Faculty of Business and Economics

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
Organisational UnitDepartment of Business Law and Taxation
OfferedNot offered in 2015
Coordinator(s)Mr Michael Duffy


This unit provides students with an understanding of the general law of insolvency within an Australian context. The focus is on both personal insolvency through the bankruptcy process and corporate insolvency through liquidations, administrations and receiverships. The unit examines the role of insolvency administrators, the structure of such administrations, the effect on insolvents and the effect on creditors. There is also some discussion of the regulation of insolvency administrators.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the purposes of insolvency laws and how they operate in relation to individuals and corporations
  2. identify, explain and apply legislation and case law to the operation of insolvency administrations and situations
  3. develop skills in problem solving and analyse legal problems relating to insolvency situations.


Within semester assessment: 50%
Examination: 50%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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