ACCT256-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024

Law of Business Organisations

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2024
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 28 July 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 29 September 2024


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 partnerships and an introduction to the basic principles of insolvency and corporate governance. 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. At the end of the course, students should have a broad knowledge and understanding of fundamental issues underlying the law of business organisations, corporate insolvency and corporate governance.

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

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 16:00 - 17:00 A2 Lecture Theatre
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 12:00 - 13:00 A2 Lecture Theatre
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 15:00 - 16:00 Jack Erskine 235
22 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
02 Thursday 11:00 - 12:00 Jack Erskine 235
22 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
03 Wednesday 14:00 - 15:00 Jack Erskine 235
22 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
04 Thursday 12:00 - 13:00 Jack Erskine 111
22 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
05 Friday 11:00 - 12:00 Ernest Rutherford 460
22 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
06 Thursday 10:00 - 11:00 Psychology - Sociology 210
22 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
07 Friday 10:00 - 11:00 Ernest Rutherford 260
22 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct

Course Coordinator

For further information see Department of Accounting and Information Systems Head of Department


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Quizzes 10%
Term Test 35%
Final Exam 55%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

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

Students should have a copy of the Companies Act 1993, the Partnership Law Act 2019, the Limited Partnerships Act 2008 and the Receiverships Act 1993.

NOTE:  You must have a copy of the Acts as they will be used in lectures and tutorials. The relevant parts of the Acts will be provided to you in the Term Test and the Final Examination.

Course links


Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $893.00

International fee $4,663.00

* 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 .

All ACCT256 Occurrences

  • ACCT256-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024