Course Title: Insolvency

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Insolvency

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


660H Graduate School of Business and Law



Course Coordinator: Kathy Douglas

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2037

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 13 City Campus

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study
040015 - Introduction to the Australian Legal System and Legal Methods"


Course Description

This course examines insolvency principles and the relevant provisions of the Corporations Act and the Bankruptcy Act. Specific areas of study include the processes by which insolvency proceedings are instituted, different forms of administration of insolvent companies; arrangements under the Bankruptcy Act, the effect of insolvency on the debtor; and the powers and duties of the insolvency practitioner. Cross border insolvency will also be covered.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

1. demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the legal principles relevant to corporate insolvency and bankruptcy, liquidation ,property available to creditors in bankruptcy and liquidation; and the duties of trustees, receivers, administrators and liquidators
2. critically evaluate the insolvency and identify areas of reform;
3. analyse and research complex problems relating to insolvency and make reasoned and appropriate choices amongst alternatives;
4. demonstrate sophisticated cognitive and creative skills in approaching legal issues relating to insolvency and generate appropriate responses


Overview of Learning Activities

To achieve the objectives listed above this course requires you to participate in various learning activities. These activities comprise the following:

* Leading class discussion on legal problems and policy issues.
* Engaging in legal research by traditional means but also using electronic legal data bases and internet searching,
* Participation in class discussion

Overview of Learning Resources

From 2018, Canvas is RMIT University's Learning Management System. Canvas is a flexible online system which will provide you with an engaging and exciting learning experience as part of your studies with us. The Canvas platform will be the primary site for you to gain access to all the resources designed to support your learning in this course. Your Canvas portal can accessed by logging into the following RMIT page:


Overview of Assessment

The courses of the RMIT Graduate School of Business and Law use assessment to measure and report on your achievement of capabilities against learning outcomes and to provide you with feedback on your performance and progress.

Generally assessment you will face may include case studies, assignments, group projects and an end of semester examination.