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LAW3424 Land Contracts

Semester 1, 2014 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Law and Justice

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Examiner: Andrew George
Moderator: Liam Scott


Pre-requisite: (LAW2202 or LAW1123 or LAW5602 or LAW5123) and (LAW3203 or LAW2213 or LAW5703 or LAW5213)

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 //


Queensland has a specialised legal system relating to land contracts. Land contracts are an integral part of legal process in Queensland. There is a demonstrated need for those involved in that process to be fully aware of contract law as it applies to land contracts, the impact and legal effect of the adoption of the standard land contract and the differences in law and procedure as apply to the various types of land tenure that exist under the Torrens title system.


The course will provide a comprehensive coverage of the law of land contracts. The course will examines the major elements in a land contract from pre-contract negotiations to post transfer rights and obligations. Students will be expected to draft various clauses applicable to the standard land contract to overcome various problematic situations and know the standard land contract conditions in detail. Easements and other common title encumbrances will be considered. Whilst some emphasis is placed on a residential land transfer, the peculiarities of commercial, rural, strata title land contracts are also considered.


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

  1. locate and analyse primary law materials and secondary materials (as relevant) while examining an issue relevant to land contracts
  2. explain the legal principles relevant to a land contract; comprehend fully the integration of contract law, standard form clauses and documents, procedure and the Torrens Tiles System as all apply in a land contract
  3. apply such legal principles to given fact situations in order to determine the likely outcome to issues raised; draft short clauses; apply contract conditions to solve a problem scenario
  4. display a fundamental knowledge of the essential concepts
  5. demonstrate satisfactory skills in:
    1. comprehension of legal and other materials
    2. analytical and critical thinking, including analysis of law and facts
    3. 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
    4. written and oral communication
    5. legal writing and research
    6. understanding of local and national perspectives in law and related areas, including indigenous, multicultural and gender perspectives
    7. legal writing and drafting, including letter writing and other documents.


Description Weighting(%)
1. i. Contract law revision as applicable to land contracts
ii. The conveyance process in Queensland
iii. The standard land contract
iv. Torrens titling
v. Residential land contracts
vi. Commercial, rural and strata title land contracts
vii. Land subdivision contracts
viii. Special clauses, procedures and scenarios

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Christensen, SA, Dixon, WM, Duncan, WD & Jones, SE 2011, Land contracts in Queensland, 3rd edn, Federation Press, Annandale, New South Wales.
  • The current reprint of various Queensland statutes will be necessary and students will be advised a list of those Acts and the most effective way to access them online.

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.
  • Additional reference materials will be advised or made available to students throughout the course.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 20.00
Directed Study 52.00
Private Study 93.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ONLINE TEST 10 10 27 Mar 2014
ASSIGNMENT 1 50 50 16 Jun 2014
ASSIGNMENT 2 50 40 16 Jun 2014

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    If you are an international student in Australia, you are advised to attend all classes 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:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  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 aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  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. Assignments:
    1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ or submit it electronically. 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 assignment submitted for assessment. This must be produced 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. Assignments are to be submitted in the appropriate assignment folders or electronic pro-forma.
    5. In the event that a due date for an assignment falls on a local public holiday in their area, such as a show holiday, the due date for the assignment will be the next day. Students are to note on the assignment cover the date of the public holiday for the examiner's convenience.
    6. Students may be required to submit assignments via EASE or other method for electronic submission of assignments.
    7. Students may be required to use Turnitin.

  2. Referencing in assignments:
    Students studying this course as part of a Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor must use the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC) style. Students who are not enrolled in either of these programs may use either Harvard (AGPS) or the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC) 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 Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at //

  3. Dishonest actions:
    1. Any student who is alleged to have performed a dishonest action relating to any assessment in the course will have a course of action taken against him/her as outlined in the academic regulations.
    2. Pieces of assessment should be the work of individual students. Joint pieces of assessment are not permitted unless written approval has been obtained from the examiner.
    3. Dishonest action in relation to assessment includes: copying or attempting to copy the work of others; use of or attempting to use information prohibited from use in that form of assessment; submitting the work of another as your own; consciously committing acts of plagiarism, that is, taking and using another's thoughts or writings as one's own with intent to deceive, which occurs when paragraphs, sentences, a single sentence or significant parts of a sentence which are copied directly, are not enclosed in quotation marks and appropriately footnoted or referenced in the text; direct quotations are not used, but text is paraphrased or summarised, and the source of the material is not acknowledged by footnoting or other reference in the text.

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 //