LAWS12066 - Land Law

General Information

Unit Synopsis

LAWS12066 Land Law has a specific focus on the law of real property in Queensland, covering the following themes: the concept of land; land registration systems with an emphasis on the Torrens system and the impact of e-technology pursuant to the Land Title Act 1994 (Qld); the principles for resolving priority disputes in Torrens title land under the Land Title Act 1994 (Qld); future interests and the rule against perpetuities under the Property Law Act 1974 (Qld) and the general law; concurrent ownership including aspects of community title under the Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997 (Qld) (as amended); leases; mortgages; easements; restrictive freehold covenants; and aspects of ownership, tenancy and regulation of social housing in Queensland. This unit together with LAWS12065 Foundations of Property Law meets the LPAB requirements for property law.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3
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 units) in the LLB course.

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 Profile
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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

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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%).

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Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 51.79% 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
Content design and configuration
Recommendation
Land Law is a demanding unit with a heavy load in terms of topics and readings. Before the next offering of the Unit in T2 2018 changes to content and re-configuration of material and resources will be undertaken. These include the following: -Native Title will moved to LAWS12065 -Some rearrangement of material will be undertaken -a strengthened focus on both technology and a land law practice perspective will be considered -consideration will be given to making easements and freehold covenants offered in the alternative to reduce the amount of content which the Unit embraces.
Action Taken
Done. Dr Nancarrow rewrote the study guides.
Source: Self-reflection
Feedback
Assessment
Recommendation
A greater emphasis will be placed upon critical property law skills in relation to land law concepts. This commenced in 2017 with 20% assessment.
Action Taken
I continued the assessment regime which placed an emphasis on applied property law skills.
Source: Staff feedback
Feedback
Assessments
Recommendation
All assessments were peer reviewed internally. Feedback suggested assessments while challenging were excellent and all struck a good balance between building problem solving skills and developing an appreciation for broader policy and reform issues.
Action Taken
I continued the assessment regime which placed an emphasis on applied property law skills.
Source: Student feedback-Unit evaluation
Feedback
Sticking the right balance in content between land law concepts and technology
Recommendation
Consideration will given to better integrating discussion of technology implications around critical land law concepts throughout topics as appropriate.
Action Taken
I did not add any further integration around the use of technology in the context of land law studies.
Source: Student feedback-Unit evaluation
Feedback
Extensive readings
Recommendation
Materials and weekly reading commitment for the Unit will be reviewed with the aim of condensing and pruning where possible. Thought will be given to rationalising the number of topics covered. A new case book will be prescribed as well as a practically focussed Q & A supporting text.
Action Taken
Done. Dr Nancarrow rewrote the study guides. Given that the textbook is detailed I did reduce the extensive additional materials previously offered in this unit.
Source: Student feedback-Unit evaluation
Feedback
Assessment and feedback
Recommendation
Assessment design will be reviewed in order to achieve an appropriate balance between setting challenging and innovative assessments that are able to be well understood by students and providing feedback which strikes a balance between critical critique and encouragement.
Action Taken
I offered extensive feedback to students. While generally that was well received, some students complained that it emphasised the degree of difficulty associated with the assessment tasks.
Source: John Milburn
Feedback
In term 2, 2018 for LAWS12066, I used UCROO as the primary online discussion platform for students. UCROO is to be phased out.
Recommendation
Use the Q&A platform in Moodle as the primary discussion forum.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: John Milburn
Feedback
In term 2, 2018 for LAWS12066, I set difficult assessment tasks. The invigilated examination had a duration of three hours.
Recommendation
Simplify the assessment tasks and set the invigilated examination for a duration of two hours.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes
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