Course Title: Property Law

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Property Law

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


660H Graduate School of Business and Law


Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Dr Vanessa Johnston

Course Coordinator Phone: +613 9925 1083

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 13, Level 2

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Enforced Prerequisites:
054012 Becoming a Lawyer in a Globalised World

054017 Contract Law
054907 Advanced Principles of Contract Law

Course Description

The course introduces you to the theories, concepts and categories of private property, covering real and personal property and indigenous land rights. The course covers concepts of title, ownership; and the fragmentation of real property into estates and interests recognised under statute, common law, and equity; including freehold and leasehold estates, security and servitude interests, trusts arising by operation of law, and the interface between proprietary and contractual rights.

The course introduces you to the detailed operation of the Torrens System and the Transfer of Land Act 1958 (Vic) including: recognition and enforcement of unregistered interests in land and the principle of indefeasibility and its exceptions, and compensation.

The course will cover the creation, transfer and termination of property interests; priority disputes; and the rights and duties of co-owners.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will:

CLO1: Critique the broad theoretical and conceptual basis, and the diverse contexts, of the law of property, including indigenous land interests;

CLO2: Evaluate the means by which the State creates, validates, and records interests in property in Australia;

CLO3: Determine how a property interest arises, how it may be construed or enforced, and how it may end; 

CLO4: Demonstrate understanding that multiple property interests may co-exist in the same thing, and solve problems where competing claims arise;

CLO5: Communicate in ways that are effective, appropriate and persuasive for legal and non-legal audiences; and collaborate effectively.



Overview of Learning Activities

To achieve the objectives this course requires you to participate in various learning activities. These activities comprise of lectures, tutorials, self-directed learning, participation through in-class and online activities, legal writing exercises, multiple choice questions, collaborating with peers on set tasks or projects, and a final examination.

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available online through myRMIT Studies/Canvas. These include seminar slides, assessment details, links to relevant internet information, readings and communication tools to facilitate collaboration with your peers.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. Visit the RMIT library website for further details. Assistance is available online via our chat and email services, face to face at our campus libraries or via the telephone on (03) 9925 2020.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.


Overview of Assessment

Assessment Task 1: 10%
Linked CLOs: 1, 3, 5

Assessment Task 2: 40%
Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 5

Assessment Task 3: 50%
Linked CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4