Course Title: Business and Corporate Law

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Business and Corporate Law

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


650T Vocational Business Education


Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Callie Harvey

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5772

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 80.05.023

Course Coordinator Availability: Please check with course coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will equip you with knowledge of relevant business regulations to manage various business structure including partnership, sole traders, trust and companies. You will critically examine the basic principles of business and corporate law in the areas of agency, franchises, insurance law, bankruptcy and trusts. The course further provides you with the skills necessary to analyse the statutory and common law rules underpinning business and corporate law to apply them to contemporary business situations and companies.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Examine the key concepts and principles of Australian Corporations Law and various forms of business structures.
  2. Develop an appreciation of the legal issues involved in the relationship of principal and agent.
  3. Analyse the common law and statutory provisions relevant to Insurance Law.
  4. Analyse bankruptcy in the context of the rights and obligations of creditors and its consequences.
  5. Examine trusts in relation to the features of a trust, its creation, maintenance, and dissolution processes, and the rights and obligations of the parties involved.

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/Canvas. 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: 25%
Linked CLOs: 1
Assessment Task 2: 25%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3
Final Examination: 50%
Linked CLOs: 3, 4, 5

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.