CQUniversity Unit Profile
LAWS13012 Succession
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General Information


This unit examines issues in Succession Law in Queensland. It covers the principles and practice relating to Enduring Powers of Attorney, Wills, intestacy, the administration of an estate (both testate and intestate) and family provision applications. Emphasis is placed on the importance of the relevant legislation, court decisions and statutory procedures to succession law practice.


Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 3
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite:- LAWS12060 TRUSTS

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 3 - 2017


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: 30%
2. Examination
Weighting: 70%

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 Self-reflection


The provision of quizzes will enhance both the learning and assimilation processes.


Quizzes to be inserted.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Draft a Will and a Power of Attorney from a given set of facts.
  2. Explain how the administration of an estate (intestate or testate) should proceed.
  3. Recognise, analyse and critically reflect on the succession law issues arising out of encountered fact situations.
  4. Describe the ethical considerations that arise with wills and powers of attorney.
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 - 30%
2 - Examination - 70%

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
10 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Written Assessment - 30%
2 - Examination - 70%
Textbooks and Resources



Principles of Australian Succession Law

Edition: 3rd (2017)
Authors: Mackie, Ken
ISBN: 9780409345315
Binding: Paperback

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
Aidan Booker Unit Coordinator
Week 1 Begin Date: 06 Nov 2017


Introduction to course and the General Nature of a Will


Mackie 1

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 13 Nov 2017


General Nature of a Will


Mackie 1, 2

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 20 Nov 2017


Mental Elements Required for Making a Will


Mackie 3 and 4

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 27 Nov 2017


Formal Requirements of a Will


Mackie 5

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 04 Dec 2017



Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 11 Dec 2017


Revocation and Alteration of Wills

Republication and Revival


Mackie 6 and 7

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 18 Dec 2017


Construction of Wills


Mackie 8

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 01 Jan 2018


Gifts by Will


Mackie 9

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 08 Jan 2018


Distribution on Intestacy


Mackie 10

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 15 Jan 2018


Family Provision


Mackie 11

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 22 Jan 2018


The Administrative Process Part 1:   Functions and Duties of Personal Representatives


Mackie 14

Events and Submissions/Topic

Written Assignment (Written Assignment 30%) Due: Week 10 Monday (22 Jan 2018) 9:00 pm AEST
Week 11 Begin Date: 29 Jan 2018


The Administrative Process Part 2: Powers, Rights and Liabilities of Personal Representatives



Mackie 15 and 16

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 05 Feb 2018




Events and Submissions/Topic

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 12 Feb 2018



Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 12 Feb 2018



Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Assignment (Written Assignment 30%)

Task Description

A  research and will drafting exercise

Assessment Due Date

Week 10 Monday (22 Jan 2018) 9:00 pm AEST

Due the Monday of week 10

Return Date to Students

Week 12 Monday (5 Feb 2018)

Marks with comments


Assessment Criteria

  1. Research into factual circumstances
  2. Identification of relevant issues
  3. Drafting a will
  4. Presentation and expression

Referencing Style


Submission Instructions
All assignments to be submitted online as a Word document.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Draft a Will and a Power of Attorney from a given set of facts.
  • Explain how the administration of an estate (intestate or testate) should proceed.
  • Recognise, analyse and critically reflect on the succession law issues arising out of encountered fact situations.
  • Describe the ethical considerations that arise with wills and powers of attorney.

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


Complete an invigilated examination

During the examination period, at a CQUniversity examination centre


120 minutes

Calculator - all non-communicable calculators, including scientific, programmable and graphics calculators are authorised
Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Open Book
Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

Where can I get assistance?

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