Course Title: Land contracts

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: LAW5195

Course Title: Land contracts

School: 650T Vocational Business Education

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6106 - Advanced Diploma of Legal Practice

Course Contact : Doug Gourlay

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5944

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Paul Ryan co-ordinator
Building 80,level 5
Phone:  9925 5466

Nominal Hours: 51

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

Pre-requisites:  VU20111 Legal Process

Course Description

The purpose of this module is to provide detailed examination and analysis skills of criminal law as might be relevant to a person working in a legal office, for a legal aid provider or government department or in a criminal justice context and incorporates a study of criminal procedure, substantive aspects of criminal offences as defined in legislation and at common law and evaluation of law reform issues.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU20119 Land contracts

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

Learning Outcome 1 - Analyse the duties of a conveyancer and real estate agent under the law of contract and the law of tort.
Assessment criteria
1.1 Distinguish the various parties to different contracts.
1.2 Identify and assess the basis of liability at tort.
1.3 Assess the basis of liability at contract.
1.4 Outline and determine the remedies available to the aggrieved party arising from a breach.
1.5 Report on the duties that attach to the conveyancer under the law of contract and the law of tort, with application to different fact situations.

Learning Outcome 2 - Identify and assess the various types of property subdivision and determine the typical clauses incorporated in certain contracts of the sale of land.
Assessment criteria
2.1 Identify the characteristics of the following types of property subdivisions.
2.2 Specify the nature of drafting contracts and factors, which must be considered when drafting contracts for various types of property/land sale.
2.3 List the advantages and disadvantages of ownership of the different types of subdivisions identified in 2.1.
2.4 Examine the rules in the Subdivision (Body Corporate) Regulations, and determine their application.
2.5 Determine the circumstances which require special clauses in contracts, and examine examples.
2.6 Assess the provisions of contract terms provided by statutes.

Learning Outcome 3 - Distinguish between General Law and Torrens titles and the conveyancing procedures that are common to both systems. Analyse the procedure to be adopted in the investigation of the title held by the vendor in the sale of land.
Assessment criteria
3.1 Research and outline the elements of a General Law title.
3.2 Identify and detail the procedures for investigating a Torrens title and examine examples.
3.3 Distinguish and assess the procedures which are common to both the General Law and Torrens titles systems analysis.
3.4 Analyse with reference to appropriate examples the results of investigation, to assess whether the vendor has given good title.

Learning Outcome 4 - Analyse government office procedures relevant to the conveyancing process.
Assessment criteria
4.1 Evaluate the principles and specify the requirements of Duties Act.
4.2 Outline the procedures commonly encountered at the Land Registry Office.
4.3 Analyse and complete examples of relevant Land Registry Office forms used in practice.
4.4 Identify and analyse the role of the local council.

Learning Outcome 5 - Analyse and assess special actions to be taken when a party to a contract is other than the registered owner. Distinguish between the powers, obligations and responsibilities of the different parties to the contract.
Assessment criteria
5.1 Report on the powers and responsibilities of Executors and Trustees of Deceased Estates.
5.2 Specify the powers and responsibilities of the trustees of Bankrupt Estates.
5.3 Analyse the powers and responsibilities of corporations under the Corporations Law.
5.4 Assess the powers and responsibilities of corporations under a Special Act of Parliament and other incorporated bodies.
5.5 Determine other relevant legislation and its impact on the capacity of certain parties.
5.6 Analyse different fact situations dealing with various parties and solve by application of the appropriate law.

Learning Outcome 6 - Analyse and assess conveyancing procedures and identify the terms relevant to a sale and purchase of a small business, and specify the special duties imposed on a conveyancer in this area.
Assessment criteria
6.1 Determine the provisions and area of operation of the Estate Agents Act.
6.2 Determine and assess the application of a sample contract with regard to the sale of a small business with reference to general conditions, special conditions and particulars of sale.
6.3 Determine and apply to relevant examples general considerations regarding the sale of a business.
6.4 Specify the special duties imposed on a conveyancer in the sale of a small business.
6.5 Analyse a model fact situation and apply statutory provisions and standard forms

Details of Learning Activities

A range of learning experiences are planned for this course including class and online activities, group problem solving and group debates.

Teaching Schedule

Prior to training commencement a program level induction session will be conducted that comprises the following:

• Program overview and requirements
• MyRMIT/Blackboard
• Overview of assessment requirements
• Pre-Training Review including:
  o Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfers
  o Assessment of current skills and knowledge
• Competency/Grading Criteria
• Plagiarism
• Appeals
• Extensions
• Feedback
• Privacy
• Submission requirements
• Resubmission policy
• Where to get support
• Student responsibilities
The nominal hours associated with this course are a guide only and represent the total teaching time and student effort required to successfully complete the course. This may include not only scheduled classes but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.




Assessment Tasks

19 Feb

Introduction to the Course including:
• Course requirements
• Course support documents
• Course Blackboard access
• Accuracy of enrolment
• Assessment requirements/Cover Sheets
• Plagiarism
• Appeals
• Submission requirements
• Extensions/Resubmissions
• Feedback in this course
• Getting help

Revision & negligence topic

216 Feb Development of multiple ownership: company share, stratum titles, strata & cluster titles 
323 Feb

 Subdivision process


42 MarSelling lots on a plan of subdivision S. 32 requirements  
59 Mar Selling lots on a plan of subdivision Contract of Sale requirements 
616 Mar

 General and Special conditions


723 Mar Owners Corporation part 1 & Owners Corporation part 2 
830 March Investigation of title & exceptional parties to contracts - self-directed learning Off the plan assignment due
(50 marks) due 5 pm 1 April
   2-8 April-  Mid Semester break
913 April

 Stamp duties & Land Tax

1020 April

 GST & CGT in Conveyancing


1127 April

 Sale of business part 1


124 May

 Practical placement


1311 May

 Practical placement

1418 May

 Sale of Business part 2

1525 May Revision 
161 June Final test - 2 hours - open book plus reading time 
 Final test 2 hours

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There is no prescribed text


Voumard _ The Sale of Land LawBook Co. 5th edition by Wikrama *CCH – Victorian Conveyancing Law and Practice – online in RMIT Business Library Simon Libbis_ Subdivisions with the Lot – Law Crest (loose leaf) on reserve in library Land Titles Office _ The Lodging Book – version 4.1 on Land Victoria online site Libbis + Cocks _ConveyanceWorks – Law Crest

Other Resources

It is recommended that you have access to a mobile computing device to allow greater flexibility in terms of where you can work on campus outside class times.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of the requirements in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks and may include:

• Test/written examination
• case study analysis
• short answers questions
• written assignment
• oral presentations
• project (s)

Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant module standards are being met.

Assessment Tasks

To pass this course, you need to demonstrate you are competent to the industry standard as required of a paralegal. To achieve this, you must complete all assessments to an acceptable industry standard.

You will be assessed against your skills and knowledge and will receive feedback on each assessment task that will inform you whether you have performed to industry standard or not and how well you are performing.

To demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes in this course the following evidence is essential:

• Knowledge of Criminal Law relating to criminal procedures, substantive aspects of criminal offences as defined in legislation, and law reforms
• Explaining the concept of crime and criminal law in society
• Investigating criminal procedures and the possible penalties for a criminal offence
• Analysing elements of criminal offences of manslaughter and murder
• Assessing the available defences to particular offences
• Analysing the key elements required for strict and absolute liability offences

Assessment Task 1 - Off the plan letter of advice worth 50 marks
Due Date: week 8  5 pm 1 April, 2015

Submission Procedure: By blackboard and turnitin

The purpose of this assessment is to ask students to apply their knowledge to an off the plan purchase by writing a very detailed letter of advice to a prospective purchaser.  In the letter pointing out the pros and cons of the contract and any necessary deletions and amendments that should be made to the proposed Contract of Sale.

Assessment Task 2 - Open book test 2 hours plus 30 minutes reading time (worth 50 marks)
Due Date: week 16
Submission Procedure: In class test

The purpose of this assessment is to test the students’ knowledge of matters covered in weeks 8 -15 inclusive by applying it to fact situations and , in particular, to a contract for the sale of a business.



Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions.  You are encouraged to ask and answer questions during class time and online sessions so that you can obtain feedback on your understanding of the concepts and issues being discussed.  Finally, you can email or arrange an appointment with your teacher to gain more feedback on your progress.

You should take note of all feedback received and use this information to improve your learning outcomes and final performance in the course.

Assessment Matrix

Marking Guide:

Grades received throughout semester are only indicative of your performance. These grades will only contribute to your final grade if you complete all assessments to an acceptable industry standard. If students cannot demonstrate competency across all learning outcomes or elements of the course the maximum grade they can achieve is NN or NYC. If students fail to submit one or more pieces of assessment, the maximum grade available is DNS.

Please refer to the Final Grades table below:

80-100HDHigh Distinction
DNSDNSDid Not Submit for assessment

Further information regarding the application of the grading criteria will be provided by your teacher.

Other Information

Submission Requirements

You should:
• Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date:
   • If your performance in the assessment is affected by unexpected circumstances, you should consider applying for extensions of time. (Please refer to the information in the Late Submission Procedure section below)
   • If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program manager or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
• Always retain a copy of your assessment tasks (hard copy and soft copy).
• When you submit work for assessment at RMIT University you need to use a cover sheet that includes a declaration
and statement of authorship. You must complete, sign and submit a cover sheet with all work you submit for
assessment, whether individual or group work. On the cover sheet you declare that the work you are presenting for
assessment is your own work. An assignment cover sheet for submission of work for assessment is available on
• Each page of your assessment should include a footer with your name, student number, the title of the assessment,
unit code and title and page numbers.

Late Submission Procedures

If you are prevented from submitting an assessment on time, by circumstances outside your control, you must apply in advance for an extension to the due date of up to seven calendar days.
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  Form to use:

Where an extension of greater than seven days is needed, you must apply for special consideration. Applications for special consideration must be submitted no later than two working days after the assessment task deadline or scheduled examination.
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Reassessment policy
Students who achieve an indicative grade of greater than 50%, yet have not demonstrated competency across all learning outcomes will be given the opportunity to undertake an oral questioning with the assessor in which they will be required to demonstrate competence in the elements or learning outcomes not yet demonstrated. If students cannot demonstrate competency across all learning outcomes or elements of the course the maximum grade they can achieve is NN.

Adjustments to Assessment
In certain circumstances students may be eligible for an assessment adjustment.  For more information about the circumstances under which the assessment arrangements might be granted please access the following website:
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