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THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG

School of Accountancy
ACCT 3151 (sections A, B and C)
Business Law
(First Term, 2016-2017)
INSTRUCTORS
Name:
Office Location:
Telephone:
Email:

Dr. Anthony MW Law


Room 1034, 10/F, Cheng Yu Tung Building
3943 7765
Anthony@baf.msmail.cuhk.edu.hk

TEACHING ASSISTANT
Name:
Office Location:
Telephone:
Email:

Mr. Liu Xin


Room 1051, 10/F, Cheng Yu Tung Building
3943 1525
liuxin@baf.cuhk.edu.hk

COURSE OBJECTIVE
This course seeks to provide an introduction to the institutions, doctrines and methodology of the
law in the business context. To this end, the course will begin with an examination of the legal
system of the Hong Kong SAR before proceeding to encompass a selection of topics in business
law such as the law relating to contract, torts, agency, employment and the sale of goods.
Students can know the important rules of business law and the interaction between law and
business ethics at the end of the course. These rules concern how the courts deal with businessrelated disputes in the real life. As many of the rules are designed to protect consumers, students
can in particular know more about consumers rights. In addition, they can learn more analytical
skills and writing skills which can help them to apply the rules to do their assessments.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
After completing this course, students will be able to:
1

acquire the knowledge of the important rules of business law

have effective written communication skills needed by professionals

be aware of ethical issues including those that interact with business law

apply the rules of business law to solve problems in a business setting

LEARNING ACTIVITIES
Lecture (including
in-class discussion /
presentation)
(hr)
in / out class
3
0

Lab / tutorial
(hr)
in / out class
0

Project / Case
discussion (hr)
in / out class

Expected out-ofclass activities (hrs)


in / out class
0

COURSE ASSESSMENT
Task nature
Coursework 1
Coursework 2
Examination

Weight
25%
25%
50%

COURSE SCHEDULE
ACCT3151 section A (Tuesday class)
Class
week

/ Date

Time

Topic

6/9

2:30pm
5:15pm

Required readings (see the


name of textbook in the next
section)
The legal system of D.K. Srivastava, caps.1-2
the Hong Kong SAR

13/9

2:30pm
5:15pm

Contract
Law: D.K. Srivastava, cap. 4 (pp.74formation of contracts 84)

20/9

2:30pm
5:15pm

Contract
Law: D.K. Srivastava, cap. 4 (pp.84formation of contracts 94)

27/9

2:30pm
5:15pm

Contract
Law: D.K. Srivastava, cap. 4 (pp.94formation of contracts 119)

4/10

2:30pm
5:15pm

Contract
Law: D.K. Srivastava, cap. 4 (pp.94formation of contracts 119)

11/10

2:30pm
5:15pm

Contract
Law: D.K. Srivastava, cap.4 (pp.125contract terms and 145)
exemption clauses

18/10

2:30pm
5:15pm

Contract
Law: D.K. Srivastava, cap.4 (pp.145contract terms and 158)
exemption clauses

25/10

2:30pm
5:15pm

Contract law: vitiating D.K. Srivastava, cap.4 (pp.167factors


180 and 204-210)

1/11

2:30pm
5:15pm

Contract law: vitiating D.K. Srivastava, cap.4 (pp.182factors


195)

10

8/11

2:30pm
5:15pm

Contract
law: D.K. Srivastava, cap.4 (pp.211discharge of contracts 214 and 222-238)
and the remedies for
breach of contracts

11

15/11

2:30pm
5:15pm

Employment law

D.K. Srivastava, cap.12

12

22/11

2:30pm
5:15pm

Torts law

D.K. Srivastava, cap.11

13

29/11

2:30pm
5:15pm

Agency law, sale of D.K. Srivastava, cap.8


goods
law,
laws
against
money
laundering and laws
against
financing
terrorism

ACCT3151 section C class (Wednesday class)


Class
week

/ Date

Time

Topic

7/9

2:30pm
5:15pm

Required readings (see the


name of textbook in the next
section)
The legal system of D.K. Srivastava, caps.1-2
the Hong Kong SAR

14/9

2:30pm
5:15pm

Contract
Law: D.K. Srivastava, cap. 4 (pp.74formation of contracts 84)

21/9

2:30pm
5:15pm

Contract
Law: D.K. Srivastava, cap. 4 (pp.84formation of contracts 94)

28/9

2:30pm
5:15pm

Contract
Law: D.K. Srivastava, cap. 4 (pp.94formation of contracts 119)

5/10

2:30pm
5:15pm

Contract
Law: D.K. Srivastava, cap. 4 (pp.94formation of contracts 119)

12/10

2:30pm
5:15pm

Contract
Law: D.K. Srivastava, cap.4 (pp.125contract terms and 145)
exemption clauses

19/10

2:30pm
5:15pm

Contract
Law: D.K. Srivastava, cap.4 (pp.145contract terms and 158)
exemption clauses

26/10

2:30pm
5:15pm

Contract law: vitiating D.K. Srivastava, cap.4 (pp.167factors


180 and 204-210)

2/11

2:30pm
5:15pm

Contract law: vitiating D.K. Srivastava, cap.4 (pp.182factors


195)

10

9/11

2:30pm
5:15pm

Contract
law: D.K. Srivastava, cap.4 (pp.211discharge of contracts 214 and 222-238)
and the remedies for
breach of contracts

11

16/11

2:30pm
5:15pm

Employment law

D.K. Srivastava, cap.12

12

23/11

2:30pm
5:15pm

Torts law

D.K. Srivastava, cap.11

13

30/11

2:30pm
5:15pm

Agency law, sale of D.K. Srivastava, cap.8


goods
law,
laws
against
money
laundering and laws
against
financing
terrorism

ACCT3151 section B (Friday class)


Class
week

/ Date

Time

Topic

9/9

8:30am
11:15am

Required readings (see the


name of textbook in the next
section)
The legal system of D.K. Srivastava, caps.1-2
the Hong Kong SAR

14/9

6:30pm

Contract

Law: D.K. Srivastava, cap. 4 (pp.74-

(make9:15pm
up class
in ELB
401)
23/9
8:30am
11:15am

formation of contracts

84)

Contract
Law: D.K. Srivastava, cap. 4 (pp.84formation of contracts 94)

30/9

8:30am
11:15am

Contract
Law: D.K. Srivastava, cap. 4 (pp.94formation of contracts 119)

7/10

8:30am
11:15am

Contract
Law: D.K. Srivastava, cap. 4 (pp.94formation of contracts 119)

14/10

8:30am
11:15am

Contract
Law: D.K. Srivastava, cap.4 (pp.125contract terms and 145)
exemption clauses

21/10

8:30am
11:15am

Contract
Law: D.K. Srivastava, cap.4 (pp.145contract terms and 158)
exemption clauses

28/10

8:30am
11:15am

Contract law: vitiating D.K. Srivastava, cap.4 (pp.167factors


180 and 204-210)

4/11

8:30am
11:15am

Contract law: vitiating D.K. Srivastava, cap.4 (pp.182factors


195)

10

11/11

8:30am
11:15am

Contract
law: D.K. Srivastava, cap.4 (pp.211discharge of contracts 214 and 222-238)
and the remedies for
breach of contracts

11

18/11

8:30am
11:15am

Employment law

D.K. Srivastava, cap.12

12

25/11

8:30am
11:15am

Torts law

D.K. Srivastava, cap.11

13

2/12

8:30am
11:15am

Agency law, sale of D.K. Srivastava, cap.8


goods
law,
laws
against
money
laundering and laws
against
financing
terrorism

*Relevant readings are stated at the end of each topic of the course materials
RECOMMENDED LEARNING RESOURCES
Textbook
D.K. Srivastava, ed., Business Law in Hong Kong (Hong Kong: Sweet & Maxwell Asia, 4 th ed.,
2014)
Major References
K. Arjunan & A. Majid, Business Law in Hong Kong (Hong Kong: LexisNexis, 2nd ed., 2009)
This book can be viewed online: Step one type business law in Hong Kong in the search icon of our library website
Step two click the online search in the section on business law in Hong Kong in the easy
search webpage
Step three click the Access via LexisHK
Step four click browse on the left side of the screen when you see the LexisHK website and
you can then read this book online
Observe the terms of use as stated in the library website
Relevant chapter of textbooks are stated at the end of each topic of the course materials for
students learning purposes.
Relevant web information is provided in topic 1 of the course materials.
Course announcement via email and Blackboard (the e-learning system)
ACADEMIC HONESTY AND PLAGIARISM
The Chinese University of Hong Kong places very high importance on honesty in academic
work submitted by students, and adopts a policy of zero tolerance on cheating and plagiarism.
Any related offence will lead to disciplinary action including termination of studies at the
University. Attention is drawn to University policy and regulations on honesty in academic work,
and to the disciplinary guidelines and procedures applicable to breaches of such policy and
regulations. See http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/policy/academichonesty/ for details.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
List of topics
Topics
Contents / fundamental concepts
The legal system of the Hong Kong The Basic Law, legislation, common law, equity and the
SAR
court system

Contract law

Employment law

Formation of contracts (offer, acceptance, intention to


create legal relations, consideration and formality),
contract terms and exemption clauses, vitiating factors
(misrepresentation, undue influence, illegality and
unconscionable contracts), discharge of contracts
(performance, agreement and frustration) and the
remedies for breach of contract (damages, rescission,
injunction and specific performance)
Employees / independent contractors and the rights of
employees
Negligence

Torts law
The rights and duties of agents, authority of agents
Agency law
Important rules under the Sale of Goods Ordinance
Sale of goods law
Laws against Money Laundering and
Laws against Financing Terrorism
* There are terms translated in Chinese by the Hong Kong SAR government in the course
materials for your easy reference.
Students are warmly welcome to send email messages to teachers if they have any comment or
feedback on the course.