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Conveyancing Procedures I

Course Code: OADM 1435
Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Department: Office Administration
Credits: 1.5
Semester: 7½ weeks X 8 hours/week = 60 hours/semester
Learning Format: Online
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This is a BCCampus online provincial course. This online course introduces the student to the role and responsibilities of a Legal Administrative Assistant employed in the field of conveyancing in British Columbia. Subjects covered will include knowledge and practical experience in topics such as systems of land registration, land title searches, contracts of purchase and sale, methods to convey interests in land, statements of adjustments, and the execution and registration of electronic documents filed in Land Title Offices. This course focuses on the purchaser’s procedures for a simple conveyance not involving financing.

Course Content

  1. Employment as a conveyancer
  2. Understanding land and sale of land
    • The tangible and intangible elements of land
    • Determining ownership of land
    • Land registration systems and land tenure
    • Reading a title search and determining charges and encumbrances on title
    • Analyzing a land purchase transaction
  3. Sales Completion Model
    • Entering a Contract of Purchase and Sale
    • Four stages of the sales completion model for purchaser and vendor:
      • Information Gathering
      • Completion Preparations
      • Statement of Adjustments
      • Completion Procedures
  4. Information Gathering
    • Municipal and other third party information
    • Interpreting a Contract of Purchase and Sale
  5. Preparing documents required for completion
    • Land Title Electronic Forms
    • Form A – Freehold Transfer
    • Property Transfer Tax Form
    • Legal Account
  6. Statement of Adjustments and Trust Reconciliation for a cash only purchase
    • Definition and purpose of adjustments
    • Purchaser adjustments
    • Vendor adjustments
    • Calculating property taxes, utilities and the Home Owner’s Grant
    • Preparing Purchaser and Vendor Statement of Adjustments
    • Definition and purpose of Trust Reconciliation
    • Preparing Trust Reconciliation
  7. Procedures on Completion date
    • Pre-registration procedures
      • Execution of Vendor’s documents and undertakings involved
      • Execution of Purchaser’s documents and undertakings involved
      • Pre-registration requirements and preparation
    • Registration procedures
    • Post-registration procedures
    • Law Society Rule 3-89

Methods of Instruction

Communication between instructor and students will be conducted online using WebCT e-mail, discussion, chat utilities, guided practices, assignments, and case studies.  Students will work both independently and collaboratively to learn and apply procedures and tasks carried on in a legal office.  Both learning activities and evaluations will be structured to stress problem solving, accuracy, and working within time constraints.

Means of Assessment

Participation  10%
Assignments  15%
Cash conveyancing/Acting for purchaser   
Quizzes  25%
Final Exam  30%
Total 100%

Learning Outcomes

The learner has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Describe duties, employment conditions and employment forecasts in conveyancing.
  2. Identify what tangible and intangible elements are included in the concept of “land”.
  3. Identify what interests must be protected when acting for the purchaser client.
  4. Analyze transactions based on the transfers; encumbrances requiring discharges; encumbrances not requiring discharges; and new encumbrances involved.
  5. Use the concepts and theories of conveyancing to analyze and solve problems independently and collaboratively.
  6. Interpret a Contract of Purchase and Sale.
  7. Describe the stages of a sales completion model.
  8. Translate an understanding of the information required in a transaction by creating correspondence and documentation relating to the gathering of information by the purchaser.
  9. Translate an understanding of transferring title by creating electronic Land Title Office documents relating to registration.
  10. Calculate the amounts involved to create Statements of Adjustments, Trust Reconciliation, and Statements of Account for a cash conveyance.
  11. Translate an understanding of the process required in completing a transaction on the completion date by creating correspondence and documentation relating to the exchange and execution of documents and funds, and the registration of executed documents.
  12. Observe professional standards in the maintenance and use of checklists.

course prerequisites

(OADM 1430 or equivalent) and (OADM 1431 or equivalent)

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


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