LW101F-Introduction to Property Law

Module Provider: School of Law
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Level:4
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites: Not open to students on any LLB programme
Co-requisites: LW1A05 General Introduction to Law
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Mr Ray Duncan

Email: r.g.duncan@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:
This module is designed as an introductory course for students who are enrolled on property related degree programmes. It also provides a foundation for those who are required to undertake further and more specialist property law studies as part of their studies. It aims to provide students with an understanding of the basic legal principles governing the ownership, use and enjoyment of land. This module is delivered at University of Reading and the University of Reading Malaysia.

Aims:
This module is designed as an introductory course for students who are enrolled on property related degree programmes. It also provides a foundation for those who are required to undertake further and more specialist property law studies as part of their studies. It aims to provide students with an understanding of the basic legal principles governing the ownership, use and enjoyment of land.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to:

  • specify the forms of land ownership recognised by English Law;
  • explain the ways, both formal and informal, by which rights to land can be created and transferred;
  • identify the property rights which can be enjoyed by one person over land belonging to another;
  • explain the principal rights and liabilities arising in the law of tort in respect of the use and occupation of land;
  • identify and analyse potential rights and liabilities in tort and property law arising out of simple hypothetical scenarios;
  • organise and deploy legal material effectively in writing.

Additional outcomes:
Tutorials will provide the opportunity for students to develop their communication skills and to function effectively in a group situation.

Outline content:

  • Land Law
  • The principal torts affecting land

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Two one-hour lectures per week; four (fortnightly) tutorials requiring advance reading and preparation. Revision arrangements to be advised.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Tutorials 4
Guided independent study: 76
       
Total hours by term 24
       
Total hours for module 100

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:
One 1½-hour unseen paper. A total of THREE questions to be answered, one of which is a COMPULSORY question carrying 40% of the marks. Candidates will be offered a choice when selecting their other two questions; all of these questions carry equal marks.

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:

    40%


    Reassessment arrangements:
    As for the main examination, but in August / September.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
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    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 8 April 2019

    THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS MODULE DESCRIPTION DOES NOT FORM ANY PART OF A STUDENT'S CONTRACT.

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