Company Law

University of Reading

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Company Law

  • Host University

    University of Reading

  • Location

    Reading, England

  • Area of Study

    Pre-Law

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

    10
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    6
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    8
  • Overview

    Module Provider: School of Law
    Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
    Level:6
    Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
    Pre-requisites:
    Non-modular pre-requisites:
    Co-requisites:
    Modules excluded:
    Module version for: 2014/5
    Module Convenor: Dr Laura Bennett
    Email: l.j.bennett@reading.ac.uk
    Summary module description:
    Aims:
    This module aims to introduce students to the fundamental principles of company law through engagement with caselaw, legislation, business considerations, and economic and public policy. It aims to equip students to use economic reasoning to analyse corporate law; and to address basic financial concepts. The module also addresses some issues of theory relevant to corporate law including regulatory policy and corporate social responsibility.
    Assessable learning outcomes:
    Students who pass this module will
    - be able to demonstrate knowledge of the formation and operation of companies in the UK.
    - be able to explain key principles underlying the UK system of company law.
    - acquire a critical understanding of regulatory policy as regards companies
    - be able to apply precedents and statutory provisions to fact-based scenarios so as to reach clear and supportable conclusions.
    Additional outcomes:
    - This module will encourage the use of simple numeracy skills in problem solving.
    - This module enhances a student?s ability to use technical and complex material.
    - This module encourages group inter-action through group-working.
    Outline content:
    1. The Company?s constitution
    2. Company formation
    3. Financial structure
    4. Corporate decision making
    5. Director?s duties
    6. Remedies & Disclosure
    7. Corporate collapse
    8. Raising capital
    9. Corporate Regulation
    10. Corporate Social Responsibility
    Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
    Lectures and tutorials. Students have to read asigned material prior to attending lectures and come prepared for discussions in class. The module will require robust participation in class and it is expected that students will have read all materials thoroughly. There may be occasional participation from legal and financial experts. At least one tutorial will require group working (non-assessed).
    Contact hours:
    Autumn Spring
    Lectures 20 5
    Seminars 3 2
    Guided independent study 77 93
    Total hours by term 100.00 100.00
    Total hours for module 200.00
    Summative Assessment Methods:
    Method Percentage
    Written exam 70
    Written assignment including essay 30
    Other information on summative assessment:
    1 summative essay of not more than 6 pages formatted in accordance with the School of Law?s Assessed Work Rules submitted in the Spring term
    Formative assessment methods:
    None
    Penalties for late submission:
    Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy.
    The following penalties will be applied to coursework which is submitted after the deadline for submission:
    ? where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark;
    ? where the piece of work is submitted more than one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadine. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.
    (Please refer to the Undergraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guideUG.aspx)
    The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.
    where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
    where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
    The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.
    Length of examination:
    One two-hour examination paper. Three questions to be answered from a selection of questions.
    Requirements for a pass:
    40%.
    Reassessment arrangements:
    See School Guide (Programme Assessment). Only a failed element need be re-taken; the mark for a passed element can be carried forward.
    Last updated: 8 October 2014

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