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LAW5703 Advanced Property Law A

Semester 1, 2012 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business and Law
School or Department : School of Law
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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Staffing

Examiner: Liam Scott
Moderator: Mark Byrne

Requisites

Pre-requisite: LAW5501

Other requisites

Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/support/computing/hardware.

Synopsis

Possession and transfer of property of all types has been and continues to be a source of wealth and the primary activity of commercial and private endeavour. The legal rules that determine how these transactions take place are vital for ensuring stability. This course is designed to introduce students to the concepts of property and basic principles of property law. Students will gain an awareness of concepts of real and personal property and principles governing the possession, creation and transfer of interests in property, tenures and estates in co-ownership. The recognition of native title and subsequent case law and legislation will be examined, as will concepts of Crown land and leasehold. Students will debate contemporary property law issues.

Objectives

On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate academic and professional literacy skills by identifying, describing and evaluating the general policies underlying the law of property in Australia
  2. describe how law protects various property interests
  3. demonstrate an understanding of how property is created, transferred and secured
  4. outline the resolution of disputes involving competing proprietary interests
  5. understand the fragmentation of property rights and the existence of differing proprietary interests
  6. display a fundamental knowledge of the essential concepts
  7. critically analyse the operation of native title
  8. demonstrate satisfactory skills in:
    a. legal problem-solving
    b. comprehension of legal and other materials
    c. analytical and critical thinking including analysis of law and facts
    d. logical analysis and reasoning in the presentation of legal and other arguments, including the application of law to factual scenarios in the presentation of solutions to legal issues and problems
    e. written and oral communication
    f. legal writing and research
    g. understanding of local and national perspectives in law and related areas, including indigenous, multicultural and gender perspectives
    h. statutory interpretation.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Concepts of property including the theoretical basis for property law, the historical development of property law, the distinction between real and personal property and new forms of property 10.00
2. The concept of land 10.00
3. Possession and title (including finding and bailment) 20.00
4. Tenures and estates 10.00
5. Crown leasehold 10.00
6. Native title 15.00
7. Legal and equitable interests 15.00
8. Priorities 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/bookweb/subject.cgi?year=2012&sem=01&subject1=LAW5703)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/contact/)

  • MacDonald, C, McCrimmon, L, Wallace, A & Weir, M 2010, Real property law in Queensland, 3rd edn, Thomson Reuters (Professional), Rozelle, New South Wales.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Bradbrook, AJ, MacCallum, SV & Moore, AP 2007, Australian real property law, 4th edn, Lawbook Co, Pyrmont, New South Wales.
  • Chambers, R 2008, An introduction to property law in Australia, 2nd edn, Lawbook Co, Pyrmont, New South Wales.
  • Edgeworth, BJ, Rossiter, CJ, Stone, MA & O'Connor, PA 2008, Sackville and Neave Australian property law, 8th edn, LexisNexis Butterworths, Chatswood, New South Wales.
  • Hepburn, S 2008, Australian property law: cases, materials and analysis, LexisNexis Butterworths, Chatswood, New South Wales.
  • LexisNexis AU [electronic database]: Australian Property Law Journal - accessible via USQ Library Databases.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 45.00
Directed Study 50.00
Private Study 70.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ONLINE TEST 10 10 22 Mar 2012
ESSAY (FUNDAMENTAL CONCEPTS) 100 40 24 Apr 2012
2-HOUR EXAMINATION 50 50 End S1 (see note 1)

NOTES
  1. The examination is scheduled to be held in the end-of-semester examination period. Students will be advised of the official examination date after the timetable has been finalised.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    If you are an international student in Australia, you are advised to attend all classes if any are offered at your campus. For all other students, there are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without prior approval of the examiner, then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks (or grades) obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    This will be an open examination. Candidates may have access to any printed or written material and a calculator during the examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in assignments: Students studying this course as part of the Juris Doctor must use the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC) style. Students who are not enrolled in the Juris Doctor may use either Harvard (AGPS) or the AGLC style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. For AGLC style guide enquiries, consult the AGLC manual from the USQ Library's referencing guide at http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing, or contact the Law librarian. The AGPS style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing.

  2. Assignment submissions: (i) Students may be required to submit assignments via EASE or other method for electronic submission of assignments. (ii) Students may be required to use Turnitin.

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access: Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/current-students/support/computing/hardware.