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SVY3200 Land Administration

Semester 2, 2013 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Engineering & Surveying
School or Department : Surveying & Spatial Science
Version produced : 20 April 2014

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Staffing

Examiner: Shane Simmons
Moderator: Glenn Campbell

Rationale

Land administration varies across a wide range of global land administration systems within varying levels of development and government. This course outlines the basic principles of land administration applicable to a country for successful implementation of a land administration system and the infrastructure required for the implementation of land-related policies and land management strategies. An effective land administration system can assist in achieving socio-economic equality, sustainable development and environmental protection. Knowledge of land administration is essential for land planning and land management.

Synopsis

Land is fundamental to all societies. Additionally, the policies and systems which support the sustainable development of land are integral to both developed and developing economies. Security of land title and orderly processes for land transactions and management are crucial to the operation of an efficient and effective land market. This course will introduce land administration systems in the context of sustainable development. The course will also describe the basic principles of land valuation for land administration.

Objectives

The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. understand the principles of land administration;
  2. discuss and describe land administration processes essential for land administration systems;
  3. describe the role of land-use planning as part of a land administration system;
  4. explain the need for spatial data infrastructure to support land management;
  5. discuss the requirements and tools for establishing a land administration system;
  6. describe the interaction and operation of land registration and cadastral systems;
  7. discuss case studies of land administration systems;
  8. demonstrate a knowledge of the principles of valuation for land and improvements on land;
  9. describe the method and principles used for determining compensation for the compulsory acquisition of land.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. The principles of land administration 10.00
2. Land administration processes and theory 10.00
3. Managing land-use 10.00
4. Spatial data infrastructure 10.00
5. Land administration tools 10.00
6. Land registration and cadastral systems 10.00
7. Concepts of value and purposes of valuation 5.00
8. General principles of valuation 15.00
9. Valuation of improvements to land 5.00
10. Valuation of land 10.00
11. Compensation and compulsory acquisition 5.00

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=2013&sem=02&subject1=SVY3200)

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  • Williamson, I, Enemark, S, Wallace, J & Rajabifard, A 2010, Land administration for sustainable development, ESRI, Redlands, Calif.

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.
  • Dale, P & McLaughlin, J 1988, Land information management, Clarendon Press, Oxford.
  • Larsson, G 1991, Land registration and cadastral systems, Longman Scientific and Technical, Essex, England.
  • Rost, RO, & Collins, HG 1984, Land valuation and compensation in Australia, Australian Institute of Valuers, Canberra.
  • Whipple, RTM 2006, Property valuation and analysis, 2nd edn, Law Book Co Ltd, Australia.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 60.00
Directed Study 52.00
Examinations 2.00
Private Study 41.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 200 20 26 Aug 2013
ASSIGNMENT 2 200 20 21 Oct 2013
2 HOUR RESTRICTED EXAMINATION 600 60 End S2 (see note 1)

NOTES
  1. Student Administration will advise students of the dates of their examinations during the semester.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the studentsí 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 or a grade of at least C-. (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. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade in a course a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks 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 aggregate of the weighted marks /grades obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Candidates are allowed access only to specific materials during a Restricted Examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are: writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination); calculators which cannot hold textual information paper the make and model of any calculator(s) they use 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 examination period at the end of the semester of the next offering of this course.

  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. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  5. If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.

  6. The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.

  7. Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.

  8. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded the temporary grade: IM (Incomplete - Make up). An IM grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non-directed personal study.

  9. Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination); IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  10. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide. http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing