Course Title: Apply legal principles in property law matters

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2022

Course Code: JUST5762C

Course Title: Apply legal principles in property law matters

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities.  

To participate in any RMIT course in-person activities or assessment, you will need to comply with RMIT vaccination requirements which are applicable during the duration of the course. This RMIT requirement includes being vaccinated against COVID-19 or holding a valid medical exemption.  

Please read this RMIT Enrolment Procedure as it has important information regarding COVID vaccination and your study at RMIT:  

Please read the Student website for additional requirements of in-person attendance:  


Please check your Canvas course shell closer to when the course starts to see if this course requires mandatory in-person attendance. The delivery method of the course might have to change quickly in response to changes in the local state/national directive regarding in-person course attendance.

School: 525T Business & Enterprise

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6170 - Advanced Diploma of Conveyancing

Course Contact: Theresa Lyford

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 5444

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Joanne Mackay and Bill Unkles

Nominal Hours: 60

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


Course Description

In this course you will acquire the skills and knowledge required to apply legal principles in real property law matters. This will include using well-developed skills and a broad knowledge base to provide support in a range of legal service settings. You will be equipped to apply solutions to a range of unpredictable problems and analyse and evaluate information from a variety of sources.

This course addresses the following units of competency:  

  • BSBLEG528 - Apply legal principles in property law matters 
  • BSBCNV511 - Take instructions in relation to a conveyancing transaction 

These units are clustered for delivery and assessment.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

BSBLEG528 Apply legal principles in property law matters


1. Prepare to apply principles of real property law

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify task requirements

1.2 Identify parties and key property law elements for analysis according to task requirements

1.3 Identify steps involved in buying and selling a property according to task requirements

1.4 Identify key provisions of legislation and common law, policies or procedures according to task requirements


2. Apply principles of real property law

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Obtain relevant documents from authorities and service providers with supervision

2.2 Draft lease with supervision according to task requirements

2.3 Determine types of costs in accordance with legislative and regulatory requirements for costing legal services


3. Facilitate file administration

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Verify and review documentation with supervisor

3.2 Register and lodge relevant documents with land titles office or other relevant government agencies according to organisational policies and procedures with supervision

3.3 File documentation according to organisational policies and procedures

3.4 Address post-settlement procedures with supervision

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

A range of learning activities are planned for this course including self-paced and collaborative classroom based activities.

The self-paced activities will be delivered thought various technology platforms and may include your contribution to wikis and discussion threads, reflective journals, quizzes and interactive sessions.

The collaborative classroom based activities will include group discussion, group problem solving activities and opportunities to practice your skills in a simulated/real workplace environment. We expect you to participate and contribute in all scheduled learning activities.

Teaching Schedule

The following courses are are delivered together under the title Instructions and Property Law:

  • BSBLEG528/JUST 5762C Apply Principles of Property Law
  • BSBCNV511/LAW 5755C Take Instructions in Relation to a Transaction

(Please note that this schedule is subject to change)



Learning Activities




Introduction to the course, Library research and topic 1 commencement

Engagement Activity 1


Property law

Interests in Land, Fixtures & Chattels

Engagement Activity 2



Taking instructions

Client Instructions and file opening documentation

Engagement Activity 3

Quiz 1 due end week 3



Tenants in common and Joint tenants forms of coownership

Engagement Activity 4



Torrens system and old law system titles

Engagement Activity 5

Quiz 2 due end week 5



Cases and legislation - Transfer of Land Act

Individual student consultation appointments may commence

Ass 1 Meeting requirement with teacher 


Assessment 1 Review Requirement

Individual student consultation appointments

Ass1 Due end of week 7


Titles - Possessory

Adverse possession

Quiz 3 due end week 8



Leases and tenancies



Leasing Continued

Mortgages Introduction

Leases exercises and Mortgages introduction

Quiz 4 due end week 10


Mid semester Easter break is 14th to 20th April 2022

Please note that this break falls in the middle of week 10




Mortgages, plus exercises

Quiz 5 Due end of week 13


Ass 2 Review Requirement

Student consultation and appointments

Ass 2 Meeting requirement with teacher



Easements cases and legislation




Covenants cases and legislation

Ass 2 Due end of week 14


Review and revision

Consultation if required

Quiz 6 due end of week 15


Resit and Resubmit

This week will be dedicated to re-submission of assessments if needed



Resit and Resubmit

This week will be dedicated to re-submission of assessments if needed


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Conveyancing Victoria, The Ultimate Guide 2020-21 (and ebook)


Other Resources

All content and reading materials and links to other resources are available on Canvas for this course

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge and understanding of course content is assessed through participation in class exercises, oral presentations and through the application of learned skills and insights to your written tasks. Full assessment briefs will be provided and can be found on CANVAS.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1: Portfolio File opening documents and Case Study

Due: Sunday, 27 April 2022

Students will open files with appropriate documents and write a letter to the client to explain the law in relation to the scenario. The assessment is due in week 7. The letter is required to be professionally presented as required in the practice of a lawyer or conveyancer.

Assessment 2: Extended Portfolio of File Documents and Case Study

Due: Sunday 22 May 2022

Students will open additional files with appropriate documents and write a letter to the client to explain the law in relation to the scenario. The assessment is due in week 7. The letter is required to be professionally presented as required in the practice of a lawyer or conveyancer. This assessment encompasses all the learning from the semester, requiring. The purpose of this assessment is to ensure the learner has a clear understanding and knowledge of the course learning outcomes, and the ability to effectively discuss the practical application of this knowledge. 

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix that maps all the assessment is available on Canvas.

Other Information

Submission Requirements

  • Ensure that you submit assessments on or before the due date.
  • 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 the Assessment task document that includes a declaration and statement of authorship.
  • 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.


Resubmissions (VET Programs)

If you are found to be unsuccessful (Not satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) in a Course Assessment Task you will be allowed one resubmission.  Your teacher will provide feedback regarding what you need to do to improve and will set a new deadline for the resubmission.

If you are still not meeting the assessment requirements you must apply to your Program Manager in writing outlining the steps you will take to demonstrate competence in your course. Your submission will be considered by the Program Team and you will be advised of the outcome as soon as possible.


Penalties for Late Submission 

Late submissions of assignments without special consideration or extension will automatically be considered a re-submission (see above).


Extensions, Special Consideration and Adjustment to Assessments



Extensions are available for unforeseen circumstances of a short-term nature.

An application form must be submitted to the school at least one working day before the due date of the assessment.

Extensions can be approved for a maximum of one week (seven calendar days) past the due date for an assessment. (Where students need an extension exceeding one week they must instead apply for special consideration.)


Special consideration:

Special consideration is available for unexpected circumstances outside students’ control. These include but are not limited to: unexpected short-term ill health, and unavoidable family, work, cultural or religious commitments.

An application for special consideration is made in advance of an assessment wherever possible but will normally be accepted within five working days after the assessment date

For more information, see the Special Consideration page of the RMIT website.


Adjustments to Assessment:

RMIT provides several adjustments to assessment for students experiencing ongoing or long-term circumstances. Find the right one for your circumstances here.


Changes to the Assessment Scheme

Where a change to assessment approved by the dean/head of school changes an assessment due date, students will be given at least five working days’ notice of the new due date.



You can expect to receive marks and feedback on in-course assessment work in time to improve your performance in related assessment tasks later in the course.


Academic Integrity and Misconduct

Students demonstrate academic integrity in their assessment practices by:

  • engaging with assessment activities in an honest way;
  • providing accountability for the authorship and originality of work submitted;
  • acknowledging the work of others and the re-use of original work.

Academic misconduct is addressed in accordance with the Student conduct policy

Assessment involving research with human participants, their information or their tissue, or animal subjects is carried out in accordance with the Staff ethics and integrity policy.

For further information see the Academic Integrity website.


Review and Appeal

A student may request a review of an assessment result or appeal a final course grade in accordance with the Conduct of assessment and appeals section of the Assessment Processes.


Grade Criteria

You must demonstrate that you have all the required skills/knowledge/elements in the unit of competency you are studying.

The following grades are available for this course.

Vocational education grades:

CA - Competency Achieved

NYC - Not Yet Competent

DNS - Did Not Submit for assessment

We recommend the following Conveyancing industry textbook which has valuable information for students.

Conveyancing Victoria, currently 2020-21 edition, the ultimate guide, by Simon Libbis. Available from Hybrid Publishers Melbourne

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