LAWS12078 - Equity and Trusts

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you will examine the jurisdiction of Equity, including Trusts as a key equitable institution. The unit has four parts. In the first part you will address: the history of Equity and its relationship with the common law; equitable rights and interests; equitable assignment; fiduciary obligations and the equitable obligation of confidence. In the second part you will focus on the law of Trusts, including various types of trusts; the manner and form of trust creation and variation; the duties, rights and powers of trustees; consequences of breach of trust; beneficiary rights and remedies; resulting and constructive trusts. In the third part you will address equitable doctrines related to unconscionability; undue influence, unconscionable transactions and estoppel in equity. In the fourth part you will consider equitable remedies including declarations, specific performance, injunctions, and monetary remedies. This unit meets the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board requirements for Equity, including Trusts.


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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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 discussion forum 10%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Take Home Exam 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

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 80.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 26.79% 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: External Review
Feedback from Assessment 2 suggests that more prescriptive task instructions could direct students to the style or form of advice sought for this task, eg. legal memorandum or letter of advice, which might provide more uniformity in approach, a better structure to student answers and assess the skill of professional communication in a practical manner.
I will integrate this change into Assessment Two.
Action Taken
Over the last 12 months I have revised the assessment task instructions, introduced and reviewed an assessment guidance video, and reviewed the criteria assessment sheets for the Discussion Forum Assessment and Assessment 2 to ensure that the assessments have a clearer structure and assess the skill of professional communication in a practical manner.
Source: Unsolicited student feedback via Moodle message
Thank you very much for providing the detailed feedback on my first assessment. I will look to improve for the next assessment.
Continue to provide detailed assessment feedback to students with the aim of supporting them to improve their skills and future performance.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain the principles of Equity and Trusts and examine their relationship to broader legal principles
  2. Identify relevant equitable doctrines and apply them to problem-based scenarios
  3. Analyse and evaluate the role played by equity and trusts in common law jurisdictions
  4. Research, critically analyse and evaluate cases and secondary material with reference to equitable doctrines and remedies
  5. Examine and evaluate different theoretical arguments relevant to equitable doctrines and remedies.

This unit satisfies the Priestley 11 requirements for Equity, which also includes Trusts as approved by the Legal Practitioners Admissions Board.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online discussion forum
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Take Home Exam
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Online discussion forum
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Take Home Exam