LAW5399 - Personal property securities - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Quota applies

Postgraduate programs are based on a model of small group teaching and therefore class sizes need to be restricted.

Not offered in 2017


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Previously coded as LAW7450


This course is designed to provide an understanding of the rules, principles and policies underlying secured transactions in personal property security law. This body of law is of fundamental importance to commercial lawyers. It involves a detailed study of the Personal Property Security Act 2009 (Cth) and comparison with the New Zealand and Saskatchewan legislation.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge and understanding of the nature and function of security, with creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice;
  • Investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in relation to the history and policy of the personal property securities legislation and the scope of the Act and the policy and function of registration;
  • Conduct research into security agreements and the central concepts of the security interest, attachment and perfection based on knowledge of appropriate research principle and methods; and
  • Use cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate at an abstract level complex ideas and concepts relevant to priority disputes, and default and enforcement and restrictions on remedies.


Class participation (10%)

One research assignment (6750 words): 90% or

One take-home examination (6,750 words): 90%

Workload requirements

24 contact hours per semester (either intensive, semi-intensive or semester long, depending on the Faculty resources, timetabling and requirements)

Chief examiner(s)