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LAW2106 Law of Business Organisations

Semester 3, 2011 On-campus Springfield
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business and Law
School or Department : School of Law

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Examiner: Melissa Simpson
Moderator: Mark Byrne


Pre-requisite: LAW1101 (except for students enrolled in one of the following Programs: BLAW or BABL or BBLA or BCLA or BCBL)

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 <//>.


This course is not suitable to be undertaken as an elective under the Bachelor of Laws program.
The objective of this course is to introduce students to the legal principles associated with partnerships, associations, trusts and corporations. In particular, students will be exposed to the Partnership Act and Corporations Act in detail and shall be required to be able to describe all appropriate legal principles dealing with such entities and the internal and external relationships thereof.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. define, analyse, illustrate and apply principles of partnership law
  2. describe, analyse and apply the basic principles of law relating to trusts
  3. identify problem areas of the law affecting unincorporated bodies and the consequences of having incorporated associations
  4. define, illustrate and apply principles of corporations law including those applicable to: the incorporation of companies; relations with third parties; membership; corporate governance meetings; and procedures of companies; finance of companies; external administration of companies
  5. demonstrate problem-solving skills by identifying problem areas of the law affecting partnerships, trusts, incorporated and unincorporated associations and corporations
  6. demonstrate satisfactory written communication skills
  7. demonstrate academic and professional literacy skills by defining, illustrating and applying law principles relating to partnerships, trusts, incorporated and unincorporated bodies and corporations.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Partnerships 10.00
2. Trusts 10.00
3. Associations 5.00
4. Incorporation of companies (background, significance, procedure) 10.00
5. Relations with outsiders 10.00
6. Membership (including shareholders' rights and minority protection) 10.00
7. Corporate governance 15.00
8. Company meetings 10.00
9. Finance 10.00
10. External administration 10.00

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). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

  • 2011, Australian corporations legislation, LexisNexis Butterworths/CCH.
    (Vol 1.)
  • Lipton, P & Herzberg, A 2010, Understanding company law, 15th edn, Lawbook Co, Pyrmont, New South Wales.
    (or latest edition.)
  • Partnership Act 1891 (Qld), Government Printer, Queensland.

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.
  • Austin, RP & Ramsay, IM 2010, Ford's principles of corporations law, 14th edn, LexisNexis Butterworths, Chatswood, New South Wales.
    (or latest edition - also available online in the LexisNexis AU database, accessible from USQ Library website.)
  • Baxt, R, Fletcher, K & Fridman, S 2008, Corporations and associations: cases and materials, 10th edn, LexisNexis, Butterworths, Sydney, New South Wales.
  • Fletcher, KL 1986, The law relating to non-profit associations in Australia and New Zealand, Law Book Co, Sydney, New South Wales.
  • Fletcher, KL 2007, The law of partnership in Australia, 9th edn, Lawbook Co, Pyrmont, New South Wales.
  • Hanrahan, P, Ramsay, I & Stapledon, G, Commercial applications of company law, CCH Australia, North Ryde, New South Wales.
    (latest edition required.)
  • Krever, R 2011, Mastering law studies and law exam techniques, 7th edn, LexisNexis Butterworths, Chatswood, New South Wales.
  • Sievers, AS 2010, Associations and clubs law in Australia and New Zealand, 3rd edn, The Federation Press, Annandale, New South Wales.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 20.00
Lectures 26.00
Private Study 93.00
Tutorials 26.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives assessed Graduate skill Level assessed Notes
ASSIGNMENT 30 30 16 Dec 2011 All U2,U3,U4 2,2,2
EXAMINATION - PART A 20 20 End S3 3,4,5 U2,U3 2,2 (see note 1)
EXAMINATION - PART B 50 50 End S3 3,4,5 U2,U3,U4 2,2,2

  1. The examination is scheduled to be held in the end-of-semester examination period. Students will be advised of the official examination date for Examination (Parts A and B) after the timetable has been finalised. The total working time for Examination (Parts A and B) is 2 hours.

Graduate qualities and skills

Elements of the following USQ Graduate Skills are associated with the sucessful completion of this course.
Problem solving (U2)Intermediate (Level 2)
Academic, professional and digital literacy (U3)Intermediate (Level 2)
Written and oral communication (U4)Intermediate (Level 2)

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

Assessment notes

  1. Assignments: (i) The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must submit the assignment to the USQ. (ii) Students must retain a copy of each assignment submitted for assessment. This must be produced within 24 hours if required by the examiner. (iii) In accordance with university policy, the examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances. (iv) Assignments are to be submitted with the appropriate assignment cover. (v) The examiner will normally only accept assessments that have been written, typed or printed on paper-based media. (vi) In the event that a due date for an assignment falls on a local public holiday in their area, such as a show holiday, the due date for the assignment will be the next day. Students are to note on the assignment cover the date of the public holiday for the examiner's convenience.

  2. Course weightings: Course weightings of topics should not be interpreted as applying to the number of marks allocated to questions testing those topics in an examination paper. The examination may test material already tested in assignments.

  3. Referencing in assignments: Students studying this course as part of a Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor must use the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC) style. Students who are not enrolled in either of these programs may use either Harvard (AGPS) or the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC) 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 <//>, or contact the Law librarian. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at <//>.

  4. Deferred work: Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded: IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination); IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

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 <//>.