LAWS13012 - Succession

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit examines issues in Succession Law in Queensland. It covers the principles and practice relating to Enduring Powers of Attorney, Wills, intestacy, the administration of an estate (both testate and intestate) and family provision applications. Emphasis is placed on the importance of the relevant legislation, court decisions and statutory procedures to succession law practice.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite:- LAWS12060 Trusts

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 - 2020

Term 3 - 2021 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

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 30%
2. Group Discussion 10%
3. Take Home Exam 40%
4. Group Discussion 20%

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

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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: Students/Staff
Feedback
The students felt the Qld specific text of Preece would be better then the one used which was a text that tried to cover the whole of Australia.
Recommendation
Change text to the Preece text (Lee's Manual of Succession Law)
Action Taken
Actioned. The Preece text was well-received.
Source: Students/Staff
Feedback
Students thought the exam was worth too much (70%)
Recommendation
Change assessment to a 40% assignment, 10% quiz and a 50% exam
Action Taken
Actioned. The Assessments were completely changed and the necessary change approval obtained.
Source: Generally positive student feedback
Feedback
Tutorial activities
Recommendation
That they be continued and be assessed for attendance and participation with allowances made for good reason for not attending. Recordings should be made available.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Generally positive student feedback but a source of dissent.
Feedback
Assessments One and Two, preparation of a will and the sharing and discussion of the students' posts.
Recommendation
That this novel approach to assessments be continued. Note, if this is not agreed there will need to be an approved change.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback and UC
Feedback
Lectures
Recommendation
There should be recorded video lectures for each Topic.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback and UC
Feedback
The Take Home Paper should take place during a 24 hour window fixed well in advance.
Recommendation
Assessment Three should be amended accordingly. It may be necessary to coordinate the timing with other Term 3 UCs.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Draft a Will and a Power of Attorney from a given set of facts.
  2. Explain how the administration of an estate (intestate or testate) should proceed.
  3. Recognise, analyse and critically reflect on the succession law issues arising out of encountered fact situations.
  4. Describe the ethical considerations that arise with wills and powers of attorney.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Group Discussion
3 - Take Home Exam
4 - Group Discussion
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
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
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Group Discussion
3 - Take Home Exam
4 - Group Discussion