BTF5501 - Corporations law - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Business Law and Taxation

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Tabatha Pettitt (First semester)
Professor Vince Morabito (Second semester)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (Evening)
  • Second semester 2019 (Evening)


If students are enrolled in course B6002 there are no prerequisites.

Students enrolled in all other courses must have passed BTF5903.


The two most common business structures in Australia are corporations and trusts. This unit is aimed at students seeking to work as business advisors because it will provide them with a strong understanding of the laws that govern the operation of corporations and trusts in Australia. In particular, students undertaking this unit will learn about the characteristics of corporations and trusts in Australian society, as well as the roles, responsibilities and duties of their owners and operators. Students will also obtain an understanding of how ASIC regulates the operation of Australian corporations.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. understand the significance and functions of corporations and trusts in Australian society so that they may advise business clients about the most appropriate structure for their business
  2. identify, understand and explain to their clients the applicable Australian laws governing the establishment and operation of corporations and trusts
  3. develop the ability to undertake research as well as the skills to analyse and resolve disputes relating to corporations and trusts by applying the relevant Australian laws in order to reach a final outcome.


Within semester assessment: 50% + Examination: 50%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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