Legal Issues for Accountants

Subject ACCT90015 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: One 3-hour seminars per week
Total Time Commitment:

Estimated total time commitment of 120 hours per semester





Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

Topics include the general legal framework as it relates to the business environment; the basic law of contract; the responsibilities and risks that arise in business, with a particular emphasis on the law relating to corporate entities; the Australian corporate law framework as legislated; and the application of corporate law to the business environment.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Identify the legal issues which commonly present themselves in relation to the operations of business, including those that involve companies;
  • Analyse the scope and implications of the obligations that arise under the law of contract and the law of negligence; and
  • Apply the principal statutory provisions and case law in relation to Australian companies.
  • 3000 word assignment due late in semester (30%)
  • 3-hour open book end-of-semester examination (70%)
Prescribed Texts:

You will be advised of prescribed texts by your lecturer.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On successful completion of this subject, students should have improved the following generic skills:

  • Oral and written communication specific to legal issues arising out of accounting practice.
Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting
Master of Accounting
Master of Accounting
Master of Applied Commerce (Accounting)
Master of Applied Commerce (Business Analysis and Systems)
Master of Management (Accounting)
Master of Management (Accounting)

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