LAWS332-17S1 (C) Semester One 2017

Commercial Law II: Personal Property Security and Credit

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2017
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2017
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 3 March 2017
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 19 May 2017


The course involves a detailed study of the law relating to personal securities, as well as associated topics such as credit contracts.

Personal Property Securities & Credit covers two major areas of commercial law. Credits are an important part of our economy and as such frequently used. However, lenders face the risk that the borrower will not or cannot repay their credits. They therefore frequently secure their loans against some or all of the borrowers personal property. This course explores the rules around both credits and personal property securities and how these concepts interact. It also takes a critical view on whether consumers are adequately protected and whether future reform is desirable.

As the course coordinator, it is important to me that I can successfully stimulate your interest in this field. Personal property securities and credit contracts are very important areas if you want to work in a commercial law firm, and it is much easier for you to learn and understand the topics if you are interested in them.

To this end, I strive to demonstrate the relevance of these areas of law through every-day examples. I also conduct the lectures in an interactive manner and keep you involved in the teaching and learning process. The assessments of the course are geared towards your future role in a commercial law firm.

Learning Outcomes

  • This course will enable you to:

  •  acquire knowledge and understanding of selected principles of the law governing credit contracts and security interests over personal property;
  •  understand and apply those principles to particular situations;
  •  consider critically issues of principle and policy raised by the present law and its operation and practice and consequently, whether reform is desirable; and
  •  further develop skills in legal analysis and reasoning.


(i) LAWS101; and (ii) LAWS110




Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Sascha Mueller


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Essay 08 May 2017 35%
Online Quizzes (6 in total) 15%
Final Examination 50%

The assessment will be confirmed in the first week of lectures.

Textbooks / Resources

There are recommended readings for each segment of the course and students will be informed of these during the course.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $775.00

International fee $3,525.00

* 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 Faculty of Law .

All LAWS332 Occurrences

  • LAWS332-17S1 (C) Semester One 2017