Module Title:Company Law 1
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Lectures - communication of knowledge and ideas from the lecturer to the student. Problem Solving Exercises - student will work as part of a team and will work together to resolve various legal scenarios. Class Discussion/Debate - Students will be encouraged to actively participate in the class sessions which will develop their analytical and communication skills. E-Learning - It is envisaged that the module will be supported with on-line learning materials. Self-Direct Independent Learning - the emphasis on independent learning will develop strong and autonomous work and learning practices.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to equip students with a thorough and integrated knowledge and understanding of the concepts, principles and rules of Company Law in Ireland in relation to formation and operation of the private limited company, and to assist the student in developing the analytical skills required to apply their legal knowledge to various problem scenarios.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Distinguish between the different types of companies recognised by the Companies Act 2014 (the private company limited by shares (“LTD”); the designated activity company (“DAC”); the public limited company (“PLC”); the company limited by guarantee (“CLG”); unlimited companies (“UC”), and external companies) and partnerships and sole traders, and be able to critically analyse the advantages and disadvantages associated with the various types of business organisations.
LO2 Comprehend the importance of the Promotion, Formation and Registration requirements of companies and the consequences of incorporation for a business.
LO3 Critically evaluate the rights and duties of corporate members and shareholders and demonstrate an integrated and applied knowledge of the laws regulating corporate management and administration.
LO4 Demonstrate an ability to research aspects of company law either independently or as part of a group and apply the knowledge gained to formulate solutions to case studies involving company law.
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Company Formation and Separate Legal Personality
Distinguishing different forms of Business Organisation-Companies, Partnerships & Sole Traders, Formation and Legal Personality • Types of Companies • Formation of a company • Constitution of a Company and its alteration, statutory contract and shareholders agreements. The Consequences of Incorporation – Separate Legal Personality/Disregarding Separate Legal personality.
Company Management
The Division of Powers: Members and Directors; Delegation of Powers to Directors; The Resurgence of Members’ Powers. Directors Duties; Fiduciary Duties; Statutory Duties. Directors Meetings. Corporate Capacity.
Company Members/Shareholders and Membership/Shareholding
Members/Shareholders; Rights and Duties of Shareholders; Register of Members/Shareholders. Shares; The Legal Nature of Shares; Formal Requirements Relating to Shares; Allotment of Shares; Share Transfer – Transferability and Restrictions; Directors’ Powers to Refuse Registration; Pre-Emption Rights on Share Transfer and Allotment; Minority Shareholder Protection.
Capital Maintenance
The Rationale; Redemption of Shares; Acquisition by a Company of Its Own Shares; Assisting the Purchase of a Company’s Own Shares; Court Sanctioned Capital Reduction; Court Ordered Capital Reduction; Distributions and the Payment of Dividends; Miscellaneous Capital Maintenance Rules.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment30.00%
End of Module Formal Examination70.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Project. This will assess the student’s ability to use analytical and research skills gained to apply knowledge of statute, case law and commentary to a relevant established or evolving area of the law relating to companies, through research, critical analysis and reasoning. Students will be expected to demonstrate an ability to argue for both sides of a given hypothesis or problem. 1,2,3,4 30.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4 70.00 End-of-Semester

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Independent Learning Time 15 Weeks per Stage 14.27
Total Hours 250.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 1.50
Total Hours 1.50

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_BBLAW_B Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Business with Law 7 Mandatory
CW_HHLAW_B OLD Honours Bachelor of Laws Degree - LLB 5 Mandatory