BLO 5540 BUSINESS AND COMPANY LAW-Discuss the effectiveness of the current directors’ duties regime and corporate law regime in addressing illegal phoenix company activity

VICTORIA UNIVERSITY
RESEARCH ASSIGNMENT (30%)
DUE DATE: 30 JANUARY 2019, 11.59 pm.
BLO 5540 BUSINESS AND COMPANY LAW
Trimester 3 2018
Discuss the effectiveness of the current directors’ duties regime and corporate law regime in addressing illegal phoenix company activity. Further, elaborate on whether there are any proposed reforms and the likely effectiveness of such reforms.
(Total of 30 marks)
The assignment should be written in your own words. An electronic copy is to be submitted via the dropbox on Collaborate page for the subject. The Turnitin copy will be the ‘time mark’ for the purpose of the confirmation of the date and time of submission.
Presentation
Readable connected prose NOT point form summaries
Accurate spelling, grammar, punctuation, paragraph construction. Proofreading
Effective use of HEADINGS
Consistent and accurate acknowledgment of sources using the AGLC referencing style – both in relation to in-text referencing and bibliography (Note the warning about plagiarism below).
The papers will be marked on the following basis:

CriteriaPercentage of marks awarded
Depth of understanding of the topic and identification of relevant issues. Awareness accuracy of the nature and content of relevant law. Clarity and coherence of the analysis and quality of discussion and argument. 50 per cent
Writing and communication skills 30 per cent
Research skills 20 per cent

Referencing
In law, the preferred referencing style is footnoting. Students are reminded that they will lose marks if they merely reproduce passages copied word for word from texts and other references without attempting to convey information and express ideas in their own words. Of course this does not preclude the intelligent use of relevant quotations in respect of which proper references are given.
It should be noted that the references must be given in respect of all material included in the essay. References are not to be confined to situations in which the writer is citing a particular case or using a direct quotation. For example, if the writer is putting forward a legal proposition or using a statement or idea drawn from a specific source, that source must be acknowledged by reference. It is essential that references be properly acknowledged at all times and marks will be deducted if this is not done.
In regard to the acknowledgment of references and matters of style and presentation, students are referred to:
1. Australian Guide to Legal Citation – VU Library Homepage. For all referencing questions for your assignment or any legal writing See: Australian Guide to Legal Citation: The VU Library has a 4 page edited version under Information for researchers: Click on Information for researchers and then click on Referencing and then click on Style Manuals. A copy of the Australian Guide to Legal citation is also available on VU Collaborate.
See: http://w2.vu.edu.au/library/referencing/files/AGLC2.pdf
Also see Monash Legal Abbreviations for abbreviations of legal publications.
See: http://www.lib.monash.edu.au/legal-abbreviations
Students are required to pay careful attention to spelling, expression, and legibility in the writing of their essays. There should be a margin on the left hand side of each page. Students should keep a copy of the essay submitted. Plagiarism Plagiarism is taking another person’s ideas and presenting them as your own, that is, without acknowledging the original source. You must acknowledge your sources of information including both direct and indirect quotations. A direct quotation must always be in inverted commas or in another style that indicates that it is a direct quotation. Your assignment must not consist of only quotations.
Plagiarism is regarded as a form of theft or cheating. It is a serious offence and will be dealt with seriously, including a fail grade in this subject.
Students should use the Turnitin software to check their assignments for poor referencing and plagiarism. Software such as “turn it in” and others are available.
Format

  • Typed preferably and double-spaced
  • Title page with student name and number, Subject code and name, topic
  • A4 paper
  • Sequential page numbering
  • No folders

Assignments must be typed (word processor), using one side of the page only and leaving a wide margin. The word limit is 2,000 words.
Late Submissions
Students who believe that they have a genuine case for extension of time must lodge a formal written application for such an extension, stating relevant grounds and attaching supporting documentation. Such application must be made at least seven (7) days before the due date for submission. Should the extension be granted then a new deadline will be set.
Late submissions of the assignment will incur a penalty mark of one (1) mark per day. Marks may be deducted in respect of essays which are excessive in length.

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