LAW3112 - Corporations law - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Chief examiner(s)

Semester 1 : Associate Professor Normann Witzleb
Semester 2 : Dr Weiping He

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


For students who commenced their LLB (Hons) course in 2015 or later:

LAW1111; LAW1114; LAW1112; LAW1113; LAW2101; LAW2102; LAW2112; LAW2111

For students who commenced their LLB course prior to 2015:

LAW1100 OR LAW1101 and LAW1102 or LAW1104; LAW2102


The unit critically examines the body of legal rules that govern the formation, management, financing and winding up of Australian corporations. Specific topics include: choice of the corporate business form, formation and characteristics of a corporation, the corporate constitution, corporate finance, share structure and membership, constitution and powers of the corporate organisation (board and general meeting), corporate authority, governance of the corporation, directors' duties, shareholders' remedies, administration and winding up of the corporation.


At the successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. critically evaluate the law relating to corporations in a broader regulatory, social or economic context;
  2. demonstrate the intellectual and practical skills needed to interpret legal conclusions and professional decisions ;
  3. identify, research, synthesise and evaluate relevant legal, factual and policy issues, including interpreting and applying relevant provisions of the Corporations Act;
  4. demonstrate cognitive and creative skills in approaching legal issues and generating appropriate responses and developing new understandings;
  5. engage in critical analysis and make reasoned and appropriate choices among alternatives; and
  6. communicate effectively and persuasively to specified audiences.


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 30 minutes.

  1. Tutorial attendance and participation requirement (Hurdle requirement, with no marks allocated to it. Failure to satisfy the requirement will result in a zero mark for task 2).
  2. Written assignment, 2000 words: 40%
  3. Final examination (2 hours and 30 minutes): 60%

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. 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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