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LEGL101 Introduction to Business Law: Legal Frameworks for Businesses

Teaching organisation

150 hours over a twelve-week semester or equivalent study period

Unit rationale, description and aim

This unit covers the law regulating corporations within Australia. Students will learn the relevant rules duties and law that governs corporations and directors. The aim of the unit is to teach students relevant problem-solving skills, to analyse relevant legal problems in context and to develop persuasive and coherent arguments. This technique is of general application to working with law and so will benefit students in their later professional lives, and help put company law into proper perspective.

Learning outcomes

To successfully complete this unit you will be able to demonstrate you have achieved the learning outcomes (LO) detailed in the below table.

Each outcome is informed by a number of graduate capabilities (GC) to ensure your work in this, and every unit, is part of a larger goal of graduating from ACU with the attributes of insight, empathy, imagination and impact.

Explore the graduate capabilities.

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

LO1 - Explain the legal issues that impact business organisations and sustainable value for business and society at large, considering an inclusive and sustainable global economy (GA3, GA5)

LO2 - Discuss the interaction between common law and statute law (GA4, GA5)

LO3 - Explain the current status of corporations’ law within Australia (GA5)

LO4 - Analyse legal problems in a business context and commercial setting (GA5, GA8)

Graduate attributes

GA3 - Apply ethical perspectives in informed decision making

GA4 - Think critically and reflectively

GA5 - Demonstrate values, knowledge, skills and attitudes appropriate to the discipline and/or profession

GA8 - Locate, organise, analyse, synthesise and evaluate information


Topics will include: 

  • Legal capacity, legal personality, professional responsibility, general duty of care
  • Characteristics of a Company
  • Partnerships, joint ventures, trading trusts
  • Co-operatives and other legal entities
  • The Company Constitution
  • Company’s Relations with Outsiders
  • Share Capital, Membership and Dividends
  • Directors and Corporate Governance
  • Directors’ Duties: Good Faith
  • Directors’ Duties: Duty of Care, Skill & Diligence
  • Directors’ Duties & Conflicts of Interest
  • Members’ Meetings and Members’ remedies
  • Liquidation

Learning and teaching strategy and rationale

Mode of delivery:

The unit will be offered in different modes, namely “Attendance” mode “Blended” mode and “Online” mode.

Attendance Mode

Lectures, tutorials and/or workshops will require face-to-face attendance on campus. Learning and teaching strategies will include lectures being used to introduce and explore concepts and issues. Tutorials and workshops will enhance understanding and develop skills. They will involve guided discussion, demonstration problems and case studies.

Blended Mode

In the blended mode, the unit will involve a mix of face-to-face and online delivery. The blended mode of delivery provides for flexible learning including recorded lectures and assessments delivered online.

ACU Online

This unit uses an active learning approach to support students in the exploration of knowledge essential to the discipline. Students are provided with choice and variety in how they learn. Students are encouraged to contribute to asynchronous weekly discussions. Active learning opportunities provide students with opportunities to practice and apply their learning in situations similar to their future professions. Activities encourage students to bring their own examples to demonstrate understanding, application and engage constructively with their peers. Students receive regular and timely feedback on their learning, which includes information on their progress.

Assessment strategy and rationale

A range of assessment procedures will be used to meet the unit learning outcomes and develop graduate attributes consistent with University assessment requirements. Such procedures may include, but are not limited to: essays, reports, online quizzes, examinations, student presentations, tutorial participation and engagement or case studies.

Overview of assessments

Attendance and Blended Mode;

Brief Description of Kind and Purpose of Assessment TasksWeightingLearning OutcomesGraduate Attributes

Assessment Task 1: Case Study Moot Presentation or alternatively Tutorial Participation & Engagement

This assessment task consists of a 15-20 minute oral presentation and a 500 word written submission. Students undertake both a written and verbal presentation which analyses a given legal problem. Students are expected to undertake legal research and to develop a coherent and well-reasoned legal argument that is both persuasive and articulate. Alternatively, students will be assessed on active participation and engagement within tutorials, attempting problems and answering questions.

Submission type:  Individual & Group

Assessment Method: Case Study Moot Presentation / or Tutorial Participation and Engagement

Artefact: Presentation notes / written notes / verbal participation and engagement


LO2, LO4

GA4, GA5, GA8

Assessment Task 2: Individual Research Report  or alternatively an Online Quiz

This assessment task consists of a 1000-1250 word written report. This task requires students to demonstrate the ability to research an area of business law and to provide written advice that is supported by relevant legal principles. Alternatively, an online quiz consisting of multiple choice answers and true/false responses will be administered.

Submission type: Individual

Assessment Method:  Research Report  or Online Quiz

Artefact: Written report  or Online Quiz



GA3, GA5

Assessment Task 3: Exam 

This assessment task consists of a 2-hour final exam. This task requires students to demonstrate their knowledge of topics covered within the unit. 

Submission type: Individual

Assessment Method: Exam

Artefact: Exam paper with responses


LO3, LO4

GA5, GA8

ACU Online

Brief Description of Kind and Purpose of Assessment TasksWeightingLearning OutcomesGraduate Attributes

Assessment Task 1: Online tutorial/workshop participation & engagement

Students will be assessed on active participation and engagement within tutorials or workshops attempting problems and answering questions within an online environment, including online discussion boards.

Submission type: Individual & Group

Assessment Method: Online Tutorial/Workshop Participation & Engagement

Artefact: Presentation l participation and engagement within an online environment.


LO2, LO4

GA4, GA5, GA8

Assessment Task 2: Online Research Report or alternatively an Online Quiz.

This assessment task consists of a 1000-word written report. The task requires students to demonstrate the ability to research an area of business law and to provide written advice that is supported by relevant legal principles and submitted by students via ACU Online.  Alternatively, an online quiz consisting of multiple-choice answers and true/false responses that will be administered via ACU Online.

Submission type: Individual

Assessment Method: Online Research Report/Online Quiz

Artefact: Online Research Report or Online Quiz



GA3, GA5

Assessment Task 3: Online Exam

This assessment task consists of a 2-hour final exam delivered and uploaded via ACU Online.

Submission type: Individual

Assessment Method: Exam

Artefact: Online Exam


LO3, LO4

GA5, GA8

Representative texts and references

Harris J, Hargovan A, Adams M, Australian Corporate Law, 6th Edition, Lexis Nexis Australia, 2018.

Harris J., Corporations Law – Butterworths Questions and Answers series, 4th ed., Lexis Nexis Butterworths, 2013.

Hanrahan, Ramsay & Stapledon, Commercial Applications of Company Law, 19th Edition, OUP, 2018.

Lipton, Herzberg, Welch, Understanding Company Law, 19th Edition, 2018 Thompson Reuters, NSW.

Commonwealth legislation

Federal Acts and Regulations


Federal, State and Territory court decisions, Acts and Regulations


Coverage of cases and articles on legal subject areas

High Court

High Court decisions 


Australian Securities and Investments Commission


Australian Securities Exchange

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