CQUniversity Unit Profile
LAWS12060 Trusts
Trusts
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General Information

Overview

This unit introduces students to Trusts. Students will examine the concept of a trust, the role of the trustee and the beneficiary. This examination will enable students to determine whether, given a fact situation a trust exists so as to then consider what equitable rights and interests apply. Furthermore, the unit will also focus on equitable assignments, fiduciary duties, confidential information, unconscionable transactions, estoppel, penalties, subrogation and contribution with a view to investigating whether a trust exists.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 2
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Co-requisite: LAWS12056

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2017

Distance

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%
2. Examination
Weighting: 60%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Student Evaluation

Feedback

Engaging students through various strategies.

Recommendation

Students will be informed in advance what they need to prepare for tutorials. They will be encouraged to post their views and answers to tutorial questions on the discussion forum. The assessment regime will consist of two pieces of assessment to enable students to monitor their progress on the first feedback.

Action

Students responded well to my encouragement to post their answers to tutorial questions on the Moodle discussion forum. However, most of the discussions occurred in UCROO in a more interactive manner.

Feedback from Student Evaluation

Feedback

Quality of Blackboard sessions.

Recommendation

Use of Zoom will improve quality of online sessions with the provision of better audio, video and screen sharing qualities. The use of Zoom as the primary platform for audio-visual communications together with fresh lectures using ECHO360 will improve the learning experience.

Action

Zoom is an excellent online platform and I am very happy with the audio, video and screen sharing qualities. I did not contribute any fresh 'to camera' lecture sessions.

Feedback from Student Evaluation

Feedback

Weighting of 70% for final examination.

Recommendation

Final examination now carries a weighting of 60%. A new assessment regime consisting of two items of written assessment and a take-home examination worth 40% will be introduced.

Action

Done

Feedback from Student Evaluation

Feedback

Teaching quality.

Recommendation

Greater use of problem questions will enhance students’ assimilation and engagement. Practical examples in addition to diagrams and flowcharts will foster students’ engagement and assist their assimilation of the law.

Action

Many problems were discussed in length through the UCROO platform. Students engaged positively and proactively by asking many questions, and often answering questions for each other. I found the flow charts and diagrams previously used in the unit to be of great value for the students

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Outline and explain the concept of a trust, the nature and extent of a beneficiary’s rights and obligations and the scope of a trustee’s rights and obligations.
  2. Identify and construct solutions to ethical issues associated with trusts.
  3. Research legal principles from statute and case law, and apply those principles to the analysis of trust problems, including indigenous issues.
  4. Demonstrate advanced skills in critical legal thinking, reasoning and reflection.
Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment - 40%
2 - Examination - 60%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment - 40%
2 - Examination - 60%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Principles of Australian Equity and Trusts Third (2016)

Authors: Peter Radan & Cameron Stewart
LexsNexis Butterwoths
Chatswood Chatswood , NSW , Australia
ISBN: 978-0-409-34043-3
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

Students may have purchased this text in the previous course LAWS12056.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • UCROO
  • Zoom - Zoom is a cloud based video conference system, so you will need a microphone and camera
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Australian Guide to Legal Citation, 3rd ed

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
John Milburn Unit Coordinator
j.a.milburn@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 06 Mar 2017

Module/Topic

Introduction to the Concept of a Trust

Chapter

20

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 13 Mar 2017

Module/Topic

Types of Trust

Chapter

20

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 20 Mar 2017

Module/Topic

Creation of Express Trusts

Chapter

21

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 27 Mar 2017

Module/Topic

Constructive and Resulting Trusts

Chapter

35, 36, 25

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 03 Apr 2017

Module/Topic

The Trustee

Chapter

20

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 10 Apr 2017

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 17 Apr 2017

Module/Topic

Duties, Powers and Rights of Trustees

Chapter

26

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 24 Apr 2017

Module/Topic

Objects of a Trust

Chapter

21

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 01 May 2017

Module/Topic

Liabilities of Parties for Breach of Trust

Chapter

27

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 08 May 2017

Module/Topic

Legality of Trusts

Chapter

22

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assignment 1


Written Assessment Due: Week 9 Thursday (11 May 2017) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 10 Begin Date: 15 May 2017

Module/Topic

Trusts for Commercial Purposes

Chapter

20

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 22 May 2017

Module/Topic

Termination and Variation of Trusts

Chapter

22

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 29 May 2017

Module/Topic

Revision

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 05 Jun 2017

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 12 Jun 2017

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Assessment

Task Description

Fundamental Information

The assignment will require you to use the knowledge acquired in this course to analyse a factual scenario. Your analysis will assist you to arrive at a conclusion that answers the questions raised by it. You should make use of recent journal articles and case reports in your analysis of the issues being raised.

There is a 2000-word limit. Material included in footnote referencing is excluded from the word count. Unless included in a footnote, direct quotes are included in the word count. I allow some flexibility on the word count. If you need to go beyond 2000 words (bearing in mind I will scrutinise whether I believe this was necessary), then you may do so, but do not go beyond 2200 words. You can provide a response that is less than the word limit, however experience would suggest to me that you submit at least 1500 words. If not, add something of value to your work to reach my suggested minimum word count.

You should present a document that is professionally presented, with an appropriate layout and the use of heading/sub-headings. You must footnote reference your external material and you should include a list of references or bibliography at the end of your assignment.

Please upload a single file in either a Word format (.doc or .docx) or in basic text format, so that I can open the file in Word.


Assessment Due Date

Week 9 Thursday (11 May 2017) 11:45 pm AEST

I expect students to present their assignment work on time. Please note that I will not consider any request for an extension of time unless you upload an application in the appropriate manner, supported by documentation and made prior to the due time/date. I will impose a penalty deduction of 5% per day for late work until the nominated cut-off date, Saturday, 20 May 2017.


Return Date to Students

Monday (22 May 2017)

Student satisfaction surveys in the past indicate student concerns when a course coordinator does not provide feedback in a timely manner and does not return assignments quickly. Generally, I release the feedback and marks the day after the final cut-off date (that is I provide feedback and marks 10 days after the due date).


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

Assessment criteria

I assess students on their ability to demonstrate thinking and writing skills, to comprehend the material, to process the material and to provide a critical analysis and logical discussion of the law. Students are required to communicate an answer clearly and logically and in a concise manner. I expect you to present your paper in a professional manner. Please paginate your paper and use correct spelling and grammar. You must appropriately reference and attribute the work of others.

Fail

You will have shown evidence of the following:

  • the written expression is poor and difficult to understand
  • the answer is poorly organised
  • referencing is generally inadequate
  • lack of familiarity with the legislation and its application
  • failure to identify and address the issues in the question
  • reasoning and application demonstrated is poor

Pass

You will have:

  • made a conscientious attempt to address the topic and/or answer the question
  • shown evidence of having done the required reading and of having understood the reading
  • presented a reasonable argument to back up your conclusions
  • demonstrated a reasonable level of spelling and grammatical usage
  • used referencing but this may need improvement
  • issues that may need to be identified and addressed in more depth

Credit

You will have:

  • addressed the topic and/or answered the question directly
  • presented soundly based arguments and backed these up with reasons
  • gone beyond description to analysis of key issues
  • used the English language well
  • shown evidence of reading widely
  • demonstrated understanding of the reading
  • used referencing that is satisfactory

Distinction

You will have:

  • met the above criteria for a credit
  • demonstrated the attainment of a high degree of understanding of the concepts of the course
  • demonstrated deep insight into the application of knowledge and skills acquired to complex theoretical and practical situations
  • used referencing correctly
  • made reference to all appropriate legislation

High Distinction

You will have:

  • met the above criteria for a distinction
  • demonstrated the attainment of an outstanding level of achievement regarding the objectives of this course
  • demonstrated an interesting and/or original approach/idea/argument
  • demonstrated mastery of the relevant referencing system
  • ensured your conclusions are backed by well-reasoned arguments demonstrating a detailed insight and analysis of issues
  • ensured your references are made to the appropriate legislation for particular issues


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
I will only accept online submission of your work. Upload your work in a Word document (not PDF). I expect students to present their assignment work on time. Take care with your submission. Avoid obvious mistakes, such as basic spelling and grammatical errors. Read your paper out aloud, word by word. It is slow however; it may be a productive exercise. Alternatively, or in addition, ask a friend to read your material. Generally, you should submit one document (even if the assessment is in two or more parts) and ensure that your name is included in the name of the saved document.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Outline and explain the concept of a trust, the nature and extent of a beneficiary’s rights and obligations and the scope of a trustee’s rights and obligations.
  • Identify and construct solutions to ethical issues associated with trusts.
  • Research legal principles from statute and case law, and apply those principles to the analysis of trust problems, including indigenous issues.
  • Demonstrate advanced skills in critical legal thinking, reasoning and reflection.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Ethical practice

Examination

Outline
Complete an invigilated examination

Date
During the examination period, at a CQUniversity examination centre

Weighting
60%

Length
180 minutes

Details
No calculators permitted
Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Open Book
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