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.
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
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
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||Recognise the structure of the legal system and identify the sources of law in Australia||Intellectual rigour||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning||Communication and social skills|
|2||Understand and analyse the key principles and features of contract law||Intellectual rigour||Creativity||Ethical practice||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning||Communication and social skills||Cultural competence|
|3||Identify and analyse the legal aspects of business transactions, 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||Lifelong learning||Communication and social skills|
|4||Recognise and analyse the legal issues related to separate legal entity, formation, operation, administration and winding up of a company||Intellectual rigour||Creativity||Ethical practice||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning||Communication and social skills||Cultural competence|
|5||Develop high level analytical skills in the use and reading of cases, statutes and other legal material and apply these skills in complex law fact situations to the resolution of these issues||Intellectual rigour||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning||Communication and social skills|
Study Period 2
- Fitzpatrick, J, Symes, C, Veljanovski, A & Parker, D, 2014, Business and Corporations Law, 2nd edn, Butterworths Lexis Nexis. ISBN: 9780409336887.
Study Period 6
- Fitzpatrick JF, Symes CF, Veljanovski A, Parker D, 2014, Business and Corporations Law, 2nd edn, Lexis Nexis Butterworths, Australia. ISBN: 9780409336887.
Teaching and assessment
SCU Online (intensive)
|Structured online learning|
|Exam: take home||35%|
|Exam: open book||50%|
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2016 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1
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