Module Information

Module Identifier
LA30720
Module Title
Business Law
Academic Year
2016/2017
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Exclusive (Any Acad Year)
LA15830, GF15830, LA35830, LA31310, LA35310, LA37810, module also NOT available to Law or Criminology based students.
External Examiners
  • Mrs Penny Carey (Associate Dean and LPC Programme Tutor - University of Hertfordshire)
 
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 15 x 1 Hour Lectures
Lecture 10 x 1 Hour Lectures
Seminar 3 x 1 Hour Seminars
 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay (1,500 words)  - submitted week 12 Semester 1  33%
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   Exam  67%
Supplementary Assessment Supplementary  - if element failed  33%
Supplementary Exam 1.5 Hours   Supplementary  - if element failed  67%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1 - Demonstrate a working understanding of the principal features of the English legal system.
2 - Identify and explain the key elements of the tort of negligence which are of particular relevance to business.
3 - Demonstrate an understanding of the role of contracts in the conduct of commercial activity, the main features of English contract law, and the issues requiring legal advice at the various stages of the contract
4 - Identify the key principles of the law relating to agency
5 - Identify and critically discuss the main features and the advantages and disadvantages of the main business vehicles, i.e. sole trader, the partnership, the limited liability partnership and the company
6 - Identify and analyse the main principles of company law and their significance to, and impact on, corporate activity

Brief description

The module seeks to provide the non-law student with a thorough, yet accessible introduction to legal issues relevant to the business environment. It also provides accountancy students with the subjects necessary for exemptions awarded by the professional bodies.

Content

  • Legal System and Process
  • Tort liability relevant to Business
  • Elements of Contract Law
  • The main principles to the Law of Agency
  • Sole traders, partnerships, LLP and the company
  • The main principles of Company Law

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication Oral communication in seminars. Written communication in essay and examination. (Only written is assessed).
Improving own Learning and Performance In preparation and participation in seminars. Examination performance.
Information Technology Use of Blackboard, Westlaw and Lexis.
Personal Development and Career planning Learning throughout the module will be relevant to a career in the commercial world.
Problem solving Preparation for, and discussion of, problem-solving questions in seminars; discussion of problem scenarios (e.g. cases) in lectures and the solution advanced by judges or law makes.
Research skills Pre and post-lecture research and seminar preparation, as well as preparation of the essay.
Subject Specific Skills The legal skills (eg. legal research and analysis) necessary to complete the module.
Team work Seminar preparation and discussion.

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 6