Unit description

This unit is designed to introduce students to the legal system, business law and corporations 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 society and the business community. This unit seeks to provide students with an understanding and knowledge of the legal system and sources of law in Australia. The unit also combines elements of essential business law including: key features of contract law and essential elements of corporations law. This unit examines contract law related issues, corporations law with regard to the concept of separate legal entity, formation, operation and corporate governance. This will include a study of the law relating to directors and management, members' rights and winding up of a company. We will also examine the Corporations Act and relevant case law.

Unit content

The Australian legal system

Contract Law 1

Contract Law 2

Agency, Business Structures, Company incorporation and its consequences

Company internal rules and membership

Company management, corporate insolvency

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

Study Period 4

  • Fitzpatrick, J, Symes, C, Veljanovski, A & Parker, D, 2014, Business and Corporations Law, 2nd edn, Butterworths Lexis Nexis. ISBN: 9780409336887.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

SCU Online (intensive)

Teaching method
Structured online learning
Exam: take home35%
Exam: open book50%

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


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2015 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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