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LAW5607 Advanced Company Law

Semester 1, 2013 On-campus Springfield
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business and Law
School or Department : School of Law
Version produced : 24 April 2014

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Staffing

Examiner: James Mayanja
Moderator: Anton La Vin

Requisites

Pre-requisite: LAW5705

Other requisites

Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/support/computing/hardware.

Rationale

This is a core course in the Juris Doctor and is mandated by the Legal Practitionersí Admission Board, Queensland, being a prescribed area of legal knowledge for legal practice. The course provides students with opportunities to learn company law and develop their skills in problem solving and statutory interpretation.

Synopsis

Companies are the business form of choice which dominate the commercial landscape. The variety, size and structure of companies varies greatly. The object of this course is to provide students with an overview of the major principles and mechanisms of company law. On completion of this course, students will have sufficient legal information concerning choice of the corporate business form, including formation and characteristics of a company; the corporate constitution; corporate finance, share structure and membership; constitution and powers of corporate organs (board and general meeting); corporate authority; corporate governance including directors' duties; shareholders' remedies; and administration and winding up of the company.

Objectives

On successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  1. define, describe, analyse, illustrate and apply key concepts and principles of company law
  2. describe and analyse legislation and policy in the core areas of company law
  3. identify and assess important issues of company law when they arise in hypothetical situations
  4. critically assess the impact of the concepts, principles, legislation and policy in the core areas of company law and the social and economic context in which they operate
  5. apply the concepts, principles, legislation and policy in the core areas of company law to new situations, including those brought about by changes in communication technology
  6. conduct independent research in the core areas of company law
  7. demonstrate satisfactory communication skills.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Choice of the corporate business form, development of Australian company law and current regulation, incorporation process, characteristics of a company, the company as a separate entity, piercing the corporate veil, obligations of promoters, liability for pre-registration contracts 15.00
2. The corporate constitution 10.00
3. Corporate governance, duties of directors and officers 20.00
4. Membersí remedies 10.00
5. Corporate finance 10.00
6. Fundraising 10.00
7. Meetings, reporting 10.00
8. Corporate insolvency 15.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/bookweb/subject.cgi?year=2013&sem=01&subject1=LAW5607)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/contact/)

  • Austin, RP & Ramsay, IM, Ford's principles of corporations law, LexisNexis Butterworths, Sydney, New South Wales.
    (latest edition is required - also available electronically in LexisNexis AU database accessible via USQ Library website.)
  • Baxt, R, Fletcher, K & Fridman, S, Corporations and associations: cases and materials, LexisNexis Butterworths, Chatswood, New South Wales.
    (latest edition is required.)
  • Australian Corporations Legislation, LexisNexis Butterworths, Sydney (OR CCH, Sydney (latest edition is required).

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Lipton, P, Herzberg, A & Welsh, M, Understanding company law, Lawbook Co, Pyrmont, New South Wales.
    (latest edition is required.)
  • CCH IntelliConnect [electronic database]: Company, Corporate and Securities Law Library (Accessible via USQ Library Databases).
  • LexisNexis AU [electronic database]: Australian Corporation Law Legislation, Australian Corporation and Securities Reports, Australian Journal of Corporate Law, Butterworths Corporation Law Bulletin, Fordís Principles of Corporations Law and Financial Services (Accessible via USQ Library Databases).

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 40.00
Directed Study 50.00
Lectures and Tutorials 39.00
Private Study 36.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
PROBLEM QUESTIONS - STUDY DESK 0 0 22 Mar 2013
ASSIGN (PROBLEM SOLVING/ESSAY) 40 40 26 Apr 2013
2-HOUR EXAMINATION 60 60 End S1 (see note 1)

NOTES
  1. The examination is scheduled to be held in the end-of-semester examination period. Students will be advised of the official examination date after the timetable has been finalised.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without prior approval of the examiner, then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    This will be an open examination. Candidates may have access to any printed or written material and a calculator during the examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in assignments: Students studying this course as part of the Juris Doctor must use the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC) style. Students who are not enrolled in the Juris Doctor may use either Harvard (AGPS) or the AGLC style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. For AGLC style guide enquiries, consult the AGLC manual from the USQ Library's referencing guide at http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing, or contact the Law librarian. The AGPS style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing.

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access: Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/support/computing/hardware.