Corporate and Business Law

MQF Level 6

16 ECTS

Corporate and Business Law

Start
October 2024
Module Type
Compulsory
Price
€550
ECTS Credits
16 ECTS
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Module Description

The Corporate and Business Law module provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the Maltese legal system and its application in various business contexts.

Students will explore fundamental legal concepts, including the law of obligations, contract law, and tort law, with a focus on their relevance to accounting practices.

Additionally, the module covers key legal aspects related to employment, company law, and criminal behavior within corporate environments.

By gaining a deep understanding of these legal principles, students are equipped to navigate legal complexities and ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations in their accounting roles.

Ultimately, this module enables students to act ethically and responsibly within legal parameters, enhancing their professional competence and integrity in accounting practice.

Entry Requirements

Candidates who apply for this course will possess:

• A related qualification at MQF Level 4

and/or

• Two ‘A’ Levels (MQF Level 4) or equivalent one of which should be related to Accounts, Business or Economics and a pass in English Language and Mathematics at MQF Level 3 (‘O’ Level or equivalent).

• Preference will be given to applicants having 1 year work experience related to the study programme.

In the case of students who do not possess all the formal required academic qualifications, then the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process could be applied such that if evidence of equivalent learning is found then the applicant could still be accepted in the course.

Such RPL process will subject applicants to an interview held with a board of experts within the field, chosen specifically by IDEA Academy, so as to verify their experiences and prior learning.

Students whose first language is not English and do not possess an ‘O’ level pass in English Language will be required to demonstrate English language capability at IELTS level 6.0 or equivalent. 

Target Audience

  • Individuals seeking to advance their academic and professional knowledge in Accounting.
  • Individuals wanting to pursue a wide range of accounting, consulting, financial and managerial career paths.
  • Individuals wanting to enhance their ability to interpret, assess and communicate financial related data.

Module / Unit Instructions

The proposed structure comprises a blended approach promoting the building of a community of practice via lecturer-to-student and peer-to-peer learning.

The structure uses primarily two dimensions of teaching-learning modes:

Module Components Structure: · Face-to-face sessions: 48 hours · Online Learning Activities: 32 hours.

Face-to-face sessions include lectures, tutorials, discussions, presentations and workshop activities promoting peer-to-peer learning.

Online learning activities incorporate tutorials and asynchronous discussions.

These may consist of active interaction, participation and contributions in fora discussions, sharing resources and self-reflection exercises.

Learners also contribute to the building of the community of practice by providing feedback to their peers as critical friends, enhancing the learner’s critical engagement throughout the study period.

How you’ll be assessed

This module consists of one group assessment and two individual assessments, each carrying a weighting as below:

a) Assessment 1 carries 20% of total module mark achieved. b) Assessment 2 carries 30% of total module mark achieved. c) Assessment 3 carries 50% of total module mark achieved.

The overall grade achieved for each module is calculated as the sum of: • 20% of the mark achieved for Assessment 1; and • 30% of the mark achieved for the Assessment 2; and • 50% of the mark achieved for the Assessment 3.

Both Assessment 1 tasks and Assessment 2 tasks aim to provide the learner an opportunity to produce evidence of his/her competences aligned to the learning outcomes of each individual Module.

Assessment 1, being a group assessment, may include an in-class task or a home-based task and may take the form of a presentation or a case study.

Assessment 2 and 3, both being an individual assessment, may include an in-class assignment and a home-based written assignment using diverse assessment tools which may take the form of online and in-class discussions, examinations of 2-3 hours, case studies, reports, proposals, essays, and presentations.

For successful completion of a study module the student is required to achieve an overall pass mark of 50%.

Assignment
Discussions

Module Intake Dates

October 2024
Price
€550

Learning Outcomes

Competences:

At the end of the module/unit the learner will have acquired the responsibility and autonomy to:

  • Analyse the main legal elements.
  • Critically examine the function and purpose of the law of obligations.
  • Critically appraise the employment law.
  • Evaluate how businesses are formed and highlight aspects regarding their constitution.
  • Gain an overall knowledge regarding capital and the financing of firms.
  • Critically analyse how companies are managed, administered, and regulated.
  • Appraise the insolvency law.
  • Investigate fraud within the corporate world.

Knowledge:

At the end of the module/unit the learner will have been exposed to the following:

  • Analyse the main legal elements.
  • Crititcally examine the function and purpose of the law of obligations.
  • Critically appraise the employment law.
  • Evaluate how businesses are formed and highlight aspects regarding their constitution.
  • Gain an overall knowledge regarding capital and the financing of firms.
  • Critically analyse how companies are managed, administered, and regulated.
  • Appraise the insolvency law.
  • Investigate fraud within the corporate world.

Skills:

At the end of the module/unit the learner will have acquired the following skills:

  • Examine the relevant research required on a case-by-case basis including sources of information e.g., DIER for employment; MBR when it comes to licensing; Tax department.
  • Advise the company on consequences given a set of circumstances.
  • Determine when whistleblowing is necessary and who to report to.
  • Safeguard the interests of the company and the employees.
  • Compile evidence for presentation in front of a judge through the lawyers.

Module-Specific Communication Skills:

 At the end of the module/unit the learner will be able to:

  • Communicate ideas, problems, and solutions effectively to both specialist and non-specialist audiences verbally or in writing (PowerPoint presentations, reports, etc.).
  • Participate in class/online discussions and in organised workshops.
  • Present ideas, work, and findings to peers, lecturers, and specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • Contribute to team work as required.

Module-Specific Learner Skills:

At the end of the module/unit the learner will be able to:

  • Collate research and be able to draw a conclusion which the accountant would discuss with either the legal department or the in-house lawyer.
  • Assist the legal department in case of court proceedings.

Module-Specific Digital Skills and Competences:

At the end of the module/unit, the learner will be able to:

  • Navigate through the online learning platform to find assignments, discussion boards, literature, tutorials etc.
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