• Class Number 2368
  • Term Code 3030
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Kurt Stevens
    • Kurt Stevens
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/02/2020
  • Class End Date 05/06/2020
  • Census Date 08/05/2020
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/03/2020
SELT Survey Results

This course introduces the legal principles relevant to business structures in Australia. Corporate law is emphasised, comprising issues such as: corporate governance (the structure and role of the board of directors, directors' duties, members' rights and shareholder meetings); corporate liability (corporate contracting, negligence issues faced by corporations); corporate finance (debt and equity financing, profit distribution and protection of creditors); and external administration (corporate insolvency, receivership, voluntary administration and winding up).

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of the requirements for this course, students will be able to:
1. apply advanced knowledge of corporate law to analyse and address legal issues typically encountered by Australian companies and their advisers;
2. understand the way the law will view a set of circumstances and why the law exists, including policy considerations and settings, and also know how to apply this to influence and inform decision making;
3. identify legal issues amongst complex factual scenarios;
4. find current statements of case law and legislation regarding legal issues;
5. direct ongoing learning especially in the context of amendments to corporate law.
6. implement a professional communication style in providing strategic direction in commercial applications.

Research-Led Teaching

Corporate law is constantly evolving as businesses including companies are operating in an ever more complex and global economy. Through this course, students will be able to see how legislators, the judiciary and regulators have also had to respond to these changes. Specifically, this course will consider the recent creation of the Personal Property Securities Act, as well as recent amendments to the insider trading provisions and new provisions protecting shareholder rights. The course will also introduce some newer applications of corporate governance under both the Corporations Act 2001 and under the ASX Listing Rules.

Examination Material or equipment

Details regarding materials and equipment that is permitted in an examination room can be found on the ANU website:


Information regarding permitted examination materials for the course will be available on the examination timetable website when the examination timetable is released:


Required Resources

The prescribed text is Hanrahan, Ramsay, Stapledon, Commercial Applications of Company Law 2019 (20th Edition). Note: Students are expected to have access to a copy of the prescribed book for the duration of the semester. The book can be purchased from the on campus bookshop, with a small number of copies also available for 2 hour loan in the reserve loan section of the Chifley Library.

Recommended readings (available from the library)

Anderson C, Dickfos J, Hyland M, Nehme M and Dahdal A, Corporations Law, 5th edition, LexisNexis 2016.

Austin RP and Ramsay IM, Ford’s Principles of Corporations Law, 17th edition, Lexis Nexis 2018.

Baxt R, Black A and Hanrahan P Securities and Financial Services Law, 9thedition, LexisNexis 2016.

Boros E, and Duns J, Corporate Law, third edition, Oxford University Press, 2013.

Chapple E (ed), Company Law an Interactive Approach, 2nd editionWiley 2020.

Farrar J, and Hanrahan P, Corporate Governance, LexisNexis 2016.

Fitzpatrick J, Symes C, Veljanovski A and Parker D, Business and Corporations Law, 3rd edition LexisNexis, 2017.

Gooley J, Russell D, Dicker M and Zammit M, Corporations and Associations Law: Principles and Issues, 6th edition, LexisNexis, 2015.

Harris J, Company Law: Theories Principles and Applications, 2nd edition, LexisNexis 2015.

Harris J, Hargovan A and Adams M, Australian Corporate Law, 6th edition, LexisNexis, 2017.

Hutchinson, Researching and Writing in Law, 4th edition, Thomson Lawbook Co, 2018.

Krever R, Mastering Law Studies and Law Exam Techniques, 10th edition Lexis Nexis 2019.

Lang A, Horsley’s Meetings: Procedure, Law and Practice, 7th edition, Lexis Nexis, 2015.

LexisNexis Concise Legal Dictionary, 5th edition, LexisNexis 2014.

Levy R, Takeovers Law and Strategy, 5th edition, Thomson Reuters, 2017.

Lipton P and Herzberg A, Understanding Company Law, 20th edition, Thomson Reuters 2019.

Murray, M and Harris J, Keay’s Insolvency: Personal and Corporate Law and Practice, 10th edition, Thomson Lawbook Co 2018.

Redmond P, Corporations and Financial Markets Law, 7th edition, Thomson Reuters, 2017.

Yogaratnam J, Xynas L, and O'Connell A, Corporations Law in Principle, 10th edition Thomson Reuters, 2016.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • Written comments via Turnitin
  • Verbal feedback to the whole class in tutorials and lectures
  • Tutors will be available to provide individual verbal feedback on request either in consultation times or otherwise by appointment.

Student Feedback

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.

Other Information


As a further academic integrity control, students may be selected for a 15 minute individual oral examination of their written assessment submissions.

Any student identified, either during the current semester or in retrospect, as having used ghost writing services will be investigated under the University’s Academic Misconduct Rule.


Email and the Wattle Course Website

Email and the Wattle course website are the preferred ways of communication.

If necessary, the lecturer and tutors for this course will contact students on their official ANU student email address. Students should use this email address when contacting staff as spam filters used by ANU may not allow other email addresses to be received. Information about your enrolment and fees from the Registrar and Student Services' office will also be sent to this email address.


Students are expected to check the Wattle site for announcements about this course, e.g. changes to timetables or notifications of cancellations. Notifications of emergency cancellations of lectures or tutorials will be posted on the door of the relevant room.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Companies and Company Law
2 Legal nature of companies and business planning Readings: Text chapters 3 and 4 Week 2 Tutorial Report question (Assessment task 1) will be made available
3 Constituting companies and managing Companies Readings: Text chapters 5 and 6 Week 3 Tutorial
4 Corporate governance and introduction to directors’ duties. Duty of care, duty to prevent insolvent trading. Readings: Text chapters 11 and 12 Week 4 Tutorial Report (Assessment task 1) due 20 March
5 Directors’ duties – duty to act in good faith and for a proper purpose Readings: Text chapter 13 and 16 Week 5 Tutorial
6 Duty to disclose conflicts of interest. Duties not to improperly use position or information. Readings: Text chapters 14 and 15 Week 6 Tutorial Report (Assessment task 1) results and feedback released 3 April Assignment question (Assessment task 2) will be made available
7 Restrictions on member-decision making and company directors. Member decision making and member’s meetings Readings: Text chapters 7 and 8 Week 7 Tutorial
8 Consequences of breach and Members’ remedies Readings: Text chapters 9 and 10 Week 8 Tutorial
9 Reporting and disclosure and financing companies Readings: Text chapters 17 and 18 Week 9 Tutorial Assignment (Assessment task 2) due 8 May
10 Shares and shareholding, Securities Readings: Text chapters 19, 20 and beginning of ch 21. Week 10 Tutorial
11 Takeovers and transacting by companies Readings: Text chapters 21 (last part) and ch 23. Week 11 Tutorial
12 Receivership and voluntary Administration Winding up Readings: Text chapters 24 and 25 Week 12 Tutorial Assignment (Assessment task 2) results and feedback released 29 May

Tutorial Registration

Please see Wattle for tutors' information.

Tutorial signup for this course will be done via the Wattle website. Detailed information about signup times will be provided on Wattle. When tutorials are available for enrolment, follow these steps:

  1. Log on to Wattle, and go to the course site.
  2. Click on the link "Tutorial enrolment".
  3. On the right of the screen, click on the tab "Become Member of ....." for the tutorial class you wish to enter.
  4. Confirm your choice.

If you need to change your enrolment, you will be able to do so by clicking on the tab "Leave group..." and then re-enrol in another group. You will not be able to enrol in groups that have reached their maximum number. Please note that enrolment in ISIS must be finalised for you to have access to Wattle.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Report 15 % 20/03/2020 03/04/2020 1,2,6
Main assignment 25 % 08/05/2020 29/05/2020 2,3,4,5,6
Final Examination 60 % 04/06/2020 02/07/2020 1,2,3,4

* 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:

Assessment Requirements

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. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

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.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 20/03/2020
Return of Assessment: 03/04/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,6


Write a report / advice identifying and advising on the legal issues that arise in the question supporting your advice by reference to the law.

Word limit: 1000 words (10% tolerance either way is acceptable)

Value: 15 marks

Presentation requirements:

  • Correct citation of cases and legislation in accordance with the Australian Guide to Legal Citation
  • Layout/setting out (use of appropriate headings-clarity, ease of reading)
  • Reports are to be word-processed in minimum 12 point font with margins. The use of strict, professional expression is expected.
  • Assignments are to be submitted electronically via Turnitin with an Assessment Cover Sheet included as the front page (available on course website).

Referencing requirements: Referencing is required in accordance with the Australian Guide to Legal Citation. A link will be provided on Wattle and a shorter guide to the most common references will also be provided.

Availability: The report question will be available on Wattle in Week 2.

Estimated return date: Report results and feedback released as set out in the table above.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 08/05/2020
Return of Assessment: 29/05/2020
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4,5,6

Main assignment

Write a paper identifying and advising on the legal issues that arise in the problem question supporting your advice by reference to the law.

Questions should be answered in IRAC style. You should remember to support your propositions by reference to cases and statutes where appropriate.

I – Issue (briefly identify the legal issue(s) in the problem).

R – Rule (briefly signal the rule or relevant law which will help to resolve the issue).

A – Application (apply the law to the facts, look at both sides to the argument, support your argument). This is the most important part!

C – Conclusion (remember to draw your advice to a conclusion, although that advice might be that there is more than one possible answer but the most likely conclusion is x). It is also acceptable to say that you need to know some further facts and if it is x then y would follow but if it is a then b would follow.)

Word limit: 2000 words (10% tolerance either way acceptable)

Value: 25 marks

Presentation requirements:

? Correct citation of cases and legislation in accordance with the Australian Guide to Legal Citation

? Layout/setting out (use of appropriate headings-clarity, ease of reading)

? Reports are to be word-processed in minimum 12 point font with margins. The use of strict, professional expression is expected.

? Assignments are to be submitted electronically via Turnitin with an Assessment Cover Sheet included as the front page (available on course website).

Referencing requirements: Referencing is required in accordance with the Australian Guide to Legal Citation. A link will be provided on Wattle and a shorter guide to the most common references will also be provided.

Availability: The assignment question will be available on Wattle in Week 6.

Estimated return date: Assignment results and feedback released as set out in the table above.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 60 %
Due Date: 04/06/2020
Return of Assessment: 02/07/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Final Examination

Value: 60 marks

Length of exam: The exam will be a 3 hour written exam. Students will also have 30 minutes reading time.

The course includes a formal examination. Students will be advised of the format of the final examination closer to the time (no later than the Week 12 lecture). It is an open book exam. You may take materials into the examination. However, you may not take electronic devices (including electronic dictionaries) into the examination or any other materials which the ANU prohibits in the examination.

Centrally administered examinations through Examinations, Graduations & Prizes will be timetabled prior to the examination period. The due date listed in the assessment summary is the earliest possible date. Please check ANU timetabling for further information. Exam scripts will not be returned. Students may review their exam scripts by appointment during scheduled sessions at the RSA School Office.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to 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 be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, 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 Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

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.

Hardcopy Submission

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). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

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.

Returning Assignments

All assignments will be returned to students via Turnitin. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit ANU Online.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted 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.

Resubmission of Assignments

Students will not be permitted to resubmit assignments. 

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Kurt Stevens

Research Interests

Kurt is a part time lecturer with the Research School of Accounting at the Australian National University. He has taught Business Associations Law, Commercial Law and Taxation Law. Kurt has many years’ experience in legal and policy roles in the public sector, in particular in competition and regulatory law. His academic background is in Law and Economics.

Kurt Stevens

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Kurt Stevens

Research Interests

Kurt Stevens

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