University of Technology, Sydney

Staff directory | Webmail | Maps | Newsroom | What's on

21942 Corporate Structures and Intellectual Property

Warning: The information on this page is indicative. The subject outline for a particular session, location and mode of offering is the authoritative source of all information about the subject for that offering. Required texts, recommended texts and references in particular are likely to change. Students will be provided with a subject outline once they enrol in the subject.

Subject handbook information prior to 2018 is available in the Archives.

UTS: Business
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:


Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


This subject develops knowledge in corporate governance structures and relevant Australian business law including contracts, intellectual property, privacy, competition and consumer law. Students also learn the theory and principles of ethical behaviour and commercial negotiation to develop related skills for early-stage enterprises.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of and apply Australian business law relating to early stage enterprises
2. Apply commercial negotiating tools and techniques in complex situations
3. Appraise the ethics, attitudes and behaviours of decision making and negotiation

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes specifically to the following program learning objectives:

  • Judge different dimensions of ethical and sustainable decision-making to predict outcomes (4.1)
  • Apply negotiating skills for optimal results (4.2)

Contribution to the development of graduate attributes

This subject is designed to provide students with a suitable understanding of relevant business law and to develop decision making and negotiation skills and techniques essential for establishing and running a business.

This subject contributes to the development of the following graduate attributes:

  • Attitudes and values

This subject also develops the following Program Learning Objective for the Master of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship:

  • Judge different dimensions of ethical and sustainable decision-making to predict outcomes (4.1)

Teaching and learning strategies

The subject is offered in intensive block mode over four full days using a mix of a case study and best practice approach. Delivery of teaching and learning materials, lectures, webinars and discussions are supported by online learning and communication tools and the UTS learning management system. The face to face classes engage students in group work, discussions and exercises to reflect upon and revise the content.

Content (topics)

  • Business law processes
  • Business structures
  • Intellectual property
  • Torts/negligence
  • Privacy
  • Commercial contracts
  • Competition law
  • Consumer protection
  • Negotiation
  • Decision making


Assessment task 1: Case study (Individual)


This addresses subject learning objective(s):

1, 2 and 3

This addresses program learning objectives(s):

4.1 and 4.2

Weight: 70%

Assessment task 2: Final exam (Individual)


This addresses subject learning objective(s):

1 and 3

Weight: 30%

Minimum requirements

Students must achieve at least 50% of the subject’s total marks.

Required texts

It is recommended that students engage with a broad range of material, including relevant chapters in recomended books, videos, slides, practitioner literature, news articles, academic journal articles as well as online material. Each lesson will have a list of readings and background material provided in advance on UTS Online. It is expected that students engage with this material before attending the relevant class.


  • Pentony, B., Graw, S., Parker, D., & Whitford, K. (2013). Understanding business law. LexisNexis Butterworths.
  • Lewicki, R. J., Saunders, D. M., Minton, J. W., Roy, J., & Lewicki, N. (2011). Essentials of negotiation. McGraw-Hill/Irwin.

Other resources

Students are required to use online collaboration software including UTS Online: UTS Online is not intended to replace 'live' lectures and tutorials but to provide a supplement to students learning in the subject. The subject guide, lecture notes, tutorial notes and additional information regarding the course are made available on the UTS Online website. Announcements are often used to notify students about issues regarding the course throughout semester. Please check the Announcements regularly and before you make enquiries.

There is a Student Manual available under Student Tools. If you have problems accessing UTS Online (e.g. taking a really long time to load pages, errors about username or password, etc.), please contact directly: ITD HELP DESK (02) 9514 2222.