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LAWS12066 - Land Law

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This course builds on the foundations laid in the pre-requisite course LAWS12065, Foundations of Property Law, being the second of two core property law courses for students enrolled in the LLB program. The course has a specific focus on the law of real property, covering the following themes: the concept of land; native title and indigenous rights to land; land registration systems with an emphasis on the Torrens system of land registration and the impact of e-technology; co-ownership; leases; mortgages; easements and covenants; strata and community title; and aspects of ownership and tenancy in public and community housing.

Details

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

Prerequisities:

LAWS11057 Introduction to Law; and

LAWS11059 Statutory Interpretation;

LAWS12065 Foundations of Property Law; and 

24 units of credit (4 courses) in the LLB program.

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 - 2014

Term 2 - 2017 Profile
Distance
Term 2 - 2018 Profile
Distance
Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2022 Profile
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).

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. Online Quiz(zes) 20%
2. Presentation 30%
3. Written Assessment 50%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 55.56% 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: Self-reflection
Feedback
Implementing e-conveyancing in Land law
Recommendation
Project to be further developed and streamlined with stronger explanatory material and further integration.
Action Taken
Complex material was simplified by including mindmap presentations to breakdown complex topics. This included the material on electronic certificates of title in Queensland.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
Assessment
Recommendation
Assessment tasks will aim to strike a better balance between the demands of the subject matter, the need to build important technology real world skills in students for modern land law practice. The final exam strategy will be reviewed in light of the 2 hour time period.
Action Taken
Material was simplified including the assessment tasks which were practically focused on real world examples of land law legal disputes. There was no 2 hour exam in 2020 due to COVID.
Source: Unit evaluation
Feedback
Learning resources and materials
Recommendation
As part of ongoing revision there will be an aim to condense the quantity of prescribed materials and to build a stronger narrative style into the study notes.
Action Taken
Significant work was undertaken to revise the delivery of the material so that students could digest the concepts more readily. This was mainly done through a series of mindmaps and short reference guides/checklists.
Source: Have your say
Feedback
Design of assessments: "The assessment tasks were relevant to the material we learnt about. The Zoom sessions were very engaging and the questions covered in the Zoom sessions helped with the assessment tasks." "Although there are many things that need to be covered in the topic, the first assessment sets a stepping stone to understanding every week."
Recommendation
The recommendation is that this design will be retained.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have your say
Feedback
Design of lecture/podcasts: "Mind maps added to lecture slides are easy to follow. Content was strategically laid out to support best outcomes for students."
Recommendation
The recommendation is that the mindmap will be retained.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have your say
Feedback
Study guide; "The study guide often just pointed to a textbook reference at times. It would be helpful for the study guide to give a concept overview. This would assist to provide context, prior to jumping into the prescribed readings"
Recommendation
The recommendation is that a new study guide will be devised to compliment the design of the lecture podcasts/ppts.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have your say
Feedback
Prescribed Text Book: "The primary text book really had to be supplemented with the latest version of 'Real Property Law in Queensland' from Thomson Reuters publishers. Also the grammar utilised within the primary resource text was so poorly done that it took a lot of re-reading to understanding what the author was trying o convey. For e.g. a sentence can have multiple meanings depending on the emphasis as a consequence of comma placement or not having it at all. Subsequently the authors were knowledgeable, but poor at communicating to a learner as a consequence of a hampered delivery."
Recommendation
The recommendation is that a new text book will be prescribed for 2021.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand and explain the conceptual features of land under Australian law.
  2. Explain and evaluate the framework of Native Title under the Native Title Act 1996 (Cth), how Native Title is extinguished and the nature of indigenous land claims.
  3. Explain and critically evaluate systems of land registration with an emphasis on the Torrens system and unregistered interests in Torrens land and the impact of e-technology.
  4. Explain and crictically evaluate important themes in land law including: Co-ownership; Leases under general law; Mortgages; Easements and Covenants; and the management of land where ownership is divided including strata and community title.
  5. Understand and critique the nature of future interests in land and the legal regime governing perpetuities.
  6. Understand and evaluate aspects of ownership and tenancy in social housing.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Presentation
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Presentation
3 - Written Assessment