Course Title: Business and Corporations Law

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Business and Corporations Law

Credit Points: 12


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

LAW2480

City Campus

Postgraduate

615H Accounting

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2017

LAW2480

City Campus

Postgraduate

660H Graduate School of Business and Law

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Nicholas Pappin

Course Coordinator Phone: n/a

Course Coordinator Email: nicholas.pappin@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: Building 13

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

The course teaches legal principles important in a commercial environment, focussing particularly on the principles needed by accountants providing professional accountancy services, including the law of contract, negligence and company law. This course will allow you to develop skills in reading, understanding and applying relevant legal principles from both legislation and court decisions, and you will be exposed to critical thinking about the socio-legal framework and legal and ethical standards underpinning the practice of accountancy and business in general.

In this course, you will acquire the knowledge of legal principles underpinning various business structures and transactions, including law of contract and negligence, and focussing on the principles relating to and regulating registered companies. It aims to provide you with an understanding of the legal environment and ethical framework within which companies operate in Australia and internationally.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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On completion of the course you should be able to:

  1. Identify the various structures that clients have to choose from and determine which business structure is appropriate
  2. Demonstrate a broad, critical and practical understanding of the Australian legal framework and know how to apply them to real world business situations
  3. Apply the underlying principles of a number of areas of law relevant to business professionals, including contract law, law of negligence and company law.
  4. Analyse the impact of changes in the law to business strategies and provide advice accordingly to business organisations


Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will be encouraged to be an active learner. Your learning will be supported through various in-class and online activities comprising individual and group work. These may include quizzes; assignments; prescribed readings; sourcing, researching and analysing specific information; solving problems; conducting presentations; producing written work and collaborating with peers on set tasks or projects.


Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through myRMIT Studies\Blackboard. In addition to topic notes; assessment details and a study schedule you may also be provided with links to relevant online information; readings; audio and video clips and communication tools to facilitate collaboration with your peers and to share information.
Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. If you require assistance with the RMIT library facilities contact the Business Liaison Librarian for your school. Contact details for Business Liaison Librarians are located online on the RMIT Library website.
Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.


Overview of Assessment

The assessment alignment list below shows the assessment tasks against the learning outcomes they develop.

Assessment Task 1: 20%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4
Assessment Task 2: 30%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4
Final Examination: 50%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and through individual feedback on practical exercises.