BUS204 Corporate Law

Unit outline

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Enrolment modes: Year 2, Semester 1
Credit point(s): 12.5
EFTSL value: 0.125
Prerequisite: BUS108 Business Law
Typical study commitment: Students will on average spend 10 hours per week over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.
Scheduled learning activities: 4 timetabled hours per week, 6 personal study hours per week

Unit description 

This unit aims to introduce students to the alternative vehicles for the operation of business with the primary focus on the corporation which is the dominant vehicle for business operation in Australia and internationally. This unit addresses the nature, types, formation, operation and management of corporations under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) and their regulation by ASIC, the corporate regulator, under the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act 2001 (Cth). Particular topics covered include corporate governance, directors’ duties, members’ rights and remedies, corporate insolvency and alternatives, and takeovers. Students will be equipped to exercise business judgement based on the regulatory environment in which professional accountants operate and based on ethical frameworks.

Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)

On the successful completion of this units student will be able to:
ULO1 Discuss the legislative framework for companies and describe the role of the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) in the current Corporations Act Scheme and its interrelationship with encouraging ethical decisions.
ULO2 Understand the important concepts and terms in Australian corporate law, including replaceable rules and constitution, company contracts and remedies, and directors’ duties.
ULO3 Examine the role of board of directors, the rules for appointment and removal, and the statutory and fiduciary duties of directors.
ULO4 Analyse company contracts, capital financing and takeovers by applying principles of the Corporations Law.

Topics included in the unit

1. Alternative business structures
2. Nature, role and types of companies
3. The regulatory framework and ethics
4. Constitution and replaceable rules
5. Directors’ duties I
6. Directors’ duties II
7. Member’s remedies
8. Company contracts
9. Dividends
10. Financial reporting and disclosure
11. Corporate insolvency
12. Takeovers  


Assessment Description Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week 
Assessment 1: Mid-Semester Exam  30% Mid-semester exam week
Assessment 2: Group Assignment 20% 9
Assessment 3: Final Exam 50% Final exam week

The assessment due weeks provided may change. Your lecturer will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.