CQUniversity Unit Profile
PROP12002 Property Rights and Law
Property Rights and Law
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General Information


Property economics is fundamentally concerned with the economic management of property rights. In this unit you will examine the general principles of property, property rights and real property law with a focus on Queensland and applications in other states as required. You will examine topics including: the nature of real and personal property; customary property rights; the bundle of rights approach to ownership; lesser bundles of rights such as leaseholds, easements, covenants, and mortgages; property rights registration systems; legal principles and practices related to the administration of property rights.


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

Prerequisite: LAWS11030 or LAWS19031 or LAWS11054 or (LAWS11057 and LAWS11059)

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


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: 50%
2. 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.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain the nature and type of various proprietary rights in land
  2. Examine the creation of various proprietary interests in land and analyse their relative enforceability at law and in equity
  3. Formulate an informed decision by applying the relevant property rights principles and law arising out of an encountered fact situation
  4. Apply appropriate style and terminology to communicate effectively in the discipline.
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 - 50%
2 - Examination - 50%

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 - 50%
2 - Examination - 50%
Textbooks and Resources



Australian Property Law: Cases, Materials and Analysis

Edition: 3rd. (2014)
Authors: S. Hepburn
Lexis Nexis Butterworths
Sydney Sydney , NSW , Australia
ISBN: 9780409337150
Binding: Hardcover

Law Briefs : Property Law

Authors: Richardson , K.
Sydney Sydney , NSW , Australia
ISBN: 9781442504790
Binding: Paperback

Quick Reference Card : Real Property Law

Edition: 2nd. (2014)
Authors: Edgeworth
Lexis Nexis Butterworths
Sydney Sydney , NSW , Australia
ISBN: 9780409340334
Binding: Other

Your Business Degree

Edition: 2nd. (2014)
Authors: McCulloch / Reid
Sydney Sydney , NSW , Australia
ISBN: 9781486006366
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 styles below:

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Kristy Richardson Unit Coordinator
Week 1 Begin Date: 05 Mar 2018


Concepts of Property



Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 12 Mar 2018


Possession and Title and the Doctrine of Estates


2 & 5

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 19 Mar 2018


The Doctrine of Tenure and Native Title



Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 26 Mar 2018


Adverse Possession and Fixtures


3 & 4

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 02 Apr 2018


The Torrens System



Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 09 Apr 2018



Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 16 Apr 2018


Equitable and Unregistered Interests


9 & 12

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 23 Apr 2018


The Priority Rules and Alienation


10, 6 & 3 (pp. 139-152)

Events and Submissions/Topic

Essay Due: Week 7 Thursday (26 Apr 2018) 5:00 pm AEST
Week 8 Begin Date: 30 Apr 2018





Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 07 May 2018





Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 14 May 2018





Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 21 May 2018





Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 28 May 2018


Restrictive Covenants



Events and Submissions/Topic

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 04 Jun 2018



Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 11 Jun 2018



Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title

Task Description

This assessment consists of an academic essay responding to a topic based on literature including the text book and other readings. The essay is to be written as a well structured and persuasive argument citing relevant literature using standard citation style for citations and the reference list. The topic details will be found on the Moodle Site.

Assessment Due Date

Week 7 Thursday (26 Apr 2018) 5:00 pm AEST

Return Date to Students

Week 9 Thursday (10 May 2018)


Assessment Criteria

The assessment criteria include knowledge, analysis & argument, writing style, presentation and referencing. Full details of how these graded will found on the Moodle site.

Referencing Style


Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Explain the nature and type of various proprietary rights in land
  • Examine the creation of various proprietary interests in land and analyse their relative enforceability at law and in equity
  • Formulate an informed decision by applying the relevant property rights principles and law arising out of an encountered fact situation
  • Apply appropriate style and terminology to communicate effectively in the discipline.

Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice


Complete an invigilated examination

During the examination period at a CQUniversity examination centre


180 minutes

Exam Conditions
Open Book

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.
No calculators permitted
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.

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What is a breach of academic integrity?

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Why is academic integrity important?

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Where can I get assistance?

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