LAWS12065 - Foundations of Property Law

General Information

Unit Synopsis

LAWS12065 Foundations of Property Law introduces students to the law of real and personal property in Australia. Topics will include: (1) real property and land law, including land registration, e-conveyancing, interests in land, native title, dispositions, the doctrine of estates, adverse possession and the doctrine of fixtures; and (2) personal property law, including interests in personal property and the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth).


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: 24 credit points of law units

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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2023

Term 1 - 2023 Profile

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Group Discussion 10%
2. Practical Assessment 30%
3. Online Test 60%

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

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 66.67% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 39.86% response rate.

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.

Source: Unit Coordinator
A new book should be prescribed for the basis of the practical tutorial sessions. The book has more examples which students can practice their problem solving skills.
The Book Focus - Land Law Edition: 5 (2020) by Webb & Stephenson Lexis Nexis will be prescribed. It is also available online through the CQU library.
Action Taken
This was done.
Source: Unit Coordinator
The unit should better compliment the content in the 2nd Property Law unit being Land Law - LAWS12066
The unit coordinators will consult more intensively to ensure topics in both units compliment each other. Also the new prescribed book Focus - Land Law will also be prescribed in Land Law - LAWS12066.
Action Taken
This was done.
Source: Unit Coordinator
Further problem solving materials needed to assist students with their academic skills.
The Book Focus - Land Law Edition: 5 (2020) by Webb & Stephenson Lexis Nexis will be maintained. A second problem & answer book will be considered by the U.C. and/or other relevant learning materials to further assist students will problem solving and skills' development.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Examine the characteristics of, and the differences between, real property and personal property in Australian law
  2. Explain and apply Australian legislation and/or common law to advise on property law issues
  3. Communicate in a professional and persuasive manner both orally and in writing
  4. Work individually and collaboratively in an effective manner to negotiate a suitable outcome in accordance with a client’s instructions

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Group Discussion
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Online Test
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
9 - Social Innovation
10 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
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