Unit description

Provides students with a working knowledge of the basic concepts and different legal classifications of property; the concepts of ownership and possession of property; the nature and types of proprietary interests; systems of title to real property; and particular interests in real property including co-ownership, future interests, perpetuities and accumulations, easements, covenants, mortgages, leases and licences.

Unit content

Topic 1 The concept of property
Topic 2 Personal property
Topic 3 Land and fixtures
Topic 4 Tenure, estates, and native title
Topic 5 Creation and transfer of interests in land - legal and equitable interests
Topic 6 Torrens title, indefeasibility of title and exceptions to indefeasibility of title
Topic 7 Torrens title, unregistered interests, priority rules, and caveats
Topic 8 Leases
Topic 9 Mortgages
Topic 10 Common property - co-ownership and strata title
Topic 11 Co-ownership and strata title
Topic 12 Revision

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Bradbrook, A et al., 2011, Australian Property Law Cases and Materials, 4th edn, Lawbook Co Thomson Reuters, Sydney. ISBN: 9780455227900.
  • Mackie, K, Histed, E & Page, J, 2012, Australian Land Law in context, 1st edn, Oxford University Press, Melbourne. ISBN: 978 0 19 557571 2.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Exam: open book60%


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Exam: open book60%


Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Exam: open book60%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


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