ACCT256-22S2 (C) Semester Two 2022

Law of Business Organisations

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 18 July 2022
End Date: Sunday, 13 November 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 31 July 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 2 October 2022


This course considers aspects of the law relating to companies, partnerships and other trading structures and provides an introduction to personal and corporate insolvency law.

This course intends to provide a basic framework of the law underlying the formation and practice of various business structures including companies, joint ventures and partnership and an introduction to the basic principles of individual insolvency.  With the diverse and complex nature of these areas of law, the course focuses on important principles rather than the detail. It is not intended to be a course for law students but for accountancy students requiring an overview of the law of various organisations.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course it is expected that the student will be able to:

1. Acquire knowledge and understanding of the foundation elements of the law relating to business structures and insolvency.
2. Demonstrate the ability to use analytical thinking and problem-solving skills to address problems in these areas.
3. Communicate effectively both orally and in written form.
4.   Develop an appreciation of the importance of these areas of law in a professional environment.
5. Critically evaluate particular areas of the present law and consider whether reform is desirable.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Biculturally competent and confident

Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.



AFIS253, ACIS256, AFIS256, LAWS305, LAWS312

Course Coordinator

Ronan Feehily


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Term Test 40%
Final Exam 60%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Barrett, Jonathan , Feehily, Ronan; Understanding company law ; Fourth edition; LexisNexis NZ Limited, 2019.

Recommended Reading

Beck, Andrew. , CCH New Zealand Limited; Guidebook to New Zealand companies and securities law ; Ed. 8; CCH New Zealand, 2010.

Graw, Stephen; An outline of the law of partnership ; 4th ed; Thomson Reuters (Professional) Australia Limited, 2011.

Watson, Susan; The law of business organisations ; 5th ed; Palatine Press, 2009.

Course links


Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $845.00

International fee $4,313.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Department of Accounting and Information Systems .

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  • ACCT256-22S2 (C) Semester Two 2022