The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course provides students with a general introduction to fundamental concepts and legal issues in the areas of property law and commercial law in Australia. This course adds to existing legal courses relevant to students undertaking a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting).

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Evaluate and compare approaches to the concepts of property and ownership in different legal systems.

2. Identify the main features of legislative schemes for regulating different types of property rights in Australia.

3. Explain the purpose and effectiveness of the Torrens land title registration system, including the different types of land titling systems.

4. Describe the key steps required to create registrable interests in land including mortgages and leases.

5. Apply basic legal concepts in commercial law to identify solutions to legal problems encountered by businesses in commercial dealings with consumers and other businesses.


Topics in this course are:

Module 1: Introduction to Property Law

  • What is Property? A Lawyer’s Perspective
  • Real and Personal Property
  • Legal and Equitable Property
  • Intellectual Property

Module 2: Real Property and Registrable Interests in Land

  • Native Title
  • Registered Titles - Torrens, Strata and Community Title Systems
  • Mortgages
  • Leases - Commercial and Residential

Module 3: Business Dealings

  • Sale of Goods
  • Consumer Credit
  • Insurance
  • Bankruptcy

Assumed knowledge

LEGL1001 Foundations of Law

Assessment items

Formal Examination: Problem-Based and Short Answer Formal Examination

Essay: Research Essay

Participation: Seminar Participation

Contact hours


Online Activity

Online 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1

Students are expected to complete 4 hours of guided learning via online activities and an additional 6 hours of independent study per week.