• Class Number 2268
  • Term Code 3230
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • AsPr Keturah Whitford
    • AsPr Keturah Whitford
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 21/02/2022
  • Class End Date 27/05/2022
  • Census Date 31/03/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 28/02/2022
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:

  1. apply your knowledge 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 rather than only viewing a situation from a commercial viewpoint and also know how to apply this to influence and inform decision making
  3. identify legal issues amongst factual issues
  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

Research-Led Teaching

This course introduces students to the law applicable to companies. There is an emphasis on current events in corporate law and students will be referred to appropriate journal articles to enhance their understanding of the core topics and to enhance discussion of current corporate legal events.

Examination Material or equipment

The examination is open book and conducted via wattle. You will need access to a computer connected to the internet and Word in order to be able to type and submit your answers.

Required Resources

Prescribed Text

Hanrahan P, Ramsay, I and Stapledon G, Commercial Applications of Company Law, 23rd edition Oxford University Press, 2022.

Students are expected to have access to a copy of the prescribed book for the duration of the semester. A few copies of the text will be made available for 2 hour loan in the reserve loan section of the Law Library. An ebook version of the text will also made available. Details will be placed on Wattle in due course.

Recommended reading (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, 10th edition, LexisNexis 2021.

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

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

Fitzpatrick J, Symes C, Veljanovski A and Parker D, Business and Corporations Law, 4th edition LexisNexis, 2019.

Gooley J, Russell D, Dicker M and Zammit M, Corporations and Associations Law: Principles and Issues, 7th edition, LexisNexis, 2020.

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.

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

LexisNexis Concise Australian Legal Dictionary, 6th edition, LexisNexis 2020.

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 Reuters 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.

Web sites

The Australasian Legal Information Institute http://www.austlii.edu.au/ - this site contains on-line Australian case law and statutes. 

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission http://www.asic.gov.au/asic/asic.nsf

The Australian Securities Exchange http://asx.com.au/

Useful legal databases which can be accessed via the ANU library site include:

Lexis Advance – for cases and journal articles – also provides access to the Encyclopaedic Australian Legal Dictionary online.

FirstPoint (Legal online) – for cases and journal articles

HeinOnline – for journal articles (this service has a large number of Australian journals)

Westlaw AU – for journal articles

Staff Feedback

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

  • verbal feedback in tutorials as part of tutorial discussion
  • individual written feedback for the news report and problem paper
  • written feedback to the whole class on the news report and the problem paper
  • individual verbal feedback from tutors in consultation time

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 Forums on the Wattle Course Website

Email and the Wattle course website are the preferred ways of communication. Student forums are set up on Wattle for each topic and can be viewed by all enrolled students and teaching staff. Students are encouraged to post any questions they have in the appropriate forum.

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 Readings: Text Chapters 1 and 2
2 Legal nature of companies and business planning Readings: Text Chapters 3 and 4
3 Constituting companies and managing companies Readings: Text Chapters 5 and 6
4 Member decision making and members’ meetings Readings: Text Chapters 7 and 8
5 Restrictions on member decision making and company directors and officers Readings: Text Chapters 9 and 10 News report due 22 March
6 Directors’ Duties 1 and 2 Readings: Text Chapters 11 and 12 News report returned 1 April
7 Directors’ Duties 3 and 4 Readings: Text Chapters 13 and 14
8 Consequences of breach and members’ remedies Readings: Text Chapters 15 and 16
9 Reporting and disclosure and financing companies Readings: Text Chapters 17 and 18 Problem paper due 4 May
10 Shares and shareholding, securities and market misconduct Readings: Text Chapters 19, 20 and beginning of 21
11 Takeovers and transacting by companies Readings: Text Chapters 21 (last part) and 23 Problem paper returned 21 May
12 External administration and winding up Readings: Text Chapters 24 and 25

Tutorial Registration

Please see Wattle for tutors’ information.

Tutorials will be available face-to-face or through live Zoom class. Enrolment for the various options, and times of the classes will be made available on Wattle. You should check Wattle from O-Week for information regarding tutorial enrolment.

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
News Report 20 % 22/03/2022 01/04/2022 1, 2, 3 ,4, 5
Problem Paper 20 % 04/05/2022 23/05/2020 1, 2 ,3, 4, 5
Final examination 60 % 02/06/2022 30/06/2022 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

* 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 Academic Integrity . 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.


Course delivery: on-campus lecture (recording on Echo360) and weekly tutorials delivered in hybrid format (on-campus and live Zoom sessions). Please check Wattle for details closer to the start of semester.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 22/03/2022
Return of Assessment: 01/04/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3 ,4, 5

News Report

Value or Weighting: 20%

Marks: 100

Suggested Length: 1200 words (10% tolerance either way acceptable)

Submission of this assessment task is via Turnitin.

Instructions: Select an Australian news item of your choice or from those news articles that will be uploaded to Wattle. The news item needs to be Australian, about Australian corporate law. Do not choose a news item that is about corporate law in an overseas jurisdiction and do not choose a news article which is about a company but the legal issue relates to commercial law rather than company law. An example of a news report will be posted to wattle. The news source can be hard copy or online but it needs to be from a news source eg ABC, Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Financial Review, not a firm of solicitors or ASIC. You need to include the link (as long as it is free access) or a scan of the article with your submission.

Write a paper:

Briefly summarise the article and discuss its significance or relevance for corporate law. Ensure that you put your discussion in a legal context

Purpose: The aim is for you to engage with current affairs and understand the corporate law surrounding a current event. This will assist you to develop the skills necessary for identifying corporate law issues in a professional context through learning from a recent corporate experience with the law.

Marking Criteria:


Correct syntax, grammar and spelling

Clarity of thought and expression

Coherent and logical structure

Demonstrated understanding of the law, analysis & discussion

The paper identifies the aspect/s of corporate law relevant to the news item

The paper shows an understanding of how the corporate law operates in practice

Discusses and analyses relevant arguments

Does not wander

Comes to some kind of conclusion


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)

Referencing: Australian Guide to Legal Citation


A shorter guide is available here https://libguides.library.usyd.edu.au/c.php?g=508212&p=3476376

Information and further links can be accessed via the Academic Study Skills web page.


Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 04/05/2022
Return of Assessment: 23/05/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2 ,3, 4, 5

Problem Paper

Value or Weighting: 20%

Marks: 100

Suggested Length: 1200 words (10% tolerance either way acceptable)

Submission of this assessment task is via Turnitin.


The question 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 - the most important part (apply the law to the facts, look at both sides to the argument, support your argument.)

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.)

Purpose: The aim of this problem paper is to develop your legal reasoning and analysis skills through considering a set of facts and identifying and advising regarding the legal issues that arise. It will assist you to develop confidence and insight with legal problem solving. It will also allow you to practise your skills in writing a persuasive legal argument and synthesising your learning in a few areas of corporate law.

Marking Criteria:


Correct syntax, grammar and spelling

Clarity of thought and expression

Demonstrated knowledge of the law

Answer reflects a good knowledge of the relevant legislation and relevant case law - an understanding of their scope and operation

Analytical skills (legal problem solving technique)

Ability to determine the legally relevant or "material" facts and the applicable legal rules:

Ability to identify the legal issues raised by the relevant facts, ie the questions in dispute;

Applying the law to the relevant facts (do the facts fit the legal rules?);

Reaching a conclusion and expressing it ("In my view...."   "I consider, on the basis of the facts provided, that...."). If the legislation is open to more than one interpretation your task is to say so and to decide which one should be considered of greater weight and to state why.


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)

Referencing: Australian Guide to Legal Citation


A shorter guide is available here https://libguides.library.usyd.edu.au/c.php?g=508212&p=3476376

Information and further links can be accessed via the Academic Study Skills web page.


Assessment Task 3

Value: 60 %
Due Date: 02/06/2022
Return of Assessment: 30/06/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Final examination

The final examination is a 3 hour open-book exam conducted via the wattle web site and submitted via turnitin. The final exam is worth 60%.

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. Information regarding exam script viewing will be provided in due course.

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

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working 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

Assignments and marks will be returned via turnitin on the wattle web site.

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

There is no option to resubmit.

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).

AsPr Keturah Whitford

Research Interests

business law, company law

AsPr Keturah Whitford

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