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LAWS12065 - Foundations of Property Law

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Unit Synopsis

LAWS12065 Foundations of Property Law introduces students to the conceptual foundations of the law of property in Australia. In this unit you will examine learn about personal property and an introduction to interests in real property. A core aim of the unit is to develop an understanding of a 'proprietary interest' and the different types of interests in property which Australian law recognises. The unit includes coverage of the regulation of personal property interests under the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth) and Native Title both under the common law and the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) (as amended). This unit covers the following specific themes: Perspectives on the concept property; possession, seisin and title; nature and type (i.e. fragmentation) of proprietary interests; creation of proprietary interests; legal and equitable remedies; statutory schemes of registration (the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth)); and acquisition and disposal of proprietary interests. The Unit addresses: the doctrine of tenure and estates; the principles for resolving priority disputes to land under the general law; and the doctrine of fixtures and related concepts which affect the scope and meaning of real property under Australian property law. This unit together with LAWS12066 Land Law meets the LPAB requirements for property.


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


LAWS11057 Introduction to Law; and

LAWS11059 Statutory Interpretation


LAWS 12056 Equity


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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2020

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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. Online Quiz(zes) 30%
3. Examination 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. Explain and discuss the meaning and purpose of the concept of property and property rights
  2. Compare and contrast aspects of Australian property law under the common law system with aspects of the South African mixed legal system in relation to constitutional protection of property rights
  3. Appraise and apply the scheme for regulating and registering security interests in personal property under the Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth)
  4. Explain and evaluate the methods and processes under law for creating, disposing and enforcing proprietary interests in relation to both personal and real property
  5. Summarise and describe the nature of interests in State land in Queensland under the Land Act 1994 (Qld) (as amended)
  6. Recognise and critique the framework of indigenous rights to land including native title under the common law and the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) (as amended)
  7. Demonstrate and apply an understanding of dealings in proprietary interests under the Property Law Act 1974 (Qld), Australian Consumer Law and the general law in relation to both enforcement and remedies.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Group Discussion
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Examination
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
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
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Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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1 - Group Discussion
2 - Online Quiz(zes)
3 - Examination