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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 22/06/2022 16:06:08

Title of Module: Law of Property & Conveyancing Practice

Code: LAWW08013 SCQF Level: 8
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Business & Creative Industries
Module Co-ordinator:Colin  McFadyen

Summary of Module

This module provides an introduction to the Law of Property in Scotland, dealing initially with an introduction to the classifications of property and their importance, followed by a consideration of the acquisition and transfer of ownership in relation to both moveable and heritable property.

The system of landownership and the restrictions placed on it in Scotland will be considered and thereafter there will be a detailed examination of the system of the purchase of heritable property in Scotland, including the process of offering for heritable property, the main principles in relation to examination of a property title, a consideration of the documentation utilised in a property transaction, including methods of electronic transfer and an overview of the system of land registration.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Understand the legal principles pertaining to the ownership of, and transmission of ownership of both heritable and moveable property and be able to apply this knowledge in case studies.

L2. Be familiar with the current system of landownership in Scotland and the restrictions placed on such ownership.

L3. Have an understanding of the system of purchasing heritable property and its constituent elements.

L4. Utilise learning resources, including electronic resources, to acquire knowledge and understanding of the law

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 8.

Demonstrating a broad knowledge and understanding of the transmission of and ownership of both heritable and moveable property, and of the system of landownership in Scotland. Additionally demonstrating a more specific understanding of some of the major issues in relation to the system of property ownership, including concluding missives for the purchase of heritable property and examination of title.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 8.

Carrying out routine lines of enquiry, or investigation into professional level problems, using primary and secondary legal sources.
Applying knowledge and understanding of legal principles to practical situations in order to draw reasoned conclusions.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 8.

Undertaking critical analysis and evaluation of ideas, concepts, information and issues which are within the common understandings of the subject.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 8.

Using a range of routine skills, including the use of information and communications technology, for the gathering, basic analysis and presentation of routine legal information, ideas and concepts to convey complex information to a range of audiences and for a range of purposes in a well structured and coherent form.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 8.

Exercising autonomy and initiative in some activities at a professional level. Managing resources within defined areas of work. Identifying, reflecting upon and addressing personal learning needs.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
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Co-requisitesModule Code:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery24
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity12
Independent Study134
Asynchronous Class Activity20
Personal Development Plan10
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Prescribed text :

Brand, D, Property Law (Law Basics), W Green, (latest edition)

Gretton & Steven, Property Trusts and Succession, Bloomsbury Professional, (latest edition)

Additional Reading :

Gordon & Wortley, Scottish Land Law, Vol 1, W Green, (latest edition)

Sinclair & Stewart, Conveyancing Practice in Scotland, Bloomsbury Professional, (latest edition)

Rennie, R, Land Tenure in Scotland, W Green, (latest edition)

Website resources :

Scottish Law Commission -

Registers of Scotland -

Scottish Courts -

Law Society of Scotland -

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

Where a module has Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirements these will be listed here:
Students are required to attend scheduled teaching sessions and engage with the Virtual Learning Environment, lack of which could result in the student being referred to the Engagement Panel, and could prevent student progression, and ultimately successful degree completion.

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardAccounting, Finance and Law
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelAccounting, Finance & Law
ModeratorColin Macintosh
External ExaminerM Hussain
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Coursework - weighted at 50%. A minimum mark of 30% is required.

The coursework could take a number of forms including, but not restricted to, an academic essay discussing a topic of current academic or professional interest and debate, or a practical exercise in relation to conveyancing practice.
Online problem solving exercise weighted at 50%. A minimum mark of 30% is required.

The examination will consist of a combination of case study and essay questions.
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Essaycheck mark  check mark500

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Case studycheck markcheck markcheck mark 500
Combined Total For All Components100% 0 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
Every effort will be made to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School. The module has been designed to take account of increases in the diversity of the student body and in this respect, the approach is "learner centred". Staff are expected to work alongside students and learning support staff to personalise the delivery of this module. This module offers students the opportunity to celebrate differences in personal, academic and employability skills. Through the use of problem based activities, students are encouraged to explore and share diverse experience of learning and skills development.
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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