ACCT152-18S1 (C) Semester One 2018

Law and Business

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2018
End Date: Sunday, 24 June 2018
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 2 March 2018
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 18 May 2018


An introduction to the legal environment of business in New Zealand including the Treaty of Waitangi and the Bill of Rights, and concepts of contract, tort, trusts, property and law of principal and agent.

The course operates on two levels. The first level is concerned with facts. By the end of the course, you should be familiar with the legal structures and rules which control and direct society and business in New Zealand. The second level is concerned with skills. By the end of the course, you should be able to apply legal rules and principles to problems, supporting your conclusions by reference to case law and/or legislation. You should also be able to discuss the general implications of various cases.

Learning Outcomes

  • Having engaged in learning during the course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the legal rules applying in a number of core substantive business areas, and account for their evolution. Students should be able to distinguish between common law and equity. They should also be able to classify, distinguish and use appropriate legal terminology.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the theory of separation of powers and governmental accountability.  
  • Demonstrate an ability to describe how an Act of Parliament is passed and to read such an Act of Parliament.
  • Describe the fundamental rights which apply in New Zealand and to apply these fundamental rights to the business environment.
  • Demonstrate the unique significance of the Treaty of Waitangi for New Zealand businesses.  
  • Explain the hierarchical structure of the courts.
  • Find, read and extract legal principles from case law.
  • Present legal knowledge accurately, and construct well-reasoned, well-supported arguments, using the correct forms of referencing and demonstrate a working understanding of the specific terminology operating in this field.
  • Demonstrate the ability to discuss independently a current question of business law, thus demonstrating the ability to link detailed knowledge of legal rules with the ability to situate this within the wider economic context.
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop accurately a suitable solution for a problem question, thus demonstrating the ability to apply detailed knowledge of the legal rules to a specific problem and to present the solution adequately.
  • Explain the key features and purpose of contract law.

    This course is open to all students who have been admitted to the university:  there are no pre-requisites.
    • 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.


ACIS152, AFIS151, AFIS152

Timetable Note

Weekly tutorials will commence in the second week of the course.  You MUST attend the tutorial group you enrolled for.  Attendance at tutorials is compulsory.

Course Coordinator

Ronan Feehily


Brigid Simmons and Raymond Tiong

While Dr Ronan Feehily is the Course Supervisor and will respond to general course related queries, all queries relating to course material (including material covered in lectures and tutorials) should be directed to the lecturers and tutors (contact details above).


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Tutorial Participation 10%
Term Test 40%
Final Examination 50%

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Hubbard, Jeremy,1946- , Thomas, Cordelia Mary, Varnham, Sally; Principles of law for New Zealand business students ; 5th ed; Pearson, 2013 (Recommended/Reference Text).

Scragg, Richard J; The principles of legal method in New Zealand ; 2nd ed; Oxford University Press, 2009.

Sims, Alexandra , Watson, Susan; Law for business ;

Webb, Duncan et al; The New Zealand legal system : structures and processes ; 5th ed; LexisNexis, 2010.

There is no required textbook

Course links


Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $790.00

International fee $3,600.00

* 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 on the department and colleges page .

All ACCT152 Occurrences

  • ACCT152-18S1 (C) Semester One 2018