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LAWS12060 Trusts
Trusts
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General Information

Overview

LAWS12060 Trusts introduces students to the various types of trusts and the manner and form of their creation and variation. The duties, rights and powers of trustees are examined in detail, as is the consequences of breach of trust and the remedies available to, and respective rights of, beneficiaries. This unit together with LAWS12056 Equity meets the LPAB requirements for equity.

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 - 2018

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 John Milburn

Feedback

In term 1, 2017 for LAWS12060, UCROO was used as the primary online discussion platform for students. UCROO is an online discussion platform that is, on one view, more user-friendly and interactive than Moodle discussion forums. UCROO was well received by students, although it was a new learning experience for many students.

Recommendation

Consider the ongoing use of UCROO as a supplementary discussion forum to Moodle.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Outline and explain the various types of trust and the manner and form of their creation and variation
  2. Analyse the duties, rights and powers of trustees
  3. Analyse the consequences of breach of trust and the remedies available to, and respective rights of, beneficiaries
  4. Identify and construct solutions to ethical issues associated with trusts
  5. Research legal principles from statute and case law, and apply those principles to the analysis of trust problems, including indigenous issues
  6. 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 5 6
1 - Written Assessment - 40%
2 - Examination - 60%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
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 3rd edition (2015)

Authors: Peter Radan and Cameron Stewart
LexisNexis
Australia
ISBN: 9780409340433
Binding: Other

Additional Textbook Information

You may have purchased this textbook in the previous course LAWS12056 Equity.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
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
Alexandra McEwan Unit Coordinator
a.mcewan@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 05 Mar 2018

Module/Topic

Introduction to the Concept of a Trust


Chapter

Peter Radan and Cameron Stewart, Principles of Australian Equity and Trusts (LexisNexis, 3rd ed, 2016) Chapter 20.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial 1 Tuesday 6th March 7pm AEDT

Note: daylight savings finishes the first Sunday in April

https://www.australia.gov.au/about-australia/facts-and-figures/time-zones-and-daylight-saving

Week 2 Begin Date: 12 Mar 2018

Module/Topic

Types of Trust

Chapter

Peter Radan and Cameron Stewart, Principles of Australian Equity and Trusts, (LexisNexis, 3rd ed, 2016) Chapter 20; Chapter 35, [35.1]-[35.16]; Chapter 25, [25.1]-[25.20]

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial 2 Tuesday 13th March 7pm AEDT

Week 3 Begin Date: 19 Mar 2018

Module/Topic

Creation of Express Trusts

Chapter

Peter Radan and Cameron Stewart, Principles of Australian Equity and Trusts (LexisNexis, 3rd ed, 2016) Chapter 21

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial 3 7pm Tuesday 20th March AEDT

Week 4 Begin Date: 26 Mar 2018

Module/Topic

Constructive Trusts and Resulting Trusts

Chapter

Peter Radan and Curtis Stewart, Principles of Australian Equity and Trusts (LexisNexis, 3rd ed, 2016) Chapters 25, 35, and 36

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial 4 7pm Tuesday 27th March AEDT

Week 5 Begin Date: 02 Apr 2018

Module/Topic

The Trustee (appointment, retirement and removal of trustees, and trustee rights)

Chapter

Peter Radan and Cameron Stewart, Principles of Australian Equity and Trusts (LexisNexis, 3rd ed, 2016) Chapter 26

Trusts Act 1973 (Qld)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial 5 7pm Tuesday 3rd April AEST

Note: Daylight savings finishes the first Sunday in April

https://www.australia.gov.au/about-australia/facts-and-figures/time-zones-and-daylight-saving

Vacation Week Begin Date: 09 Apr 2018

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 16 Apr 2018

Module/Topic

Trustees: Duties and Powers  

Chapter

Peter Radan and Cameron Stewart, Principles of Australian Equity and Trusts (LexisNexis, 3rd ed, 2016) Chapter 26

Trusts Act 1973 (Qld)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial 6 7pm Tuesday 17 April AEST

Week 7 Begin Date: 23 Apr 2018

Module/Topic

Beneficiary Rights and Breach of Trust 

Chapter

Peter Radan and Cameron Stewart, Principles of Australian Equity and Trusts (LexisNexis, 3rd ed, 2016) Chapter 27 and Chapter 37 [37.1]-[37.4]

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial 7 7pm Tuesday 24th April AEST

Week 8 Begin Date: 30 Apr 2018

Module/Topic

Liabilities of Parties for Breach of Trust: Proprietary Remedies 

Chapter

Peter Radan and Cameron Stewart, Principles of Australian Equity and Trusts (LexisNexis, 3rd ed, 2016) Chapters 27 and 37.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial 8 7pm Tuesday 1 May AEST

Week 9 Begin Date: 07 May 2018

Module/Topic

Legality of Trusts

Chapter

Peter Radan and Cameron Stewart, Principles of Australian Equity and Trusts (LexisNexis, 3rd ed, 2016) Chapter 22

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial 9 7pm Tuesday 8th May AEST

Trusts assignment due Thursday, 10 May 2018 11:45 PM

See the CQU Assessment Policy and Procedure (HIGHER EDUCATION COURSEWORK) for details regarding extension requests and late penalties. 


Written Assessment 40% Due: Week 9 Thursday (10 May 2018) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 10 Begin Date: 14 May 2018

Module/Topic

Charitable Trusts and Commercial Trusts

Chapter

Peter Radan and Cameron Stewart, Principles of Australian Equity and Trusts (LexisNexis, 3rd ed, 2016), Chapters 20 and 23.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial 10 7pm Tuesday 15th May AEST

Week 11 Begin Date: 21 May 2018

Module/Topic

Termination and Variation of Trusts

Chapter

Peter Radan and Cameron Stewart, Principles of Australian Equity and Trusts (LexisNexis, 3rd ed, 2016), Chapter 22.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Tutorial 11 7pm Tuesday 22nd May

Week 12 Begin Date: 28 May 2018

Module/Topic

Revision

Chapter

Revision problem questions to be uploaded to Moodle 

Events and Submissions/Topic

Revision tutorial 7pm Tuesday 29th May 

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 04 Jun 2018

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 11 Jun 2018

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Term Specific Information

Dear Students,

Welcome to LAWS12060 Trusts

My contact details are as follows:

Email: a.mcewan@cqu.edu.au

CONSULTATION HOURS: I am generally available for consultation and to assist you with your queries on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 am to 12 noon (Eastern Standard Time) on 03 9616 0620. I am located in Melbourne and am on campus Mondays and Wednesdays. If you are in Melbourne you are welcome to make an appointment to meet with me in person. I am available at other times subject to prior arrangement with me.

Best wishes,

Alex

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Assessment 40%

Task Description

Assessment Paper: Due Week 9 – Thursday, 10 May 2018 11:45 PM

Maximum Word Limit: 2000 words

40 marks (40%)

Task Description

Students will be required to solve a Trusts Law problem question based on the material covered between Weeks 1 and 8 of LAWS12060. The answer must be presented in the form of an outline of argument.

Students will be required to refer to relevant case law and statute and to apply legal reasoning and critical thinking skills. Students must reference their work in accordance with the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC). Further details of the assignment will be uploaded to Moodle and discussed during tutorial 1.


Assessment Due Date

Week 9 Thursday (10 May 2018) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 11 Monday (21 May 2018)


Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

Marking will be completed according to a rubric. The rubric will be uploaded to Moodle and will also be attached to the assignment instructions.  


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submit via Moodle as a Word document. I will only accept online submission of your work.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • 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
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

Examination

Outline
Complete an invigilated examination

Date
During the examination period, at a CQUniversity examination centre

Weighting
60%

Length
180 minutes

Details
Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Law dictionaries, Business and Law dictionaries (discipline specific dictionaries) are authorised.
Open Book
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