- Class Number 2252
- Term Code 2930
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Michelle Worthington
- Dr Katherine Hall
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 25/02/2019
- Class End Date 31/05/2019
- Census Date 31/03/2019
- Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Identify, explain and apply the principles of corporations law covered in the course;
- Identify, critique and analyse the theory and policy issues underpinning the corporate laws covered in the course;
- Access, use, interpret and apply complex statutory material to resolve corporate law problems and issues;
- 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; and
- Plan and conduct a research project, with intellectual independence.
Please see the Course Wattle site for information on the research work being done by Associate Professor Hall and Dr Worthington.
The prescribed text is Stephen Bottomley, Katherine Hall, Peta Spender and Beth Nosworthy, Contemporary Australian Corporate Law (Cambridge University Press, 2018).
Students will also be relying on the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) (the Act). Students may use current electronic versions of the Act, however, it is recommended that students obtain a hard copy of the Act as electronic versions cannot be used in invigilated exams.
There are a number of excellent corporations resources that may assist students to refine their understanding of the law.
- Paul Redmond, Corporations and Financial Markets (Thomson Reuters, 7th ed, 2017); and
- HAJ Ford, RP Austin, Ian M Ramsay, Ford's Principles of Corporations Law (available via the ANU Library's LexisAdvance subscription). Please note that Ford's is not a student text; it is a practitioner's resource and is much more detailed than student texts tend to be. When you are learning the law, sometimes more detail is helpful to you, and sometimes it is confounding. You should definitely access this resource, but be prepared to be challenged by it, and don't fret if it feels a bit overwhelming at times. Just use it to the extent that it is helpful to you.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- grades awarded;
- written comments; and
- if a student seeks further information, face-to-face consultation (where appropriate).
ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
Extensions late submission and penalties - https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/extensions-late-submission-and-penalties
Deferred examination: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/deferred-examinations
Special consideration: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/special-assessment-consideration
Penalties for excess word length: https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/word-length-and-excess-word-penalties
Distribution of Grades Policy: Effective from Winter Session and Second Semester 2018 (and until further notice), the current Grading Distribution Policy has been suspended pending the development of a new policy. For further information about the interim policy please see: https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/grading
Further Information about the Course: is available from the course WATTLE page. Students are required to access the WATTLE site regularly throughout the course for details on weekly classes and any announcements and updates relating to the course.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||The nature of the corporation; the role of the corporation in society|
|2||The separate legal entity doctrine; regulation and types of companies|
|3||The corporate constitution; variation of class rights|
|4||Corporate contracting; section 129 assumptions|
|5||Share and debt finance; dividends|
|6||Division of power; company meetings|
|7||Directors’ duties; duty of care|
|8||Duty of good faith; fiduciary duties|
|9||Fiduciary duties continued (Section 182-183)|
|10||Members’ rights and remedies|
|11||External administration; voluntary administration|
Tutorial registration will be via the course Wattle page. In a new move this year, we will be opening up approximately 50% of our tutorials 2 weeks before the start of semester. Tutorial registration will close at the end of Week 3. Students should keep an eye on Wattle for further information on tutorial sign-up, including early sign up. Once enrolled in a tutorial group, you must attend the same tutorial group each week until the end of the semester. You will only be able to change tutorial groups with permission from the Convenor. If you miss your tutorial in any one week, you may not simply attend another group, unless you have express permission from the Convenor on the grounds of illness or misadventure. The tutorial questions for each week will be available on Wattle.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Online Quiz||15 %||29/03/2019||29/03/2019||1,3|
|Research Essay OR Short Film||35 %||23/04/2019||17/05/2019||1,2,3,4,5|
|Final Examination||50 %||22/06/2019||04/07/2019||1,3,4|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:
- Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure
- Special Assessment Consideration Policy and General Information
- Student Surveys and Evaluations
- Deferred Examinations
- Student Complaint Resolution Policy and Procedure
The ANU is using 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. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.
Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
This course involves three hours of lectures per week for the first three weeks of the course (taught across two lectures). From week four, the Course structure will shift, and we will move to a single two-hour lecture per week, plus one hour long tutorial. In general terms, students are expected to devote at least 10 hours overall per week to this course.
Tutorials are not compulsory, however, students are strongly encouraged to attend. Participating students are expected to prepare for tutorials and to engage critically in the discussion that takes place there. Tutorial questions are specifically designed to hone students' problem-solving skills, and also to help students prepare for the final exam. Tutorial registration will be available via the Course Wattle page, and students will be notified when tutorial registration is open.
This course has an examination. Please note that the date used in the assessment summary is approximate only. Students should consult the examinations timetable when it is released to confirm the date and time.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,3
Details of task: The online quiz is comprised of a number of multiple choice and/or short answer questions which aim to test students' knowledge of the content covered in weeks 1-5 of the course. This quiz is an INDIVIDUAL EXAMINATION ITEM - students are not to consult any other person with respect to any of the questions in the quiz. Further information about the quiz will be available closer to the date of the quiz via Wattle. This is an open book exam.
Nature of Task: Compulsory. Students who do not attempt the quiz will receive a mark of zero (0).
Release: 29 March 2019 6:30pm via Wattle.
Duration: 1 hour 30 mins, i.e. the quiz will commence at 6:30pm and close at 8pm (with the exception of any students who have negotiated with the Convenor for additional time in which to complete the quiz, in accordance with current Education Access Plans or in response to unexpected and pressing circumstances etc). The timing of the quiz is universal; i.e. if a student logs on at 7pm instead of 6:30pm, they will only have 1 hour in which to complete the quiz.
Due Date: 29 March 2019 8:00pm via Wattle. Late submissions (without an extension) are not permitted.
- understanding of corporate history and theory, including foundational concepts of corporate and legal personality;
- understanding of corporations law rules and principles;
- interpreting and applying the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth).
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
Research Essay OR Short Film
Details of Task: Students will choose either an essay OR a short film. Please see specific details below.
Nature of task: Compulsory. Failure to submit this task will result in a mark of zero (0) for this task. Late submission without an extension will not be permitted.
Release: Week 1.
Due date: 23 April 2019 at 5pm. Late submissions (without an extension) are not permitted.
Estimated return date: End of Week 10. This is an approximation only: In marking as in life, things do not always go according to plan. Students will be notified if assessment is to be returned later than this estimated date.
Assessment Rubrics: Rubrics for the essay, and the short film and supporting materials will be made available on Wattle.
Details of task: Students will write an essay in response to one (1) of the two essay questions provided.The essay is an INDIVIDUAL ASSESSMENT ITEM - students are not to consult any other person with respect to interpreting and answering the essay questions, save of course for librarians, and persons permitted to provide proof-reading assistance.
Word limit: 1500 words (including headings, but excluding footnotes).
Submission: Essays are to be submitted via Turnitin on the Course wattle page. Students should submit their essay in Word format (docx). PDF format is NOT PERMITTED. Students should include their u number in the file name of the essay.
Penalties: Default ANU CoL word length penalties will apply. Students who submit their essay in PDF format will automatically be penalised 5 marks.
Assessment Criteria: The following assessment criteria will be applied to the Essay:
- quality of the thesis (including clarity and scope of thesis);
- effectiveness of chosen structure;
- quality of analysis;
- quality of research;
- quality of written expression;
- commitment to Academic Integrity (including AGLC 4 compliance).
Details of task: The short film is a SMALL GROUP ASSESSMENT ITEM. Students are to choose their own groups of up to 4 people. Groups are to consist only of LLB students - there can be no JD and LLB group combinations. Each group is to register its membership on the Course Wattle page. Groups must register no later than Friday 15 March 2018 (the end of week 3). Each group is to create a film in response to a nominated theme.
Length of film: 3-5 mins in duration (including credits).
Supporting material: In addition to the film itself, each group is to submit:
1) a Bibliography
2) a Rationale and Process Summary.
Submission: Short films are to be submitted via a dropbox on the Course Wattle page. The Bibliography and Summary are to be submitted as a single Word format (docx) document via Turnitin on the Wattle course page.
Penalties: Default ANU CoL word length penalties will be applied to the Bibliography and the Summary. The same formula as is used for word length will be applied to the length of the film itself (i.e. there will be commensurate penalties applied for films that are over-long). Students who submit their Bibliography and Summary as a PDF will be penalised 2 marks.
The following assessment criteria will be applied to the short film:
- quality of engagement (with both the nominated theme, and any issued raised in the film);
- coherence (on the terms set by the film);
- effectiveness of the film; and
- production quality.
The following assessment criteria will be applied to the Bibliography:
- quality of research; and
- commitment to Academic Integrity (including AGLC 4 compliance).
The following assessment criteria will be applied to the Rationale and Process Summary:
- quality and clarity of stated rationale;
- instructiveness of the description of the creative process; and
- commitment to Academic Integrity (including AGLC 4 compliance).
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,4
Details of task: This will be a problem question style exam, covering material from weeks 6-12 of the course. It is an invigilated exam.
Nature of Task: Compulsory. Students who do not attempt the exam will receive a mark of zero (0) for the task.
Duration: 2 hours (consisting of 30 mins reading time and 1.5 hours writing time).
Permitted Materials: This is an open book exam, so all materials are permitted save for ANU Library books and electronic devices.
Date : This course has an examination. Please note that the date used in the assessment summary is approximate only. Students should consult the examinations timetable when it is released to confirm the date and time.
Estimated return date: With release of final results via Services Office.
Assessment Criteria: The general criteria to be used is as follows:
- ability to identify the legal issues raised by the question;
- understanding of the relevant law raised by the question;
- quality of analysis and argument (including application of relevant law to the facts);
- quality of composition (including structure and written expression);
- commitment to Academic Integrity.
A rubric for the final exam will be made available on Wattle.
Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.
You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.
For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Any hard copy submissions must use the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.
No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of zero (0) will be awarded.
Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.
Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
Distribution of grades policy
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Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.
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Corporate law, Legal personhood, Legal design, Ethical theory, Corporate ethical agency, Monism, Law reform, legal theory,
Dr Michelle Worthington
Dr Katherine Hall