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SSUD71-106: Real Estate Property Rights January 2019 [Intensive]

General information

This subject will introduce students to the legal principles that apply to the ownership, use and transfer of real property. The subject will develop an understanding of the sources of law, the various interests in land, real estate contracts, and the rights, duties and obligations attaching to the ownership and use of real property. The subject provides students with a sound understanding of real property contracts, tendering processes, financial interests in land and the remedies available to enforce interests in land. Students will develop a good understanding of the various legal interests in real property and prepare them for further studies in planning, valuation, property development and investment.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:SSUD71-106
Subject title:Real Estate Property Rights
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:January 2019
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Seminar: x2 (Total hours: 14) - Seminar 1
  • Seminar: x2 (Total hours: 14) - Seminar 2
  • Seminar: x2 (Total hours: 14) - Seminar 3
Attendance and learning activities: Week 4 - Intensive Thursday to Saturday 9.00am to 4.00pm. Week 9 - Intensive Thursday to Saturday 9.00am to 4.00pm.


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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Identify and contextualise the various legal interests in property and the practical application of this knowledge to property development and investment.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of construction contracts, legal interests in land and the remedies available for enforcement of rights.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the financial and security interests in real property and how these can be used to grow and manage portfolio investment.
  4. Critically analyse competing interests, conflicts in legal interests and contractual rights and the value of interests attaching to land title.
  5. Impart an understanding of the rights, duties and obligations of various interests in land.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Essay ^ Research Essay 20% Week 8 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Essay ^ Hypothetical Question 30% Week 11 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Paper-based Examination (Closed) ^ Formal examination 50% Final Examination Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Pass requirement

All components of the assessment must achieve a passing grade in order to pass the subject.

  • ^ Students must pass this assessment to pass the subject
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

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Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

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Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

Looking into the concepts of land, ownership, possession and physical limits of ownership. Including a distinction between Real Property and Personal Property.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Developing an understanding of the Australian Land Tenure System through the Doctrine of Tenure and Crown land ownership. Discussion on native title and Mabo (No.2).

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Discussion of the Torrens System, the concept of indefeasibility and the exceptions to indefeasibility. This includes the importance in registering interests.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

A discussion of caveats and caveatable interests and the importance of caveats in protecting interests in land.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Discussion of the different types of ownership in land in Queensland such as sole ownership and joint ownership. Developing an understanding of fixtures and chattels and the importance of these interests relating to land. Also, reference is made to Improvements under Mistake of Title.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Discussion of easement interests being those that are registered and those that are recognized by law. Necessary actions to protect an interest in land through an easement. Discussion of profit a prendre and the nature of this interest relating to land.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Discussion of the interest in land known as mortgage. How this interest is created and protected. Obligations of both mortgagor and mortgagee. How a mortgage may come to end. Discussion of covenants and how this interest is recognized and impacts use of the land.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Discussion of land development and how the different interests in land reviewed in this subject impacts land development.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Discussion of the nature, creation and development of a community titles scheme and the applicable legislation governing this.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Discussion of Australian Consumer Law and how it protects the interests of those dealing with land. Reference made to inducement, misleading and deceptive conduct, mistake, unconscionable conduct and unfair terms.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Discussion of the concepts of negligence and trespass in relation to land.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Discussion of the creation of a contract, terms, breach and remedies.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Discussion of the nature of a lease, terms, breach and remedies.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Approved on: Sep 21, 2018. Edition: 1.2