Unit aim

This unit is designed to introduce students to the legal system, business law, consumer law and company law and related matters. It is important for all persons, accountants and business administrators to have an appreciation of the role played by law in regulating and serving society and the business community. The legal principles will be examined in relation to commercial transactions and business and other associations. The unit will also examine the ways in which society, the legislature and the judiciary affect the lawmaking process, enabling it to meet the changing needs of society. This unit also involves the study of the law of negligence and examines corporations law with regard to formation, operation, administration, corporate governance and fundraising. This will include a detailed study of the law relating to directors and management, members' rights and financing of a corporation. We will examine in detail the Corporations Act and relevant case law.

Unit content

  • The Australian Legal System
  • The Courts and the legal profession
  • The Australian Constitution
  • The law of Contract Part 1
  • The law of Contract Part 2
  • Supply of Goods and Services and Consumer protection
  • Law of torts - Negligence
  • The law of Agency
  • The law of Partnerships
  • Company law Part 1
  • Company law Part 2

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Act of Parliament, 2014, Australian Corporations Legislation 2014, LexisNexis, Australia. ISBN: 9780409336863.
  • Vermeesch & Lindgren, 2011, Business Law of Australia, 12, LexisNexis, Australia. ISBN: 9780409328172.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Workshop on-site 2 hours (10 weeks)
Assessment
Case study25%
Case study25%
Exam: open book50%

New Zealand - MIT

Teaching method
Residential session 3 hours (10 weeks)
Structured online learning 3 hour (10 weeks)
Assessment
Case study25%
Case study25%
Exam: open book50%

Online

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (10 weeks)
Assessment
Case study25%
Case study25%
Exam: open book50%

Sydney

Teaching method
Structured online learning
Assessment
Case study25%
Case study25%
Exam: open book50%
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information

Domestic

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