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LAWS104 Foundations of Law and Legal Research LAWS205 Property

Teaching organisation

4 hours per week for twelve weeks or equivalent.

Unit rationale, description and aim

This unit is a continuation of Property. It provides an introduction to the Torrens system of land registration, the nature and creation of interests in land, mortgages, leases and the transfer of title.

Learning outcomes

To successfully complete this unit you will be able to demonstrate you have achieved the learning outcomes (LO) detailed in the below table.

Each outcome is informed by a number of graduate capabilities (GC) to ensure your work in this, and every unit, is part of a larger goal of graduating from ACU with the attributes of insight, empathy, imagination and impact.

Explore the graduate capabilities.

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

LO1 - Describe and critically evaluate the Land Law (GA1, GA2, GA3, GA4, GA5, GA9)

LO2 - Apply to Land Law to factual situations and thereby advise clients and others of their contractual rights and obligations in those situations (GA3, GA4, GA6, GA7)

LO3 - Compare and contrast Australian Land Law with that in certain other jurisdictions and evaluate its effectiveness (GA3, GA4, GA9)

Graduate attributes

GA1 - demonstrate respect for the dignity of each individual and for human diversity

GA2 - recognise their responsibility to the common good, the environment and society

GA3 - apply ethical perspectives in informed decision making

GA4 - think critically and reflectively

GA5 - demonstrate values, knowledge, skills and attitudes appropriate to the discipline and/or profession

GA6 - solve problems in a variety of settings taking local and international perspectives into account

GA7 - work both autonomously and collaboratively

GA9 - demonstrate effective communication in oral and written English language and visual media


Topics will include: 

  1.  Equitable interests  
  2. Priority Rules  
  3. Torrens System 
  4. Unregistered Interests 
  5. Easements 
  6. Restrictive Covenants 
  7. Mortgages 
  8. Leases 

Learning and teaching strategy and rationale

Mode: Lectures, tutorials, electronic consultation, library tasks and presentations or Online lectures and activities. 

Duration: 3 hours per week over 12 weeks or equivalent. Students are expected to spend 150 hours in total for this unit.

This level two compulsory Law unit allows students to demonstrate knowledge, skills and understanding in a specialist area of law to meet the requirements of accreditation. 

Our strategy is to encourage students to creatively engage with unit content and to apply fundamental legal knowledge, skills and understandings to address legal problems. 

The unit is designed to be delivered in intensive, weekly or online mode. We have taken a blended learning approach to provide accessibility and flexibility to our students and a student focused approach that increases depth of learning and engagement through actively utilising LEO.   

Assessment strategy and rationale

The assessment strategy is designed to assess knowledge, skills and understanding in a specialist area of law required for accreditation. 

The assessment tasks for this unit are designed to demonstrate achievement of each of the learning outcomes listed. 

Overview of assessments

Brief Description of Kind and Purpose of Assessment TasksWeightingLearning OutcomesGraduate Attributes

Communication and Engagement 

Students are required to participate skills-based tutorials, in recognition that the development of skills in locating, referencing and analysing research materials is assisted by attendance and participation in weekly tutorials. A rubric will be utilised to assess students. Should a student fail to achieve the minimum participation requirements due to illness and/or personal circumstances beyond their control, an alternative assessment may be negotiated with the National Lecturer in Charge 


LO1, LO2, LO3

GA3, GA4, GA5, GA6, GA7, GA9

Assignment, a research essay to demonstrate their ability to research the assigned topic and critically evaluate the relevant laws 


LO1, LO3

GA1, GA2, GA3, GA4, GA5, GA9

Examination: If the current assessment is not invigilated, online invigilation must be provided, or alternatively, the examination will have to be moved to ‘on-campus’ mode with appropriate invigilation.



GA3, GA4, GA6, GA7

Representative texts and references

Samantha Hepburn, Australian Property Law: Cases, Materials and Analysis (3rd ed., LexisNexis, 2014) 


Chambers, Robert, An Introduction to Property Law in Australia (Thomson Reuters, 3rd ed, 2013) 


Bradbrook, Adrian, Susan MacCallum, Anthony Moore, Scott Grattan, Lynden Griggs, Australian Property Law: Cases & Materials (Thomson Reuters, 4th ed, 2011) 

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