20 credits at level HE4
This module is designed as an introduction to the law as it relates to business operations and activities. The module will help learners to understand the legal framework within which business operates and the legal implications of business activities. The module aims to develop learners’ ability to identify, analyse and apply relevant legal rules to realistic business situations. Emphasis will be placed on learners developing a range of skills and knowledge necessary to deal with broad range of business law issues and problems.
The aims of the module are:
• To develop a sound understanding of the nature of law and an appreciation of the role of law within a business environment.
• To understand the operation of the legal dimension in business decision-making (activities), be able to recognise the existence of legal issues in these dealings and be aware of the ways in which the legal system approaches business problems.
• To enable the student to understand and apply principles of contract and tort law to realistic business situations.
• The develop basic legal skills by the emphasis that will be placed on the methodology of legal reasoning and analysis, the operation of the legal system and upon core principles and concepts of Business Law
1. The English Legal System
Divisions of the law, e.g. common law and equity, civil and criminal. Sources of law: statute law, judicial precedent, EC law. The courts and other forms of dispute resolution
2. The Law of Contract
Formation of a contract: agreement, consideration, intention to create legal relations, certainty. Factors invalidating consent: mistake, misrepresentation, duress and undue influence. Contents of a contract: express and implied terms, conditions, warranties, innominate terms, exemption clauses. Discharge of contract by performance, agreement, frustration and breach. Remedies: damages, specific performance, injunction, rescission
3. The Law of Tort
Nature of liability in tort: strict liability, vicarious liability. Defences. Remedies. Negligence, including liability for defective goods, professional negligence.
Use will be made of lectures for the formal dissemination of information. Seminars will be held each week to provide opportunities for learners to develop further their understanding of legal materials and methodology by analysing a range of business law problems and situations. Wherever possible learning activities will be based on learners’ experience in the workplace (or as consumers) and realistic scenarios. One session will be held in ACS to introduce learners to the electronic resources available in Law.
NB Where this module is offered online (via BoltOnline) lectures and seminars delivered by Elluminate.
The learning hours for this module are made up of the following components:
• Lectures 14 x 1.5 hours =21
• ACS session 1x 2 hours = 2
• Seminars 13 x 1.5 hours = 19.5
• Background reading 13 x 3 hours = 39
• Preparation for seminars 13 x 4.5 hours = 58.5
• Coursework 2 x 30 hours = 60
• Total = 200
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Generic Learning Outcomes.
Subject knowledge and understanding.
(i). Demonstrate knowledge of the concepts, principles and rules of law with regard to Business.
Generic Learning Outcomes.
Subject knowledge and understanding.
(i). Describe and compare how the law is made and developed.
(ii). Discuss how the legal system operates.
(iii). Select and relate the concepts of judicial precedent and statutory interpretation to legal problems and scenarios.
|2.||Cognitive skills in the context of the subject.
(i). Compare and contrast how the English legal system in structure and process provides a framework for the administration of justice in England and Wales and assess its effectiveness.
(ii). Use legal method and reasoning skills to accomplish this.
Cognitive skills in the context of the subject.
(i) Explain the context of English legal system and method.
(ii). Identify and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the current system and process.
(iii). Understand reasons for proposals for change.
|3.||Subject specific practical/professional skills.
(i). Use basic principles and concepts in the use of legal method.
Subject specific practical/professional skills.
(i). Present relevant sources of information with guidance.
(ii). Read, summarise and explain selected legal material.
|4.||Other skills (eg key/transferable).
(i). Use the legal database Lexis/Nexis.
(ii). Use information technology, word-processing and other electronic sources of information.
(iii). Present information using written, oral and video presentation skills.
Other skills (eg key/transferable).
(i). Use appropriate legal database.
(ii). Investigate and use electronic sources of information effectively.
(iii). Communicate in a variety of ways that are comprehensible to the target recipients.
(iv). Actively participate in group dynamics and produce results.
(v). Use word-processing packages to achieve a good standard of presentation.
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Assignment of 2,500 words||Assignment of 2,500 words|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
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Slapper, G and Kelly, D, (2009) English Law, 3rd. edn. London: Cavendish
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