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.
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
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
GA1: Intellectual rigour,
GA3: Ethical practice,
GA4: Knowledge of a discipline,
GA5: Lifelong learning,
GA6: Communication and social skills,
GA7: Cultural competence
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||Understand the structure of the legal system and the legal implications of problems and proposals relating to commercial transactions||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||Explain the legal rules and principles in those areas of law that may be encountered by business professionals||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||Understand and analyse the legal aspects of business transactions, consumer protection laws, the duty of care principles in the law of negligence, agency, partnerships and companies, particularly in respect of the rights, obligations, duties and liabilities of agents, partners, company members and directors||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||Analyse the legal issues in complex consumer and corporation situations and apply relevant legal principles to the resolution of these issues, and express this in clear and logical language||Intellectual rigour||Creativity||Communication and social skills|
- Corporations Act (Cth) may be downloaded free from austlii: Act of Parliament, 2015, Australian Corporations Legislation 2015, LexisNexis, Australia. ISBN: 9780409336863.
- Lindgren, KE, 2011, Vermeesch and Lindgren's Business Law of Australia, 12th edn, LexisNexis, Australia. ISBN: 9780409328172.