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ACCT429 Commercial Law

An introduction to New Zealand’s legal framework and the law relating to commercial transactions, different forms of business and the legal requirements relating to these organisations.

The MProfAcct is open to graduates who have a bachelor's degree in any discipline and wish to obtain a post graduate qualification in accounting.

Paper title Commercial Law
Paper code ACCT429
Subject Accounting
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,132.73
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Limited to

Master of Professional Accounting - Bachelor’s degree in any discipline with minimum of a B grade average

Teaching staff

Joanne Westgate
Mr Gerard De Courcy

Paper Structure
The Master of Professional Accounting (MProfAcct) has been developed to provide graduates with an opportunity to specialise in advanced study with a focus on either applied practical or academic research.
Teaching Arrangements

This paper is dual level with BLAW 211.

Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Course outline

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Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
This paper is proposed as an essential element of the MProfAcct qualification. As a conversion course to enable students to seek professional accreditation, there is a need to provide a range of required study topics.

This paper focuses on the commercial law requirements for professional accreditation.

Related undergraduate coverage of the same topics requires at least two full 18-point papers and two semesters. This combines the topics into a single semester paper, especially designed for the MProfAcct. The volume and intensity of study required will present a significant challenge, appropriate for more mature, postgraduate students.

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Monday 17:00-17:50 9-15, 18-22
Tuesday 17:00-17:50 9-15, 17-22
Wednesday 17:00-17:50 9-15, 17-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Thursday 17:00-18:50 13-15, 17-22
T1 Monday 10:00-10:50 12-15, 18-22