Faculty of Law

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 Law
OfferedClayton First semester 2015 (Day)


Contract law addresses the concepts, principles and rules used to determine the existence and content of binding promises and their enforcement or defeasibility in a market economy. It also involves a consideration of the underlying policy considerations. Contract law is taught in two units: Contract A and Contract B. Contract A covers the introduction to contract law, the formation of contracts (including capacity and formalities), privity of contract, estoppel, and the incorporation, construction and validity of contractual terms.


At the successful completion of this Unit students will be able to:

  1. Identify and articulate legal issues that arise in scenarios involving contracts, including formation, privity, estoppel and contractual terms
  2. Select and use appropriate research tools and reasoning methods to synthesise and evaluate relevant legal and factual issues
  3. Interpret, evaluate and apply principles of contract law with awareness of broader social, economic and policy contexts
  4. Engage in critical analysis and exercise professional judgement in make reasoned choices among alternative interpretations and actions
  5. Apply legal reasoning and research to formulate appropriate responses to legal issues
  6. Collaborate and communicate effectively and persuasively
  7. Learn and work with autonomy, accountability and professionalism


(1) Collaborative assignment (1000 words) (20%)
(2) Final exam, 2 hours plus 30 mins reading and noting time (80%)

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. 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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Chief examiner(s)


For students enrolled in the LLB (Hons) course from 2015: LAW1111; LAW1113 and LAW1114

For students who commenced their LLB course prior to 2015: LAW1100 or LAW1101 and LAW1102 or LAW1104


For students who commenced their LLB course prior to 2015: LAW2100