LAWS3306 Finance Law

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Business Law major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Management and Commerce
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
This unit offers an introduction to Australian banking and finance law and examines the legal aspects of financial transactions undertaken by individuals and business organisations. Topics covered include secured finance, negotiable instruments, modern electronic payment systems, consumer credit, financial institution-customer relationship, codes of conduct, legal risks faced by financiers, anti-money laundering law and structuring of financial transactions. This unit is ideal for students who plan to work in the accounting, banking or finance fields.
Students are able to (1) identify the various types of security interests over property and describe how they are created and perfected; (2) explain how consumer credit (and related) contracts are regulated under the Consumer Credit Code; (3) analyse the legal nature of the banker–customer relationship and how it has been modified by industry codes of conduct and anti-money laundering laws; (4) state the legal principles governing payment instruments such as cheques, bills of exchange and payment cards; (5) describe the legal framework for financial products such as interests in managed investment schemes and securitisation; and (6) solve hypothetical legal problems relating to the various topics covered in the unit.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation; (2) assignment; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Rasiah Gengatharen
Unit rules
LAWS2301 Company Law
LAWS2201 Legal Framework of Business; for pre-2012 courses: any two relevant Level 1 units
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
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