CQUniversity Unit Profile
LAWS12066 Land Law
Land Law
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General Information

Overview

LAWS12066 Land Law has a specific focus on the law of real property in Queensland, covering the following themes: the concept of land; land registration systems with an emphasis on the Torrens system and the impact of e-technology pursuant to the Land Title Act 1994 (Qld); the principles for resolving priority disputes in Torrens title land under the Land Title Act 1994 (Qld); future interests and the rule against perpetuities under the Property Law Act 1974 (Qld) and the general law; concurrent ownership including aspects of community title under the Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997 (Qld) (as amended); leases; mortgages; easements; restrictive freehold covenants; and aspects of ownership, tenancy and regulation of social housing in Queensland. This unit together with LAWS12065 Foundations of Property Law meets the LPAB requirements for property law.

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

Prerequisities: LAWS11057 Introduction to Law; and LAWS11059 Statutory Interpretation; LAWS12065 Foundations of Property Law; and 24 units of credit (4 units) in the LLB course.

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 2 - 2019

Online

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. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 20%
2. Presentation
Weighting: 30%
3. Examination
Weighting: 50%

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 2, 2018 for LAWS12066, I used UCROO as the primary online discussion platform for students. UCROO is to be phased out.

Recommendation

Use the Q&A platform in Moodle as the primary discussion forum.

Feedback from John Milburn

Feedback

In term 2, 2018 for LAWS12066, I set difficult assessment tasks. The invigilated examination had a duration of three hours.

Recommendation

Simplify the assessment tasks and set the invigilated examination for a duration of two hours.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Illustrate and discuss the conceptual characteristics of land under Australian land law
  2. Recognise, analyse and apply the Torrens system of land registration and the impact of e-technology pursuant to the Land Title Act 1994 (Qld)
  3. Explain and apply the provisions of the Property Law Act 1974 (Qld) and the common law governing future interests and perpetuities in land in Queensland
  4. Recognise and analyse important interests and rights in land in relation to: concurrent ownership including aspects of community title under the Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997 (Qld) (as amended); leases under both the general law and specific legislation; mortgages; easements and restrictive freehold covenants
  5. Identify and appraise aspects of the ownership, tenancy and regulation of social housing in Queensland.


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
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 20%
2 - Presentation - 30%
3 - Examination - 50%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
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 - Online Quiz(zes) - 20%
2 - Presentation - 30%
3 - Examination - 50%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

LexisNexis Questions & Answers – Property Law 3rd (2017)

Authors: Cameron-Dow, L-L
LexisNexis Butterworths
Sydney Sydney , NSW , Australia
ISBN: 9780409341911
Binding: Paperback
Prescribed

Sackville & Neave Australian Property Law 10th (2016)

Authors: Edgeworth, B; Rossiter, C; O’Connor, P; Godwin, A,
LexisNexis Butterworths
Sydney Sydney , NSW , Australia
ISBN: 9780409343786
Binding: Paperback

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Zoom Conferencing (Webcam and Microphone)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Australian Guide to Legal Citation, 4th ed

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Michael Nancarrow Unit Coordinator
m.nancarrow@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 15 Jul 2019

Module/Topic

Nature of Land

Chapter

Materials uploaded to Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 22 Jul 2019

Module/Topic

The Torrens System of Land Registration Part I- Indefeasibility

Chapter

Sackville & Neave Australian Property Law 10th (2016) Ch. 5 [5.1 - 5.74]

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 29 Jul 2019

Module/Topic

The Torrens System of Land Registration Part II- Exceptions to Indefeasibility

Chapter

Sackville & Neave Australian Property Law 10th (2016) Ch. 5 [5.75 - 5.161]

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 05 Aug 2019

Module/Topic

Unregistered Interests in Torrens Land and Priorities

Chapter

Sackville & Neave Australian Property Law 10th (2016) Ch. 5 [5.162 - 5.223]

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 12 Aug 2019

Module/Topic

Co-ownership

Chapter

Sackville & Neave Australian Property Law 10th (2016) Ch. 6 [6.1 - 6.87]

Events and Submissions/Topic

Online 20% assessment Due: Week 5 Friday (16 Aug 2019) 11:45 pm AEST
Vacation Week Begin Date: 19 Aug 2019

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 26 Aug 2019

Module/Topic

Alienability of Proprietary Interests and Perpetuities

Chapter

Sackville & Neave Australian Property Law 10th (2016) Ch. 7 [7.1 - 7.81] and Materials uploaded to Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 02 Sep 2019

Module/Topic

Leases

Chapter

Sackville & Neave Australian Property Law 10th (2016) Ch. 8 pp 695-851

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 09 Sep 2019

Module/Topic

Social Housing

Chapter

Materials uploaded to Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

ONLINE 30% ASSESSMENT Due: Week 8 Friday (13 Sept 2019) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 9 Begin Date: 16 Sep 2019

Module/Topic

Easements

Chapter

Sackville & Neave Australian Property Law 10th (2016) Ch. 9 pp 949-1066

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 23 Sep 2019

Module/Topic

Mortgages

Chapter

Sackville & Neave Australian Property Law 10th (2016) Ch. 10 pp 1067-1169

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 30 Sep 2019

Module/Topic

Review and exam preparation

Chapter

Nil

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 07 Oct 2019

Module/Topic

Review

Chapter

Nil

Events and Submissions/Topic

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 14 Oct 2019

Module/Topic

Review

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 21 Oct 2019

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title
Online 20% assessment

Task Description

Task Requirement

This assessment will help to develop your analytical, evaluative and problem solving skills in relation to land law concepts and legal issues. The assessment will test concepts, law and materials in relation to the Torrens system of land registration drawn from Weeks 1-3.

This is a online assessment. It will emphasise:

Plain language communication.
Practical application;
Conceptual understanding;

Applied learning of land law concepts; and

An appreciation of the role of technology in relation to Land Law.

Specific question information and submission details will be be available to students via the Moodle Unit website at the start of the Term.





Number of Quizzes

1


Frequency of Quizzes

Other


Assessment Due Date

Week 5 Friday (16 Aug 2019) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 7 Friday (6 Sept 2019)

assessments will be returned to students through Moodle


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria


High distinction standard
  • You wrote your answer very well and expressed yourself clearly and concisely
  • You presented your paper in a logical structure
  • You demonstrated an appreciation and understanding of the issues involved
  • You backed your answer by well-reasoned arguments demonstrating a detailed insight and analysis of issues
  • You produced a sophisticated analysis from a variety of perspectives
  • You demonstrated mastery of the AGLC referencing system

Distinction Standard

  • Your answer is well written and expressed
  • You produced a well-structured and logical paper
  • You clearly identified, and appreciated, legal issues
  • You referenced your material correctly
  • You referred to appropriate case law, but your analysis and interpretation was not as detailed and reasoned as for high distinction standard

Credit Standard

  • Your answer is generally well written and expressed
  • Your paper is well structured and sequential
  • Your coverage of issues is reasonably comprehensive with a good treatment and analysis
  • Referencing is satisfactory
  • Your analysis is not as detailed and reasoned as for distinction standard

Pass Standard

  • I could understand your paper
  • You could better organise and structure your paper
  • You could identify and address issues in more depth
  • Your paper is confusing or incorrect
  • Core facts/issues not clearly understood or identified
  • You demonstrated some familiarity with legislation and case law
  • Your conclusions reached are somewhat simplistic
  • You included quantities of material of marginal relevance in your paper
  • Referencing needs improvement
  • Your analysis is not as detailed and reasoned as for credit standard


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Illustrate and discuss the conceptual characteristics of land under Australian land law
  • Recognise, analyse and apply the Torrens system of land registration and the impact of e-technology pursuant to the Land Title Act 1994 (Qld)
  • Explain and apply the provisions of the Property Law Act 1974 (Qld) and the common law governing future interests and perpetuities in land in Queensland


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Social Innovation

2 Presentation

Assessment Title
ONLINE 30% ASSESSMENT

Task Description


Task Requirement

This assessment will assess concepts, law and materials covered in Weeks 4-5 covering unregistered interests in Torrens land and co-ownership .

The assessment will test understanding, application and practical skills in relation to the these areas of Land Law.

Students will be tested though a problem-solving scenario where students will be required to both analyse the relevant
legal framework and practically apply that understanding.

This assessment will have an applied technology component.

This assessment will be able to be completed optionally in groups of up to 4 members per group.

Specific question information and submission details will be be available to students via the Moodle Unit website at the end of Week 5.





Assessment Due Date

Week 8 Friday (13 Sept 2019) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 11 Friday (4 Oct 2019)

assessmenst will be returned to students through Moodle


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

Assessment criteria

High distinction standard

  • You wrote your answer very well and expressed yourself clearly and concisely
  • You presented your paper in a logical structure
  • You demonstrated an appreciation and understanding of the issues involved
  • You backed your answer by well-reasoned arguments demonstrating a detailed insight and analysis of issues
  • You produced a sophisticated analysis from a variety of perspectives
  • You demonstrated mastery of the AGLC referencing system

Distinction Standard

  • Your answer is well written and expressed
  • You produced a well-structured and logical paper
  • You clearly identified, and appreciated, legal issues
  • You referenced your material correctly
  • You referred to appropriate case law, but your analysis and interpretation was not as detailed and reasoned as for high distinction standard

Credit Standard

  • Your answer is generally well written and expressed
  • Your paper is well structured and sequential
  • Your coverage of issues is reasonably comprehensive with a good treatment and analysis
  • Referencing is satisfactory
  • Your analysis is not as detailed and reasoned as for distinction standard

Pass Standard

  • I could understand your paper
  • You could better organise and structure your paper
  • You could identify and address issues in more depth
  • Your paper is confusing or incorrect
  • Core facts/issues not clearly understood or identified
  • You demonstrated some familiarity with legislation and case law
  • Your conclusions reached are somewhat simplistic
  • You included quantities of material of marginal relevance in your paper
  • Referencing needs improvement 
  • Your analysis is not as detailed and reasoned as for credit standard


Referencing Style

Submission
Online Group

Submission Instructions
The 30% assessment maybe done OPTIONALLY in groups of up to three (3) students.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Recognise and analyse important interests and rights in land in relation to: concurrent ownership including aspects of community title under the Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997 (Qld) (as amended); leases under both the general law and specific legislation; mortgages; easements and restrictive freehold covenants


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Team Work
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Ethical practice

Examination

Outline
Complete an invigilated examination

Date
During the examination period, at a CQUniversity examination centre

Weighting
50%

Length
120 minutes

Details
Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Open Book
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