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DM001 Design Business and Law

6 credit points

Course Code DM001

Subject Outline

DM001 Design Business and Law


Ayodeji Okuneye

Program Director

Alan Chen



Contact hours/week


Credit points



9 weeks


Subject Description

The aim of this subject is to examine the legal, business and ethical environment in which local and international contemporary design oriented businesses operate.  It is designed to equip students with knowledge of the basic business and legal principles pertinent to both international business and to the country in which they are studying. The subject focuses on ethical principles that require an examination of the human consequences to corporate decision-making, and on the increasing importance of social corporate responsibility for today’s design business.


Learning Outcomes or Competencies

  1. Describe or explain basic legal institutions, concepts, principles and entities relevant to design businesses in their local context

  2. Describe legal frameworks pertinent to international business and the weaknesses of international law in terms of enforcement

  3. Explain fundamental principles of ethical decision-making that go beyond compliance with the law

  4. Discuss legal and ethical decision making principles and processes in specific business contexts, particularly in the design profession

  5. Argue the increasing importance of social corporate responsibility in the global business context


Assessment Table




Week Due

Learning Outcome

Assessment 1

Case Study



1, 2, 3, 4

Assessment 2

Report and Presentation



2, 3, 4, 5

Assessment 3

Exam (Open Book)



1, 2, 3, 4, 5



Attendance: When a student's attendance falls below 80% without adequate explanation, their final mark will be automatically limited to, at best, a Pass.

Late submission: All work submitted after the submission deadline will be limited to a maximum of 50% and will not be accepted after the end of the study period unless special circumstances apply.

Plagiarism and Cheating: Any form of cheating, collusion, or plagiarism will be handled in accordance with the Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism Policy found under the Academic Policies on Raffles Policies and Procedure page.

A full description of all rules and regulations is available via the student handbook which is available via our web site.


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