal articles. Additional sources may also be used but
students need to demonstrate awareness of the academic reliability of such sources.
Presentation: 1500 + 10% word report – .doc or .docx – short report format. Title page, table of contents,
suitable headings and subheadings, conclusions/recommendations, reference list (Harvard – Anglia style).
Marking Guide: Analysis 30%
Research – extent and application 30%
Recommendations/conclusions 20%
Presentation 20%
Total mark will be scaled to a mark out of 20
As this is a group assessment, all group members will receive the same mark. Any groups experiencing
unacceptable levels of contribution from any members should advise their tutor as early as possible so that
appropriate arrangements can be made. Complaints made in Week 10 or later are unlikely to be able to be
considered.
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Marking Rubric for BUS101 Introduction to Business Law (Group Assignment)
Criteria
Fail
(0 – 49%)
Pass
(50 – 64%)
Credit
(65 – 74%)
Distinction
(75 – 84%)
High Distinction
(85 – 100%)
Recognition of legal
issue and relevance of
it to the facts provided
(25%)
The legal issue is not
identified
Some attempt to define legal
issue and relate given facts
to it but not always
coherently
Does identify legal issue and
relates given facts to it in a
logical manner but goes no
further
Clearly relates facts to the
identified legal issue and
suggests some limited
conclusions
Able to position the facts and
issues within extended context of
legal remedies
Knowledge of the legal
principles (35%) Lacking; tends merely to
repeat the given facts
Recognises the relevant legal
issue but has difficulty
articulating the relevant legal
rules
Recognises the legal issue
and able to fit the relevant
rules to the facts
Goes beyond fitting relevant
facts to legal rules but
limited level of discussion
Goes well beyond fitting relevant
facts to the legal rules by
commenting on outcome
Critical analysis (20%)
None
None; unable to go beyond
simplistic statement of
relevant legal rules
Analysis is limited to
matching facts and legal
principles
Analysis is able to apply
principles critically to justify
conclusion
Analysis able to question the
appropriateness of some legal
outcomes to the issues
Development of
argument
(10%) None
Uncertain; demonstrates
awareness of legal issue but
discussion of it lacks clarity
Assembles issues and facts
well but does not always link
them logically
Argument is logical in
progression but limited in
scope
Argument is clear, sequential
and persuasive
Style and expression
(5%) Bad sentence structure,
some phonetic spelling, hard
to read
Can be understood but often
repetitive; use of legal terms
limited
Reads well enough but use
of legal terms could widen
Use of legal terms is good,
making the analysis easy to
understand
Well expressed, with accurate
use of legal language throughout
Referencing
(5%)
Either missing or, where
present, wrong
Very limited in use or may be
inaccurate in format
Adequate and usually in
correct format
Shows good understanding
of where and how to
reference
Referencing enhances both the
content and
development of the argument
Total mark out of 100 Comments:
Assessment mark
_____ / _____
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Assessment 4
Assessment Type: Final Exam – individual assessment – closed book exam. No notes, books, electronic
devices or other aids or materials are permitted.
Purpose: The purpose of the final examination is to test your understanding of course concepts and your
ability to apply these concepts. The examination may cover materials used in tutorials, class discussions
and/or from the readings. This assessment contributes specifically to Learning Outcomes a, b, c, d.
Value: 50% Due Date: The final exam will be held in the official KOI exam period in
Week 14 of the trimester. The specific date and time will be posted
towards the end of the trimester.
Topic: The examination may cover content from any part of the entire subject.
Task Details: 2 hours closed book exam. The exam will consist of a mix of short and longer answer
questions which will require students to know and apply correct legal terminology, and apply relevant
common and absolute law to identify and resolve normal business issues relating to contracts, commercial
torts and property as security for debt. More details may be provided towards the end of the trimester.
3.2 Late Penalties and Extensions
An important part of business life and key to achieving KOI’s graduate outcome of Professional Skills is the
ability to manage workloads and meet deadlines. Consequently, any assessment items such as in-class
quizzes and assignments missed or submitted after the due date/time will attract a penalty (see below).
Students who miss mid-trimester tests and final exams without a valid and accepted reason (see below)
may not be granted a deferred exam and will be awarded 0 marks for assessment item. These penalties
are designed to encourage students to develop good time management practices, and create equity for all
students.
Any penalties applied will only be up to the maximum marks available for the specific piece of assessment
attracting the penalty.
Late penalties, granting of extensions and deferred exams are based on the following:
In Class Tests (excluding Mid-Trimester Tests)
o No extensions permitted or granted – a make-up test may only be permitted under very special
circumstances where acceptable supporting evidence is provided. The procedures and timing to apply
for a make-up test (only if available) are as shown in Section 3.3 Applying for an Extension (below).
o Missing a class test will result in 0 marks for that assessment element unless the above applies.
Written Assessments
o 5% of the total available marks per calendar day unless an extension is approved (see Section 3.3
below)
Presentations
o No extensions permitted or granted – no presentation = 0 marks. The rules for make-up presentations
are the same as for missing in-class tests (described above).
Mid-Trimester Tests and Final Exams
o If students are unable to attend mid-trimester tests or final exams due to illness or some other event
(acceptable to KOI), they must:
 Advise KOI in writing (email: academic@koi.edu.au) as soon as possible, but no later than three
(3) working days after the exam date, that they will be / were absent and the reasons. They will be
advised in writing (return email) as to whether the circumstances are acceptable.
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 Complete the appropriate Application for Extension or Deferred Exam Form available from the
Student Information Centre in Moodle, on the KOI Website (Policies and Forms) and the Reception
Desk (Market St and Kent St), as soon as possible and email with attachments to
academic@koi.edu.au.
 Provide acceptable documentary evidence in the form of a satisfactorily detailed medical
certificate, police report or some other evidence that will be accepted by KOI.
 Agree to attend the deferred exam as set by KOI.
Deferred exam
o There will only be one deferred exam offered.
o Marks awarded for the deferred exam will be the marks awarded for that assessment.
o If you miss the deferred exam you will be awarded 0 marks for the assessment. This may mean you
are unable to complete (pass) the subject.
3.3 Applying for an Extension
If students are unable to submit or attend an assessment when due, and extensions are possible, they
must apply by completing the appropriate Application for Extension form available from the Student
Information Centre in Moodle, the KOI Website (Policies and Forms) and the Reception Desk (Market St
and Kent St), as soon as possible but no later than three (3) working days of the assessment due date.
The completed form must be emailed with supporting documentation to academic@koi.edu.au.
Students and lecturers / tutors will be advised of the outcome of the extension request as soon as
practicable.
Appropriate documentary evidence to support the request for an extension must be supplied. Please
remember there is no guarantee of an extension being granted, and poor organisation is not a satisfactory
reason to be granted an extension.
3.4 Referencing and Plagiarism
Please remember that all sources used in assessment tasks must be suitably referenced.
Failure to acknowledge sources is plagiarism, and as such is a very serious academic issue. Students
plagiarising run the risk of severe penalties ranging from a reduction through to 0 marks for a first offence
for a single assessment task, to exclusion from KOI in the most serious repeat cases. Exclusion has
serious visa implications. The easiest way to avoid plagiarising is to reference all sources.
Harvard referencing is the required method – in-text referencing using Author’s Surname (family name)
and year of publication. A Referencing Guide, “Harvard Referencing”, and a Referencing Tutorial can be
found on the right hand menu strip in Moodle on all subject pages.
An effective way to reference correctly is to use Microsoft Word’s referencing function (please note that
other versions and programs are likely to be different). To use the referencing function, click on the
References Tab in the menu ribbon – students should choose Harvard.
Authorship is also an issue under plagiarism – KOI expects students to submit their own original work in
both assessment and exams, or the original work of their group in the case of a group project. All students
agree to a statement of authorship when submitting assessments online via Moodle, stating that the work
submitted is their own original work.
The following are examples of academic misconduct and can attract severe penalties:
o Handing in work created by someone else (without acknowledgement), whether copied from another
student, written by someone else, or from any published or electronic source, is fraud, and falls under
the general Plagiarism guidelines.
o Copying / cheating in tests and exams is academic misconduct. Such incidents will be treated just as
seriously as other forms of plagiarism.
o Students who willingly allow another student to copy their work in any assessment may be considered
to assisting in copying/cheating, and similar penalties may be applied.
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Where a subject coordinator considers that a student might have engaged in academic misconduct, KOI
may require the student to undertake an additional oral exam as a part of the assessment for the subject,
as a way of testing the student’s understanding of their work.
Further information can be found on the KOI website.
3.5 Reasonable Adjustment
The Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act (1992) makes it unlawful to treat people with a disability
less fairly than people without a disability. In the context of this subject, the principle of Reasonable
Adjustment is applied to ensure that participants with a disability have equitable access to all aspects of the
learning situation. For assessment, this means that artificial barriers to their demonstrating competence
are removed.
Examples of reasonable adjustment in assessment may include:
o provision of an oral assessment, rather than a written assessment
o provision of extra time
o use of adaptive technology.
The focus of the adjusted assessment should be on enabling the participants to demonstrate that they
have achieved the subject purpose, rather than on the method used.
3.6 Appeals Process
Full details of the KOI Assessment and Assessment Appeals Policy may be obtained in hard copy from the
Library, and on the KOI website www.koi.edu.au under Policies and Forms.
Assessments and Mid-Trimester Exams:
Where students are not satisfied with the results of an assessment, including mid-trimester exams, they
have the right to appeal. The process is as follows:
o Discuss the assessment with their tutor or lecturer – students should identify where they feel more
marks should have been awarded – students should provide valid reasons based on the marking guide
provided for the assessment. Reasons such as “I worked really hard” are not considered valid.
o If still not satisfied, students should complete an Application for Review of Assessment Marks form,
detailing the reason for review. This form can be found on the KOI website and is also available at KOI
Reception (Market St and Kent St).
o Application for Review of Assessment Marks forms must be submitted as explained on the form within
ten (10) working days of the return of the marked assessment, or within five (5) working days after the
return of the assessment if the assessment is returned after the end of the trimester.
Review of Grade – whole of subject and final exams:
Where students are not satisfied with the results of the whole subject or with their final exam results, they
have the right to request a Review of Grade – see the Assessment and Assessment Appeals Policy for
more information.
An Application for Review of Grade/Assessment Form (available from the KOI Website under Policies and
Forms and from KOI Reception, Market St and Kent St) should be completed clearly explaining the
grounds for the application. The completed application should be submitted as explained on the form, with
supporting evidence attached, to the Academic Manager.

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