COMMLAW 7012 - Business and Corporations Law
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017
General Course Information
Course Code COMMLAW 7012 Course Business and Corporations Law Coordinating Unit Adelaide Law School Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Course Description This course will introduce students to a range of legal issues that impact on business. Students will learn to identify areas of legal liability and risk and how to minimise legal risk. The topics covered in the course include an introduction to the legal system, the law of business structures, contract law, intellectual property law, law of business torts, consumer protection law, competition law, corporate governance including directors and officers duties,the concept of corporate personality, the corporate constitution and Replaceable Rules, company contracts, financial reporting requirements, members rights and external administration.
Course Coordinator: Dr Colette LangosContact details: email@example.com
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesObjectives
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Understand the Australian legal system and how it applies to commerce;
2. Understand how to utlise the IRAC (Issues, Rules, Argument, Conlcusion) framework for solving legal problems;
3. Think critically about applying law relevant to business delaings;
4. Conduct basic legal research;
5. Utilise modern technology effectively;
6. Appreciate the importance of lifelong learning in the ever-changing field of legal regulation of commerce.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1 - 4 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
3 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
Required ResourcesThe textbook for this course is Business and Corporations Law 3rd edition Lexis Nexis by Fitzpatrick, Symes, Veljanovski and Parker
Recommended ResourcesStudents may find the following textbooks helpful but are not expected to purchase them:
Giancaspro & Langos, Understanding Contract Law: A Practical Guide (2016), Lexis Nexis.
Latimer, Australian Business Law 35th (or any recent) edition, CCH.
Lipton Herzberg & Welsh, Understanding Company Law 17th ed, Thomson Reuters.
Hanrahan Ramsey and Stapeldon, Commercial Applications of Company Law 17th (or any recent) edition, CCH.
The Corporations Act is available free at austlii.com.au/commonwealth legislation or at Commlaw.
Online LearningElectronic copies of the lecture powerpoint slides, weekly seminar questions and assignment questions will be provided on MyUni.
Students are strongly encouraged to regularlay check myUni for updates and course communication such as Announcements.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesTeaching of Business and Corporations Law will be via weekly lectures of two hours supported by weekly problem-solving tutorials of one hour and workshops examining the materials covered in the lectures. All students are expected to attend all lectures and tutorials in this course. Lectures will be recorded whenever possible.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The University expects full time students (that is those taking 12 units per semester) to devote a total of 48 hours per week to their studies. This means that you are expected to commit approximately 9 hours for a three unit course of private study outside your regular classes. COMMLAW7012 is a 3 unit course.
Students are expected to attend all lectures throughout the semester plus one tutorial class each week.
Tutorial classes will be held weekly commencing the week beginning Monday 29 February 2016.
Tutorial classes are an imortant componenet of your learning in this course. The communication skills developed in tutorials by regularly and actively participating in discussions after a thorough preparation are considered most important to the School and are highly regarded by employers and professional bodies.
Learning Activities SummaryBusiness Law component Week 1-6:
Lecture - Course Information/Introduction; Australian legal system; IRAC
Lecture Topic: Contract formation
Seminar Topic: Practice Quiz on Australian legal system
Lecture Topic- Terms of a contract
Seminar Topic: Contract formation
Lecture Topic: Contract termination and remedies
Seminar Topic: Terms of a contract
Lecture Topic: Australian Consumer Law
Seminar Topic: Contract termination
Lecture Topic: Research and writing workshop
Seminar Topic: Australian Consumer Law
Lecture Topic: CORPORATIONS LAW LECTURES BEGIN - A weekly lecture topic plan and seminar topic plan will be released in due course
Seminar Topic: Business Law Revsion Quiz or Q&A session
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment SummaryAssessment Overview for Business and Corporations Law 7012
% of final mark
Individual or group
- The online quiz consists of 20 multiple choice questions based on Week 1 lecture content and readings on the Australian Legal System.
- The quiz will be open for completion for a 48 hour period starting 9am Monday 13 March and closing 9am Wednesday 15 March.
closes 15/3 at 9am
1, 5, 6
Business Law Assignment
- This task assesses student comprehension of the Busines Law component of the course.
- It comprises of 3 parts and is based on content taught in Lectures 2-5.
- Parts 1 and 2 comprise of legal probelm questions. Students are assessed on their ability to synthesise and apply correct law; think criticallly. Part 3 consists of a short research paper. Students are assessed on their research and writing skills and must demonstrate appropriate adherence to legal research principles within a business context.
The word limit for this assessment is 2500-3000 words.
24/4 at 9am
- The Exam is based on the Corporations Law component of this course based on content taught in Week 7-12.
1, 2, 3, 6
[NOTE: Students are NOT required not attain 50% for each half of the course to pass. An OVERALL mark of 50% is required.]
Assessment Related RequirementsAssessment marks prior to the final exam will be displayed on the course website. Studetns are encouraged to check their marks and notify the course coordinator of any discrepancies.
Assessment DetailAssessment structure is as follows:
1. Online Quiz- Due Date TBA
This task will require students to answer 20 multiple choice questions on the Australian legal system based on Chapter 1 of the text book 'Business and Corporations Law' (Fitzpatrick, Symes, Veljanovski and Parker, 3rd edition), the lecture on the Australian legal system and the Practice Quiz (not for marks) which will be conducted in the first seminar (Week 2).
The Online Quiz will be open for 48 hours. During that time students must complete the Quiz. Extensions will not be granted. Students can only submit answers once.
Further instructions will be given in the lectures.
2. Business Law Assignment - Due Date TBA
This task comprises of 3 parts. Parts 1 and 2 will require students to solve two legal problems on Business Law topics covered in Weeks 2-5 using the IRAC method (method explained in Week 1 lecture). This task will require students to demonstrate mastery of legal knowledge (relevant law) and reflect critically on the law in order to apply it correctly to hypothetical scenarios relevant to a business context. Part 3 will require students to conduct a research task; write a short research essay. Students will have to demonstrate knowledge of technical legal research and writing skills in an area of law covered in Weeks 2-5.
A 'research and writing' workshop will be held in the lecture of Week 6 to support students' mastery of research skills relevant to business law.
The maximum word limit is 3000 words. Submission via MyUni.
Further information will be given in lectures.
3. Corporate Law Exam- Due Date TBA
The exam will focus ONLY on Corporate Law component of the course taught in weeks 7-12.
Further details will be given when the Corporate Law part of the course commences.
SubmissionStudents must retain a copy of all assignments submitted.
All assignments will be submitted electronically via the turnitin submission box.
Trunitin is a computer program that detects plagiarised work.
Late submissions will attract penalties of 10% per day for each day or part thereof.
Extensions will generally only be given for medical or other serious reasons. All requests for extensions must be emailed to the course coodinator before the due date.
Lecturers aim to mark online and marked assignments will be aviable within three (3) weeks of the due date unless there has been an extension granted.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.
Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.
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SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience ofLearning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.
SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and
program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.
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Plagiarism and other forms of cheating
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- Assessment for Coursework Programs
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- Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment
- Student Experience of Learning and Teaching Policy
- Student Grievance Resolution Process
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