ACCT152-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019

Law and Business

15 points
18 Feb 2019 - 23 Jun 2019


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 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 15:00 - 16:00 E8 Lecture Theatre 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 10:00 - 12:00 E8 Lecture Theatre 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 10:00 - 11:00 Rehua 329 4 Mar - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
02 Monday 11:00 - 12:00 Rehua 329 4 Mar - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
03 Tuesday 11:00 - 12:00 E12 4 Mar - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
04 Tuesday 09:00 - 10:00 E12 4 Mar - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
05 Thursday 09:00 - 10:00 Jack Erskine 244 4 Mar - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
06 Thursday 10:00 - 11:00 Jack Erskine 244 4 Mar - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
07 Tuesday 10:00 - 11:00 E12 4 Mar - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
08 Thursday 13:00 - 14:00 West 214 4 Mar - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
09 Thursday 14:00 - 15:00 West 214 4 Mar - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun

Examination and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 18:30 - 20:30 C1 Lecture Theatre (28/3)
C2 Lecture Theatre (28/3)
25 Mar - 31 Mar

Timetable Note

The Tuesday 11:00 - 12:00 tutorial session is currently unavailable for enrolment.  This session is dependent on student enrolments.

Weekly tutorials will commence in the third 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 
Term Test 40%
Final Examination 60%

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Hubbard, Jeremy , Thomas, Cordelia Mary, Varnham, Sally; Principles of law for New Zealand business students; 5th ed; Pearson, 2013.

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 text for this course.

Course links


Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $806.00

International fee $3,775.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST 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.

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