• Class Number 2225
  • Term Code 3030
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Wayne Morgan
    • Dr Darryn Jensen
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/02/2020
  • Class End Date 05/06/2020
  • Census Date 08/05/2020
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/03/2020
SELT Survey Results

This course provides an overview of the law governing personal and real property, emphasising the concepts of possession and title, the fragmentation of proprietary interests, and the various ways in which common law and legislation resolve disputes between competing interests.  The greater part of the course is devoted to the creation, acquisition, attributes and remedies for the protection of interests in real property (land).  The course covers legal and equitable interests in land, the acquisition and transfer of such interests by purchase and adverse possession, priority rules, leases, mortgages, easements, and concurrent ownership.  Particular attention is paid to the Torrens system of registration of title.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Identify, explain and apply the basic principles of property law covered in the course;
  2. Analyse and predict how unresolved and/or ambiguous questions of property law could be resolved by the courts through an analysis of case law, underlying policy and the judicial method;
  3. Analyse and critique the values and policy considerations underlying property transactions covered in the course;
  4. Identify and use a range of legally specific research principles, methods and tools appropriate to respond to a factually complex property law problem
  5. Select and apply a range of approaches to written and oral communication, and apply the critical thinking required to bring about solutions to complex property law problems;
  6. Access, interpret and use government documents in the course of solving property law problems, with an emphasis on those documents relating to registration of interests in the Torrens system.

Research-Led Teaching

The teaching in this course is informed by the research of its teaching staff in specific issues of property law and in closely related areas of law and in approaches to legal interpretation and critical analysis of law and policy. Information on Darryn Jensen's publications and research can be found here https://law.anu.edu.au/people/darryn-jensen. Information on Wayne Morgan's publications and research can be found here https://law.anu.edu.au/people/wayne-morgan.

Required Resources

B Edgeworth, C Rossiter, P O’Connor and A Godwin, Sackville and Neave Australian Property Law (10th ed), LexisNexis Butterworths, 2016. (referred to in Reading Guide as ‘casebook’).

This is a cases and materials book and is the most convenient way to access extracts from the leading cases on property law. A reading guide and some supplementary reading material and sample documents will be made available on the course Wattle site. There is also extensive statute law studied in this course. Lecturers will provide advice in class about essential reading of statutes.

J Gray, N Foster, S Dorsett and H Roberts, Property Law in New South Wales (4th ed; LexisNexis Butterworths, 2018)

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • Generic online feedback immediately upon completion of the online quiz.
  • Discussion of factual scenario/problem questions in tutorials.
  • Individual written feedback on the research essay.
  • General feedback comments (e.g. basis of marking and common errors) on final examination.

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Extensions late submission and penalties - https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/extensions-late-submission-and-penalties

Deferred examination: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/deferred-examinations

Special consideration: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/special-assessment-consideration

Penalties for excess word length: https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/word-length-and-excess-word-penalties

Distribution of Grades Policy: Effective from Winter Session and Second Semester 2018 (and until further notice), the current Grading Distribution Policy has been suspended pending the development of a new policy. For further information about the interim policy please see: https://law.anu.edu.au/current-students/policies-procedures/grading

Further Information about the Course: is available from the course WATTLE page. Students are required to access the WATTLE site regularly throughout the course for details on weekly classes and any announcements and updates relating to the course.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 What is property? Possession and personal property
2 Real property and personal property Real Property: Possession
3 Real Property: Tenure and Estates
4 Creation and transfer of interests in land
5 Priority between competing interests in land
6 Mortgages - Creation and Power of Sale
7 Leases Introduction to the Torrens System
8 The Torrens System – Indefeasibility and Exceptions
9 The Torrens System – Indefeasibility and Exceptions ctd
10 Priority between unregistered interests
11 Mortgages and the Torrens System
12 Co-ownership of Land

Tutorial Registration

Registration for tutorials is required. Students should register using Wattle. Registration for most tutorial groups will be available from Monday 10 February. Some tutorial groups will be held for release during the first week of the semester for the benefit of late enrolling students.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Online Quiz 1 5 % 16/03/2020 16/03/2020 1
Research Essay 30 % 20/04/2020 22/05/2020 2, 3, 4, 5
Online Quiz 2 5 % 25/05/2020 25/05/2020 1
Final Take Home Examination 60 % * 09/07/2020 1, 2, 3, 5, 6

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


This course involves reading, thinking and arguing. Effective participation in this course requires 5-6 hours of reading each week. In order to take better advantage of the discussion which will occur in lectures and tutorials, you should read the required readings for the week prior to attending class. In addition, you should seek to read as much as you can of the recommended reading for the week.

Students are expected to prepare for both lectures and tutorials and to engage critically in the discussion that takes place there. It is, in part, by means of such engagement and the feedback you get from that that you will be able to evaluate and enhance the quality of your learning of the course content and skills. You should check the course Wattle site on a regular basis to read important announcements and access additional learning materials.


Please note, that the dates used in the Assessment Summary in relation to exams indicate approximate timeframes. Students should consult the ANU final examination timetable to confirm the date, time and venue of the exam.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 5 %
Due Date: 16/03/2020
Return of Assessment: 16/03/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1

Online Quiz 1

The quiz will consist of ten multiple choice questions to be answered online. This assessment task addresses learning outcome 1.

Nature of Task: Compulsory and non-redeemable. Failure to complete this assessment task will result in a mark of zero for the task.

Weighting: 5%

Release: Monday, 9 March 2020, 9am

Due date: Monday, 16 March 2020, 9am (Late submission will not be permitted. However, students who cannot complete the quiz because of a serious medical condition or other serious circumstances outside their control will be able to take the quiz at a later date.)

Estimated return date: A mark (out of 10) and feedback will be given immediately upon completion of the quiz.

Assessment Criteria: The mark for the quiz will be based on the number of correct responses. The sum of the marks out of 10 for Online Quiz 1 and Online Quiz 2 will be halved and rounded up to the next whole number.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 20/04/2020
Return of Assessment: 22/05/2020
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3, 4, 5

Research Essay

Students are to conduct independent research and write an essay on one of the topics provided on the course Wattle site in Week 1.This assessment task addresses learning outcomes 2 to 5.

Nature of Task: Compulsory and non-redeemable. Failure to submit an essay will result in a mark of zero for this assessment task.

Weighting: 30%

Release: The essay question will be available on Wattle in Week 1.

Due date: Monday, 20 April 2020 at 5pm via Turnitin. Late submission is permitted but, where no extension has been granted, penalties for late submission apply. No extensions will be permitted beyond 22 May 2020.

Word limit: 1500 words (maximum, excluding footnotes. Penalties for excess word length will be applied.)

Referencing Requirements: Footnotes should be used for referencing of sources. All references should be in the style required by the current edition of the Australian Guide to Legal Citation.

Other requirements: Please use 1.5 line spacing and a minimum of 11 point font.

Estimated return date: Friday, 22 May 2020 (Week 10) via Turnitin.

Assessment Criteria: Assessment Rubric available on wattle.

  • Independent Research
  • Written Communication
  • Structure of Essay
  • Response to Question
  • Referencing and Compliance with Citation Style

Assessment Task 3

Value: 5 %
Due Date: 25/05/2020
Return of Assessment: 25/05/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1

Online Quiz 2

The quiz will consist of ten multiple choice questions to be answered online. This assessment task addresses learning outcome 1.

Nature of Task: Compulsory and non-redeemable. Failure to complete this assessment task will result in a mark of zero for the task.

Weighting: 5%

Release: Monday, 18 May 2020, 9am

Due date: Monday, 25 May 2020, 9am. Late submission will not be permitted.

Estimated return date: A mark (out of 10) and feedback will be given immediately upon completion of the quiz.

Assessment Criteria: The mark for the quiz will be based on the number of correct responses. The sum of the marks out of 10 for Online Quiz 1 and Online Quiz 2 will be halved and rounded up to the next whole number.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 60 %
Return of Assessment: 09/07/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6

Final Take Home Examination

All topics are potentially examinable. More information about the precise format, e.g. number of questions, will be provided prior to the end of classes. This assessment task addresses learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6.

Nature of Task: Compulsory and non-redeemable. Students must obtain 45% or better on the final examination in order to pass the course. Students who do not obtain 45% on the final examination but whose overall mark for the course is at least 45% will be granted a supplementary exam. If such a student passes the supplementary exam, their final mark for the course will be 50 PS. If such a student fails the supplementary exam, that student's final mark for the course will be the mark obtained on the final examination held in June.

Weighting: 60%

Duration: 2.5 hours.

Permitted Material: Any materials may be consulted during the take home examination period but, during this period, students must not communicate with any other person apart from the course convenor for the purposes of asking questions about administrative matters.

Due date: Please note, that the dates used in the Assessment Summary in relation to exams indicate approximate timeframes. Students should consult the ANU final examination timetable to confirm the date and time of the exam.

Estimated return date: Release of final results. General feedback (i.e. comments on the basis for marking and common errors) will be made available on the course WATTLE site after results have been released. In addition, an individualised feedback sheet will be attached to each student’s exam script.

Assessment Criteria: Assessment rubric available on wattle.

  • Content
  • Structure and Organisation
  • Written Expression

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your essay. Please keep a copy of the essay for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Wayne Morgan
02 6125 8355

Research Interests

Wayne Morgan

Tuesday 14:00 15:00
Dr Darryn Jensen
02 6125 4454

Research Interests

Dr Darryn Jensen

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