COMMLAW 7012 - Business and Corporations Law
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2016
General Course Information
Course Code COMMLAW 7012 Course Business and Corporations Law Coordinating Unit Adelaide Law School Term Semester 2 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesObjectives
This course is designed to develop:
1. An understanding of the Australian legal system and how it applies to commerce, the application of Common Law and Statute law relevant to commerce and the basic principles of Contract Law and Corporate Law
2. The ability to identify fundamental legal issues in commercial scenarios (including Contract Law, Corporate Law)
3. The student's critical thinking and problem solving skills
4. A reasonably high level of literacy and the ability to verbally communicate information and ideas effectively
5. The ability to work effectively both as an individual and as a team member in small groups
6. The opportunity to practically implement concepts
7. The ability to use modern technology
8. The ability to evaluate and synthesis information and existing knowledge of business and corporations law from a number of sources
9. An appreciation of 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, 2 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, 6 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
5 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1-9 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
9 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
2, 8, 9
Required ResourcesThe textbook for this course is Business and Corporations Law 2nd edition Lexis Nexis by Fitzpatrick, Symes, Veljanovski and Parker
Recommended ResourcesStudents may find the following textbooks helpful but are not expected to purchase them:
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 to purchase. It is also available free at austlii.com.au/commonwealth legislation or at Commlaw.
Online LearningElectronic copies of the powerpoint slides, tutorials 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
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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: Revision workshop for Assignment
Seminar Topic: Australian Consumer Law
Lecture Topic: CORPORATIONS LAW LECTURES BEGIN
Seminar Topic: Business Law Revsion Quiz or Q&A session
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Assessment SummaryAssessment Overview for Business and Corporations Law 7012
Business Law Component
20% of total mark - Online Quiz (multiple choice) based on Week 1 - Australian Legal System
30% of total mark - Business Law Assignment based on content from Weeks 2-5
Corporate Law Component
50% of total mark - Corporate Law Exam based on content from Week 7-12
[NOTE: Students are NOT required not attain 50% for each half of the course to pass. An OVERALL mark of 50% is required.]
Assessment DetailThe assessment format for this course is as follows:
1. Online Quiz - 20% of total mark
Scheduled for Week 3 (precise dates to be determined)
This assessment item requires students to complete a multiple choice quiz online. The quiz will consist of 20 multiple choice questions on the Australian Legal Sysytem. The quiz portal will be open for 48 hours. No extensions will be granted. Students may only submit answers once during the 48 hour period.
Questions will be based on Chapter 1 of the text book 'Business and Corporations Law' (Fitzpatrick, Symes, Veljanovski and Parker) and the practice quiz which will take place in Seminar 1 (seminars commence in Week 2).
Further instructions about this assessment will be given during lectures.
2. Business Law Assignment - 30% of total mark
Due date: 19th September at 9am
This assessment item requires student to solve three legal problems using the IRAC method (IRAC method taught in Lecture 1 and in seminars). The problems will be based on lecture content covered in Weeks 2-5 of the Business Law component of the course. The maximum word length is 1750 words.
Further instructions will be given closer to the due date.
3. Corporate Law Exam - 50% of total mark
Exam period commences 5th November 2016 (exact date yet to be determied)
The exam is based on the Corporate Law component of the course covered in Weeks 7-12. Exam is 2 hours duration with 10 minute reading time. Exam is an OPEN BOOK Exam. This means students may bring any paper-based materials into the exam, excluding books borrowed from University of Adelaide Library.
Further information about the exam will be given towards the end of the course.
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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
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