• Offered by Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Katherine Hall
    • Mr Cameron Roles
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course LAWS6203
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
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This course provides an understanding of Australian corporate law.  The course is structured to meet the admission requirements for practice as a legal practitioner in the Australian states and Territories.  The following topics will be covered:

  • forms of business association, including partnership;
  • incorporation and the concept of separate legal personality;
  • the corporate constitution;
  • membership of the corporation and share capital;
  • corporate contracting;
  • duties and liabilities of directors and officers;
  • basic features of the management of companies;
  • shareholders' remedies;
  • company credit and security arrangements; and
  • winding up.

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Learning Outcomes

By the conclusion of this course, students who have successfully completed all of the requirements will have the knowledge and skills to:

1.      Identify, explain and apply the principles of corporations law covered in the course;

2.      Identify, critique and analyse the policy issues underpinning the corporate laws covered in the course.

3.      Access, use, interpret and apply complex statutory material to resolve corporate law problems and issues; 

4.      Select and apply a range of approaches to written and oral communication, and apply the critical thinking required to bring about solutions to complex corporate law problems;

5.      Plan and conduct a research project, with intellectual independence.

Other Information

This course is a prerequisite for Takeovers and Securities Industry Law and Bankruptcy and Insolvency. Corporations Law is normally taken in either third or fourth year of a combined degree.

Indicative Assessment

It is anticipated that the assessment for this course will comprise a mid-semester assessment (in the form of an online exam including one problem and one essay question) and an end of semester exam.

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Workload

This course involves two two-hour lectures per week for the first seven weeks of the course. From week eight until week thirteen, students will attend a one hour tutorial; during this part of the course lectures will reduce to one two-hour and one one-hour lecture per week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a program which includes the Bachelor of Laws. You must have completed or be completing five LAWS courses at 1000 level and have completed LAWS1204 Contracts.

Prescribed Texts

The textbook for 2016 is  

RP Austin and IM Ramsay, Ford’s Principles of Corporations Law, 16th edition, 2015, published by LexisNexis 

Students will be required to either purchase a second hand copy or to use it online via LexisNexis.

Preliminary Reading

The preliminary reading required for this course will be available on the course home page at least one week prior to the commencement of the course.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 3
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3054
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
2407 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person

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