Course Outline

LAW205 Property A

Course Coordinator:Simone Henriksen ( School:School of Law and Society

2022Semester 1

USC Sunshine Coast

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

Please go to the USC website for up to date information on the
teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


The course introduces you to the elements of real and personal property law in Australia, and develops your skills in finding, interpreting and applying cases and legislation. The course covers the concept, purpose and categories of property; the interface between contractual and property rights; real and personal property and fixtures; present and future freehold interests; leases; native title; possession as a source of title; introduction to the Torrens system of registration; modes of creating and transferring property rights in law and equity; equitable interests; co-ownership.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Lecture – On campus lecture - 2 hours in weeks 1-6 and 8-13. 2hrs Week 1 12 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On campus and/or online tutorial - 1 hour in weeks 2-6 and 8-13. 1hr Week 2 11 times

Course Topics

Core concepts and property law theory

Categories of property

Doctrine of tenure, native title, doctrine of estates

Possession as a source of title 

Derivative acquisition: transfer of land and goods; equitable interests







What level is this course?

200 Level (Developing)

Building on and expanding the scope of introductory knowledge and skills, developing breadth or depth and applying knowledge and skills in a new context. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally, undertaken in the second or third full-time year of an undergraduate programs.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Analyse facts to identify legal issues in property law Empowered
2 Develop arguments and apply principles of property law Knowledgeable
3 Demonstrate understanding of property law principles Knowledgeable
4 Develop your ability to communicate effectively and persuasively Creative and critical thinker

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the USC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


LAW102 and enrolled in any Law Program


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Legal rules for the formation of contracts

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

In Week 3 there is a practice quiz to ensure you understand the requirements of the assessable quiz

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1a Quiz/zes Individual 0%
One multiple choice quiz
Week 3 Online Submission
All 1b Quiz/zes Individual 10%
1 multiple choice quiz
Week 4 Online Submission
All 2 Written Piece Individual 40%
1500 words
Week 9 Online Submission
All 3 Examination - Centrally Scheduled Individual 50%
4 Hours
Exam Period Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1a:Practice quiz
To provide early feedback and ensure students understand the requirements of the assessable quiz.
Product: Quiz/zes
Students will have 15 minutes to complete 5 multiple choice questions
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Demonstrating understanding of property law principles
1 3
All - Assessment Task 1b:Quiz
a) Ensure required readings are completed
b) Develop a basic understanding of property law concepts 
c) Ensure foundational concepts are embedded
Product: Quiz/zes
Submit: Week 4. The quiz will contain 20 multiple choice questions covering course material in Weeks 1 to 3. Students will be given 60 minutes to complete the quiz.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Demonstrating understanding of property law principles
1 3
All - Assessment Task 2:Legal Advice
The goal of this assessment is to demonstrate your understanding of the principles of property law and your ability to provide sound advice to a legal problem.
Product: Written Piece
This is a 1,500 (+/- 10%) word individual legal advice written as in a professional context. Further advice on format and other requirements will be provided on Canvas. References to be correctly formatted using AGLC format. Due by Tuesday, Week 9, 5pm.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Demonstration of knowledge
2 3
Critical thinking, analysis and argument
2 3 4
Communication and expression
2 4
All - Assessment Task 3:Final examination
The goal of this assessment is to test your ability to apply the legal principles and concepts learned this semester to unseen questions.
Product: Examination - Centrally Scheduled
You will draw upon your knowledge to construct an answer to unseen legal problems drawn from any part of the course.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Correct identification and organisation of legal issues
1 2
Correct statement and application of principles of law appropriate to resolve issues
1 2 3
Clear and incisive legal analysis
1 2 3 4

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Required ANNE & WEIR WALLACE (MICHAEL & MCCRIMMON, LES.),Les McCrimmon,Michael Weir 2020 Real Property Law in Queensland Fifth Thomson Reuters

Specific requirements


How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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