SPECIAL NOTE: Compulsory unit. Semester 1 offering is restricted to students transferring onshore from KDU Malaysia in semester 2, 2013.
Key Semester Dates
Final WW Date*
* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see Withdrawal dates explained for more information).
Unit census dates currently displaying for 2014 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2014 will be available from the 1st October 2013.
The corporation has huge economic and legal significance. Given this significance, an understanding of the role of the corporation in society and its relationship to the community, shareholders, creditors, the regulator, and other stakeholders is critical. The unit outlines the various forms of business organisation: the sole trader, partnership, joint venture, association and corporation in order to gain: an understanding of the differences between each form of business organisation, their respective advantages and disadvantages, and the importance of the separate entity doctrine; an appreciation of the legislative and common law regime that governs each form of business; a broad understanding of the mechanics involved in the creation, management and dissolution of each type of entity as well as the methods of financing the corporation; and to serve as an introduction to commercial units. Specific topics analysed include business ethics; the origins of corporate law; the theoretical framework of the corporation; the separate entity doctrine; the formation, promotion and establishment of the corporate entity; corporate governance rules and policies - both domestically and internationally; the relationship between the board of directors and members, meeting procedure, directors' duties; accounting and auditing procedures, member remedies, corporate capacity, equity and debt finance, corporate reorganisation and receivership, schemes of arrangement, voluntary administration and winding up. In the discussion of each type of organisation, the concept and nature of that form are analysed and the legal problems that flow from the adoption of that structure are considered.
ASSESSMENT: Tutorial Papers (30%); Final Examination (70%).
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