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LAW3203 Property Law A

Semester 1, 2011 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business
School or Department : School of Law

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Examiner: Liam Scott


Pre-requisite: LAW1201

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 <//>.


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.


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. critically analyse the operation of native title
  7. demonstrate satisfactory written communication skills.


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 bilament) 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). (

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  • MacDonald, C, McCrimmon, L, Wallace, A & Weir, M 2010, Real property law in Queensland, 3rd edn, Thomson Reuters (Professional), Rozelle, New South Wales.
  • LAW3203 course content CD available for purchase from the USQ Bookshop. Note that course content is also available on-line via the USQ Study Desk.

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.
  • Butt, P 2010, Land law, 6th 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.
  • Duncan, WD 2008, Commercial leases in Australia, 5th 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.
  • Megarry, R & Wade, W 2008, The law of real property, 7th edn, Sweet & Maxwell, London.
  • Tooher, J & Dwyer, B 2008, Introduction to property law, 5th edn, 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 40.00
Directed Study 50.00
Lectures and Tutorials 39.00
Private Study 36.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives assessed Graduate skill Level assessed Notes
PRACTICE QUESTIONS EXERCISE 100 50 26 Apr 2011 4,5,7 U3,U4 3,3
2-HOUR EXAMINATION 60 50 End S1 All U3,U4 3,3 (see note 1)

  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.

Graduate qualities and skills

Elements of the following USQ Graduate Skills are associated with the sucessful completion of this course.
Academic, professional and digital literacy (U3)Advanced (Level 3)
Written and oral communication (U4)Advanced (Level 3)

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be assessed 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

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in assignments: Students studying this course as part of a Bachelor of Laws must use the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC) style. Students who are not enrolled in a Bachelor of Laws 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 <//>, or contact the Law librarian. The AGPS style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at <//>.

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 <//>.