LAWS20059 - Corporations and Business Structures

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will provide you with a comprehensive study of the law of business structures, with a particular focus on company and securities industry law. Topics include partnerships, trusts and other organisational structures, the effects of incorporation, the corporate constitution, registration requirements, prospectuses and share issues, administration of companies, raising finance, directors, shareholders, meetings, external administration and winding up, takeovers, special types of companies, and market regulation. If you have successfully completed the unit LAWS20029 you should not enrol in this unit.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level Not Applicable
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: LAWS20058

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2019

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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Presentation and Written Assessment 40%
2. Examination 60%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 65.59% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Emails, student evaluations
Students often seek guidance on how to formulate written answers to exam questions, including questions that are not in the problem style.
The problem-solving podcasts can be updated to a video format incorporating non-problem questions and questions similar to those found in exams.
Action Taken
Videos have been added to the unit. However, due to strong positive feedback from tutors and students about the podcasts, the podcasts have been retained in addition to the videos.
Source: Tutors and observation of performance in assessments.
Students continue to struggle with writing longer answers to questions, despite the inclusion of written exercises in workshops. Students rely too heavily on copying set answers rather than generating their own solutions.
Tutors should be instructed to emphasise the writing of substantial answers in class. More videos should be added to the Moodle site to teach solution methods.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Research and advise on the principles of partnerships, trusts and company law
  2. Advise on the practical and legal features of the various types of corporate and non-corporate business structures, including advice on the risks and problems associated with particular structures
  3. Advise on and resolve problems and disputes arising out of partnerships, trusts and corporations
  4. Advise on proper practices of corporate governance, finance, reporting and record-keeping.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Presentation and Written Assessment
2 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Presentation and Written Assessment
2 - Examination