PROP12002 - Property Rights and Law

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Property economics is fundamentally concerned with the economic management of property rights. In this unit you will examine the general principles of property, property rights and real property law with a focus on Queensland and applications in other states as required. You will examine topics including: the nature of real and personal property; customary property rights; the bundle of rights approach to ownership; lesser bundles of rights such as leaseholds, easements, covenants, and mortgages; property rights registration systems; legal principles and practices related to the administration of property rights.


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

Prerequisite: LAWS11030 or LAWS19031 or LAWS11054 or (LAWS11057 and LAWS11059)

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 2 - 2023

Term 1 - 2024 Profile

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 50%
2. Examination 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 73.33% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 28.30% 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: Student feedback
The tutorial time did not suit some fulltime workers. The recorded videos were considered to be less engaging.
The scheduling and timing of virtual classes will be discussed at discipline meetings to see if there a more preferred times that suit delivery.
Action Taken
Scheduling this term did not appear to be as much of a concern to the cohort with no negative comments in the SUTE.
Source: Student feedback
One student asked for weekly videos to show the lecture slides and not just the lecturer talking to the screen.
There are technological workaround options including having the video and slides open at the same time or even enabling the transcript functionality. These options may be shared without having to change the preferred delivery.
Action Taken
Delivery systems and approaches did not appear to be as much of a concern this term with no negative comments in the SUTE.
Source: SUTE
Students found the unit challenging but relevant.
Ensure students are appropriately briefed and ready to undertake the unit. The weekly sessions may even benefit from an explicit time allocation to Assessment Help.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain the nature and type of various proprietary rights in land
  2. Examine the creation of various proprietary interests in land and analyse their relative enforceability at law and in equity
  3. Formulate an informed decision by applying the relevant property rights principles and law arising out of an encountered fact situation
  4. Apply appropriate style and terminology to communicate effectively in the discipline.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Examination
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
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
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 - Written Assessment
2 - Examination